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Roots of Ruin (Garden of Thorns #3) by Amber Mitchell

Publication Date: August 16, 2021

Publisher: Entangled Teen

They did the impossible, but their problems are far from over…

After freeing the Delmarion empire, Rose and Rayce must go to Varsha, the desert home Rose fled when she was a child—the country she’s meant to rule.

Rayce is the new emperor of Delmar, Varsha’s longtime enemy, but that won’t stop him from assisting the girl he loves. Armed with the brute force of Rayce’s military, Rose sets out to free her people from the oppressive rule of the usurper king who killed her father.

But even if they win, how can she be queen to her homeland and in love with the man ruling its bitter enemy? With her loyalties split between heart and crown, Rose must find a way to do the impossible again…unite two kingdoms at war, or sacrifice half of herself to save the other.

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After seven grueling years of captivity in the Garden—a burlesque troupe of slave girls—sixteen-year-old Rose finds an opportunity to escape during a performance for the emperor. But the hostage she randomly chose from the crowd to aid her isn’t one of the emperor’s men—not anymore. He’s the former heir to the throne, who is now leading a rebellion against it.

Rayce is a wanted man and dangerously charismatic, the worst person for Rose to get involved with, no matter what his smile promises. But he assumes Rose’s attempt to take him hostage is part of a plot to crush the rebellion, so he takes her as his hostage. Now Rose must prove where her loyalties lie, and she offers Rayce a deal—if he helps her rescue the other girls, she’ll tell him all the Garden’s secrets.

Except the one secret she’s kept for seven years that she’ll take to her grave if she must.




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.




The World of The Garden of Thorns series

To be honest, if I was given the choice, I would rather not live in the world I created for my main character Rose. While some of the food sounds absolutely delicious and I would love to try Rayce’s honey crisps, it is altogether a harsh place. Famine is wide spread in Delmar, which is where the first two books take place. Though it would be interesting to roam the flowing plains that surround the castle and see the gigantic blue wall that surrounds the main city, it is a wild place.

Varsha, Rose’s homeland, is plagued with its own set of problems. I would love to see the city she is from, piled like layers of a cake on top of each other in the middle of the harsh desert. Water flows from rivulets all through the city, down onto the next layer in tiny blue ribbons, and at night the natural crystal that grows there glows blue through all of the buildings. But the city is plagued with its own set of problems.

Though there are whispers of magic throughout the lands, those in the know understand that it’s actually science disguised as magic. Using the natural minerals that glow green in Delmar, Rose, Rayce and their crew have developed weapons that can stun their enemies in a flash of green light. There are an array of other nifty gadgets as well.

While there are glimmers of hope among the harsh realities of these two kingdoms, I think I’d be much happier writing about them than trying to survive within them!

About the Author

Amber Mitchell was born and raised in a small town in Florida. After briefly escaping small town life by attending the University of South Florida where she earned her degree in Creative Writing, she decided to ditch traffic jams and move back to her hometown. There she writes Young Adult novels, usually with a bit of magic in them, rolls D20s with her friends on Thursday nights and enjoys hanging out with her husband and four cats. Her other job involves crafting cardstock in to 3D art and has allowed her to travel all over the US vending at comic conventions which has only increased her love for fantasy and fandoms. She is represented by Nikki Terpilowski of Holloway Literature.


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