Title and Author:
Rose of the Oath: A Beauty and the Beast Novella by Hope Ann
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Reason for choice of rating:
There are some pretty intense fight scenes with wolves where characters sustain significant injuries, descriptions are not graphic but still intense
"Rose of the Oath" introduces the reader to the Legends of Light series. Aslaria is a land gripped in war between the King and a group of rebels who want to take control of the land. The story begins with a strong young woman Elissa heading off to save her brother similar to how Belle sets off to find her father in the Disney version of Beauty and the Beast. The other typical Beauty and the Beast story elements are present but Hope Ann makes the story her own with the war and some very strong faith components.
Elissa has lost her faith in the King due to a tragedy revealed as the story progresses. Her sole focus is on keeping her family safe. The Beast seems determined to keep her locked up and all she can think about is getting away.
I was a little confused about exactly what was happening a couple times in the story but I think it might have been intentional as I understood most things by the end of the story.
There are many forces at work in the story leading to a surprising amount of action and suspense. More so than what I expected in a fairy tale retelling. I was biting my nails worried about what was going to happen to Elissa and the Beast throughout the story.
Love was demonstrated as a fruit of the spirit in the story, a choice, an outgrowth of faith/what you believe not a mushy feeling or something that just happens to you without any control. Definitely no insta-love or lust to worry about here.
The faith component was very strong as it was obvious, even though names were never used, that the King represented God and the Prince represented Jesus and they were in a battle against Tauscher who represents Satan to redeem the hearts of the people who had chosen to sin. I strongly recommend reading the prequel "Rose of the Night" to understand this war better and how the Beast came to be.
I definitely recommend reading "Rose of The Oath" and starting your journey through the Legends of Light series.
Good for those who love fairy tale retellings particularly Beauty and the Beast
Books and movies you would compare this to:
Disney's Beauty and the Beast; Chronicles of Narnia
Did you have a favorite character or least favorite character?
the Beast was my favorite character - he was a true protector and hero
What mood did this book leave you in?
inspired by the message of love and faith woven into the story and eager to read the other stories in the series
Allegory, Christian, Fairy Tale
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