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ROSEMARKED

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Blackburne's latest is an engaging, mesmerizing read. With a clever, unique premise, readers will be drawn into this story from the start. Zivah is an interesting, strong heroine and Dineas, with his strength, fight and passion, compliments Zivah's compassion. Distinctive and easily visualized characters set within an intricate plot is the highlight of this fantasy novel. Readers will not be able to put Rosemarked down.

Seventeen-year-old Zivah, a healer from the village of Dara, becomes sick with the rose plague, a mostly fatal disease that only few recover from. Though she survives, she is still dying, becoming one of the “rosemarked” with her red scarred skin. She now has to live in isolation, unable to practice her healing arts on others. When she catches injured Shinadi soldier Dineas in her shed, Zivah's life takes a turn. Dineas, a survivor of the rose plague himself and a former prisoner of the Amparan Empire, wants revenge against the Amparans. Soon an invitation to Zivah from an Amparan commander provides that opportunity for revenge, as well as protection for Dara's village and Dineas' tribe. This opportunity leads to Zivah and Dineas embarking on a dangerous journey to Ampara to infiltrate the powerful Amparan army. As they undergo their secret mission together, Zivah and Dineas wrestle with their growing attraction for each other. (DISNEY HYPERION, Nov., 400 pp., $17.99, 12 & Up)
 
Reviewed by: 
Melanie Bates