Friday, October 12, 2018

Review: War of the Wilted (Garden of Thorns #2) by Amber Mitchell

*This review contains a spoiler for the first book.
War of the Wilted by Amber Mitchell
War of the Wilted
(Garden of Thorns #2)
by Amber Mitchell
October 1, 2018
395 pages

Goodreads     Indigo

Goodreads Summary:
Like flowers denied water, people are wilting under the emperor's tyranny.

Rose will not rest until the Gardener is dead. But there are bigger battles to fight, and Rayce—leader of the rebellion and the only man Rose has ever loved—believes their best chance at winning the war is to join forces with her sworn enemy.

Saving innocent people is more important than her quest for revenge. But their new ally can’t be trusted—and he knows her darkest secret. One betrayal could leave the war and Rayce’s life hanging in the balance, and Rose will need to make the ultimate sacrifice to save them all.


War of the Wilted is a fantastic sequel to Garden of Thorns! I'm glad I continued with the series. Not to mention the beautiful titles and covers complement the story so well I'll never get tired of looking at them.

In the beginning I had a hard time remembering everything that happened before. But the more of War of the Wilted I read the clearer things became again. I was eager and very happy to see new events unfold. However, at times, the story felt inundated with descriptions and repetitive inner monologues. The usage of gardening analogies were very pretty though.

For the majority of War of the Wilted Rose and Rayce were at odds
on what to do with the Gardener. Not an exciting prospect for my romance-loving heart but the resulting tension between them was actually kind of exciting. Both stubborn, they were frustrating but delicious together. The more disagreements and misunderstandings they had the more invested I was to see them make up. The problem (the Borenite in Rayce's blood turning him violent with one touch from Rose) they encounter near the end of the book has my attention.
Rose struggled in War of the Wilted. She had a hard time believing in herself and the conflicts she had with Rayce didn't make things any easier. I didn't like seeing her make sacrifices for him/the rebellion but her tremendous growth couldn't be ignored. "But if a leader can find the strength within themselves to confront their own fears, then the reward is oftentimes much greater than the effort." (eARC, Loc 745). I'm beyond excited she has finally found her footing!

Even though Amber Mitchell could have given us a cliffhanger, she didn't. I'm very satisfied with where War of the Wilted ended things. If Garden of Thorns was a duology then this second book finished it perfectly. Yet I can see why there will be a third book. Roots of Ruin will surely bring the characters full circle.
4 Cats
*I received an eARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and not affected in any way. All quotes were taken from the eARC I received.

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