“When I was a little girl, my mother would spend long afternoons telling me old folktales.”
I finished The Rose Society in a day. I just had to because I needed to know what happened to Adelina after the events of The Young Elites. The Rose Society lived up to my expectations, given its predecessor, and indeed may have even surpassed them. Too often I have seen that the first book in a trilogy is amazing but the second book falls flat, and this was definitely not the case.
The Rose Society picks up almost immediately after where the previous book finished. Adelina’s heart has suffered and been betrayed, and this whole book is about her retaliation. Her goal is to build an army of other Young Elites in order to strike down the Inquisition Axis, the royal solider who attempted to kill her. However, Adelina is no heroine. She faces opposition from all sides. She has no trust in her heart, and her powers, dependent on fear and hatred, are growing beyond her control. She is desperately trying to remain “good,” but how can a girl whose very life depends on darkness remain light?
As with the previous book, I really enjoyed watching Adelina’s downward spiral and struggle. It was heartbreaking to watch her try to remain good while her circumstances and consequent decisions kept leading her astray. She eventually gets to the point where she not only lets the pain consume her self but also destroy others. This book is unlike so many others because the main character is not inherently good; in fact, some may say she is inherently evil. The lines are blurred between light and dark, and it is interesting to recall that Adelina considers herself a heroine while all others are cursing her name. Some highlights of this book, and there were many, included a new love interest for Adelina, the return of a main character from the previous novel, though in an unexpected way, and a shocking discovery that will affect almost everyone in the story. This surprise proves the old adage, “All magic comes with a price.” I could go on and on about how much I loved this book, but I will just say that I really cannot wait for The Midnight Star to come out. This book ended with a sense of, “Where do we go from here?” And if the final book is anything like Champion, there will surely be plenty of tears.