Black Rose

By: K.L. Bone
Narrated by: Sara Dunham
Series: Black Rose, Book 1
Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
Categories: Romance, Fantasy
4 out of 5 stars (23 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

"May the Black Rose protect you in life and avenge you in death." - Vow of the Black Rose

Six hundred years ago, the Muir Court was wiped from existence, destroyed by an elite group known as the Black Rose Guard. Their Captain, Mara, has a reputation of being a harsh woman who leads the guard with a fierce formality. During her long years, she has known pain, loss, heartache...and one great love.

Edward was the Captain of the Royal Guard. He loved her once. However, it was a love that faded the day he met young Liza, the Princess who stole the heart he had once sworn belonged to Mara alone. Liza was also the woman that Mara was fated to protect. When the Queen learns of her daughter's forbidden love for Edward, she devises a series of punishments, torturing Edward while her daughter is forced to watch. In a an act of desperation, Mara takes Liza's place and looks on helplessly as Edward endures the torments which break his body and Mara's soul.

All of their pain is put aside when Liza is murdered by the rulers of a rival court. Haunted by her failure to protect the Princess and adhering to tradition, Mara takes the vow of the "Black Rose". It is an ancient oath which ties those under its power to abandon the lives they knew for the sake of a single goal: vengeance. Her quest leads her on a dark path of violence, rage and bloodshed.

Tormented by a fate they can neither accept nor escape, Black Rose is a tale of retribution, love, and above all, honor - at any cost.

©2014 K.L. Bone (P)2016 K.L. Bone

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Beautiful, dark and very romantic.

Would you listen to Black Rose again? Why?

Yes. Love the story and the characters

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes and I almost did.

Any additional comments?

K.L. Bone is brilliant!

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Original and Complex

This is the first book in the Black Rose Series. This is an original, complex (a little confusing), and intriguing story. Sara Dunham did a good job with the narration. Looking forward to listen to the next book in the Series, Blood Rose. #AudiobookObsession

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Pretty Good

Very confusing have to really pay attention and re start from a place before when you have to pause for a few hours or you are lost. I still would like to know what happened to the main characters in the end it kind of leaves off on a cliff hanger.
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interesting

This story spans centuries. It switches from past to present. It's a tragic love story between Mara and Edward. The story has many twists and turns that make it interesting. The characters are strong and powerful. I can't wait for the next book in the series.
Sarah Dunham narration is very good! I enjoyed listening to the story.🎧audiobookobsessionreviewer.🎧

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Great listen

This was a great listen. The characters and storyline great and well written. It started out a bit confusing but the further along in the story you get everything falls in place. Sara Dunham does great narrating.


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This is an amazing series!!!!

I'm not sure I can do this book justice. It was just that good. The characters are engaging and well thought out. The relationship between Mara and Edward is so complicated and dramatic and yes heartbreaking at times. This story flips back in fourth from past to present so some may find it a little confusing but it is well worth the listen. I don't want to spoil anything so I'll stop here. The narrator does a very good job with the character voices. I loved every minute of this book. # Audio Obsession Reviewer.

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whoa!!

What a fun find. This book is deceiving. It hooks you from page 1. Wow. The characters are multi dimensional. The writing is superb. The situations are so interesting, some heartpounding. I had to finish is when I first started it. The narrator was excellent. All in all, this book is definitely a must listen for me again.


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Brutal

This is a brutal storyline. It’s very in depth and I was a little confused at the start but it all fell into place. It’s a tragic story of loss and live and revenge. Great narration.
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wow!

amazing story! could not stop listening. this is my first book from this author but will definitely not be my last!
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Beautifully done!!

This is the most heartbreakingly beautiful story I have ever listened to. It was just so well done, with beautiful passages and strong characters. Mara is just so easy to relate to.
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  • 03-25-20

Amazing

I have listened to a few audiobooks written by K.L. Bone and I have to say Black Rose is the best so far, it was so unique, dark with twists that you would not expect. The book flowed at an even pace taking glimpses of what happened 600 years ago and then back to the present day.
It was phenomenal that captured me early on and left me wanting more.
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  • Yanireads
  • 12-09-19

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WOW! Really deep and dark. At the beginning I was a little lost, but then it all falls into place.

I voluntarily received a courtesy copy of this audio book from AudiobookObsession and I am choosing to leave a review. AudiobookObsessionRevier

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  • Ginger
  • 10-07-19

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This story was a little confusing at the beginning, but once this dark fantasy started to move forward it all fell into place and I couldn’t stop listening to this tragic story of love, loss and revenge.
Beware there is some graphic violence with gory details.
I enjoyed Sara Durham’s narration.

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  • 🎧Mandy🎧 Sawyer 🎧Audiobook 🎧Obsession🎧 Reviewer🎧
  • 09-01-19

Not for the faint hearted

This is a brutal storyline. It’s very in depth and I was a little confused at the start but it all fell into place. It’s a tragic story of loss and live and revenge. Great narration.

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  • Jade B
  • 11-07-19

Black Rose

this was my 2nd time reading/listening to this book. It is every bit as brilliant as I remember.

Such a must read book!