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Mark of the Rose by Kate Pearce
Series: Tudor Vampire Chronicles #3
Published by Penguin on 2011-09-06
Reviewed by Shayna
Hearing that Henry VIII's new queen is in danger, Rhys Williams engages the help of Verity Llewellyn, a lady-in-waiting eager to prove her abilities as a vampire hunter. Rhys suspects the weakening queen has fallen victim to a vampire. And the fact that she is pregnant makes the situation all the more dangerous...
Druid Vampire slayer Rhys Williams has no desire to work with novice fellow slayer, Verity Llewellyn. But as the Llewellyn family has long protected the Tudor kings from Vampires, Rhys has no choice but to form an alliance with the beautiful, determined Verity. A mysterious Vampire is threatening the pregnant Queen Jane and in order to protect the future of the Tudor dynasty, Rhys and Verity will have to question everything they thought they knew about Vampires and Druids. With time running out for the queen, neither Rhys nor Verity can afford any distractions. And their attraction to one another is very, very distracting
When it comes to the court of Henry VIII, the truth is often more entertaining than fiction. That’s definitely not the case in Kate Pearce’s Tudor Vampire Chronicles. In Mark of the Rose, Ms. Pearce delivers a story filled with Vampires, Druids, danger, magic, passion and romance that puts even the political and romantic intrigue of the Tudor court to shame.
Rhys, who was a fascinating secondary character in Kiss of the Rose and Blood of the Rose, gets his chance to shine in Mark of the Rose. He’s been in love with Rosalind Llewellyn for years, but as readers of the Tudor Vampire Chronicles know, Rosalind found love elsewhere. Rhys is a strong, honorable, sexy hero and I wanted him to find someone who would be perfect for him, and that’s definitely Verity. I absolutely loved Verity. People often see her as a pale echo of her cousin Rosalind and Verity struggles with this. She wants to be respected in her own right, to be Rosalind’s equal, and she desperately wants Rhys to see her for who she truly is. At times my heart broke for Verity; Ms. Pearce definitely had me turning the pages of Mark of the Rose, eager to see Verity find the happiness she deserved.
Mark of the Rose is the third book in the Tudor Vampire Chronicles, but Ms. Pearce provides enough information that readers new to the series can follow along. So far each book has followed the battle between good and evil with Vampires and Druids often blurring the lines as to who is right and who is wrong with the backdrop of that battle being a certain point in time in Henry VIII’s reign. In Mark of the Rose, Verity, Rhys, and their allies are determined to protect the pregnant Queen Jane who is being attacked by a mysterious Vampire. I won’t spoil what happens, but suffice it to say that Ms. Pearce does an amazing job of working the paranormal aspects of her tale into historical events.
A cliffhanger of an ending and a couple of incredibly interesting secondary characters make me eager to see what Ms. Pearce will do next in the Tudor Vampire Chronicles. All in all, Mark of the Rose was an engaging read and I am on the edge of my seat waiting to see what happens next in this action-packed, engrossing series!