The Rose Throne by Mette Ivie Harrison
Age Range: 12 and up
Series: The Rose Throne #1
Hardcover: 400 pages
Publisher: Egmont USA (May 14, 2013)
Source: Publisher via NetGalley (thank you!)
Rating: 4 of 5 stars
About the Book:
Richly-imagined fantasy romance from the author of Princess and the Hound, a tale of two princesses–one with magic, one with none–who dare seek love in a world where real choice can never be theirs. For fans of Megan Whalen Turner, Catherine Fisher, and Cassandra Clare.
Ailsbet loves nothing more than music; tall and red-haired, she’s impatient with the artifice and ceremony of her father’s court. Marissa adores the world of her island home and feels she has much to offer when she finally inherits the throne from her wise, good-tempered father. The trouble is that neither princess has the power–or the magic–to rule alone, and if the kingdoms can be united, which princess will end up ruling the joint land? For both, the only goal would seem to be a strategic marriage to a man who can bring his own brand of power to the throne. But will either girl be able to marry for love? And can either of these two princesses, rivals though they have never met, afford to let the other live?
About the Author:
My name is pronounced “Metty” like my mother’s “Betty.” It is Danish, and we were all named after ancestors. I guess by the time they got to number nine (out of eleven), it was getting tricky. So I got the funny Danish name no one knew how to prounounce. In Denmark, it should be “meta” like “metaphysical.” It’s from the Greek for “pearl.” And no, it’s not short for anything. Not even Mediterannean.
My first book, THE MONSTER IN ME was accepted for publication in 1999 and was published in 2002. My second book, MIRA, MIRROR was published in 2004. The latest book, THE PRINCESS AND THE HOUND , was published in 2007. A sequel, THE PRINCESS AND THE BEAR, came out in April of 2009.
I now live in Utah with my husband and 5 children, ages 5 to 14. I write during nap time, or at 4 in the morning, or while the broccoli for dinner is burning. Whenever I get a chance. I love to write the kind of books that I love to read. And I love to discover what is going to happen next, just like a reader would. I also do some racing in triathlon.
This is such an interesting book. There are many characters that hold a lot of sway in how the story turns out. It is a well developed fantasy with feminist undertones. It surprised me that I didn’t get irritated by this. But the author weaves it into the story in such a way that it doesn’t feel preachy or awkward. In fact, many of those aspects make the book more interesting and give the characters life.
The characters are diverse in their personalities, desires, and abilities. There are many different levels of danger, ambition, and motivation for each of them. Generally, they are likable, with the exception of the ones you are supposed to dislike. While Ailsbet’s self-pity party does get annoying, she grows into herself and learns to control her own destiny as much as she can.
The ending hints that this will become a series, and I can’t wait to see where the story goes after this.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.