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Blade & Rose

(Blade and Rose #1)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  1,602 ratings  ·  227 reviews
A kingdom in turmoil or the love of her life. Which one will she save?

Elementalist Rielle hasn't heard from her best friend in far too long. Yet no one at the Tower of Magic seems to care about Olivia’s silence, or the curtain of secrecy surrounding the distant capital. Before Rielle can investigate, she's assigned a strange new mission: escort a paladin named Jon across
Paperback, 678 pages
Published October 7th 2017 by Miranda Honfleur
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Nov 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, 2017-reads
Chapter One: It's All History
Reading Blade & Rose was a bet.
It popped up amongst Amazon's recommendations, and I instantly fell in love with the cover. The blurb described a book I suspected I would enjoy, but none of my GR friends had read and reviewed it and that made me extremely cautious. After some inner pep talk and long hours staring at the cover (I think it is obvious by now that I am a shallow person, ruled by her primitive urges and succumbing to cover lust) I decided to give it a
Sep 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Holly by: Vicki
3.5 stars

I put off the next book I was planning to read so I could instead go ahead and read the second book in this series, if that tells you anything about my feelings towards this book. This is fantasy romance and it is ridiculously freaking hard to find good books in this genre (notable exceptions: A Court of Mist and Fury and almost anything C.L. Wilson writes), so finding something even quasi-decent is exciting. There's still definite room for improvement, but this is the first book in the
Miscellaneous Allie
DNF 54% maybe I'll try picking it up again someday. This book is loooong and it's not a good thing. It's long because it's horribly edited and goes into way too much detail into the wrong things. The stupid plot about her werewolf husbando making her publicly suck his dick was so unnecessary and so disengaging I almost DNFd there.

Also this is not a slow burn. I don't know where I got the impression that someone described it as such, but it's an instalove with bad excuses for why they're not fuc
Shelby  P
Apr 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I seriously have not been able to stop thinking about this book since I finished it. It has everything I love in a good fantasy. Clear yet complex magic systems, multidimensional characters, and a whole lot of plot.

More people need to read this series. It’s free on kindle unlimited, but how could you pass up having these covers on your bookshelf? I know I can’t.

Ashlee » Library In The Country
One thing I am always looking for is fantasy stories with a new adult vibe. This book absolutely fits that bill and I loved it! This is the type that I could binge and binge and binge on and I am definitely looking forward to the next.

My only caveats are that it’s a little insta-lovey, there could be clearer world building and it probably doesn’t need to be 600+ pages long. However, the characters have riveting back stories and the pacing is on point. This book does not stop giving in the action
Al *the semi serial series skipper*
I really enjoyed this. I especially loved that Rielle was more open about sex and not the shirking violets other heroines her. In fact, our hero was the virgin in this one.

This is a long book which I especially loved but one of the clues was so easy to figure out midway through the story. It didn't stop me from enjoying it though.

Brennan was such a complex character. I was rooting for him until what he did to Rielle was revealed and now I just hate him. Though the last pages make me feel I can w
Jayne Castel
An excellent start to an exciting Epic Fantasy Romance series. It's often hard to find good Fantasy Romances which aren't Young Adult or Paranormal. But there's nothing better than a sword and sorcery adventure with an emotional love story woven through it!

Definitely a five-star read. Here's what I loved about it:

Blade and Rose is an epic novel - both in size (it's over 700 pages long!) and in scope. Miranda Honfleur builds a credible world built on European civilisations and an exciting magic s
L.R.W. Lee
I'm sorry. This is a DNF for me. I really liked the world and magic even though it was a bit confusing, but after the heroine goes on the journey with the guy she's supposed to be escorting, I couldn't follow what the heroine wanted. I understood she wanted to be promoted, but the nature of the journey made the plot wander and I lost interest. It seemed her goal in life was to be seduced by the guy and have sex. Sorry, but I need something more to keep me engaged.
Ryan Muree
Oct 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book grabbed me in all the feels and didn't let go.

The characters are done exceptionally well, and they are reason enough for all 5 stars. Each POV is unique, consistent, and engaging. That can't be said enough. I wanted every character to succeed in some way, which just ups the tension, even more, when some of their interests conflict. The relationships between the characters are deep and detailed. The best part is the main female character, Rielle. She is ACTUALLY leading. No damsel in di
Jan 30, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It's an okay read, but there was nothing that really stood out to me. The characters seemed to get stuck in an emotional rut halfway through and never really go anywhere. Rielle continues to be immature throughout the book and I get sick of listening to her whining pretty quickly. Yes, she had a tragedy happen to her when she was young, but instead of growing from it she decides to isolate herself from everyone. This isn't helped by her relationship with the abusive jerk Brennan. I hate that man ...more
Oct 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book made some ambitious promises to its readers, but WOW did it deliver. If you’re a fan of Anne Bishop’s Black Jewels series or Sarah J. Maas, do yourself a favor, buy this book, and set aside a couple of days to read it because you won’t want to put it down.

Honfleur sucks you into her vibrant and tumultuous world right away with unforgettable characters and a masterful plot that enthrall the reader to the very last page (and beyond).

The protagonist, Rielle, comes to life with strengths
apparently 4th time is the charm. I finally tried this as an audiobook and enjoyed it significantly more that way. It was pretty hard to read through the insta-lust and I generally drop any book that does this anymore. I hate it. So much. It was like immediately the moment Rielle and Jon and set eyes on each other, they were ready to rip each other's clothes off...and the angsty lust thoughts were torture to read through, but just barely bearable in audio format. After all the romance
Elizabeth Kiefer
Dec 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was so excited when I found this book. A strong heroine - (who is not a virgin, not the strongest Mage but still kicks hella ass)magic, a guard, a werewolf, a best friend imprisoned all combined into a story I couldn't put down (for the most part). I loved it. It was nonstop action and movement and growth.

I really was pulling for Jon and Rielle. I couldn't stand Brennan. And then, I stopped enjoying Jon and Rielle's romance and started pulling for Brennan. I think Jon is very boring. I think
Hua-Chuan Sim
Oct 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Excellently written debut epic fantasy by Miranda Honfleur.

What an excellent, exciting, gripping, spellbinding first book for this series. The author has created a cast of well imagined and well fleshed out characters. Rielle is a great heroine, a quaternary elementalist who controls fire, water, air and earth. She’s brave, intelligent, beautiful, captivating and highly likeable as a character. Jon is a great hero, handsome and driven, with a great twist in his storyline. Brennan is a highly com
Mary Nguyen (fox & wit)
Feb 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It's been awhile since I've read a series where the world building, emotional complexity and character development in book 1 are so brilliantly fleshed out.

It probably helps that this book barely falls short of 700 pages.

I loved the characters in this novel so much and quite frankly, I'm not sure my poor heart can handle the angst reading the rest of the series.

Why is this series so underrated?
A. Hoyle
Jun 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Miranda Honfleur does not get the credit she deserves! Blade & Rose is a thicc well-crafted magical adventure with romance to boot! I will say that I'm rooting for the bad boy in this book, which I normally don't do... And I will rage if, when I continue reading this series, the bad boy was used as a stepping stone to the happily ever after with the good guy. ...more
Sep 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Magic? Adventure? Battles? Politics? Romance? This book had it all, and then some!
I changed my mind about every single character about 6 times throughout reading. I was totally blind-sided by some of the plot twists. And, the fact that I am so torn over the romantic entanglements!
If you like CL Wilson’s Tairen Soul Series you will most likely love this series!
Apr 13, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: kindle, dnf
DNF @ 19%

I am cringing way too much at this and I'm not gonna suffer 600+ pages more of this.

-they had like magic sex
-weird dialogue
-weird pacing
-weird scenes
-bad description of eyes. for some reason that's where I'm drawing the line.
Emerald Dodge
Feb 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, enclave, novels
It's been nearly ten years since I sat up in bed, long after my bedtime, to finish a book.

Reading Blade & Rose made me feel like a teenager again. As I sank into the story, the years rolled back and I was a high schooler again, utterly absorbed in a thick, romantic, and endlessly beautiful story in another world. Honfleur's Emmauria is as vivid and memorable as any other fictional fantasy world of sword and sorcery I've ever encountered, and most importantly, she knows when to lay down the deta
Feb 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love this story. Magic and mayham and paladins. Rielle is a mage who is just trying to make it to her 23rd birthday to avoid a marriage she doesn't want. She has secrets that she fights to keep hidden. She is bound by blood to a werewolf and has to give him blood once a month so that he doesn't lose control, and this is who she doesn't want to marry. When she is sneaking out to meet the werewolf she finds that a paladin is trying to get through the mage's tower without getting permission. She ...more
What a delightful, pleasant surprise - I had zero knowledge or expectations going in and then somehow fell in love.

Consistent world-building, interesting plot, and a flawed, fascinating, tough yet wounded heroine. Rielle really made the book for me. I am normally all about the guys and did find both Jon and Brennan interesting in their own ways (well, more Brennan than Jon, I am always Team Bad Boy Basketcase) but here I was all about Rielle. I want her to get whatever she wants - title of magis
The Mysterious Reader
Nov 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
“Which will she choose: her best friend and the kingdom, or the love of her life?”

This book is quite a bit overwhelming, but in a good way. There’s so much going on That’s it’s hard to give it a decent description, though luckily the Goodreads blurb does a good enough job and certainly gives s sense of the tone. I love Rielle, her talents as an elemental mage and her kick-a** approach to life in the face of daunting challenges and devastatingly hard to make decisions. The supporting cast is also
Ianthe Silverfire
Jan 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
A difficult book to revirw as I did not finish it. It felt well written. The characters are interesting, though there are perhaps one too many POVs. Though the one extra is usually short. The story is engaging.

However it was unrelentingly depressing! Nothing ever went right for these characters. I admit to getting frustrated and reading the summary of the next book. Of course I am uninformed of the ending of the book, but what I read of the summary was not uplifting. I'm simply the sort of pers
Lauren the Book Slayer
DNF at about 65%

Do I believe in love at first sight? Mmm... kinda.. maybe? But when you've had your heart broken multiple times in the past, and you've sworn off of getting close to anyone again, or you've sworn to a goddess your whole life to be celibate, and then you fall deeply in love with someone in less than a week and can't keep your hands to yourself - NOPE. SEE YA.

This book was never going to be a five star read, but I was really enjoying it until the outrageous insta-love happened. Ye
Jan 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This was so long....and I loved every minute of it. I zoomed through it. I’m amazed honestly because the whole thing was so very masterfully woven - deep & personable characters, an incredible magic system, a world that kept revealing more and more (and not in a frustrating way)...and to do this with 0 dull spots over ~600 pages is nothing short of incredibly impressive. I am getting the next right now.

This book was insanely long. It had its interesting and exciting parts but there was A LOT of boring slow parts. Most of the characters were terrible people and even the ones I liked had moments where they were just annoying or sanctimonious. I liked the magic use. It was the best part. But there was a love triangle. And let me just say I would not have read this book of I had known how much DRAMA there would be.
Oct 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
This started out as a really excellent potential 5 star book. A little over half way through it started to drag. I really think there are huge chunks of this book that were not necessary and could have been cut to help the flow. I still really enjoyed it and I am definitely going to read the rest of the series.
Nov 07, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-ive-arc
Took me entirely too long to read this. I volunteered to read this book in exchange for an honest review. At first I was hooked but then I’d hit a spot or three that seemed to slow a bit. All in all it was a good book But had a bit of trouble holding my attention
Feb 05, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf

There are a few things I dislike more than insta-love and TSTL characters and this book had them both
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