Friday, March 10, 2017

Book Review Reflection: Thorn of the White Rose (Records of the Ohanzee, #3) by Rachel R. Smith

Thorn of the White Rose 
(Records of the Ohanzee, #3) 
Rachel R. Smith 
Published May 29th 2016

Beware of the spirit that guards the book in the cave.

After fending off an ambush by Senka operatives, Nerissa and her Ohanzee companions seek refuge in the mountain province of Rhea. With the drawbridges raised and the borders secure, they have left the Senka behind for now, but they may have traded one perilous situation for another. Although the third book is in Rhea, it has been hidden deep within an abandoned mine where it is protected by a cunning trap. Retrieving the book means facing both natural and supernatural threats, and Nerissa will learn that crystals hold power far greater than she ever imagined. Meanwhile, Desta, daughter of the renowned seer Shea, reveals that she has begun to have prophetic dreams of her own—and she is not the only member of the group with an awakening talent.

Reflection: Thorn of the White Rose is Book 3 of 4 in the Records of the Ohanzee series, which is written in a serialized style with a story line that flows continuously between books.

Out of the Ashes Rises the Phoenix

We are moving along quite nicely and things are looking more and more interesting. I have been following this series for a while now…I had some pretty difficult things happen in my life so I took a long break from reading. I’m back now and I’m happy to say Nerissa and her band of hero’s were a lovely read. Other than being a little rusty with the review writing my imagination is soaring again and these characters jumped off the pages. Rumor has it there is one more book coming out and I cannot wait to get my hands on it. I will be rushing to get it in my collection once it’s out.

The Story, watch out folks! Things are about to get intense! The prophecy pieces are starting to fall into place and the action is kicking off with a bang. Though not all secrets have been revealed things are getting closer to being resolved. Nerissa is still guarding her identity for the good of her people. She will do what it takes to fulfill the prophecy and restore order to her land. She discovers that aside from being the one to restore order but she also has a special gift…A gift she must learn to use in order to effect change. She isn’t alone Raysel can also yeild this gift; together they will use it to finally put a stop to the tyranny that her land is infected with.

The Characters, as you know Nerissa is my favorite. What you may not know is I’m a sap…like to the max! I loooooooove sugary, sappy, sappy, happy, happy. There seemed to be some blossoming romance but nothing that will knock your socks off or anything like that. The relationship is in the works and I’m only slightly disappointed that it’s not more highlighted. The storyline isn’t about love though; the underlining themes are bravery, honor, discovery and perseverance. I don’t want to spoil who the “guy” is but I’m happy with it. I know his role will be great and I have a feeling the next installment will really show just how amazing he is. We are also introduced to some new characters that I feel will play a vital role in the ultimate show down that’s bound to take place in the final book.

The End, nothing cliffy but it has a nice smooth set up for the next book. Nerissa is working on her craft and on what her feelings mean. Certain possible bad guys have revealed themselves to be good. There are those that hold their cards close so we don’t quite know where they stand but all and all things seem to be coming to a close. I’m very excited about what’s to come. I hope we get a full background of what happened to their people explaining what lead to the fall of civilization and I hope Smith delves into the history. There are several storylines that are going to connect and I can’t wait to see what happens when they do. I know this series isn’t about romance but I sure hope we get some more in the next installment.

My Rating

4.5 There’s nowhere to run and nowhere to hide. Answer’s will be revealed and oh my goodness I cannot wait filled stars!

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About the Author 

Rachel R. Smith lives near Cinc
innati, Ohio with her husband and the cutest dog in the world, Sumo. When not writing, she plots to fill the interior of their home with books and mineral specimens and to cover the exterior with roses. Stay up to date on the series and learn more about Rachel by visiting her blog at or by following Records of the Ohanzee on Facebook.

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