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Review: Queen’s Rising by Rebecca Ross

Title: The Queen’s Rising | Goodreads |
Author:  Rebecca Ross | Goodreads | Website |
Publisher: Harper Teen
Publication Date: February 6, 2018
Genre: Fantasy
Format: Kindle | Amazon | Barnes & Nobles |

Brienna desires only two things: to master her passion and to be chosen by a patron. Growing up in Valenia at the renowned Magnalia House should have prepared her. While some are born with a talent for one of the five passions—art, music, dramatics, wit, and knowledge—Brienna struggled to find hers until she chose knowledge. However, Brienna’s greatest fear comes true—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, she reluctantly accepts. But there is much more to his story, for there is a dangerous plot to overthrow the king of Maevana—the rival kingdom of Valenia—and restore the rightful queen, and her magic, to the throne. And others are involved—some closer to Brienna than she realizes.

And now, with war brewing, Brienna must choose which side she will remain loyal to: passion or blood.

It’s taken me a while to come up with this review, it’s not because I didn’t like the book, it was because I had a hard time putting my thoughts into words about this story. I have to say I was a little disappointed in this book. I have wavered between giving it three or four stars and decided to go with four.  I was super excited when I first heard about this book so much so I went and pre-ordered it. The synopsis sounds fantastic, it is what made me want to read this in the first place.

The story starts off when Brienna is about 10 years old and her grandfather is leaving her at Magnolia House so that she can learn her passion. However, the poor child has no real pull towards any of the five passions, knowledge, wit, music, drama or art, so she actually gets to try all five of them, finally landing on one, Knowledge. However, even though she kind of mastered one of them, she was not chosen by a patron on choosing day. So she remains at Magnolia House to continue her studies until a patron does chose her. This is where things get a little interesting as something happens to Brienna, she starts having visions because of a book she was given by Master Cartier, which allows a disgraced Lord to become her patron and take her away from Magnolia House. However, during all this time, while we know who her mother is, we are left in the dark about her father.

After Brienna leave’s Magnolia House things start to move a little in the story. We even learn who her father is, but where I thought this story was going to go, was not where it went at all. Brienna to me becomes a pawn in the fight between Maevana and Valenia and the rightful heir to the Maevana throne. In the end she has to chose between blood and doing what she believes is right.

I liked the second half of the book, mainly because I liked the interaction between Brienna and her Patron and his family. I thought their interactions, they way they became family was great. What I didn’t like was her “romance” with Master Cartier, because to me he would be older and a romance between student and teacher is just ick. But we don’t really see a lot of it so I’m good with that.

All in all, the book had it’s boring parts and it’s really great parts, and if there is a second book, which I’ve read there might be, at least we didn’t get left with a cliffhanger….I guess.





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