Rosemarked by Livia Blackburne
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The main characters in this book were fantastic! I loved how they evolved and grew as the book went on, with Zivah doubting herself and coming to terms with her illness and what she needs to do in order to save her people. It was also really interesting that for most of the book, Dineas was basically two people. The secondary characters didn’t really have a lot of personality or background so it was hard to get a read on them. It was hard to tell if Arxa was actually a bad person or if he was just doing his duty, and the prince didn’t really have any backstory to give us more information on his actions.
I love fantasy books and this one was definitely completely different than anything else I’ve ever read. I loved the world and how we get information about the creatures that live in the different areas through Zivah’s healing skills, and I thought the inclusion of Dineas’ crows was really interesting and different.
I really liked how this book was easy to read and didn’t add in any unnecessary words or descriptions like some fantasy books can do, it just got straight to the point with plain language.
Basically they are trying to stop the Amparan Empire from taking over their people and lands, and for a lot of the book it seems that they aren’t really working towards that goal. It almost felt like they would be into their own lives and then suddenly remember what they went into the Empire for. That could be because Dineas doesn’t remember the mission for most of the book. For me it actually worked because it felt like the plot was more character driven than anything else.
I definitely was entertained and was interested in the book the entire time, even though I have a ton of other books calling my name I knew I had to finish this book to see where it left off, although with the ending I wasn’t really craving more so I don’t know if I will continue on with the next book.