by Sharon Cameron
Expected Publication Date: April 28th 2015
Format: Paperback ARC
Received From: Liberty Bay Books
History has a way of repeating itself. In the Sunken City that was once Paris, all who oppose the new revolution are being put to the blade. Except for those who disappear from their prison cells, a red-tipped rook feather left in their place. Is the mysterious Red Rook a savior of the innocent or a criminal?
Meanwhile, across the sea in the Commonwealth, Sophia Bellamy’s arranged marriage to the wealthy René Hasard is the last chance to save her family from ruin. But when the search for the Red Rook comes straight to her doorstep, Sophia discovers that her fiancé is not all he seems. Which is only fair, because neither is she.
As the Red Rook grows bolder and the stakes grow higher, Sophia and René find themselves locked in a tantalizing game of cat and mouse.
I really should know by now that when Suzanne recommends/ asks me to read a book that I’ll probably like it. Somehow I still have my doubts going into some. Rook was one of those that I was not really sure about. I wasn’t sure quite what it was going to be like or about and even more unsure about whether or not I’d like it.
I swept through the first little bit of the book rather quickly, having already decided that it, in all likelihood, wasn’t for me. Somewhere along the way though, I got sucked in. Majorly.
I know I am a terrible reader for assuming I wouldn’t like it. Trust me I learned my lesson.
I loved the characters with the exception of Spear who gave me a weird vibe then went through this wild personality transformation at the end that took things a bit too far for me, and was a bit unbelievable. Despite that, each character had really vibrant and unique personalities and were very well developed. I thoroughly enjoyed how they were written.
While I enjoyed the romantic tension and the more gradual development of a relationship, I felt like when it finally happened it was a bit abrupt for my taste. I still really loved the dynamics and how the whole relationship played out.
At first I was led to believe the plot was predictable and that it would be the downfall of the whole story. That was partially true, however the last 1/4 of the book and especially the last few chapters were a total surprise.This story went out with a bang that was absolutely spectacular. It may be one of my favorite endings to date.
The world building was pretty darn good. My only complaint was that although there was no info-dumping, there wasn’t much of a set up of the situation/world or any kind of explaining. You could figure out the general stuff and most of the world’s parameters, but there were still quite a few gaps I’d wished had been filled in for me.
Last Words: It was riveting and I devoured it up. With a lush, rich plot, and spicy, well developed characters, this book packs quite the punch. I highly recommend it and give it four out of five stars.
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