Welcome to the stop on blog tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours for a first book in a dark romance fantasy/sci-fi series – STEEL ROSE by Kathryn Ann Kingsley. You will find in this post details about the book, author, my review, a giveaway link for Rafflecopter and the tour schedule.
Title: STEEL ROSE
Author: Kathryn Ann Kingsley
Series: The Cardinal Winds #1
Publication Date: March 31st 2020
Publisher: Kathryn Ann Kingsley
Formats: Paperback, eBook
The commander of the East Wind Dominion is a terrifying man. He leads an army of automatons. He can control lightning itself. And now, Rose Calder is his prisoner of war.
All Rose has ever known is fighting. When the invading forces of the East Wind Dominion take away her friends, her family, and her home, she takes to the skies to battle for her freedom. For hope.
When the war comes to a sudden end at the hands of commander Viktor Lang, she is certain that she is about to die. When he discovers her impossible secret, she becomes a mystery that he is desperate to solve and that may be worse.
The war may be over, but now she stands to lose much, much more.
Authors Note: “Steel Rose” is what I consider to be a villain romance. My male characters are often not very kind or gentle. This story has a HEA, but it may be a tough ride getting there. This story has mature themes and content.
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About the Author
Kat has always been a storyteller.
With ten years in script-writing for performances on both the stage and for tourism, she has always been writing in one form or another. When she isn’t penning down fiction, she works as Creative Director for a company that designs and builds large-scale interactive adventure games. There, she is the lead concept designer, handling everything from game and set design, to audio and lighting, to illustration and script writing. Also on her list of skills are artistic direction, scenic painting and props, special effects, and electronics. A graduate of Boston University with a BFA in Theatre Design, she has a passion for unique, creative, and unconventional experiences. In her spare time, she builds animatronics and takes trapeze classes.
Title: STEEL ROSE
Author: Kathryn Ann Kingsley
Series: The Cardinal Winds #1
Publication Year: 2020
Genres: Paranormal Dystopian Dark Romance
Source: eARC via Rockstar Book Tours
Rating: 4.75 Stars
Recommendation: Recommended for dark romance fans who enjoy mixture of different genres like in this case paranormal+dystopia. Readers who appreciate the beauty and challenges of loving an anti-hero who you love to hate. *Note. This book can be read as a standalone because next book will have different protagonists.
I actually don’t really know how to begin this review… I loved this book.
“War is war. People die. It’s never fun, or nice, or righteous. War is ugly, senseless, violent death. For everybody involved. You know it, and we know it.”
Was it perfect? NO, but it didn’t matter to me because it was so very entertaining and captivating that I was enthralled by this gripping story from the very first pages. I must admit that there were a couple of tings that didn’t make sense, but at the end it didn’t bother me because I was entertained, I was left feeling so many emotions that I lost my disbelief to all the fun, intensity and a bit of the mystery of magic.
“Sometimes our own worst enemy is our past. It’s familiar, but that doesn’t mean it loves us. Sometimes it wants to drag us down with it.”
The dialogues were especially entertaining and humorous. Rose had a sense of humor that lightened the mood. As this book had war, death and pain. This book had a mean and cruel hero – Victor. This book had dark romance that made your heart skip a beat, plummet deep into abyss and soar high in the sky. There was darkness, but there was also light, so I smiled, laughed and also shed a couple of tears.
“You haven’t tried to escape through the pluming, have you?” Otto called from the other side of the door.
“No. I’m short, but I’m not that short. I don’t think I would fit. I’m trying to to clean myself up a bit. I have a lot of hair to comb out.”
“I’m flattered, Ms. Rose. I didn’t know you cared. Should I get a white tablecloth? Some champagne? Some flowers? A chamber ensemble?”
They were joking now? What on Earth was happening? She expected to die, and now this?
“It’s just Rose. And I figured if I’m going to get thrown out of a window by you people, I might as well look decent when it happens.”
I felt the sparks and chemistry between Rose and Victor almost from the very first moment that they met. Their romance was complicated, confusing, intense, dark, but also sweet, passionate and so very steamy. I was entertained with their interactions and dynamic. I loved their slow-burning and then suddenly explosively sudden romance with its enemies-to-lovers trope.
There was something about her that tangled and unwound him to the core. She may have surrendered to him, but it was he who was destroyed.
Mainly the story was told from Rose’s POV, but there were parts of Victor’s POV and even a few from Otto (Victor’s best friend, second in command) as well. All of the characters were complex human beings with their strengths and flaws. No one was perfect and I learned to accept and love them all, even the villains. Yup, I love to hate them 😉
He was right on one thing – she was a fighter. She was better than this. She had a dress and heels instead of a plane, and it was silverware instead of bullets, but it was still a fight.
And then the book itself was so many things, at the beginning it had this steam punk feel with zeppelins, small fighter planes with pilots having long scarfs and googles like it was the beginning of 20th century. But there were also cars and high-scrapers, phones, dishwashers, electric trains and other things from our current time. And then there were robots with its futuristic vibe and their religion from Ancient Greece with Zeus, Hades and other gods which included also people with supernatural powers with its magical and mystical atmosphere. So it ended up being a mix of past, present and future with sci-fi and fantasy intertwined together creating a complicated and unique supernatural dystopian world with a little bit of mystery because there is still so much to discover in the next books. I just can’t wait to read Nero’s story, I hope it will be coming our way soon 🙂
Rose hated it. She hated the paranoia. The fear. The constant dread. Sadly, it was all she had ever known. But when she was up here, bullets or not, flying in the wind – she felt free. She felt alive. She felt like there was something else to the world other than the oppressive fighting.
I couldn’t share all my favourite quotes because of spoilers, however, I don’t think you need to know much about this book before you dive in because that will make this journey even better. Just be ready to accept that the love interest is an anti-hero and the romance at times will take some darker turns.
Gods below. He would always scare her. She kind of hoped he always would – just a little bit, anyway. She hoped the steel exterior he wore never faded – not really. She didn’t love him despite who he was. She loved the Cardinal because of who he was.
What else can I say? I loved Steel Rose with its flaws and all 😍
Hope. What a funny concept. A torch in the darkness, fighting off the cold until the dawn.
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Blog Tour Schedule
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