THE QUEEN’S RISING by Rebecca Ross is a lovely book that is inspired by Renaissance France. In honor of its sequel, THE QUEEN’S RESISTANCE, I am writing a review of the first book in the series. This post DOES CONTAIN SPOILERS.
If you would like to read the spoiler-free post click here. To begin, here is the summary and the shortened review:
Summary: When 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?
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Why I was interested: I know I mentioned it in my favorite books of 2018 post, but I was hooked to read TQR through the University of Georgia, our alma mater. They had sent out an email that TQR’s debut party was going to be at Avid Bookshop and I went to hear about her journey to publication. Fantasy is my favorite and I loved how the location of the story was inspired by Renaissance France. I am also obsessed with all things star and astrology-related so the cover hooked me immediately.
Side note: I was fortunate to be able to go to Rebecca’s book launching party at Avid Bookshop for THE QUEEN’S RESISTANCE last week as well.
Judge a book by it’s cover: I looooove starry stuff. I love starry stuff so much that I wrote a blog post for Epic Reads about it. So you can imagine that when I saw this gorgeous blue cover (my favorite color) and the constellations I was ecstatic to own my copy.
What to expect: TQR is a nice story with lovely prose that is so vivid you can smell the flowers and feel the breeze. The romance is sweet but it also has a fair share of action and adventure.
Why you should pick this book up: If you love Renaissance France, romance, Scottish-inspired locations, interested in a Hogwarts-house-inspired house broken into different studies — this book is for you.
Want more?: If you have read THE QUEEN’S RISING, you can read the post containing spoilers below. THE QUEEN’S RESISTANCE, its sequel is now available for purchase.
ATTENTION: IF YOU HAVE YET TO READ THE QUEEN’S RISING do not continue reading. The following contains spoilers for the book.
There are lots of details and ideas I love about Rebecca Ross’ THE QUEEN’S RISING, but my favorites include Magnalia House and earning the passion cloaks and the use of history via experiences.
Magnalia House reminds me of Hogwarts houses-meet-college majors. Each passion have their unique attributes and I wonder how many more there are beyond Magnalia House. My favorite, with no surprise, is the passion of knowledge. Studying History at UGA is definitely the factor of this love. (If anyone is wondering, I’d adore a blue passion cloak with the Cynus constellation sewn into it.)
Beyond passion focuses and cloaks, the use of history as a storyteller and way of communication is great in TQR. As someone who always wished that I could touch an object and experience its history, I loved how Rebecca flashbacked with Brienna’s ability.
In short, THE QUEEN’S RISING contained great mythology and worldbuilding that was heightened by the passion focuses, the passion cloaks, and flashbacks with the use of a passion. I hope we will see different passion focuses or even more flashbacks in THE QUEEN’S RESISTANCE.
What did you think of Rebecca Ross’ THE QUEEN’S RISING? I’d love to hear your comments below!
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