Review: The Rose Throne by Mette Ivie Harrison

February 2, 2015 Review 34 ★★★½

Review: The Rose Throne by Mette Ivie Harrison
The Rose Throne by Mette Ivie Harrison
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Publisher: Egmontusa
Source: Netgalley
Pages: 400
Series: The Rose Throne #1
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance, Young Adult
Ailsbet loves nothing more than music; tall and red-haired, she's impatient with the artifice and ceremony of her father's court. Marissa adores the world of her island home and feels she has much to offer when she finally inherits the throne from her wise, good-tempered father. The trouble is that neither princess has the power--or the magic--to rule alone, and if the kingdoms can be united, which princess will end up ruling the joint land? For both, the only goal would seem to be a strategic marriage to a man who can bring his own brand of power to the throne. But will either girl be able to marry for love? And can either of these two princesses, rivals though they have never met, afford to let the other live?

I received this book for free from the source listed above in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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Mette Ive Harrison is an author whose books I’ve wanted to try for many years now so I jumped at the chance to request THE ROSE THRONE on Netgalley. When I first started this I was a little unsure of it. Fortunately it didn’t take long for me to start enjoying the characters, the world, and the story and now I can’t wait for more.

The best part of THE ROSE THRONE was easily the magic system of the world. Men and Women have different magic. Men’s magic revolves around war and destruction. Woman’s magic around life and growth. In one country both magics are accepted and practiced widely, in the other women’s magic is basically ban and any person who has the wrong magic (men with the women’s magic, or a female with the make magic) is executed and burned. One world is kind and lovely and ruled by a kind man, the other dangerous and violent and ruled by a terrible king. I loved how different both countries and magics were. It made for a great setting for the plot.

The two main characters of THE ROSE THRONES are the daughters of the two kings. They themselves contrast each other really well, just as the magics and the worlds do. Both have very different personalities as a result of having grown up in the two separate countries. Ailsbet is hard, silent, strong and has a really good pokerface. A disappointment to her father for she has no magic, she’s waiting to see who he marries her of to. Ailsbet was the character I liked most of the two mains. Issa was just as interesting though. She has strong magic and is used to being honest and showing emotion. She’s has never had to worry about a dangerous court where saying the wrong thing could get you killed.

Most of the plot revolves around the growth and development of these two princesses as they learn more about the world about them and have to start making decisions for the future of their countries. Action is not a major focus, though there are some great scenes that the end that make me really excited for what may come in the future. The lack of action does not make THE ROSE THRONE boring. I was much to interested in the magic and the characters (and not just the two mains. There were plenty of interesting side characters that I loved as well).

Despite what the summary seems to indicate, romance isn’t a super big thing in THE ROSE THRONE. Ailsbet doesn’t really have any romantic plot lines. She’s fine with herself and just hopes that she may grow to love whoever is chosen for her in a political marriage. Issa on the other hand does have a romantic interest. I wasn’t 100% sold on this romance.  It is a nice romance, but I just don’t really care for it as a relationshiop. When reading I never really saw it develop in a romantic manner, I thought it was more of a friendship. This could be because I sort of shipped Issa’s love interest with Ailsbet for a while *cough* (don’t take that as it’s a love triangle. It’s not. Ailsbet has no romantic interest in the man).

THE ROSE THRONE is not an action packed fantasy, but it’s definitely an interesting and unique one. The magic system and countries in this world are very much contrasts of each other, and our characters are trying to unite them again. Character development is the main focus of the plot, but I can see some great action coming in the future. I am very, very eager for more of this world and its magic.

Rating Report
Overall: 3.7

34 Responses to “Review: The Rose Throne by Mette Ivie Harrison”

    • Bec

      It was quite the nice surprise! We all have different tastes and it can be really hard to tell what books we will and won’t like sometimes :)

  1. Renee Bookboyfriends

    First of all, oh wow what a pretty cover!
    and it sounds so complex and awesome!!!!!\ @u@/
    Thanks for introducing me to this book! I shall read it as soon as I can!!!
    And oh it’s a lovely, intriguing and well informing review too. :)
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    • Bec

      It is quite pretty!

      I’d say it’s more high fantasy. There weren’t many things I’d consider dystopian elements in there. But still it was such a cool world.

      Renee, you need to read it right now I think haha.


  2. Kirsty-Marie

    Sounds very character driven, which I love, so the lack of action wouldn’t bother me, if I like the characters, but the magic system would do it for me, since I love reading about different ones. At least romance wasn’t a big thing in here though, right? Since you didn’t ship Issa’s one. ;)
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    • Bec

      It was quite character driven! I think more plot might come in the next book which I cannot wait for.

      If the romance took over the plot of this I don’t know if I could have dealt with it, no mater how interesting the magic system was!

  3. Carmel @ Rabid Reads

    It’s awesome whenever an author who you’ve been dying to read suddenly has a title up for review on NetGalley. It’s always an easy YES! The magical system sounds like it was super interesting, and I like the idea of so many countries making appearances. It’s odd that Harrison focused more on character development than world-building, usually book 1’s are guilty of the reverse. That being said, I’m sure she has a plan!
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    • Bec

      It is great! Especially when my library doesn’t have any of her other books in stock.

      I have a feeling the plot is going to make it’s way into this world in book 2! And there’s a few novella’s floating around so they might sow more of the seeds.

  4. Joy // Joyousreads

    Another one of those fantasies that reiterates the power separation/difference between men and women. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I think women having the power of growth and life is well and good, but on the surface, war and destruction screams domination. I hope the author does a great job of depicting why giving life is more powerful than killing. :)
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    • Bec

      This is actually the first such fantasy I’ve encountered with magic like this! It’s revealed early on that Ailsbet actually has the “wrong” type of magic, and she lives in the kingdom where she could get killed for it (her father is the cold, dominating, tyrant king). A lot of the novel is her coming to terms with it and trying to control it and hide it. It also explores both types of magic really well, at least I thought so. (I read this back in December so my memory is a little fuzzy :/)

    • Bec

      Thanks! This book has actually set the story up for a potentially great plot from the next book but I can understand your hesitance :)

    • Bec

      She’s not an overly hyped author but I’ve been eyeing her books on goodreads for years! There was plenty else aside from the romance to entertain me, and who knows it could grow on me.

    • Bec

      Ailsbet is so strong and confident in herself it’s great. It’ll be interesting to see if a love interest for her will come along in the future books.

  5. Braine

    I wouldn’t have expected this to be fantasy, looks more like historical romance. While I like the minimal romance, I wish there was more action and magic. I’m not sure if this would suit me, it’s more like a Disney fairy tale than an epic/high fantasy. It’s great though that you weren’t disappointed as you’ve been wanting to try her work for a long time.

    PS new follower. Stumbled upon you over at Lunar Rainbows & Rabid Reads. I am curious about Karen Memory too!
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    • Bec

      The cover is quite deceiving! I have a feeling it’s going to become less Disney fairy tale like as the series goes on. There’s a lot of potential for violent/dark things to happen.

      Thanks for following!

  6. Joy @ Thoughts By J

    Oooh interesting magic concept, you had me hooked from the beginning! I’ve never even heard of this author before but now I want to check out her books. I like the fact that it follows two well developed characters and that they’re shaped by their cultures. And yippee for no love triangle!!
    Joy @ Thoughts By J recently posted…Book Review: Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer

    • Bec

      I’ve seen her books around and they all sound like the types of stories I’d LOVE.

      There was such a potential for an annoying love triangle there. I’m so grateful it didn’t develop that way.

  7. Eugenia @ Genie In A Book

    It’s funny that the first thing I thought of when I saw the title of this book was ‘A Court of Thorns and Roses’!
    Great worldbuilding with the magic element definitely is a plus for books like this, so it sounds great already. Good to hear there are well-developed characters too and that the concept is orginal. Thanks for sharing the lovely review :)
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    • Bec

      That reminds me that I keep saying A Court of THRONES and Roses instead of Thorns and roses haha

      It was such a unique concept and I’m so glad the characters and everything was executed well :)

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