Tuesday 25 July 2023

Book Review: Queen of Roses by Briar Boleyn (Fantasy Romance)

Title: Queen of Roses (Blood of a Fae #1)
Author: Briar Boleyn
Publisher: Starwater Press
Publication Date: 15 April 2023
Pages: 345
Format: eBook - EPUB
Genre: Fantasy Romance
Source: ARC via NetGalley

A cast-off princess…
Born into a life of duty and sacrifice, Morgan Pendragon’s destiny has never been her own. Rumored to carry the tainted blood of the fae in her veins, her birthright is stolen from her when she is a mere child. Growing up in the shadow of her brother the king, she has been promised to the goddesses when she comes of age. So, when her brother commands that she seek out a fae weapon of legendary power, Morgan seizes the chance to break free from the chains of her fate.

A dangerous temptation…

As she travels, Morgan finds herself drawn into a strange group of outcasts, led by a dark and enigmatic warrior whose sharp wit and fierce beauty set her heart ablaze. But while Morgan struggles to reconcile her desires with her duty, she and her new comrades discover dangers that await them beyond anything in their wildest nightmares.

A slumbering kingdom awoken by blood…

Believed to have vanished generations ago, a fae kingdom dreaded by mortals is ascending once more, bound to reclaim what was lost by violence and bloodshed. As the fae world, with its intricate web of lies and mysteries, is slowly revealed to Morgan, she is led to the terrible realization that the secrets she carries in her blood make her a greater threat than she could ever have imagined.


Queen of Roses is a book I would say is inspired by the legends of Camelot and King Arthur, rather than a direct retelling. Its main protagonist is Morgan, Arthur's half-sister, and I immediately found her an interesting character to follow. The action in this book moved at a good pace and the world building was nicely handled. The story held my attention throughout and I was keen to move straight on to book two once this one ended. The romantic content begins lightly but then builds, and it looks like it will continue to get even spicier as we advance through the series. I am giving this first book four stars. It was an enjoyable fantasy romance that left me excited to find out what will happen next.

I received this book as an eBook ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

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