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Reviewed by Cecelia Hopkins for Readers' Favorite
Darkest Rose by Vera Morgana commences with an archetypal star-crossed lover theme. Ella Desouza is ordered to marry Wilkin, the Duke of Kroukhesta, but hides in a rosebush and shares a forbidden dance with Edmund Gilmore. Gordon Gilmore arrives with a warning, and the priest shows Prince Kai an omen in the skies. Ella and Edmund are secretly married by a mysterious priestess before Wilkin can claim her as his bride, but the events of the past cycle draw increasingly closer to the present. Ella enters a dream state and Edmund commences his quest. Wilkin is revealed as a villain from the past, and an intimate connection with the royal family unfolds. A battle is fought on several levels and in several dimensions, leading to a satisfactory resolution.
Darkest Rose by Vera Morgana is an entertaining new young adult paranormal romance. I enjoyed my journey as a reader from ignorance at the beginning to understanding toward the end of the narrative. I was amused by the character of Leofrick who pulled strings behind the scenes and was instrumental in the outcome. I also loved the role played by Nurse Marcie, who was so much more than an average attendant. I liked the original and bold introduction of mythology. The story combined timeless fantasy elements with an ancient setting, and yet every word was refreshingly contemporary to read. I believe concerns such as love, justice, and independence speak directly to the target audience. This book will surely inspire a fan following when it is released!