Rosemarked (A Rosemarked Novel #1) (Paperback)
Zivah is a healer forced to use her knowledge to hurt others and Dineas is a fighter who must now make friends with the enemy. Together, the two teens suffering at the hands of an empire are forced to set aside their differences in order to fight the enemy that surrounds them. A deep look at the ways war changes both individuals and culture. Livia is able to show a fantasy world that is sure to capture teen readers who are willing to engage in tough questions. These characters are rich with detail and complexity that will draw in fans of An Ember in the Ashes.
— From Staff Picks by Jessica
A healer who cannot be healed...
When Zivah falls prey to the deadly rose plague, she knows it's only a matter of time before she fully succumbs. Now she's destined to live her last days in isolation, cut off from her people and unable to practice her art—until a threat to her village creates a need that only she can fill.
A soldier shattered by war...
Broken by torture at the hands of the Amparan Empire, Dineas thirsts for revenge against his captors. Now escaped and reunited with his tribe, he'll do anything to free them from Amparan rule—even if it means undertaking a plan that risks not only his life but his very self.
Thrust together on a high-stakes mission to spy on the capital, the two couldn't be more different: Zivah, deeply committed to her vow of healing, and Dineas, yearning for vengeance. But as they grow closer, they must find common ground to protect those they love. And amidst the constant fear of discovery, the two grapple with a mutual attraction that could break both of their carefully guarded hearts.
An Amazon Best Book of November 2017
YALSA Teens Top Ten Nominee
Tome Society It List Nominee
Truman Award Final Nominee 2019-2020
"This is a fast-paced, well-written, can't-put-down fantasy that will appeal to a wide audience."—SLJ
"Readers will be rewarded with an intricately choreographed conclusion and a high-stakes cliffhanger that sets up a sequel. Arguments against prejudice share the page with questions of faith in the face of tragedy. "—Publishers Weekly
"Readers will find the characters engaging, and they will have a sense of the intriguing tribal histories behind them. A dark tale filled with tension and secrets and lightened by two brave companions."—Kirkus Reviews
"Blackburne’s latest is an engaging, mesmerizing read. With a clever, unique, premise, readers will be drawn into this story from the start."—RT Book Reviews