Book Review: Roots of Ruin by Amber Mitchell

Title: Roots of Ruin

By: Amber Mitchell

Genre: Fantasy

Pages: 408

Release Date: August 16th, 2021

Publisher: Entangled: Teen

Rating: ★★★☆☆


Summary from Goodreads:

They did the impossible, but their problems are far from over…

After freeing the Delmarion empire, Rose and Rayce must go to Varsha, the desert home Rose fled when she was a child—the country she’s meant to rule.

Rayce is the new emperor of Delmar, Varsha’s longtime enemy, but that won’t stop him from assisting the girl he loves. Armed with the brute force of Rayce’s military, Rose sets out to free her people from the oppressive rule of the usurper king who killed her father.

But even if they win, how can she be queen to her homeland and in love with the man ruling its bitter enemy? With her loyalties split between heart and crown, Rose must find a way to do the impossible again…unite two kingdoms at war, or sacrifice half of herself to save the other.


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I know this is going to be an unpopular opinion, but I wasn't as invested in this book like I was with the others. I think it was Rose herself that turned me off. In the first two books, she seems strong although unsure. A wonderful contrast that helped her character grow and thrive, but this time around, I felt that Rose was unsure and weak. Everything all the other naysaying characters in the book thought she was. At the end, I didn't want her to take her rightful place as ruler of Varsha.

The rest of the world was kinda lost to me as I was hyper focused on how annoyed I was with Rose, that's my fault. I don't have much input there. 

I will still always have a special place in my heart for this series and will need to reread the first book as I loved it so very much.

Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.

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