The Green Rose by Stephanie Burkhart

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The Green Rose by Stephanie Burkhart
Publisher: Desert Breeze Publishing
Genre: Fantasy
Length: Full (201 pgs)
Heat: Spicy
Rated: 4 stars
Review by Poppy

On the continent of Gaia, evil is brewing. Turncoat wizard, Balthyser, kidnaps the kings of Dahaka and Tapin. He wants the green rose, a source of powerful magic.

Princess Sonia of Tapin is forced to hunt down the rose in exchange for her father’s life. It’s the ultimate betrayal of Gaia’s peace, but she has no choice if she wants to save her father.
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Prince Ivánstan of Dahaka accompanies her on the journey. Both face challenges and obstacles that test their strength of character during the hunt for the rose. Dare Sonia put her trust and faith in a man she hardly knows to secure Gaia’s peace or will the continent’s harmony be shattered forever?

Well written and engaging, The Green Rose is a book fans of fantasy and romance should enjoy.

I enjoyed the characters in this story once I had them sorted. We meet several during the battle scene at the start, and a few felt similar, so it took me a moment to remember who was who. I loved that the hero and heroine weren’t enemies or at odds with one another. There are days I get so tired of reading about characters who do nothing but fight until they fall into bed. The conflict here was external and appreciated by me.

Sonia and Ivan have a quest, of course, as no fantasy is complete without one. During this time they learn to trust and like each other, and eventually fall in love. There are rules about them being able to marry, and that does intrude a bit on their happiness, but the story is ultimately about them finding what they need to save their world.

Ms. Burkhart is quite a good writer. I read this book quickly and was completely engaged. I don’t think I put it down for more than a few minutes at a time because, while it may not be nail-bitingly exciting, I cared quite a lot about our characters and wanted to see things through to the end. The author does a wonderful job creating characters we care about and her world building, while not extensive, is well done. Die hard epic fantasy fans may not fully engage here, but those of us who are reading for the story and the people in it will enjoy The Green Rose.

Stephanie Burkhart is fast becoming a “must buy” author for me. I’ve yet to read a story by her that I haven’t enjoyed.


  1. Elise-Maria Barton says

    Thanks for a thorough and honest review.


  2. What a great review. I really enjoyed it. This sounds like a excellent story.

  3. Rita Wray says

    I enjoyed the review, thank you.

  4. Nice character review

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  5. Mary Preston says

    A wonderful review thank you.


  6. Thanks so much to everyone for stopping by. I’m so sorry I’m a day late. It’s my busy schedule. Question for you: St. Patrick’s day is around the corner. Who eats Corned Beef? Anyone have any traditions they’d like to share?

    Steph Burkhart
    Romance Under the moonlight


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