The Rose SocietyBook - 2015
From the critics
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"The irony of life is that those who wear masks often tell us more truths than those with open faces."
- Masquerade, by Salvatore Laccona
"You are powerful, mi Adelinetta," she says, "but you have all the charisma of a burnt potato pudding."
"I like burnt potato pudding. It's smoky."
Someday, when I am nothing but dust and wind, what tale will they tell about me?
Once upon a time, a girl had a father, a prince, a society of friends. Then they betrayed her, and she destroyed them all.
The world's deadliest mercenaries choose to serve you, the whispers say, because they have yet to meet me.
Enzo inherited a throne. Giulietta relied on her royal blood. Queen Maeve rules Beldain because she was born to it.
But true rulers are not born. We are made.
I pledge myself to the Rose Society,
Until the end of my days.
To use my eyes to see all that happens,
My tongue to woo others to our side,
My ears to hear every secret,
To crush my enemies.
I will do everything in my power to destroy all who stand in my way.
Sergio's eyes roll skyward."In the crow's nest, gambling away his life's work. " "Is he...winning?" Violetta asks. Sergio shrugs, "Does it matter? If he loses, he'll just steal the poor bastards winnings anyway." Page 157
"Keep your filthy blades off her," he snaps. "It's rude." Page 309
"But true rulers are not born. We are made."
I will keep you until the day I choose not too. You have destroyed and harmed all that is dear to me. In return, I want you to know what that feels like. I will not kill you. I will keep you alive. I will torture you. Until your soul is dead ~Adelina
It is better to have an enemy who will fight you in an open field than a lover who will kill you in your sleep. ~Kenettra and Beldain Ancient Rivalry, various authors