Reading Blue Rose made me crave my favorite romantic fantasy series, The Last Herald Mage. The Last Herald Mage was my introduction to Lackey and Valdemar, sparking introspection in my early 20s, and remaining a touchstone ever after.
I’ve reread the Last Herald Mage so often that I remember all of the broad strokes–but the fine details are always sharp and surprising when I encounter them again.
Tarma and Kethry are great, though the first book’s fits and starts were pretty obvious on this read through. I’ll pop into the Arrows trilogy and see how Talia’s doing next.