Rosemarked by Livia Blackburne (Rosemarked #1)
Published by Disney-Hyperion on November 7th 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
A healer who cannot be healed . . .
When Zivah falls prey to the deadly rose plague, she knows it’s only a matter of time before she fully succumbs. Now she’s destined to live her last days in isolation, cut off from her people and unable to practice her art—until a threat to her village creates a need that only she can fill.
A soldier shattered by war . . .
Broken by torture at the hands of the Amparan Empire, Dineas thirsts for revenge against his captors. Now escaped and reunited with his tribe, he’ll do anything to free them from Amparan rule—even if it means undertaking a plan that risks not only his life but his very self.
Thrust together on a high-stakes mission to spy on the capital, the two couldn’t be more different: Zivah, deeply committed to her vow of healing, and Dineas, yearning for vengeance. But as they grow closer, they must find common ground to protect those they love. And amidst the constant fear of discovery, the two grapple with a mutual attraction that could break both of their carefully guarded hearts.
Rosemarked by Livia Blackburne is the first book in a new fantasy series about a healer names Zivah who just finished her healer studies and then gets infected with the Rose Plague. Unfortunately, though she does survive, she is not 100% cured of the disease and is now Rosemarked. She teams up with Dineas, and Umbertouched soldier (someone who survived completely from the Rose Plague) to infiltrate the kingdom that has taken over their land and killed their people.
I was really intrigued by the plot of the story and the cover was gorgeous. Fortunately for me, I loved it. Rosemarked is action-packed, filled with court drama and political intrigue and has one of the most unique concepts out there right now. Zivah must take away Dineas’ memories so he can sneak into enemy ranks and bring down the corruption from the inside.
I absolutely loved the characters as well. Zivah is a strong-willed healer with attitude, intelligence, and grace. Whereas Dineas is strong, strategic, and stubborn. They seem like total opposites that would never get along, but over the course of the book, their teamwork is really astounding.
The romance also breaks my heart. It is so swoon-worthy but also gut-wrenching when things don’t seem to go the way you want them to.
I thought Blackburne’s writing was also on point. She chose to tell the story through both the MC’s points of view and pulls it off seamlessly. Her descriptions were phenomenally beautiful as well as her character dialogues. Also, her characterizations were fantastic as well. I was really drawn into Zivah’s and Dineas’ lives.
I highly recommend Rosemarked for all fantasy readers. I would compare it to An Ember in the Ashes meets Forest of a Thousand Lanterns!
Let me know what you guys thought of Rosemarked by Livia Blackburne! I would love to hear your opinions as well!
Until next time,
New York Times bestselling author Livia Blackburne wrote her first novel while she was a PhD student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she conducted research on the neuroscience of reading acquisition in children. Upon graduation, she switched to writing full time, which also involves getting into people’s heads but without the help of a three tesla MRI scanner.