The White Rose by Amy Ewing
Violet is on the run—away from the Jewel, away from a lifetime of servitude, away from the Duchess of the Lake, who bought her at auction. With Ash and Raven traveling with her, Violet will need all of her powers to get her friends, and herself, out of the Jewel alive.
But no matter how far Violet runs, she can’t escape the rebellion brewing just beneath the Jewel’s glittering surface, and her role in it. Violet must decide if she is strong enough to rise against the Jewel and everything she has ever known.
The first half of this novel is suspense-ridden as Violet and her friends flee from the Jewel. Then, Violet meets a woman who can help her fully explore her abilities. And the underground rebellion desperately needs all the help it can get to overthrow the oppressive hierarchy.
The White Rose is the sequel to The Jewel, a unique fantasy series geared towards young adults. The characters are engaging; and the story is just as captivating as before. After the initial escape, the story changes a bit to more even-paced with intrigue and a deeper look at magic and the history behind it. I thoroughly enjoyed the worldbuilding. And I look forward to the next in this exciting series.