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A healer who cannot be healed . . . When Zivah falls prey to the deadly rose plague, she knows it's only a matter of time before she fully succumbs. Now she's destined to live her last days in isolation, cut off from her people and unable to practice her art—until a threat to her village creates a need that only she can fill. A soldier shattered by war . . . Broken by torture at the hands of the Amparan Empire, Dineas thirsts for revenge against his captors. Now escaped and reunited with his tribe, he'll do anything to free them from Amparan rule—even if it means undertaking a plan that risks not only his life but his very self. Thrust together on a high-stakes mission to spy on the capital, the two couldn't be more different: Zivah, deeply committed to her vow of healing, and Dineas, yearning for vengeance. But as they grow closer, they must find common ground to protect those they love. And amidst the constant fear of discovery, the two grapple with a mutual attraction that could break both of their carefully guarded hearts. This smart, sweeping fantasy with a political edge and a slow-burning romance will capture fans of The Lumatere Chronicles and An Ember in the Ashes.
Fantastic politics, world, and characters
That cover tho.
The political happenings of this world carry real weight, and so many things happen that wear away at our two main characters. The plague offers such a deep look at the characters’ vulnerabilities.
The romance is slow burn and definitely worth the wait. Definitely worth reading.
Left me wanting more!
This book is one of those reasons you should never judge a book by it’s cover! I wasn’t sure what to expect (a fairytale retelling maybe?) but what I got was a vivid fantasy with an almost Asian setting and high stakes.
While the action wasn't fast-paced, the tension was so deliciously woven throughout the story and the characters’ lives I couldn't put the book down. And oh, the characters! The characters were one of the best parts of the book. I love Zivah with her desperate fears and fragile dreams for the future. And Dineas - he was so self-loathing and lost.
In the end, Rosemarked was an intriguing read that presented a lot of risk and unspoken questions I’m dying to have answered. I’m not sure how this story will end, but I can’t wait for the next book in the series!
This story will keep you on your toes. Zivah has to make choices that effect not just her own life but that of her people and Dineas. You feel so awed by her accomplishments at the beginning of the book and then tragedy strikes her. But in the end, it gives her the opportunity to help protect her people from the Amparan Empire. The things both Zivah and Dineas have to go through while spying on the Amparans will keep you turning the pages. I loved how both characters were able to use creatures that they cared for to thier advantage. It was also interesting to get the story from both Zivah and Dineas’ POV. The chapter headers were beautiful too. I have never read anything like this before and am looking forward to the sequel. I would reccommend this to anyone who enjoys distopians.