After reading the summary of the book, I wanted to read it. It has all those classic YA tropes that I love. The book alternates between two viewpoints, Zivah – a Rosemarked healer and Dineas – a Shadadi fighter. I wanted to love this book but I couldn’t seem to form an attachment to the characters.
Zivah is an incredible healer that has been stricken with the rose plague. If there is a cure for something, she’ll know the exact combinations of ingredients to combat it. Dineas is a Shadadi fighter who survived rose plague and wants to save his people, even if it means taking the fight to the empire.
I wanted to love this book, but I didn’t love it. Zivah and her potions came across as too deus ex machina for me. Also, the plot involving the generals’ daughter and the emperor was pretty easy to see through, and honestly felt way too unrealistic. There is no way that Zivah and Mehtep would have been permitted to get so close. While I did really like the world created, I really felt nothing for the war that was happening.
I’ll read the sequel because I hope that I’ll get into it more, but for me, the first book didn’t really capture my heart.