Source: provided by the author for an honest review
Date read: February 7, 2015
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Enduring, undying love.Thoughts on The Branded Rose Prophecy: This book was really hard to read. Mostly because it was epic and gut wrenching. So when I say it was hard, I mean it more in a "WHY ARE YOU KILLING ME WITH FEELINGS, BOOK??!?!!?" sort of way.
A woman caught between two worlds...
The man she can never have...
The Kine and the Alfar, enemies since before Odin sat upon the throne of Asgard...
When Charlee Montgomery discovers Asher Strand’s true nature and the feelings he has for her, she also learns Asher's love puts her in mortal danger.
Prophesied long ago, the ancient bridges connecting Earth to the other eight worlds are opened. The Alfar descend upon Earth and the Kine must emerge from their hidden life to take up their role as Man’s protectors.
Without Asher, the Kine will fall and Man with them.
To defeat the Alfar, Asher must give up any hope of a human life with Charlee.
Love. Duty. An impossible choice that must be made.
Man’s survival depends on it.
Honestly, I've always thought it's the mark of a well-written story when I have to put the book down at some point and quietly shore up my defenses before picking it up again. This happened on multiple occasions with Charlee and Asher's story. As much as I wanted them together, their struggle to find their place in the other's life was needed. It was hard to read. It made me wibbly. But it was needed.
I keep coming back to the word EPIC. This book is epic. It spans decades. It follows Charlee and Asher from their first meeting when Charlee was a skinny, smart little girl right on up to the emotionally wrenching invasion of Earth many years later. We get to experience their heartache, their joy, their desolation. We see Charlee grow and blossom into a woman who can fit into Asher's world. We see Asher at his lowest and we see his life regain purpose again.
And their relationship. It was... wow. Yes, there were times I wanted to shake Asher for his sense of honor in holding himself away from Charlee, but he wouldn't be the man he was if he'd casually taken what he wanted. Their circumstances were complicated. In so many ways.
So very many ways.
Heartbreaking at times, bloody and terrible at times, and downright epic all the way through, this is one story that made me hurt for ALL the characters. In a glorious, puddly tears kind of way.