“And thus, in one short sobbing sentence she had unearthed my entire ethos. Love killed. Perhaps not literally, but metaphorically.”
Blurb: “If saying ‘I love you’ meant death, would you still say it? The Wilted Rose, of faery-tale and folklore, is a pirate ship filled with unfortunate souls – each forbidden to love. One such soul is Valencia ‘Lennie’ Roux. Raised in a brothel and an heir to a curse, Lennie never expected to pique the interest of any man. Yet with the arrival of vivid-eyed Nathaniel, she is torn between wanting to know him better and fearing what that knowledge would mean. With Nathaniel bringing the crew’s total to six, The Wilted Rose sets off in search of the remaining two heirs. They hope that in reuniting, they will convince the faery sorceress responsible for the curse, to end it. However lurking beneath the water is a long standing enemy of The Wilted Rose; who is determined to thwart their quest and bring down its leaders. Together the eight heirs fight for survival, friendship, and love.”
*This book was sent to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review*
The story follows Lennie who lives aboard a pirate ship named The Wilted Rose. She is the only woman in a five person crew all of which are victims of a curse, passed down from their parents. They are forbidden to love and doing so means death. Together, the crew searches for the remaining three heirs (identifiable by a mark on their wrist) so that they can track down the sorceress in the hopes she lifts the curse. Having a ship that steers itself and does all the searching for them makes things slightly easier. The crew quickly becomes comprised of six people after the arrival of Nathaniel Davenport-Lee, a handsome man who could prove a problem for Lennie.
The first thing I noticed about this book was that the writing style is a lot better than in the prequel Into The Forest. I got the real sense while reading this that Freedom really knows the world, the characters and every detail that makes up this story. I could really believe in what was happening. Freedom has a truly wonderful style and I loved her choice of words and phrases.
While the sorceress seems like the initial villain, I felt that the character of Hadnaloy, the sea witch, was a lot more threatening and possibly the most fascinating character I stumbled across on this adventure.
Given that the central theme is love because of the curse, I thought the romance was a bit forced. It’s often predictable in the YA genre but it would have been nice if there was a slower build up to it.
It was interesting to learn about the characters and see how they fitted into a confined environment as a lot of the story takes place on the ship. My favourite scene is when the crew are all sat together telling the story of how they got their marks and how they found The Wilted Rose. It just added more depth to the characters and cemented the world and the characters and their personalities. Plus, it warmed my heart a little.
This is a wonderful story about love, pirates and adventure that you simply don’t want to miss!
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