REVIEW: The Queen’s Rising (The Queen’s Rising, #1) by Rebecca Ross

35098412.jpgWhen 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?


I love to throw in a good fantasy read every now and then and The Queen’s Rising has been on my list since it released. This was a very solid YA fantasy read that I thoroughly enjoyed!

What I loved most about this book is that the main character isn’t the special snowflake. in that regard, I felt that it was unique and different. Brienna was an awesome character and really showed a lot of growth throughout the book. She was strong and feisty and very brave. There was political intrigue and suspenseful moments and romance. There were so many twists that I did not see coming! I felt the author kept me glued to my seat and wondering what was going to happen next.

I thought this was a very well written book and the story flowed well. I am very curious what the author will bring us in the second book because I felt like things were wrapped up pretty nicely at the end. Of course, there is always a different angle the author can take, but I have no idea where she is going to take us. I absolutely can’t wait!

Overall Rating: 4/5 Stars!

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