The Rose Labyrinth : Book Review

Book : The Rose Labyrinth
Author : Titania Hardie
Genre : Historical Thriller
Year : 2008
Book Cover : 5/5
My Ratings : 2/5

First things first. 
The cover of this book is beautiful.
Aesthetically encircled by tendrils and leaves and a delicate patterned border in burnt gold, it has a deep red and a pure white rose shining like jewels in the leafy tiara... 

Second, after a crisp,quick prologue , chapter one opened beautifully,flowed languidly......  naturally, taking the reader to that somewhat neglected cottage where the blackbird's song woke you from your sleep and the myrrh scent of roses comes in with light and moist air, blending with the distinct note of French lavender  from  a hedge somewhere and as you opens the door you found the low-lying mist pierced by sunshine and the smell of apples  from the orchard  spills and drowns you ....

Then and there, the magic ends and the book catches up to the contemporary note and starts playing the spirituality-meets-mystery tune. It still looked promising and I almost imagined a thriller scented in history,caressed by romance, pruned by lucid language and adorned by fluid words shining like gems with liquid fire.

Alas.... NO such thing happened and all elements simply fizzled out.
The mystery is non existent know everything right from page 54 or even before .
The romance is cliched - too sweet, too sugary with a too beautiful Greek gods like people.....
The strongest character was killed too soon soon as you start to relate with him.
Too many riddles and circumnavigations which neither challenge the cerebral capacities nor satiate the curiosity factor.
Supporting characters are caricatures specially the father and Calvin. Sian, the ex-girlfriend's character is better drawn.Quite expectantly the climax is hollow.
It was the blurb which looked promising and along with its cover lured me into it.
The Blurb-
'Before his death in 1609, the brilliant Elizabethan spy and astrologer John Dee hid his most astonishing secrets, trusting his descendants would one day bring them to light. That time has come.
In 2003, Will Stafford inherits a strange legacy from his mother: a key and an ancient script with an enigmatic note. Deeply intrigued, he travels Europe seeking answers to it's riddles, unaware that someone is following his every move.
Back in London, Lucy King becomes entangled in Will's cryptic labyrinth, As its mysterious twists take her from France to New York, and from literature to myth, in search of its hidden treasure, she has never been closer to the truth, nor in graver danger.'

Verdict : Avoid (2 points are for some beautiful country scenes.)


  1. Thank you for the heads up as the title indeed as you said is alluring!

    1. Thanks for the comment and yes the title, blurb and the cover got me interested.............. though no regrets as mediocrity enhances the admiration for classic excellence and works as a catalyst driving me to settle for nothing less then perfect. :) glad if the review is useful :)


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