Rose, Vol. 1 by Meredith Finch

Rose, Vol. 1

A classic fantasy tale about a girl trying to restore balance to a broken world. Rose must connect with her Khat--Thorne--to become the Guardian the world needs. But things aren't easy for Rose and Thorne, the powerful sorcerous Drucilla has many powerful and demonic allies--all of them focused on stopping one scared little girl who's desperately trying to stay alive and d...

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Rose, Vol. 1 Reviews

  • D

    I really wanted to like this, which made the book itself somewhat of a let down. This book felt predictably chosen-one-is-called-to-destiny that fantasy that does very little to separate itself from the genre as a whole. I didn't feel much of a connection to any of the characters and nothing in the plot was new or taken in any other directions.

    In short, this is the start of a fairly derivative fantasy narrative that might appeal/be marketed to children - if it didn't feature a lot of gratuitous

    I really wanted to like this, which made the book itself somewhat of a let down. This book felt predictably chosen-one-is-called-to-destiny that fantasy that does very little to separate itself from the genre as a whole. I didn't feel much of a connection to any of the characters and nothing in the plot was new or taken in any other directions.

    In short, this is the start of a fairly derivative fantasy narrative that might appeal/be marketed to children - if it didn't feature a lot of gratuitous cleavage and oddly placed sexiness of the art (which isn't in itself a bad thing but didn't seem like a good tonal fit to the story) where it was unnecessary or felt forced. It was just mediocre fantasy with no hook, unfortunately.

  • Sheri

    Good start to a new series. Interesting take on a magical series.

  • Melissa

    ~Disclaimer: I received this book for free~

    I really wanted to love this. I mean woman lead comic with a giant cat? Yes, please.

    However, this fell flat for me.

    First the whole chosen one narrative is just so overdone at this point. And then the whole "you are so different than those that came before you" bs is also overdone. The lead isn't that special or unique.

    Second there was so much fan service. I would have been happier if the folks wore more battle friendly attire. Having cleavage on the

    ~Disclaimer: I received this book for free~

    I really wanted to love this. I mean woman lead comic with a giant cat? Yes, please.

    However, this fell flat for me.

    First the whole chosen one narrative is just so overdone at this point. And then the whole "you are so different than those that came before you" bs is also overdone. The lead isn't that special or unique.

    Second there was so much fan service. I would have been happier if the folks wore more battle friendly attire. Having cleavage on the battlefield really isn't that helpful in keeping you alive. I did like the art in general though. It was consistent in quality and well-done.

    This book tried to introduce an entire host of characters and give snippets of backstories and ultimately didn't let you really bond with any singular character. I didn't have a strong grasp of who Rose was as a person. I think the author was trying to show different faucets of the character, but she ended up seeming super inconsistent instead of nuanced.

    If I saw the sequel I might flip through it to see if I was interested, but I doubt this is one I'm going to seek out in order to add it to my collection.

  • Kenny

    Enjoyable. Beautiful art and well developed fantasy world with well defined characters. Rose is a warrior mage in training except in rel time and desperate situation.

  • Logan

    Not my cup of coffee! So I gave this series a try, cause: 1.) Like Eternal Empire its a fantasy medieval series, which I'm all for and 2.) I wanted to give Meredith Finch a second chance after I wasn't the biggest fan of her Wonder Woman run in The New 52. Unfortunately this series did not do it for me. To talk about the negatives, the story itself is okay but predictable, my main issue though was the dialogue (Which is one of the main things, that's a make or break it for me), it just wasn't re

    Not my cup of coffee! So I gave this series a try, cause: 1.) Like Eternal Empire its a fantasy medieval series, which I'm all for and 2.) I wanted to give Meredith Finch a second chance after I wasn't the biggest fan of her Wonder Woman run in The New 52. Unfortunately this series did not do it for me. To talk about the negatives, the story itself is okay but predictable, my main issue though was the dialogue (Which is one of the main things, that's a make or break it for me), it just wasn't really that interesting to read; which unfortunately broke the overall enjoyment for me. This is a minor gripe but I also thought the tragic origin story of the main protag Rose(cause every hero needs one) was a bit rushed and could have been developed a bit more in the beginning.

    On the plus side though, the art is absolutely beautiful, really made the comic a joy to look at! Also this trade is only $10 (unlike *cough Eternal Empire Cough*) so it might be worth at least giving a try if your still interested in this series. But overall this series is not for me sadly.

  • Franki (wardenswatch)

    2 1/2 stars.

    The story was good, if a bit unoriginal in the world building BUT I'm a sucker for Orders with Special Animal Companions. However both Drucilla (the antagonist and the only woman of color we meet) and Rose (the protag) are drawn really scantily which is... odd and not congruent with their role as fighters/warrior women but ok, maybe it's tactically sound to leave your breasts flying about and all your vital organs unprotected in this particular realm......

    Re: Drucilla being the onl

    2 1/2 stars.

    The story was good, if a bit unoriginal in the world building BUT I'm a sucker for Orders with Special Animal Companions. However both Drucilla (the antagonist and the only woman of color we meet) and Rose (the protag) are drawn really scantily which is... odd and not congruent with their role as fighters/warrior women but ok, maybe it's tactically sound to leave your breasts flying about and all your vital organs unprotected in this particular realm......

    Re: Drucilla being the only WoC, there are only two other MoC and one is mute (or simply given zero lines) and the other talks like a hillbilly and is clearly shown as being less important/smart than the white dude of the group.

    Idk man. This story could really BE something if not for the sexist design choices and the particular lack of depth found in well, pretty much all the characters, but especially in the characters of color.

  • Andre

    A nicely illustrated fantasy story with a female protagonist and a big cat that have to save the world. While I found the visuals nice I was undewhelmed by the story and writing, finding them boring, unimaginative and clich├ęs. Not for me.


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