The White Rose is a strong book two in The Lone City series.

24585267The White Rose begins right where The Jewel ends. Violet is in her room and Garnet is working on sneaking her out of the House Of The Lake. There is plenty of action as Violet helps Raven escape through a series of tunnels, using their magic to help them along the way. Raven is not the same. She was tortured at The House of Stone and Violet fears she is broken. They use Ash’s companion house to assist in their escape and learn dark things about his past. Violet finds out she is part of a much bigger rebellion and her magic has powers she never imagined. The White Rose holds up next to The Jewel. Many second books in a series fizzle out but not this one. Ewing’s excellent world building extends as we see more of the different circles in Violet’s world such as The Bank and The Farm. It ends with a cliff hanger that makes me really want to read book three. But we will have to wait awhile. Good Reads does not have a title or a release date at this time.
Some ideas for discussing with teens:
Discuss Violet’s sacrifice for Raven.
Why do you think Lucien is helping the surrogates?
Discuss how Raven has changed since her time with the House of Stone.
The story turns darker when we learn about the training for companions such as Ash and the torture of Ravel at the House of Stone. Discuss how the story changed.
Was it worth the risk for Ash to see his sister one last time?
Discuss when Violet thinks, “I don’t know these people but if I can do anything to make even a single life better, isn’t it worth it?”
How does the surprise we learn at the end change things for Violet?

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