Rosemarked – Livia Blackburne

RosemarkedFrom the publisher:

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.” 

While the premise is familiar – oppressed people rebelling, love blooming from shared struggles and political scheming – the writing is very good.  Zivah’s trials and skills as a healer who succumbs to the deadly plague as a result of treating enemy soldiers, are engaging.  And Dineas – complex and heroic!  At story end, the rebellion is in infancy so there is much more to come.  I eagerly await the next installment. 

eGalley review                                                     Publication date 11.7.17

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