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The Rose Throne (The Rose Throne #1)

3.07  ·  Rating details ·  449 Ratings  ·  144 Reviews
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 cere
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Hardcover, 390 pages
Published May 14th 2013 by EgmontUSA
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Chantelle
Apr 22, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, average, fantasy
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
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Kat
May 06, 2013 rated it liked it
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
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Matilda
Feb 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Finished: 2/18/13
Review to come.

Update:
GIVEAWAY: 2 ARC COPIES ON OUR BLOG (Link below)

Originally posted on our blog @ http://characterized.blogspot.com/201...

(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
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Annabelle Marie Veronica
*****FINAL RATING: 4.90 STARS*****

CATCHALL
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 no
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Miranda
Mar 12, 2013 rated it did not like it
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.

Ailsbe
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Rebeka
The Rose Throne is the story of two princesses--Ailsbet of Rurik and Marlissa of Weirland--whose stories intertwine in a dangerous game of politics.

First, I'll start off with the good stuff: this author is not afraid to make you sad; the court life in Rurik is truly bloodthirsty. I got quite attached to a few characters, only to be stunned when their lives ended in a sad display of a strong, tyrannical king's power. It takes guts to make the danger real for the reader, and the author should be a
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Sebrina Parker
May 05, 2013 rated it liked it
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
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Kirsty (Amethyst Bookwyrm)
This and my other reviews can be found at http://amethystbookwyrm.blogspot.co.uk/

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
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Kelly
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 i
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Erin
Mar 31, 2013 rated it liked it
This story almost has the feel of alternate history, only...it 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
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Kate
Aug 04, 2013 rated it did not like it
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
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Riley Dawson
Mar 26, 2013 rated it liked it
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
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♥ Unaeve ♥
Mar 17, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc-2013


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
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Jo
Mar 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this tale about two princesses and their magic. It was a unique world. Harrison does not info dump, but gradually provides the backbone for the world she is building. Each girl is distinct and has their own personality. I look forward to reading book two!
Jillian (PidginPea's Book Nook)
{ 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
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Celine
Apr 13, 2013 rated it it was ok
It's not so often that the ending of a book has annoyed me this much. Usually if I don't like a book, but don't hate it enough to make me want to put it down instantly, I'll continue till the end. The ending is most often the best part of the book, and it will give satisfaction once it's all over. Nothing like that for The Rose Throne. That's seriously one of the most unsatisfactory endings I have ever seen.

Ailsbeth and Marissa are both princesses, but their worlds couldn't be different. Each b
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Alice
Feb 14, 2014 rated it it was ok
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
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Heidi-Marie
That was such an awful experience. Made worse by the hope that it might get better or redeem itself by the end, and instead I wasted 3 weeks of my life on the thing. Ug. I'm so glad to have read other reviews that expressed my exact sentiments.

There was a lot of promise to the story, setting, world. But the book didn't live up to any of them. I acknowledge that I had an ARC (a book I chose solely for its cover...), so that would account for the fact that I came across mistakes on almost every pa
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Becky B
Mar 25, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
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
Sarah
Mar 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
(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
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Val
Apr 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Summary:

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
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Marie
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
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Lark of The Bookwyrm's Hoard
Review originally published at The Bookwyrm's Hoard.

I really wanted to like The Rose Throne. I enjoyed Harrison’s The Princess and the Hound, which I found refreshingly original. But The Rose Throne disappointed me from the first page. While Harrison’s ideas are good, her somewhat lackluster execution made much of the book a chore to slog through, particularly during the first third to half. There is too much telling, as opposed to showing, which sometimes renders the prose rather flat. I also d
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Liviania
Jun 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
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Laura
Apr 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
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
Dianne
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
Jen*The Geeky Book Gal*
Goodreads summary:
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 t
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Shae McDaniel
Apr 03, 2013 marked it as dnf
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
Originally posted at http://shelversanon.blogspot.com

This story was marketed as something that would appeal to Megan Whalen Turner fans, which is rarely a safe gamble. I came in with astronomically high hopes and set it aside when it failed to grab me. I was confused by the fantasy jargon that came in a wave with little-to-no explanation at first, and I didn't want to deal with a narrative that bounced back and forth between the two girls.

I hope to try it again later with lowered expectations. I
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Cass -  Words on Paper
Feb 28, 2013 marked it as wishlist-2
Shelves: 2013-release
I can't help it. Princesses, magic, rivalry and struggle for power... And yes, the cover.
Faye
Mar 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Princess Ailsbet is considered unweyr, without the gift of neweyr that brings life and beauty expected of women or any weyr, like the taweyr of men expressed when hunting or in anger. Her father Haikor is powerful in his taweyr, and rules Rurik with an iron fist. But when Ailsbet discovers a dangerous secret about herself, will she be able to protect the ones that she loves?

Princess Marlissa of Weirland has a duty and responsibility to marry Prince Edik of Rurik, a young man 5 years her junior i
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