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The Devil's Rose

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From the creator of Plucker comes another illustrated novel, set in Texas and hell. Escapees from hell fill the pages of this book, terrifying and slaying the living as they try to flee their guards from the underworld. Cole, one of the undead, has been sent to reclaim these souls in flight and return them to the fiery depths. But one escaped soul is not like the others: R ...more
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published October 1st 2007 by Harry N. Abrams
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Dec 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
The Devil's Rose by Brom (Book Review)

"...Cole hit the brake and skidded to a stop. He booted the kickstand down and dismounted.
He kept his eyes on his gun as he walked toward her. She was trying to get to it before he got to her, but her legs were mangled, maybe her spine as well. She screamed through clenched teeth as she dragged herself along the hot pavement on raw flesh and bone.
Stop, he thought, just give up. It's over already.
But she wouldn't stop. She hauled herself to the gun, reach
Dec 30, 2010 rated it really liked it
This is the second book I have read by Brom. The first was "The Plucker"; that was a great book and both the artwork and writing were awesome. This book wasn't written quite as well as "The Plucker" but the artwork was just as fantastic.

In this book Cole hunts down escape souls for Hell; he is working to get the Devil's favor so that he can rescue Rose. Only this time one of the souls he is chasing is different and it makes him start to question if the souls he hunts down really deserve what the
Oct 25, 2016 rated it liked it
Interesting story with superb art. It seems Brom writes about characters who live on the fringe. Those with very limited choices and decisions, filled with the best of intentions, usual end badly. The character's are always trying to repent or atone for past mistakes. The Devil's Rose is no different. Cole is trying to right an old wrong that he committed against someone he loved, trying to find forgiveness and atonement by hunting escaped souls for the Devil. Everything seems clear cut and blac ...more
Dec 14, 2011 rated it liked it
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Sep 16, 2009 rated it it was ok
I read this almost immediately after finishing Brom's The Plucker An Illustrated Novel, which I enjoyed quite a bit. I perhaps expected a little too mcuh based on my enjoyment of Plucker.

The characters are mostly escaped residents of Hell and are suitably grim. Only two have any real depth to them. The story is fairly straightforward, a tale of a bounty hunter's lost love interwoven with the story of the escapees. The bounter hunter's desire to redeem himself to the love he wronged brings a welc
Mel (Epic Reading)
Dec 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own-print
5/5 for art
3/5 for story
I love Brom's gothic art. It's just gorgeous to me.
The true joy is that this is a beautiful hardcover book. Glossy pages and a rustic, gothic design complement Brom's art.

The story is decent. It's not mind blowing but it is good. I really liked the end. For the first 30 pages or so I was a bit confused and there is some definite gory descriptions and art; but I would expect nothing less from Brom. By the halfway point the story is really coming together and I thorough
Dani Smith
Mar 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
I have long been a huge fan of Brom's beautiful dark art style. When my husband stumbled on this stunning hardcover tale written and illustrated by the man himself, it was his obligation to make a purchase on my behalf.

This story (more of a novella than a novel) combined wickedness and tenderness, beauty and horror, hope and despair with stunning results. While I think that Brom is still ultimately better suited to painting than writing, he didn't exactly stumble over the written word here, eit
Jan 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2009
Brom has to be one of the most talented fantasy artists working today, and to top it all, he can actually write too! The Devil's Rose is Brom's second illustrated novel (his first being the sumptuously gorgeous The Plucker) and with it he proves he's not just a one-hit wonder. His dark yet achingly beautiful art perfectly complements this twisted tale of damnation, redemption and the choices made by one man on a quest. I can't recommend this highly enough - it's as near to perfect as you can get ...more
Neilie J
Jan 13, 2016 rated it liked it
This story felt highly indebted to Stephen King's Dark Tower series. I liked it, but it felt incomplete, like the sketch for a longer, more complex novel. My favorite thing about it was the illustrations of Rath, this demonic character I feel sure was based on Iggy Pop. Overall, I feel it did an injustice to itself because it created an evocative world and put an intriguing anti-hero at the center of it, then just petered out.
Dec 29, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: for-fun
This is the second book I've read of Brom's, and I really like his work. The books are always laid out with his original art and writings, which make the books a bit of a treat.

The Devil's Rose is a morbid love story in a way with the soulhunter searching for redemption from his true love even after death. Even in this, the plot takes a slight twist from the well-worn tales of trying to gain forgiveness from one's loved one.

Like Brom's other works, this is a quick, fun read.
Jul 29, 2013 rated it liked it
This story wasn't as captivating as I hoped it would be. Based on the purely the story, I'd say this is my least favourite of Brom's books I have read. Regardless, the art was fantastic as always, I just think more could have been done with the concept. Overall not bad, but not great.
Drew Lackovic
Jan 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This was a book chosen by my wife for our nightly reading sessions. Brom, by the way, is her favorite artist. And man, he's a super fabulous writer of deep grit too. Blood guts gunslinging demons and Texas. Can't go wrong.
May 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
I just read Lost Gods and realized I didn't have this on my Goodreads shelf. I read it a while ago, but Lost Gods kind of reminded me of Devil's Rose. A shorter story, much more of that delicious artwork, but a similar theme of coming back from the dead to protect your love despite the horrors of hell you may have to face to do so.
Erica Pretzer
Jun 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Read it as a teen and remember loving it!
As someone of the Catholic faith, reading anything that discusses the different sides to God and religion is very intriguing. Today is a time where people are very sensitive about lots of topics-and rightfully so. While I may not believe in homosexuality for example, in no way do I look down on those people or think, you will burn in Hell. Because they are people, and everyone has a life to live the way they want, and the fact that anyone would write someone off simply because of a stupid STUPID ...more
Jana Tetzlaff
Jan 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
The Devil’s Rose

A long time ago Cole did a bad thing to someone he loved. Now he’s a soulhunter, chasing fugitive souls to return to the devil for a chance at redeeming himself to the one he hurt. His current assignment leads him to the trail of someone who is more than a runaway crook, someone more powerful, someone with a different goal, someone who will ultimately change Cole’s perception of what he is doing and to what end and who will provide Cole with the opportunity to reconsider the choi
Dec 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: brom
Another of my Brom finds --this one a lucky grab--it was donated to my library by the Marysville library and probably does not have much more shelf time before they pull it for damage. The spine is completely broken...:(. I won't get sidetracked ranting about how crappy people are for treating library books so badly--I mean they give them to us for free, people!! held up for my reading which is important. :) This book is a sort of Gothic Western illustrated novel. I know that Brom's ...more
May 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Cole is a soulhunter, working for the devil to earn his freedom so he can search for Rose. (Who is she? You'll have to read it to find out.) He is on the trail of Rath and five demons who have escaped hell and who the devil desperately wants returned.

This book is good at making you think. There are some people/demons who aren't as they appear (without giving away too much, I was shocked when a villain's viewpoint - right or wrong - twisted everything I thought I saw clearly into something quite
Apr 04, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
I picked this picture-book up because it is illustrated (and written) by Brom, a gothic artist whose visual art I like. The plot follows a damned Texas Ranger, hunting souls for Hell in exchange for his freedom. The story is very short, and somewhat entertaining. It gets more interesting toward the end, but falls short of any descriptions such as "challenging" or "brilliant". There are some gaps in plot consistency, like repeatedly mentioning how the ranger never failed to bring in a man he went ...more
Jan 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Brom delivers another brilliantly artistic rendition of a classic tale; this time a revenant bounty hunter come to claim the devil's due from the damned who have escaped the confines of Hell. Brief, mostly engaging; a sort of Western gothic romance that rang all the right bells with me and brought more than a few sardonic grins to my face - Cole is the stereotypical grim badarse, but there's a sort of morose tenderness (at least in the imagery) that made him feel a little more original and less ...more
Jan 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
While not my favorite of Brom's work, yet again, he does not disappoint. The Devil's Rose is an old fashion Western with demons and doomed souls trying to escape the pits of hell. The images and feelings that that sentence alone creates is enough to send sparks of creative pleasure racing through my mind.

If you have never read any of Brom's work, I wouldn't suggest this as your first novel. However, if you are a fan of Brom, or you are looking for something a bit different, this is a great one
Jul 28, 2016 rated it liked it
I've wanted to read this for years, ever since I bought a copy for my brother. the art was intriguing. still is (I'd love some of it on my wall). upon finally finding it at the la city library, I realized that Brom isn't particularly a good writer. his style in this novel mirrors that of a campfire storyteller, which is all fine and good, I suppose. but I don't feel like it was particularly effective or eloquent. the story was interesting enough, though the art carried more weight than anything. ...more
Jackie Sonnenberg
Feb 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
This could have been a lot longer! The ending did not have to end where it did, it left it very open. I personally would have liked to see Cole navigate the rest of the regions of the Netherrealm and Hell to find Rose. That was the entire point of the book! FIND ROSE and patch up that relationship! Was Cole redeemed because he beat the soulwarden? I don't know, because I don't know what else he did in Hell. He just wandered off and that was that.

Also, the very beginning made it seem like Becky w
Oct 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
I just finished reading this book and I'm very upset. Don't get me wrong, it was a very captivating story and I was hanging on to every word. The artwork throughout is absolutely beautiful.

It's the ending that has me so upset. So much so that I feel compelled to actually write a review (if that's what you can call this). Without giving away anything, I feel like I only got half the story. It ended with so much more to tell. I have so many questions and am desperate to know what happens next.

N Oelle
Mar 04, 2011 rated it liked it
It was enjoyable. The writing was simple but the content was adult, which made up for it. It was amusing enough to pick up on a whim for a little fun. The highlight, of course, was all of the fun imagery in the physical details and descriptions - which to be expected since he is first and foremost a graphic artist. I wouldn't go nuts to recommend it, but if you needed something light to pick up to pass the time, or enjoy anything involving the wild west and demons, or also of course if you're Br ...more
Nov 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, art
This is one of the best finds I've ever had in a second-hand bookstore. Story-wise, it's a lot like ghostrider, where you've got the devil's cowboy raising across the desert on a demonic horse, chasing escaped souls. The plot isn't actually that unique or exciting, but the art is AMAZING. The art makes up for everything, the plot, the characters, etc. What the story misses, the art fills in, as it really helps the imagination along. And the style is so unique. I really want more illustrated book ...more
Oct 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Another amazing book from the writer Brom. However it's proven to be my least favorite out of his collective works. I loved the story and the art as always, but there were a few things I didn't like. I believe in taking responsibility for ones actions no matter how justified. In the end you did what you did and you were caught. Everybody has to pay for the right and wrong reasons in life. There shouldn't be any acceptations to the rule. Still, I loved reading it and I recommend it to anyone inte ...more
Feb 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
This was an enjoyable book with beautiful illustrations, but the plot and characters felt a bit weak. I liked the backstory, but I wished the backstory ended a bit sooner so we could understand a bit more why the main character chose to be a bounty hunter for the devil. And I liked hearing about the escaped souls, and wished for more of their stories. But the artwork was pretty, and created a great atmosphere.
Aug 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library
Interesting take on a love story (of sorts), and a tale of redemption which suited the way my brain works.
I've always loved his art, and finding out the seed behind some of the images that have haunted my hard drives and walls for years was neat.
Reading the story that came from that seed with the accompanying images was even better.
Sep 20, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015
I thought I would like this a lot more than I did. It was fun and most of the art was great, but it really didn't good for me until the end and then it kinda dropped off. I get why he ended it the way he did but I definitely didn't expect that. It made the book more about the main character's transformation than a "quest".
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