Rose of the Night: A Beauty and the Beast Prequel by Hope Ann

Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me. I received a complimentary copy of this book, for which I’ve given an honest review.

Rose of the Night: A Beauty and the Beast Prequel by Hope Ann

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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I would be Tauscher’s worst enemy before the end. The Oath would be spoken. The price would be paid. My thoughts jolted and my throat tightened. I shook the feeling off.
I was the Oathkeeper.

Adrian takes a huge risk to win over his beloved Chriselda, but his action plunges his entire land into a strange night. By the mercy of the King, Adrian embarks on a harrowing mission with the hope of the curse lifting one day in Rose of the Night: A Beauty and the Beast Prequel by author Hope Ann.

Well! I came across this prequel while I was on a search to figure out what had happened to the Legends of Light series. I’d enjoyed the first book of the series, Rose of Prophecy, and I went back to look for it, but it’s been replaced with a new, rewritten version: Rose of the Oath. And before that comes this prequel. So, here we are!

More than anything, this tale has whet my appetite to see what the following book, a Beauty and the Beast retelling, has in store. Most of the read here was pretty slow for me, but the weaving of the Christian allegory has me intrigued.

On to the new Book One, hopefully sooner than later.

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Rose of the Night is the prequel to the Legends of Light series.

 

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Rose of Prophecy by Hope Ann

Fantasy 5

Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me.

Four Silver Stars

rose-of-prophecyRose of Prophecy: A Beauty and the Beast Novella by Hope Ann

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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She must take the ring and return before the seventh day…the seventh day…the seventh…
The whispering ceased.
And the darkness trembled with the sound of weeping.

Rose of Prophecy by author Hope Ann had been on my radar for quite a few months. But knowing that it was a retelling of Beauty and the Beast, I had some reservations about reading it. Although I once fell in love with one rendition of the well-known fairy tale (thank you, Disney, for the tale as old as time!), the “captive women falling in love with their captors” motif doesn’t exactly garner my greatest appreciation.

However, upon my recent resolution to start reading more fantasy again, I decided to finally give this novella a try. And I must say, the author’s handling of the beast’s predicament put me more at ease with this version of the story: a retelling infused with a scriptural theme.

The development of the first leg of the story made me feel as though I’d been plunged into a world I was already supposed to be a little familiar with but wasn’t. But I caught on before long, and though it took some time before the story really gained my interest, it eventually did. I like how there’s a different reason for this Beauty being “Beauty,” and, hey, I’m all for authors including characters named Nadine, even if they play minor roles. (Heeheehee.)

This quick read turned out to be an enjoyable stop on my Gradual Quest to More Fantasy.

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Update: the first book of the Legends of Light series has been rewritten. The new version of the Beauty and the Beast retelling is entitled Rose of the Oath.