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Rose of the Oath: A Beauty and the Beast Novella (Legends of Light #1)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  116 Ratings  ·  40 Reviews
She demanded her brother’s place as prisoner despite his protests. She had time to plot an escape. Eldric did not.

Elissa, a resolute maiden from a small mountain village, knew war was brewing when her brother left her alone with her two younger sisters. His promise of a hasty return held little comfort.

Instead of Eldric’s return, she receives news of his capture by a stran
Published June 4th 2017 by Hope Ann
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Audrey Caylin
Beauty and the Beast has never been my favorite fairytale, but I went in to reading this with an open mind.

The result?

Because of this beautiful retelling, Beauty and the Beast is now one of my favorite fairytales!

Rose of the Oath is a true Legends of Light novella with siblings who would do anything to keep each other safe, a rebel who wants his way, and a touch of allegory with a Prince who has come to save His people, all packed together in a short, snappy read with the complexity of a full-l
Kate Willis
Jun 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A darling Beast who has to communicate through writing and just got himself a new fighting buddy? All. The. Cuteness. <3 I had half-decided not to like this book for the sole reason it is replacing Rose of Prophecy. After reading it and the prequel leading into it, my mind is very much changed. I LOVE them. They start the series off so much better, setting the tone and filling us in on the Separation, the Stieg Der, and the King’s Oath. And they told me again the beautiful message of redempti ...more
Title: Rose of the Oath
Written By: Hope Ann
Genre: Christian Fantasy Romance/Fairy Tale retelling
Recommended Ages: 13 & up

I've been wanting to read something by this author for a while and was excited when I got this one for free. I had a bit of time to read, so I decided to do this one. It helps that my favorite fairy tale is Beauty and the Beast. I'm glad I read it. [Read more…]

Characters: .75/1
There were a couple times when the characters felt a little flat, but for the most p
Claire Banschbach
Jun 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this novella and read it in one sitting. Hope Ann has a wonderful writing style that keeps you turning the pages. She does a great job of blending allegory with great characters and a gripping story line.

I love Beauty and the Beast retellings and this one is no exception. All the novellas in this series are really special. I know this story replaced a previous B&B retelling and I have to say that this one adds more to the series, I think, giving us the background of the Stieg
May 25, 2017 marked it as to-read
Shelves: kindle
That cover. <3
Jun 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Charming, clean, and full of adventure.

The theme of love runs deep in this story. There is some excellent spiritual content to be found in too -- just hidden in allegory. I found this to beautify the story all the more, and created more realism and feeling in this fantasy world of Aslaria.

+ I'm so glad the beautiful, ginormous library made it in to the story. Ahhh. If only my bookish dreams could come true in real life. (If I was being held captive in the Beast's castle... and it contained a li
Shannon Hiner
I picked up Rose of the Oath because I am a Beauty & The Beast fanatic and read every retelling I can get my hands on. Up to this point, there has only been 1-2 that I have really loved. This one is getting added to the top 3.

Things I loved:
Elissa has spirit/spunk and won't stop trying to escape.
The 'Beast' is unable to speak
Mingling of the original tale with Disney elements

I was fascinated by the way the author wove religious elements throughout the tale, slowly but surely steepin
Sep 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Rose of the oath introduces the world of Aslaria a land gripped in war between the king and a group of rebels who want to take control of the land. The strong character of Elissa is the charater witch carries this story for me.
You could find a silmilar character in Beauty and the Beast but Hope Ann maken the story her own with the war and some very strongh faith components. Elissa has lost faith in the king due to a tragedy revealed as the story progresses. Her soul focus is on keeping her fami
Mar 14, 2018 rated it liked it
A retelling of Beauty & The Beast, with enough of an original spin to be refreshing and enough of a tale-as-old-as-time side to satisfy purists. There is an allegorical backbone present, as well, and though I am not the biggest fan of allegory (outside of Narnia), I give the author credit for mostly pulling it off.

My expectations were not the highest, given that this ebook was 100% free on Amazon. But, as George Will once said, the nice thing about being a pessimist is you're constantly eit
Deborah O'Carroll
[Shared some thoughts for this in my review for Burning Rose, here:]
E.B. Dawson
Apr 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: indie-authors
A very unique story. It went in a completely direction than I expected. I give the author props for creativity. But I also couldn't help feeling that it wasn't really a beauty and the beast retelling at moments, because it was so very different. I also struggled at moments to make sense of some of the history and how pieces fit together. For instance, I never understood how the rose ended up at her door, or why "the beast" had to keep a prisoner.

There were some awesome moments in this novella to
Jane Maree
Oct 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really loved this read. It was sweet and gripping and exciting all in one. The style of the writing really pulled me in, and I connected with the characters so well.

There were a few plot twists, though I did guess them before they happened. (view spoiler)

The characters were really intriguing, and I particularly liked watching the de
Jun 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Good, sweet allegory. This beauty and the beast retelling did have some interesting twists, however, some things were not always too clear. A bit more time on development would have been helpful, particularly on the romance. Like most batb retelling's i've read, the romance is underdeveloped and you really don't feel much between the main characters. It was a fun read though.

I know everyone really likes this, and I did enjoy it. But I really just wasn't feeling it. I wasn't really shipping or picking up chemistry between the two main characters either. The writing style was very pleasing, though, and the plot made sense, so it was well done.
This book was REALLY good guys!!! :D I was not really expecting to like it this much! :) Just the feel of it, and the characters were amazing. It was very well written too. There is nothing I can think of that I didn't like. It was all just so good! Yeah, I finished it in like......Less than a day. :D There was action, adventure, and i wasn't bored at any point in the book. I would recommend it to ages 13-up, maybe 14-up. Just depending on what they can handle. There was some more dark-ish inten ...more
S.G. Willoughby
Jul 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love this book so much! :D I'm beaming by the end every time I reach the end. Great characters, and a simply beautiful retelling! This is my favorite all of Hope Ann's books. :)
Julian Daventry
May 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
One of the first fairy-tale retellings I ever read, and certainly a good one to start with! The Beauty and the Beast plot was easily followed, but it had such a new twist and a new light on it, I really devoured every page. The Beast...I loved him!! (As I'm currently editing a trilogy with a mute character, I enjoyed reading someone who couldn't speak, either.) I loved the relationship between Elissa (Beauty) and the strange person with scars...a person she called Beast. And the ending??? Epicne ...more
Erudessa Aranduriel

With the enemy armies approaching and her brother Eldric not yet returned from his trading trip, Elissa leaves her younger sisters and following the pull of a magical rose, finds Eldric held captive by a strange man in a rose filled valley. Knowing that he is needed back home more then herself, she takes his place and as the days pass, finds that the stranger isn't as much of a beast as she once thought. Raging against the King whom she feels cares naught for her, Elissa is torn between her grow
Action-packed, faith-filled retelling of Beauty and the Beast

"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
Savannah Jezowski
Jun 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
What I liked :

I was pleasantly surprised by this novella. I love getting free books because I just can't afford my reading appetite most days, and this story was refreshing. It was the perfect balance of light and dark, with flawed characters and impossible odds. I was able to follow the plot without any trouble and was intrigued right up until the end.

What I would have liked different:

I would have enjoyed a bit more back story on Adrian and Elissa (although, I hear there is a prequel that wil
Jun 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fairy tale retelling fans, YA
I don’t know what to rate this book. I liked it... but I really did not like Elissa (Beauty) the main character. I know, how can I like the book if I don’t like the main character... I don’t know. But I really like when it started to pick up after the halfway point (things started to get much more interesting. I particularly liked the ending. As always, this book was written with a lyrical fairy tale style (although it also seemed a little more YA style when it came to Elissa/Beauty in her attit ...more
Tessa Stockton
A striking and unusual retelling of Beauty and the Beast. The Biblical symbolism reigned supreme over other matters and that part was invigorating. The author’s voice is suspenseful and gripping. Where it fell a star short for me is with the romance. I suppose I was seeking more development with the relationship between Beauty (Elissa) and the Beast (Adrian), but that element seemed plugged in rather than possessing a natural flow. Honestly, there was more chemistry between Elissa and her brothe ...more
Jun 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rose of the Oath

I have read several Christian fiction books that retell the Beauty and the Beast story, but this is the best one I have ever read.

The author had a way of capturing my imagination from the beginning and drawing me into this tale of Beauty and her beast. This was not the typical story of Beauty realizing her beast had good qualities, but a tale of the real, true, pure, and honest love that Christ has for his people. It tells us how we can be so easily deceived, and how the truth ca
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May 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
War clouds the horizon and rebels gather under a mysterious leader. Alone, with her two

younger sisters, Elissa watches the mountain road desperately for her brother’s return. Instead,

she receives news of his capture by a strange figure covered in scars and cloaked in wolf skins.

With rebels drawing nearer, she sets off to find her brother. To save him. There is no one else

who can.

Yet she soon finds the rose that granted her warning now holds her captive in safety. Outside the

valley, war threatens
Sycamore Reader
Jun 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The new first book in Hope Ann's "Legends of Light" series, Rose of the Oath was very engaging and so hard to take a brake from when I needed to go to bed. :) Take the warning: Prepare for loads of surprises and thrills when reading something by Hope... you never know where she's going to take you, but you'll find the destination is satisfying.
Rose of the Oath was quite a bit darker and dramatic than Rose of Prophecy and the characters much deeper, but it over all was well crafted. The plot deve
I am a sucker for fairy tale retellings. Seriously, I eat 'em up like those creamy caramel-filled Werther candies. But one of the struggles I've had with there being so many amazing fairy tale retellings out there is that they start to all blend together after awhile--so I really value retellings where authors truly make the story their own and put a new twist on it. Rose of the Oath does exactly that. The allegorical Christian undertones only enrich the storyline, and I love the eerie, almost g ...more
Clare Farrelly
Oct 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Really good! The only thing was I somehow got confused without knowing it and thought that the MCs siblings were her children.... and her brother was her husband... I got a long way through before realising my mistake. They story was mysterious, and heartbreaking. Words wove together in a beautiful way with such a ring of truth. I loved how different it was from the normal fairy tale while still containing many of the elements.

Darkness can be so beautiful when such a great light shines forth fro
Sharon M. Turner

A really unique version of the well beloved Beauty and the Beast. Elissa saves her brother after he picks a very special rose and offers herself in exchange for his life. The Beast has a castle in a protected valley where he is hiding and he fights wolves to keep his valley safe. A war is brewing and only an old legend can save everyone. Does Elissa end up with the Beast? Is her brother saved? Is war prevented?
Annie Twitchell
Mar 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2017
I read this in the collection "Burning Rose". Hope Ann weaves a delightful and richly colored fairy tale inside a storyworld of her own making that I'm dying to explore more of. The darkness isn't hidden in her story, but balanced by the light, leaving one hopeful and bright. Beauty and the Beast is one of my favorite fairy tales and this was a retelling I loved. 5 stars, highly recommend for ages 12+. This is definitely one I'll read again.
Spencer Duhon
Dec 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A beautiful story

I chose this rating because I truly enjoyed this book. This was a sweet, clean, and touching story that gave the tale of our childhood a new, invigorating edge. Seldom do I find books like this, that not only entertain, but present a wholesome moral element as well. Loved it!
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Hope Ann likes to think herself a dragon-riding, griffin-taming founder of worlds and explorer of legends. Using chocolate, she bribes a wide ring of spies, from the realm leapers of Aslaria to the double agents of Elkbend, for their stories. She thrives on frost, steel, and the tears of her readers which she secretly mixes into iced coffee. Deep in her hobbit hole, her actual life involves stayin ...more
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