Author: Andrea Cremer
Series: Nightshade #3
Date: February 2012
Genres: Urban Fantasy
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Is true love worth the ultimate sacrifice?
Calla has always welcomed war. But now that the final battle is upon her, there’s more at stake than fighting. There’s saving Ren, even if it incurs Shay’s wrath. There’s keeping Ansel safe, even if he’s been branded a traitor. There’s proving herself as the pack’s alpha, facing unnamable horrors, and ridding the world of the Keepers’ magic once and for all. And then there’s deciding what to do when the war ends. If Calla makes it out alive, that is.
WARNING: MINOR SPOILERS FROM BOOKS 1 AND 2
Firstly, this was definitely an improvement on Wolfsbane. There’s no question about that. Wolfsbane was too slow with too little action. But Bloodrose was jam packed with action. Literally from start to finish. I would have preferred it if this had been spread out into Wolfsbane as well. But in any case, I enjoyed the action in this book.
The searchers and Calla’s pack go on some epic journeys in Bloodrose. They are of course attempting to piece back together the Elemental Cross, a weapon which can be retrieved and wielded only by the Scion (Shay) in order to bring about the destruction of the Keepers. These trips to various corners of the world were what I have given this book 3 stars for. I very much enjoyed reading those bits as they were fast paced and quite nerve wracking at times.
However that’s about as far as my praise goes for Bloodrose. Unfortunately I still had the same issues that I had with Wolfsbane, the main one being my frustration with Calla. Despite what happened between her and Shay in Wolfsbane, she continues to lead on both him and Ren throughout Bloodrose and refuses to choose one as her mate. This really frustrated me. I also continued to care very little about the other characters (except for Ren) who eventually all seemed to merge into one annoying cheesy character. Their interactions again seemed quite forced and fake and were also at times inappropriate given what was going on around them (stopping to chat and banter in the middle of a battle does NOT feel realistic to me) and I just lost interest in them.
Now as to the ending, I wasn’t quite as mad about this as I know a lot of other people were. If you read the reviews on Goodreads you will see what I mean–there’s a lot of angry people on there! Although it was a bit of a shocker, I did think the author was very brave to pull such as stunt right at the end. And to be honest, I think I was already too disappointed in this book to care by this point so maybe if I had enjoyed the book and series as a whole better, then I would have been more outraged about the ending than I was.
Overall then, an average ending to the series, storyline wise. It’s just a shame that the character issues and major pacing problems let the whole thing down.