Rhoda: A Black Diamond Origin Story
by Poppy Kuroki
Reviewed by JMD Reid
Before she was one of the Black Diamond Assassins, Rhoda was a young woman about to marry Lord Drew Fiscal. An arranged marriage, but one she’s eager for. A handsome and dashing man who will give her a beautiful daughter to be the next empress.
But her dream marriage is about to become a nightmare.
A drunk and abuser, her first night and all those after are not what she expected. A thing sold to him by her parents, she drowns in despair. Her only victory is every month when her period comes, denying her husband his heir.
But that isn’t an escape from her pain. That can only come from one place.
Rhoda is a sad story of a young woman locked in abuse and her journey to escape it. Her steps into a world of darkness. As always, Kuroki peers into the darkness and takes you on a journey with her characters.
The world-building continues, standing on what Oaths created. If you haven’t read Oaths, you don’t need to have because this story, though short, takes you on a journey. You will cheer on Rhonda as she seeks to escape the prison of her life.
The prose is fantastic, the imagery clear, and the story pulls you along. A great afternoon read.
You can buy Rhoda from Amazon.