Once upon a time, a girl had a father, a prince, a society of friends. Then they betrayed her, and she destroyed them all.
Adelina Amouteru’s heart has suffered at the hands of both family and friends, turning her down the bitter path of revenge. Now known and feared as the White Wolf, she and her sister flee Kenettra to find other Young Elites in the hopes of building her own army of allies. Her goal: to strike down the Inquisition Axis, the white-cloaked soldiers that murdered her love, the Crown Prince Enzo Valenciano.
But Adelina is no heroine. Her powers, fed only by fear and hate, have started to grow beyond her control. She does not trust her newfound Elite friends. Teren Santoro, leader of the Inquisition, wants her dead. And her former friends, Raffaele and the Dagger Society, want to stop her thirst for vengeance. Adelina struggles to cling to the good within her. But how can someone be good, when her very existence depends on darkness?
I enjoyed the first book, The Young Elites but I think on a whole I enjoyed this novel more. I loved how dark it was and how Lu so eloquently wrote Adelina losing her grip and control. I flippantly say, “I love villains” but reading Adelina’s decline into the darker areas of her power was actually heart wrenching and difficult! I found myself hoping for her to fail more often than not. This was a very unique experience for me since typically I’m rooting for the main characters.
Though overall I loved this book the pacing did feel a tad uneven for me. There were areas (mostly in the beginning) that dragged the smallest bit but this could have been a mood thing for me. The mid- to end were breathtaking and gripping.
I think the biggest highlight of this series has been watching Adelina become the White Wolf. Her powers feed on hate and terror and so Adelina learns to love taking these emotions from others. Her subtle decline and loss of control were equal parts exciting and disturbing. There was what could be considered to some a slight love triangle. I hesitate to call it this though since it was rather complicated.
The novel was written from Adelina’s point of view and also a few chapters focused on another character (Raffaele, Teren and Mauve specifically). I think this approach worked well in regards to the story telling but it did throw me off a bit because of the change of point of view from first to third. This felt a tad awkward for me.
Since Adelina was on a journey to find new Elites this novel introduced a few new characters. I felt that they weren’t overly developed but what we did see was well done and added to the story well. I hope we learn a bit more about each of these new characters in the following book.
I have really enjoyed this series thus far and felt that The Rose Society was a wonderful addition. I loved (though it was painful) reading of Adelina’s growth in her powers and loss of those things that kept her from delving into the darkness. I can’t wait for the next book.