Rose & Thorn
Rose has lived hidden with Shoe her entire life. She knows she is special, from the curses that surround her to the budding rose birth mark on her wrist. When she finds an intruder near her home and then Shoe dies, she knows her life has changed. She asks the Forest to help her get to City where she might start anew. When she arrives, everyone is afraid of her because they believe she is a tool for Story to weave its magic and tell its stories, using everyone and everything in City for Story’s own end. Rose and her new friends Griff, Quirk, and Timothy vow not to let that happen, but the cost may be more than they bargained for. This is a follow-up to Ash and Bramble, but this story happens fifty years later. While it’s not necessary to read the books in order, reading the first one may provide some background to help readers understand what Rose is facing. Rose is a likable character, though sometimes too happy, but the pessimistic Timothy and realist Quirk help keep that in check. All in all, a satisfactory re-telling of a favorite fairy tale which, in this tale, cannot come to pass.
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