Title: The Rose Mark Series: Black Rose Sorceress #1
Author: Connie Suttle
Sherra We belong to the King--those of us with the black roses tattooed on our left wrist, directly over our pulse. As if every beat of our hearts reminds us that we are not our own.
All the women with the fire burning within them are culled, tattooed and taken to the warriors, to provide more energy. Energy that the warriors will then use to defeat the barbarians from the ocean of sand. Women with black roses on their wrists are emptied of their power by those warriors, who care not that they die a shrunken husk.
In the King's library, The Book of the Rose says to honor the tattooed women. More than anything, I want to spit on its pages.
As for running--there is one thing worse than having a black rose on your wrist. That is for the enemy to find you and see the black rose on your wrist. Your death will be slow and excruciating at their hands...
The Rose Mark begins when Sherra gets a rose tattoo at a very young age. From then on no one wants anything to do with her, and she grows up mostly alone until the time comes to go work with the warriors in the war. She knows that this is just her death coming closer, and that the king of their land doesn't care about them at all, so she will do what she can to protect herself and those around her. But, Sherra changes a whole lot of people as she tries to help, and things start getting more and more complicated.
This book was really good! I loved the world building, and the whole plot line as well. It hooks you and keeps you hooked until the book is finished, and you're sitting there wondering why it finished so quickly.
I loved the heroine in this story as well. She was brave, and stood up for herself even when she probably shouldn't have. I can't wait to read more in this series.