"blending of mythology and romance"

Mikki feels out of synch with the world around her and the only thing that pleases her is her award winning roses that she cares for by giving them her blood during the new moon. She begins having dreams of a man-monster and a woman gives her rose scented anointing oil. In a play about Medea, she is asked to read some lines about Hecatate. Afterward she then visits the rose garden in the park and uses her blood to heal the sickening roses. Her blood accidentally is smeared on the statue of a minotaur creature and he suddenly comes to life, chasing her until she loses consciousness.

Mikki awakens in the Realm of the Roses and her handmaidens tell her that she is the High Priestness of Hecate. She awoke the Guardian who was entombed in the statue in the garden in Tulsa. Now he is back to protect the realm while the Priestess is to care for the roses so that the realm will survive and magick and dreams will be sent out to all the worlds. The Guardian is forbidden by Hecate to love the high priestess unless she can love the man inside the outer visage of a monster. Mikki brings new life and changes the realm and in return the denizens love here include the Guardian but can beauty love the beast and if so when tragedy strikes will eternity keep them apart?

PC Cast who is well known for her blending of mythological tales and romance creates in GODDESS OF THE ROSE a beautiful adult fairy tale when the heroine teaches the Guardian to see himself through her eyes and is willing to sacrifice herself to save the realm. Mikki feels at home in her new world because she is connected to it through her blood and the roses. Readers will be enchanted by GODDESS OF THE ROSE.

Reviewed by Harriet Klausner
Posted January 31, 2006

Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted November 30, 2006


Love can be as soft as the petals - and as dangerous as the thorns...

Empousai family roses have bloomed for centuries, thanks to the drops of blood their women sacrifice for their gardens. But Mikki would rather forget this family quirk and lead a normal life. Until she unwittingly performs a ritual, ending up in the strangely familiar Realm of the Rose. As its goddess Hecate reveals, Mikki is a priestess—and the Realm’s been waiting for her…

Long ago, an enraged Hecate cursed her guardian beast and the entire Realm with a slumber only a priestess can undo—and she’s counting on Mikki. The beast at first terrifies Mikki—but soon intrigues her more than any man ever has. But the only way he and the Realm can be saved is for Mikki to sacrifice her life-giving blood—and herself…


Goddess of the Rose
(Goddess Summoning series: Book 5)
by P. C. Cast

Berkley Pub Group
January 1, 2009
Available: January 6, 2009
ISBN #0425227103
EAN #9780425227107
368 pages
Trade Size (reprint)
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Other Books by
P. C. Cast

Dragon's Oath
Nyx in the House of Night: Mythology, Folklore and Religion
The Fledgling Handbook 101
Eternal: More Love Stories with Bite
Brighid's Quest
Divine by Blood
The Avenger
Divine By Choice
Elphame's Choice
Mysteria Lane
Warrior Rising
Divine By Blood
Goddess of Love
Divine by Choice
Divine by Mistake
Brighid's Quest
Goddess of Light
Goddess by Mistake
Elphame's Choice
Goddess of Spring
Goddess of the Sea

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