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Book Review: The Queen’s Rising by Rebecca Ross

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Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Series: The Queen’s Rising #1
Rating: 5 out of 5
Recommend to Others?: Yes


ABOUTWhen her seventeenth summer solstice arrives, Brienna desires only two things: to master her passion and to be chosen by a patron.

Growing up in the southern Kingdom of Valenia at the renowned Magnalia House should have prepared her for such a life. While some are born with an innate talent for one of the five passions—art, music, dramatics, wit, and knowledge—Brienna struggled to find hers until she belatedly chose to study knowledge. However, despite all her preparations, Brienna’s greatest fear comes true—the solstice does not go according to plan and she is left without a patron.

Months later, her life takes an unexpected turn when a disgraced lord offers her patronage. Suspicious of his intent, and with no other choices, she accepts. But there is much more to his story, and Brienna soon discovers that he has sought her out for his own vengeful gain. For there is a dangerous plot being planned to overthrow the king of Maevana—the archrival kingdom of Valenia—and restore the rightful queen, and her magic, to the northern throne. And others are involved—some closer to Brienna than she realizes.

With war brewing between the two lands, Brienna must choose whose side she will remain loyal to—passion or blood. Because a queen is destined to rise and lead the battle to reclaim the crown. The ultimate decision Brienna must determine is: Who will be that queen?


My Review: The Queen’s Rising was a wonderful read with a strong female lead and unique world compared to past YA fantasies I’ve read.

For as long as she could remember, Brienna had been more or less an outcast of unknown origins, an outsider looking in. “Two in one.” So it’s difficult to find her place in the world. Despite her fortitude, all paths led to failure. Yet I still couldn’t help rooting for her success. Her persistence and kindness drew me in. She’s a relatable character in all essence. Also, I love her name.

The world-building is really interesting. The professions focused on are called “passions,” which are made up of five avenues: art, dramatics, knowledge, music, and wit. I loved that these were the disciplines the author chose because they are all very important fields of study (in my opinion).

It did take me some time to pick up the lingo of the world. “Passion” is used as a noun and a verb instead of – what you’re usually used to – as an adjective. This change in parts of speech was confusing, almost jarring, for a while but I eventually got used to it.

I did not expect the romance oh my goodness! It’s slow burn-ish and oh-so sweet. I’m curious to explore this further in the next book 2.

The resistance to overthrow a tyrannical government trope was a typical conflict, but the author still managed to throw in shocking plot twists, especially where Brienna was concerned.

I’m keen to read the aftermath of the events from this story in the sequel. With a title like The Queen’s Resistance, I believe we can expect more awesomeness from the author.

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