Since Suzanne Collins’ sizzling The Hunger Games took the world by storm, the desire for dark, dystopian thrillers shows no signs of abating …
And little wonder when readers can immerse themselves in dangerous and daring landscapes like the Lone City, the extraordinary backdrop to Amy Ewing’s electrifying young adult trilogy.
A breathtaking blend of beauty and brutality, the series opened with Ewing’s stunning debut, The Jewel, in which we met Violet Lasting, a young woman whose genetic mutation meant she was no longer considered to be a human being.
Auctioned as Lot 197 to the highest royal bidder in the Jewel of the Lone City, she became the Surrogate of the House of the Lake, her sole purpose to produce a healthy heir for the ruthless Duchess of the Lake.
Destined to carry the child of a woman she despised, Violet entered a living death of captivity and quickly learned the unsavoury truths of the Jewel’s glittering façade and cruel royals. But then she set eyes on Ash Lockwood, the companion to royal daughters, and their reckless, clandestine, illicit passion started to threaten both their lives.
In The White Rose, the second book in Ewing’s masterful adventure series, Violet goes on the run in the Lone City with Ash and her best friend and fellow surrogate Raven. But nowhere is safe for them – and never will be – until the royalty is destroyed.
The Regimentals are hunting for them across the city and they are dependent on Lucien and his secret society, the Black Key, for survival. If they can reach the safety of the White Rose, then Violet may be able to help Lucien in his plan to rescue more surrogates.
For one surrogate, however, it seems it is already too late. Raven is pregnant and in the Jewel, childbirth kills surrogates…
Ewing works her special magic in a gripping, world-building saga full of romance, fast-paced action and spine-tingling danger. Add a cast of exciting and credible characters and a sensational cliffhanger ending, and The White Rose will leave fans begging for the final instalment!
(Walker Books, paperback, £7.99)