Behind the Scenes of Burning Rose: Rose of the Oath

by | 6 October 2017 | Books | 24 comments

You all should remember a few weeks ago, I took part in the Burning Rose cover reveal. This week, Burning Rose released to the world!

I’m so excited for this book, and I can’t possibly recommend it enough. I received an ARC of this, and it was absolutely worth every moment I spent reading it. (Including the after-midnight moments when I stayed up reading. 😛 )

Today, I’ve got a little behind the scenes snippet from the author—Hope Ann—about Rose of the Oath.

Writing Burning Rose took around two years, from the publication of the first novella to the final paperback. Of course, that wasn’t non-stop writing. I published each of the three novellas contained in the paperback separately as ebooks, then pulled them together for the first book of Legends of Light.


My original Legends of Light novella isn’t actually part of the series anymore. The first novella used to be Rose of Prophecy, which I wrote for the Rooglewood Beauty and the Beast contest and then adjusted for Legends of Light when I decided to self-publish. But, while I liked the novella, I hadn’t written it for the series. I knew I could work in both the world’s history and theme better. So, after writing Shadows of the Hersweald, I went back and wrote a completely different story, Rose of the Night and Rose of the Oath. The new novella, and its prequel, retold the same fairy tale but set the foundations of the series much better. Rose of Prophecy I unpublished, for the time being. One day I may go over it again, but for now it is simply free on my website for the few who know about it.


Read both my new Beauty and the Beast retelling and its prequel in my new paperback collection, Burning Rose!

~ My Review ~

Burning Rose is a stunning collection of stories full of hope and light. From the very beginning, I loved the writing style and the setting. Hope Ann’s writing style is enrapturing and really pulls me into the story. It was sweet and gripping and exciting all in one. I connected with the each of the characters so well.

I hugely enjoyed this whole book, and there were just so many details and elements in each story that made it deep and complex. Most novellas are more sparse in that area, but these ones were like full novels fitted nicely into a small story.

I may or may not have stayed up after midnight to finish it. *ahem*

The retelling parts of the stories were so creatively done and in a captivating way. Not the predictable feel that some retellings have. It was unique and different, yet still had hints of the familiar tale woven through the overall story.

The first two stories were my favourites out of them all, but I still loved each one. There is such truth buried in these stories and it rings out through the subtext and story in a way that’s absolutely not preachy at all, and is so beautiful to read.

I highly recommend this without reservations (ages 13+). They’re beautiful retellings and stories that are simply so full of light and hope.


~ Some short thoughts on each individual story ~

Rose of the Night – 5 stars
A bittersweet story of rebellion and hope. I love that even in the darkness, there’s still such light. There might be horror now, but it won’t last. I definitely enjoyed this read immensely.

Rose of the Oath – 5 stars
I really loved this read. There were a few plot twists, though I did guess them before they happened.

The characters were really intriguing, and I particularly liked watching the development that both Elissa and the beast went through. It was honestly just really cool.

Song of the Sword – 4.5 stars
This was an epic story and the magic was so intriguing and simple enough that all the explanations and details didn’t bore me, but it still made sense.

The characters were cool, and I loved the unique twist that the main characters were just flawed human beings who made mistakes.

I was a touch confused with all the Melody and Reality ‘dimension’ hopping, I guess you could call it. I got lost once or twice.

Shadows of the Herweald – 4.5 stars
This story was a more bitter and darker story out of all the Legends of Light, but because of the darkness, the light and hope shone out all the brighter.

I really liked the fact that the POV character was a former soldier from Tauscher’s (the villain) army. It gave it a really unique feel and message.


Overall, Burning Rose is an amazing book, and I absolutely recommend it. There is such truth and light between the pages of the book, and I loved it so much.


Let’s chat! Have you read anything by Hope Ann? What other new (or soon-to-be) released books are you enthused about?

Jane Maree

Jane Maree

Jane Maree is an Australian writer, adventurer at heart, beloved daughter of the King of Kings, and believer in at least six impossible things before breakfast. Raised on fairy tales, scraped knees, and makeshift swords, she has yet to outgrow any of them. In her day job, Jane teaches music and freelances as an editor, but by night she crafts daring stories of broken heroes overcoming extraordinary odds.


  1. J.A.Penrose

    Wow! This book sounds great! I can’t wait to read it.
    Other’s I’m looking forward to??? Thanks to you, Fidelyon, and Blank Mastermind. Ooooh, I hope you do post for them when they come out!!!
    Awesome review as always Jane!
    And good job Hope Ann!

    • Jane Maree

      YES. It totally is amazing. I loved it a heap.
      Hehe YES. XD I’m tantalizing you with all the “Ack it’s so epic, Jess” aren’t I? xP
      Ooh yes, that’s a brilliant idea. I most certainly will do that.

  2. Sarah

    Ooooh, I might just have to find this book and read it ;D (I’ll probably have to wait for it to show up in the library first though xP) It sounds pretty awesome going by your review. ^-^

    • Jane Maree

      Yes yes you must. (On that note though–it might be possible for you to buy it cheaper than from Amazon, but the details are still being ironed out.) It definitely is. *nods*

  3. Hope Ann

    Thanks so much for letting me be on your blog for a day!

    • Jane Maree

      You’re welcome!! Thank you for writing epic books. 😛

  4. Kate Flournoy

    Have I read anything by Hope Ann?
    *bursts out laughing*
    Yes. Yes I have. *coughs* Just about everything she’s ever written and all the awesome stuff she hasn’t finished yet. I have what you might call ‘behind the scenes’ privileges. XD It comes of being both a cover designer and a beta reader. 😉 Or alpha reader. Not sure which I am at this point. 😛
    Of these three, I can’t decide between Rose of the Oath and Shadows of the Hersweald for favorite… Beauty and the Beast has always been my favorite fairytale and that one is so unique and deep and adorable, but at the same time the drama of Haydn’s story really grips me. I don’t know. I can’t choose. 😛

    • Jane Maree

      Hehehe yes. XD Lucky you though. (consider me jealous xP) I’ve read some of what she hasn’t finished yet, but probably not as much as you. 😛

      They were both super cool stories, right?? I loved the unique aspect of Haydn’s POV since he was a darker character than most of the others. But Beauty and the Beast stories are always great.

  5. Quinley

    I haven’t read anything by Hope Ann, but I am interested in her books now!:)

    • Jane Maree

      I totally recommend them! 😀 If you can get your hands on them, you’ll have to tell me how you like them. 😛

  6. MiddleEarthMusician

    THIS BOOK SOUNDS AMAZING!!! I think I may go and investigate it further… ;-D I’ve never read any of her books. They sounds good! XD I’m most enthused about N.D. Wilson’s new books that have already been released but I haven’t got them yet. 🙁 ;-D

    • Jane Maree

      YES DO. You won’t regret it, I assure you.

      Ooh yes yes, I haven’t gotten them yet either, but I hope to soon!

  7. Jake T.

    Hm, I will have to add this to my list of books to read. *nod*

    • Jane Maree

      Good, good. You definitely should read it sometime. *nodnod*

  8. Jenna

    hi! just started following your blog. so cool u live in Australia! i live in the U.S. I love that you’re a Christian, i am too. 🙂 keep that glass-half-full attitude, girl!

    • Jane Maree

      Hey! I’m so excited that you could join me! 🙂 You too–God is good, friend. 😀

  9. Joey Trout

    Hey Jane!
    This series looks very fascinating, I may just check it out myself 🙂

    • Jane Maree

      Hi, Joey! I really enjoyed it myself (as you can tell if you read this post xD) so I am very much on board with this decision of yours. 😛

  10. Jem Jones

    (You have Princess Ben!!)
    (…sorry. I just like to scan the backgrounds of bloggers’ photos for books I know ;P)

    I haven’t read any of Hope Ann’s books, but I’ve heard a bit about this one! I’ll have to see if I can get my hands on it (I feel like I say that way too much ??)

    • Jane Maree

      Yes I do!! XD (Same though, to be honest. 😛 )

      I feel like I’ve said this to all the other amazing commenters but–YES YOU SHOULD. XD (Getting a copy posted from America costs a huge lot, but if you hold on for a little bit, I’m actually hopefully organising something with Hope that’ll mean it will be cheaper for Aussies!)

  11. Brie Donning

    Hi Jane,

    Have you read any of Fidelyon? I know you know I have. It’s going to be an awesome book when it’s done. I’ve also read the first chapter of Scarlet Rose, Hope’s dystopian trilogy.

    Also, I definitely want to get a copy of Burning Rose from you when you get that all sorted out.

    • Jane Maree

      I have read Fidelyon actually, yes. (I’m almost done part three) It’s AMAZING. Soo good. And eep I want to read Scarlet Rose too.

      Excellent! I’ll put you on my list. 🙂

      • Brie Donning aka Lady Clumsy-Blade

        I actually got to read two versions of the chapter. Hope wanted feedback on present vs. past tense. it was a while ago.
        Hope and I were critique partners once, or supposed to be critique partners. I still haven’t sent anything to her.

        • Jane Maree

          Oh cool!
          Haha nice. 😛 I just signed up to be her extroverted marketer, and then volunteered to read Fidelyon for her. xD

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