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Peek Inside War of the Wilted

Rose will not rest until the Gardener is dead. But Rayce believes joining forces with him is their best chance at winning the war. And one betrayal from the Gardener would require Rose’s ultimate sacrifice to save them all.

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Like flowers denied water, people are wilting under the emperor's tyranny.

Rose will not rest until the Gardener is dead. But there are bigger battles to fight, and Rayce—leader of the rebellion and the only man Rose has ever loved—believes their best chance at winning the war is to join forces with her sworn enemy.

Saving innocent people is more important than her quest for revenge. But their new ally can’t be trusted—and he knows her darkest secret. One betrayal could leave the war and Rayce’s life hanging in the balance, and Rose will need to make the ultimate sacrifice to save them all.

Each book in the Garden of Thorns series is STANDALONE:
Book 1: Garden of Thorns
Book 2: War of the Wilted
Book 3: Roots of Ruin


"I highly recommend this great YA fantasy series!" ~Olivia F., Goodreads 

"The plotting and action are addictive. I love all the characters in this series and I'm loving the exciting storyline. War of the Wilted is satisfying read, however, there is still more to come. I want more, more, more!" ~D.M., Goodreads

"I was so glad that there is a sequel to Garden of Thorns. I loved that book so much, it was easily one of my favorite books last year...this series is a must read for fantasy fans." ~Taylor F., NetGalley

"This was fast-paced and engaging, racing to a very satisfying conclusion. Highly recommend these books." ~Jules I., NetGalley

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781640636804
Series: Garden of Thorns, Book 2
Release Date: Oct 1, 2018
Page Count: 395
Imprint: teen
Genre: fantasy, young adult
Tropes: revenge, royalty

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By Danielle's September 20, 2018

"Fortune clings to the hand that wields flowers". War of the Wilted (Garden of Thorns, #2) quote.

I pledge my loyalty to the cause.
A Rose by any other name is still a Rose. Beautiful, elegant and stubborn. Our leading lady is the Varshan Princess. The true heir to the Varshan throne, betrothed to the ...more

By Eileen (BookCatPin) October 12, 2018

*This review contains a spoiler for the first book.

War of the Wilted is a fantastic sequel to Garden of Thorns! I'm glad I continued with the series. Not to mention the beautiful titles and covers complement the story so well I'll never get tired of looking at them.

In the beginning I had a hard time ...more

By Susan September 23, 2018

I love so many things about the series. The world is immersive and has just the right amount of detail without getting too bogged down in geography and politics. It is not the type of world building where you feel you need to write down genealogies and take notes to keep track of everything. It’s ju ...more

By Morris February 17, 2019

I love this series so much! It manages to fill my love of romance without taking away from the action or being too sweet. It's difficult to write details because I don't want to accidentally spoil this or Garden of Thorns. I was thrilled to learn there will be a third! Highly recommend the series.

Th ...more

By Arys October 05, 2018

War of the Wilted by Amber Mitchell continues the Garden of Thorns series. What I love about this series is the balance. There is a great world for us to explore but that doesn't take over. Rose is a strong heroine but she is also very evidently insecure and young. The characters are dynamic and int ...more

By Olivia September 21, 2018

"War of the Wilted" is a great continuation of the Garden of Thorns series. The rebellion is well underway and this book continues where the first left off (I recommend reading them close in time as this one moves too fast to recap much). Rose is living with Marin amongst the rebellion and now the o ...more

By Taylor September 18, 2018

RtC! ...more

By Laura October 07, 2018

War of the Wilted is fantastic and I'm so happy to have read it!! The author's continuity with her worldbuilding and characters never disappoints as you quickly find yourself immersed in the storyline. This story does pick up where Garden of Thorns ended so in order not to find yourself lost while r ...more

By Stephanie September 30, 2018

'War of the Wilted' is the exciting second installment in the young adult fantasy series, Garden of Thorns. It picks up where the first book left off, with Rose and her fellow rebels taking down the Gardener and thwarting the plans of the emperor. You really need to read the first book before this o ...more

By Tamara November 15, 2018

*I received a free copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*

War of the Wilted is very much a second book. The happiness from the first book was just begging to be disrupted, right? Well no fear—it was disrupted quite thoroughly. However, despite the destruction of so muc ...more

By Lovey Dovey Books September 30, 2018

Published on Lovey Dovey Books

Amber Mitchell jumps back into the political upheaval of her YA fantasy romance series with the next amazing installment, War of the Wilted. The Zareeni rebellion is holding the Gardener captive and pumping him for an advantage over the Emperor. In a twist, Rose and Ray ...more

By Hannah November 03, 2019

Couldn’t resist driving straight into this after the last book in the series, garden of thrones

We are thrown back into the rebellion with Rayce and rose who are struggling with their relationship and their dedication to the rebellion and to each other, watching their relationship change and grow has ...more

By Holly October 08, 2018

Before I jumped in to read War of the Wilted, I went back and re-read Garden of Thorns. I’m glad I did, not necessarily because I’d forgotten a lot, but because I loved that book so much the first time and discovered I loved it just as much the second time! I also got to remind myself just how much ...more

By Lynndell October 03, 2018

Action packed!
Thanks to NetGalley and Entangled Teen for the opportunity to read and review War of the Wilted by Amber Mitchell. Arianna, “Rose”, wants to help the rebellion but she wants vengeance above everything else. Arianna is working with Rayce, the leader of the rebellion, but she’s angry wit ...more

By Eva October 01, 2018

in the follow up to garden of thorns, rayce and rose need to find their way through their conflicting interests. everything is still rolled up in the gardener. even captive, he holds too much thrall over rayce for rose's peace of mind, and too much thrall over rose for rayce's.

but these two still lo ...more

By Jessica September 26, 2018

3.5 stars.

While ‘Garden of Thorns’ did not end on a cliffhanger, per se, ‘War of the Wilted’ picks up where book 1 left off and builds upon its events, while offering more action and picturesque scenery descriptions. Though Rose has endured many hardships in her past, being at odds with the love of ...more

By Sarai October 18, 2018

Oh goodness! I was super excited to read this story. The first book was awesome. Great concept. Something new and never before seen. That is a rare thing in the world of books. This second installment seemed more generic to me, not that the story was bad, but it was something I had already heard. Th ...more

By Tania October 11, 2018

I didn't think I was going to continue this series but I'm glad I did. This book continuously gained momentum whereas the first seemed to have lost it somewhere at the halfway point. I'm happy with how the events happened and I'm excited to see what happens next. Not sure when the third book should ...more

I had so much fun with this book. It was great to be back in this series <3 i'm looking forward to seeing varsha next and there will be a full review come! ...more

An amazing sequel to the first book. ...more

By Amanda November 08, 2018

This did not disappoint! Action packed and full of that slow burn love. I love that the wilteds and flowers are playing a larger part! That This book was fantastic and I cannot wait to see what the next installment has in store! ...more

War of the Wilted is book 2 in the Garden of Thorns series and is an excellent continuation. It picks up right where book one left off. It is fast paced and action packed and I would recommend reading them close together so you don't forget anything.

I felt this book really focused on Rayce and his p ...more

By ~Tessa~ April 07, 2020

I received an e-arc of this book thru Netgalley in exchange for a honest review . All opinions are my own.

I requested this ARC not knowing it was the 2nd book, so long story short, I read the 1st book and immediately read this after.

I liked this more than the 1st since I got to see Rose's character ...more

By Evan November 04, 2018

War of the wilted is a fantasy unlike any other and a wonderful sequel to Gardener of Thorns. This novel is told from Rose's POV, and if filled with romance, enchanting moments of lust, love, and happiness. In this young adult action-packed thriller, we that the characters are built up and never fal ...more

By Helen September 13, 2018

Rayce is holding the Gardener captive within the confines of the rebellion stronghold. Keeping him alive because he's giving them intel on the emperor. Rose knows he's leading them in to a trap, but every move he gives them proves his worth. Playing Rose against Rayce is driving a wedge between them ...more

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Amber Mitchell

About the author

Amber Mitchell

Amber Mitchell was born and raised in a small town in Florida. After briefly escaping small town life by attending the University of South Florida where she earned her degree in Creative Writing, she decided to ditch traffic jams and move back to her hometown. There she writes Young Adult novels, usually with a bit of magic in them, rolls D20s with her friends on Thursday nights and enjoys hanging out with her husband and four cats. Her other job involves crafting cardstock in to 3D art and has allowed her to travel all over the US vending at comic conventions which has only increased her love for fantasy and fandoms. She is represented by Nikki Terpilowski of Holloway Literature

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