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The Rose Throne (The Rose Throne #1)

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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 cerem...more
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published May 14th 2013 by EgmontUSA
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Finished: 2/18/13
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Originally posted on our blog @

(Rating - 4 bordering on 3.5)

What I liked
Status. Power. Magic. Family. Insecurity. Deceit. Love. These 7 aspects proved amazing in developing the novel that was The Rose Throne. The Rose Throne was a paranormal romance that takes place, for the most part, in the kingdom of Rurik. In Rurik there are two forces that coexist, the neweyr, and...more
Annabelle Marie Veronica
*****FINAL RATING: 4.90 STARS*****

Honestly, I had no idea what to expect going into this book. I picked it up because the cover was pink and pretty and I'd been craving a fantasy. I barely even skimmed over the blurb. I was as surprised as anyone else when I ended up completely falling in love with it. It is legitimately one of the best fantasy books I've ever read, with easily one of my top five favorite romances. Set in a gorgeous and intriguing world full of people who'll stop at not...more
Kirsty (Amethyst Bookwyrm)
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Thanks to Netgalley and Egmont USA for giving me this book to review.

Ailsbet has always been ignored by the court and her father the King, as she has no magic, and who’s only loves music and she wishes it is more appreciated in Rurik, which favours the aggressive magic Taweyr. However when she discovers that she has a dangerous secret, Ailsbet has to use all the skills she has learn at her father’s court to keep it...more
Kat's Review

I like the premise of this story: two princesses from different kingdoms feeling the weight of responsibility as their destinies get decided for them by their fathers. The idea that however little official power they are seen to have, their alliances could indeed become the catalyst for great change. Mix in a little bit of magic, and this series has a lot of potential.

I'm not sure that all that potential was met in the first book. I found the story to be a bit slow to get moving, an...more
See more of my reviews at On The Nightstand! I received a copy of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley.

In a kingdom called Rurik lives the Princess Ailsbet, daughter of the cruel King Haikor. Haikor has decreed that taweyr, the magic of men, war and death, is more important than the magic of women, neweyr, which can grow plants and help livestock. Haikor keeps the taweyr strong in his kingdom while eliminating the neweyr, and his kingdom (and its inhabitants) are suffering for it.

Originally posted here.

Mmmmmm, how to write a review for The Rose Throne... it was a bit of a 'nothing' book, in that it wasn't terrible, wasn't great, wasn't particularly affecting, just overall not very memorable, average at best.

The Rose Throne is a fantasy romance set on an island that has been both physically and magically divided into two; two lands with two kings, and two components of "weyr" where the boys grow into their "taweyr" and girls their "neweyr". Taweyr is a magic that gives h...more
Sebrina Parker
I walked into this story very excited. I really didn't have much of a clue what the story was going to be about other than 2 princesses vying for power. But I love a princess story and I loved the beautiful cover. It reminded me of something fit for a Jane Austen book.
From the first chapter I found myself hooked by Ms. Harrison's writing. She has a way with crafting a story that kept me reading page after page. The pacing was perfect and the story offered the perfect element of mystery with rega...more
♥ Unaeve ♥ Olga

This is a story how two princesses from rival kingdoms,came together to be friends. We will learn all about the kingdoms,the politic,the magic,the romance... through Ailsbet and Marissa's story.

There are two kinds of magic Taweyr and Newyer.
The two kingdoms favor each a different kind.In Rurik it is Taweyr and in Weirland it is Newyer.
Taweyr is the more aggressive magic ,the offensive.
Newyer is the magic of new life creation.

Ailsbet is the only character not feeling flat and plastic.All the oth...more
THE ROSE THRONE is the tale of two princesses. Ailsbet is trapped by her position. She cannot inherit the throne, due to her lack of magic and gender, but she must do her duty for her country although she would rather be a musician. Marissa loves her magic and her country, but she must leave to marry Ailsbet's younger brother, in a court more vicious than she's prepared for.

I've heard several books referred to as the YA version of GAME OF THRONES, but rarely have found the comparison apt. I have...more
Harrison draws inspiration from the Tudors, it seems specifically Henry VIII and Elizabeth I, and I enjoyed seeing the similarities and the differences. This is really the story of two princesses, very different from each other, but both smart, good people. There's a power-mad, ruthless king and neither Ailsbet (his daughter) nor Marissa (the daughter of a rival king) are safe from his scheming. I found both princesses very believable and likable in their own ways, and I wanted so much for them...more
This story almost has the feel of alternate history, isn't. There are a lot of similarities here to the idea of Henry the VIII and his daughter, Elizabeth. Ailsbet is red-haired, her father was a charmer in his youth but a dangerous, paranoid, man as he ages, with his girth ever growing. The king gets rid of a wife who doesn't please him, and Ailsbet must tread carefully, committing her heart to no man. And of course, there's the title, The Rose Throne...

I actually sort of liked Ailsb...more
This galley copy is courtesy of EgmontUSA via Netgalley

The Rose Throne is a story of two princesses from divided kingdoms. Ailsbet is from Rurik, a land where the taweyr, the male-oriented magic that controls power and physical strength, reigns supreme. Marlissa, on the other hand, is from Weirland and the neweyr, the nurturing and life-affirming magic associated with females, is welcome and continues to thrive. A prophecy that centers on the reunification of the two kingdoms drives the actions...more
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Egmont USA and Netgalley.)
Ailsbet is a princess. Her father is the king of Rurik, and her mother the queen, and she also has a younger brother called Edik.

Marlissa is also a princess, in the neighbouring kingdom of Weirland. Her mother died when she was younger, so she has been taking over the responsibilities of the queen for several years.

Both girls live in a world where there is magic. The magic typi...more
The Rose Throne by Mette Ivie Harrison is the tale told from the alternating perspectives of two princesses who must find their way in the dangerous maze of royal politics, magic and love. In this fantasy world there are two forms of magic, taweyr, involving anger, power and strength of will, possessed by the men, and neweyr, the power of the earth and life, possessed by women. Ailsbet, is a tall, intelligent and imposing princess from Rurik with a fondness for music and little else in her power...more
Honestly, this book bothered me on several levels and I just couldn't finish it.

- Petty, but it matters: the grammatical and typographical errors. Ailsbet says that her dress "compliments" her red hair, and there are some punctuation problems. Whoever edited this book did not do a very good job.

- The taweyr/neweyr magic was never explained very well. Characters would "reach for their taweyr/neweyr" or steal another character's taweyr/neweyr, but it was never really explained how one did this. Wh...more
Also seen here on my blog, PaperFantasies

Mette Ivie Harrison is a less-known author. I get pangs of guilt tearing into indie books, so I’m going to try to soften my ranting here, but make no mistake; I would not recommend this book.

I get what Harrison was going for here. Romance in a Victorian-esque setting, with gender-specific magic involved. Issa and Ailsbet are both princesses, both honor-bound to marry not for love, but for political advantage. The world of Rurik and Weirland is largely in...more

The Rose throne is a tale told from the perspectives of two Princesses from rival kingdoms. Princess Ailsbet of Rurik hates the artificial ceremony of her fathers court. She would rather surround herself with music. Her kingdom is ruled by death, destruction and the iron will of her father. Born without magic and destined to marry only for her fathers political gain, she trusts no one but herself. She also holds a deep secret that could destroy her and those around her.

Princess Marissa...more
Riley Dawson
I have a lot of feelings about this book. I read the summary when I got it (from netgalley...thanks!) and I was SO excited because I thought it was gonna be all Gail Carson Levine and wonderful and okay. But then I started reading, and I was in some ways disappointed and in some ways pleased.

I liked the magical system in this book. It reminds me a little of what we have in Wheel of Time, where magic is determined by gender but only because of the actions of one man, and everyone else is now deal...more
Buzzwords: magic, gender politics, politics/intrigue, princesses, romance, danger, music, poison

I don't think I will be reading any more books by Ms. Harrison, unfortunately. Not because I dislike her books - I don't - I'm just always disappointed. Let's use this book as an example - cool premise and world, characters that seem interesting at first blush, a serious problem to started strong, but then fell flat for me. It's long, but it feels like little to nothing gets accomplished un...more
Most of what I've wanted to say, has already been said in the other reviews - yay? mine can be more succinct now.

An earlier reviewer blamed the blurb on the back cover/inside jacket: I agree whole-heartedly! That prophecy was the core of the plot, the bait that hooked potential readers into not putting the book back on the shelf.

What an utter disappointment. Beautiful potential, unfulfilled. There are so many elements in this story that titillate and excite and are teased wonderfully - I wonder...more
3.5, I think.

Better than I expected. I've never been a fan of branching stories with different narrators that eventually merge, because I'm usually more interested in one character than another, but at least the chapters were short, so they were easy to get through. Once Issa moved into the Rurik court, it becomes easier to read without irritation through the story, because it does read in sequence from then on.

People who took offense to the gender roles should take a step back, and calm down. E...more
Becky B
The two kingdoms of Rurik and Weirland used to be one kingdom until a king suffered a broken heart and the land was literally split in two. Now there is an unsteady truce, and different focuses on magic. The king of Rurik is an egomaniac who domineers over his kingdom with fear and powerful uses of the man's magic, taweyr. The king of Weirland also has taweyr, but there is also powerful neweyr bringing growth and beauty to the land thanks to the Princess Issa. There is a prophecy that the two ki...more
A Y.A. fantasy about two royal families who live on opposite sides of an hourglass piece of land; each possessing different types of magical powers. One kind creates life and beauty and the other craves death and war. One servant, Duke Kellin, brings a marriage offer from one royal family to the other. He does this for his king, but he also emphasizes that he is more faithful to his kingdom than to any king. You discover a few of his secrets as the book goes on, but this only leads you to wonder...more
Cass -  Words on Paper
May 16, 2013 Cass - Words on Paper marked it as wishlist-2
Shelves: 2013-release
I can't help it. Princesses, magic, rivalry and struggle for power... And yes, the cover.
Andrea at Reading Lark
*3.5 Rating
Review Posted on Reading Lark 4/17/13:

I'm not always drawn to straight up fantasy novels. I tend to enjoy a little paranormal aspect thrown in the mix. There are moments though when my typical reads begin to get a little stale and I crave something new. This was the perfect novel to cleanse my reading palate. It's a vastly different sort of story than those I typically reach for, but it was immensely entertaining.

Ailsbet and Issa are both princ...more
I liked the way this story started. We're introduced to this world very quickly and there's an elegance to the way she explains this simply and straightforward without bring pedantic.

But the Kellin arrived in Weirland and it got off. The dialog didn't line up with the characters emotional reactions. They were always angry at each without saying anything offensive and without explaining the nuance of their tone or the intricacies of cultural politics that warranted their fights. We also didn't g...more
I should start by saying I adore historical fiction. ADORE it. The Rose Throne reminded me slightly of Goose Girl by Shannon Hale, it had the same silky smooth storyline and whilst the storyline is completely different, the atmosphere was just as electric.

When I picked this off my NetGalley page I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I thought I was going to be reading a very pink and fancy with a hint of fantasy. But boy was I mistaken, it's dark and raw, and is the definition of incredi...more
Best Bits: So what's really interesting about this one is the way that magic is woven into the book and creates a social commentary on gender equality. I don't think that this blurb does the book justice. Yes, there are two princesses, but their rivalry isn't really the main focus of the books. They are both in the same situation, trying to survive in a court ruled by a power-crazed king (Ailsbet's father). There are two types of magic in this book, taweyr (magic typically found in men) and newe...more
From my blog:

"What I liked most, however, was the feeling that this book was part of something greater and more complex and more real. It’s fairly common for fantasy novels in particular to set up impossible choices and scenarios where it seems like the good guys can never win. But you know, after all, that actually everything is going to work out okay. (I should point out here that I read mostly YA, which is generally filled with that hope, which I do appreciate. I truly dislike the agony and s...more
{ I received this as an ebook ARC from NetGalley. Review originally posted on my blog, PidginPea's Book Nook. }

I was honestly expecting a lot from that synopsis, so perhaps I set my sights too high, but The Rose Throne did not deliver for me. That synopsis sounds like the story will be full of struggle, desperation, and passion, but I didn't feel any of that as I read. The characters never really seem to struggle so much as just go with the flow, the romance is bland and forced, and even the fac...more
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