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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Justice of the Root is a work of historical fiction with plenty of interpersonal drama and wider intrigue and was penned by author Abby Gordon. The sequel to The Hidden Rose, this novel forms the second book in The Order of the Rose series and contains some violence and sexual content that is moderated and non-graphic. Following the adventures of Owain and Anna Elizabeta during the time of Queen Elizabeth I, we now follow two more couples through their trials and tribulations as treason looms and secrets must be unearthed. From north to south and Rose to Crown, the Order faces its toughest tests yet.
Author Abby Gordon has created a fantastic premise that weaves its way into real British and European history very well. The atmosphere of the period is firmly in place throughout every aspect of the novel, from the attitudes between genders to the loyalties and importance of royal rule and social standing at the time. The descriptions of settings add to the emotional atmosphere and intrigue too, whilst dialogue is beautifully employed to create exposition and further the mysteries in which plot is shrouded. There’s also plenty of interpersonal relationship drama and a great emotional arc for historical romance fans, especially those who seek something deeper and more meaningful in their plotline. Overall, Justice of the Root is a highly recommended and very accomplished historical mystery read with much to offer fans of the genre, but also those who love mysteries in general.