Title: The Rose of Shanhasson
Author: Joely Sue Burkhart
Series: Blood and Shadows – #1
Genre: Fantasy Romance, Erotic Romance
Release date: December 23, 2011
As Our Blessed Lady’s last daughter, Shannari must rule as High Queen or the Green Lands will fall into eternal darkness. Her destiny is to shine against the Shadow, protect the land and people with her magic, and keep the Blackest Heart of Darkness imprisoned. Her blood is the key, powered by the love in her heart. However, Shannari’s heart is broken, her magic is crippled, and the nobles must have forgotten the dire prophesies, because everyone wants her dead.
Only love can restore her magic, but her scars testify how love can be corrupted. So when a barbarian warlord conquers her army and professes a love like no other, Shannari’s first instinct is to kill the mighty Khul. Even worse, one of the Khul’s guards used to be an assassin–a very skilled assassin, if the darkness in the Blood’s eyes is any indication. The same darkness festers deep in her heart and draws her to the wickedly dangerous man as inexorably as his Khul’s unshakable honor. Her weakening heart is not only torn between love and duty, but also between two magnificent warriors.
Yet neither warrior will be able to help her when Shadow calls her name.
Warnings: Explicit sex, BDSM, violence, a barbarian warlord, an assassin, and a woman who not only wields a sword but might also kill both warriors.
This wasn’t my first Joely Sue Burkhart read so I’m familiar with her way of storytelling but I have to be honest, I was completely blown away by this book! I firstly The Horse Master of Shanhasson (Click here to read my pretty basic review), so I had some expectations.
The author did not merely meet them, but she had indeed exceeded them!
I’m usually a speed reader, but this book I knew I had to read slowly as to savor this reading experience. Literally at the first page, I was completely hooked. Also, I’m more than surprised that this book has not garnered the attention that it actually deserves!
The author had weaved a unique vast dominion where the kingdoms are currently in chaos. Shannari, the last daughter of the Blessed Lady and is the rightful Queen of the Green Lands, but her magic is crippled and she finds herself helpless against the other scheming individuals vying for a place on the throne. She then feels that the Blessed Lady had forsaken her when Rhaekar, the Khul of the Sha’Kae al’Dan, and his Nine Blood steal her away back to their camp
Her writing style, completely poetic, left me mesmerized as the events unfolded. She created characters with depth, characters impeccably developed. The worldbuilding… just wow.
Shannari’s journey doesn’t end at the last page. I look forward to reading the rest of the series and anticipate what will happen on the journey back to Shanhasson.
A few days later, I’m still overwhelmed at what I had experienced this book. I highly recommend this to Epic/Dark Fantasy lovers and Romance lovers alike. This book is not for the squeamish, however. 🙂
This copy was kindly provided by the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.
About this author
Joely Sue Burkhart has always loved heroes who hide behind a mask, the darker and more dangerous the better. Whether cool, sophisticated billionaire, brutal bloodthirsty assassin, or simply a man tortured by his own needs, they all wear masks to protect themselves. Once they finally give you a peek into the passionate, twisted secrets they’re hiding, they always fall hard and fast. Dare to look beneath the mask with delicious BDSM in a wide variety of genres with Joely on her website, Twitter and Facebook. Be sure to check out her free reads!