We are excited to be participating in the blog tour for Winter War Awakening, the final book in the Blood Rose Rebellion series by Rosalyn Eves. Before we tell you what we thought – check out what the book is all about!Winter War Awakening (Blood Rose Rebellion, Book 3) by Rosalyn Eves
(Website, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads)Also by this author: Blood Rose Rebellion, Lost Crow Conspiracy (Blood Rose Rebellion, Book 2)
Published by Random House Children's Books on March 19th 2019
Genres: Action & Adventure, Epic, Fantasy, Historical, Young Adult Fiction
The Binding is broken. Mátyás is alive. And Anna Arden is on the run.
It seems, yet again, that breaking the Binding has shattered the world. And the only hope of mending it is Anna and Mátyás, working together. But it’s never that simple, is it? The praetheria, the creatures once held captive by the spell, are now waging war against the Austro-Hungarian empire. And they are holding Noémi hostage–using her life to manipulate Anna and Mátyás, like marionettes on a string.
Gábor has elected to stay behind, to fight in the Hungarian army’s resistance, while Anna and Mátyás search for their beloved Noémi–a mission doomed from the start, cloaked in praetherian magic. Magic that relies on illusion and misdirection. Eventually, there’s only one way to save her: to split up. And to walk right into the lion’s den.
When everyone thinks they’re fighting each other for the same thing–freedom–can anyone truly win?
Winter War Awakening is the third book in the Blood Rose Rebellion series and if you haven’t picked these books up yet, now might be a good time. Plus…these covers are some of my favorites. Since this is the third and final book, I will do my best to not spoil anything.
This book picks up right about where Lost Crow Conspiracy wrapped up and the journey these characters have been going on is a big one and they aren’t done yet. Noemi is being held hostage and Anna and Matyas are going to do whatever it takes to get her back.
Similar to the last book, we get to experience what is happening from two perspectives – Anna and Matyas and it helped tie everything together for me as they end up splitting up. There were times that I felt that the story dragged a bit but as the book progresses, we not only get to learn more about what happens with the characters, but we get to see how they continue to grow and figure out who they are.
Anna is strong character and doesn’t want to be a weapon…for anyone. Unfortunately, Vasilisa and the praetheria aren’t really going to give her a choice. As she is held captive, Vasilisa pushes and threatens Anna to get her to learn more about her magic and what she can do. Of course, it is all in an effort to get her to help the the praetheria but Anna isn’t willing to do what they want.
Matyas continues to grow over the course of this installment and I love that. He is definitely not the same character he was in book one. Eves did a great job with the secondary characters as well. Noemi, Hunger, and Emilijia are all so well developed and kept things moving along which at times was needed.
As a reader, you can’t forget that there is a war happening and that means there is danger and, in all honesty, not a single one of these characters is safe. Keep that in mind as you read and the only thing I will add to that statement is that I was pleased with how everything wrapped up.
If you’re looking for a book / series that has magic, danger, politics, a solid story, and well-developed characters, consider checking this one out. While there were a few times I struggled to stay engaged, in the end, the story was a good one. I’ll be watching out for what Eves writes next as she has an engaging writing style.