Thursday, January 22, 2015
The Green Rose by Stephanie Burkhart (Spotlight, Excerpt, Review and GIVEAWAY) ADULT title
The Green Rose is an ADULT title
by Stephanie Burkhart
On the continent of Gaia, evil is brewing. Turncoat wizard, Balthyser, kidnaps the kings of Dahaka and Tapin. He wants the green rose, a source of powerful magic.
Princess Sonia of Tapin is forced to hunt down the rose in exchange for her father's life. It's the ultimate betrayal of Gaia's peace, but she has no choice if she wants to save her father.
Prince Ivánstan of Dahaka accompanies her on the journey. Both face challenges and obstacles that test their strength of character during the hunt for the rose. Dare Sonia put her trust and faith in a man she hardly knows to secure Gaia's peace or will the continent's harmony be shattered forever?
Racing forward, he spotted her near Tapin's tents surrounded by three beasts. Tall and slender, she possessed a strong, wild beauty he found intriguing. Long chestnut brown hair flowed down her back. Her eyes were golden yellow with obsidian irises. She'd been bonded! Only the noble bonded. Her high, exotic cheekbones and patrician features were steeled in courage and determination. The primal urge to mate with her made his heart pound in his chest.
A falcon, the heraldic symbol of Tapin, was prominently displayed on her tunic.
A bird screeched. A wyldebeast craned its neck upward and the descending falcon
slashed its talons over the creature's face, spraying blood.
"Well done, Hiro!" exclaimed the woman.
A second wyldebeast lashed at her. She stumbled backwards, tripping on a rock. Her
wrist struck the ground hard, sending her sword sprawling several feet away from her, leaving her vulnerable.
"Draco, defend the Tapin noblewoman!"
Ivánstan's dragon, now overhead, shot a blast of flame from his mouth, scorching the fur of an advancing beast. The creature collapsed and rolled over, attempting to use the ground to extinguish the flames on its body.
The remaining wyldebeast raised his hand, its fingernails moist, poised to strike the noblewoman. Ivánstan lunged forward and sliced off the creature's wrist just inches in front of her face.
"Thank Nyla!" she cried.
The beast howled in pain and spun to face Ivánstan. Draco latched its thorny claws into the creature's shoulders, lifting it into the air.
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The Green Rose by Stephanie Burkhart is a fantasy story that centers around a group of people who are drawn together by a threat to their respective kingdoms. Each has a link to the creature that is characteristic of a particular realm, whether that be dragon, falcon, raven or jaguar. A threat from a renegade mage and the ferocious wyldebeasts he directs, causes a reluctant alliance between Ivanstan, Crown Prince of Dhaka, and Sonia, Crown Princess of Tapin, as they seek to rescue their respective kidnapped sires. They must learn to work together and find that they are able to surmount almost any obstacles if they do so, except possibly the difficulty of following their hearts over their duties.
This imaginative story is an entertaining look at a world that mixes magic and political machinations. I would have suspected it was geared toward younger readers except that there are some nicely spicy romantic interludes sprinkled in with the journey undertaken by the main characters. There are intriguing glimpses of the animal partners for the various individuals but I would have liked a little more exposition on the bonds and abilities of each particular species, especially the dragons, and perhaps a slightly more fleshed-out plot as the story itself was fairly predictable in places. Nonetheless, I think this is a nice introduction to this world and a fun quick read.
A copy of this title was provided to me in exchange for an honest review