Blood Rose Rebellion: Blood Rose Rebellion (Book 1)
by Rosalyn Eves
“Some rebels are made, not born.
Born into high British society, Anna Arden has been groomed for a position she will never fill. Though a member of the Luminates – the ruling class who use magic to exercise power – Anna cannot perform the simplest spells. But sometimes, by accident, she breaks them. After drawing unwanted attention from the magical elite, Anna is sent from England to her family’s once powerful but now oppressed native Hungary.
Her life might as well be over.
But Anna soon realizes that nothing is as it seems. The people around her hold dangerous secrets – from her aloof cousin Noemi to the fierce and handsome Romani Gabor to the magic-wielding Luminates. The society she’s known all her life is crumbling into discontent. And her lack of magic may mean more than she imagines.
In the company of nobles, revolutionaries, and Romani, Anna must choose: deny her unique power and cling to the life she’s always wanted, or embrace her gift, spark a rebellion, and change the world forever.”
I saw the cover a while back on Goodreads and thought it looked intriguing, I think I had a little look at what it was about but not too closely, and preordered it. I also put in for the pre-order incentive, from which I received a map drawn by Rosalyn Eves, a bookmark and a signed bookplate.
Anna is barren, but somehow she breaks spells that people cast near her. Her sister, Catherine, is having her debut ball and has banished Anna from attending. However, she sneaks in and ends up breaking Catherine’s spell, which leads to the Circle looking into her. So her family send her to Hungary, to wait out the scandal. But Anna just loves looking for trouble, or does trouble keep coming for Anna.
Oh my. I really was not sure if it would be something I would like, but I was engrossed. I read it in two days, most of it in one sitting (which meant I went to sleep really late). It did not take long for me to be hooked, I was captivated within the first chapter. I do not read much (if any) historical fantasy, but I loved it, especially as it is a bit more modern historical compared to others, and it was about a bit of history I did not know about.
My favourite part was a lot of it! The entire second part is intense and I am glad I read that part in one sitting, as I do not think that I could have coped having to put it down and not know what was going to happen. I enjoyed it more once Anna got to Hungary, not that I did not enjoy the first bit. I would say that there is a glossary and name list at the back of the book, which I did not realise are there until I had finished it, it may be useful as there are Hungarian and Romani words.
My favourite characters are Anna, Matyas, Gabor and Noemi. There are some other characters which grew on me or like Ginny are fabulous, but play a small part. I like the different lifestyles and how it shows that no matter where you are from you can be friends and work together.
Blood Rose Rebellion does end on a cliffhanger, as it is the first in a trilogy. There is currently no title or publishing date for the second book.
While reading this book, I described it as an alternate 19th Century Europe where the elite have magic. I would recommend to older teenagers and adults. 5 out of 5.