Friday, February 12, 2010

Mini Review of The Rose of Shanhasson by Joely Sue Burkhart

The Rose of Shanhasson by Joely Sue Burkhart

I am feeling pretty conflicted about this story. There were some things that I loved about paranormal stuff going on, beautiful and well-written imagery of this fantasy world, and two sexy heroes. There were also some things I didn't love...too much detail about the political conflict, the blood sucking/biting thing was a little off-putting to me and reminiscent of a vampire story (but it's not a vampire story), and I found the heroine's repetitive complaint (I can't fall in love, I must return to my people) irritating and one-note.

Unfortunately, the best thing about this book also turned out to be the worst thing! Burkhart does an amazing job building the sexual tension between the heroine Shannari and the secondary hero, Gregar. The climatic scene at the end of the book when she finally admits her love for both Rhaekhar (the primary hero) and Gregar, is awesome. (I must admit that I really love both of these heroes...they are intense, sexy alpha males all the way). So I was definitely expecting a lusty conclusion to this story, especially after being teased about the threesome "sharing their blankets." Well, I got to the end of the book and my jaw dropped. After the huge build up for this menage, Burkhart leaves us hanging. In the immortal words of Spongebob, "Well, tartar sauce!" The emotional conflict was resolved, but I guess any sexual satisfaction will be taking place in the next book of the trilogy. Needless to say, I am feeling pretty irked about the whole thing. She should have put off the emotional resolution, too. Having one without the other is nothing but a Big Tease. So, I'm not really sure how to grade this...I loved some of it, and I was disappointed with some, especially the "go take a cold shower" ending. Grade: B-



Patti (@TheLoveJunkee) said...

Sounds a bit frustrating. Thanks for the honest thoughts!

Penny Watson said...

Hi Patti! I guess I'm too impatient (one of my few short-comings, hee hee!). I felt really gypped at the end of this book. Oh well.

Joely Sue Burkhart said...

Penelope, thanks for giving Rose a try, and I'm sorry you felt let down at the end.

The main story is a romantic fantasy trilogy, with the characters' love story stretching out across all three books, not just the first book. Hopefully the big event with Gregar in book 2 will more than make it up to you (and I'd be happy to send you Road if you're interested - just e-mail me).

These books are not intended to be Romance (e.g. HEA at the end of each book) but the trilogy overall will have a very happy ending.

Thanks for your time, and I'm glad you enjoyed the heroes!


Penny Watson said...

Joely...thanks so much for stopping by! I realized after I read this book that it is more a fantasy (which is not a genre I am too familiar with)--and as such, probably requires more long-term patience than I obviously have! I am very impressed with your writing, which is beautiful, and I absolutely LOVED Gregar. I am planning on reading the next installment on my kindle... please tell me Gregar and Shannari finally have a love scene! Please! (And I'm hoping Rhaekhar gets in on the fun, too!)

One of my critique partners writes fantasy and I am always whining about the lack of HEA and endings which leave me hanging and sometimes characters die (ugh!) and she just tells me to suck it up.

Thanks for the comment. I'll let you know what I think about The Road to Shanhasson.

Joely Sue Burkhart said...

Penelope, they DEFINITELY get together, with Rhaekhar in the mix. Just let me say again: remember, it's not Romance! Bad things happen along the way toward the big happy ever after at the end of book 3.

Hope you enjoy it, but definitely let me know one way or the other! I always love hearing what readers think, honestly, even if it's not quite what they were hoping for!


Penny Watson said...

I consider myself forewarned. You gave enough fore-shadowing of bad things to come in the first book, so I'm bracing myself. ;)

The last part of the trilogy is coming out this summer, right? Let me know!

Joely Sue Burkhart said...

I don't have an official pub date yet for Return (#3) but this summer is definitely a possibility!

Marissa said...

Sorry to hear you did not like the end, I had no trouble with it, I knew this story was stretched out over three books so I did not expect everything to be resolved but I understand your pov!

Jennifer Mathis said...

I just finished the story to and even though its a fantasy and I'm a romance reader too i really enjoyed the story and found it very epic. I loved the world, the part that through me was the blood but after the realisation that it was a bit graphic on the described pain I was all in. Can't wait to read the next one!!


Penny Watson said...

Hi Marissa and Meandi-- You guys are obviously more patient than I. I do agree it is an epic story, and I thought the magical paranormal part was very cool, too.

Jennifer Mathis said...

lol I have 3 kids and i man you have to remind to stir soup with a spoon . my patience is never ending lol