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Book Review! The Queen’s Rising by Rebecca Ross

Hello Bloggers and Beyond! Welcome to my very, very, VERY first review post. So I haven’t read much in the past few weeks, and I was in a dilemma about which book to write my first review on.

So one normal day, I was talking to a friend and then, magic happened, and I got a splendid idea. Why not make the first review of a book I love the most?

And then, as we know it, it was history. (chrome history, but still history)

So let’s get right into it, because I am very, very excited to do this. And believe me, I love this book with all my heart, soul and everything I own.

I just love it so much, I can’t even..

The synopsis (via Goodreads)-

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. 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, despite all her preparations, 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 northern throne. And others are involved, some closer to Brienna than she realizes.

With war brewing, 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. Who will be that queen?

With gorgeous description and detailed rendering of a world where not everything is what it seems, debut author Rebecca Ross weaves an intricate tale of revenge, loyalty, and, ultimately, self-discovery.

Magnalia House was the sort of establishment where only wealthy, talented girls mastered their passion. It wasn’t designed for girls who were lacking, for girls who were illegitimate daughters, and certainly not for girls who defied kings. I, of course, happen to be all three of those things.

I, of course, happen to be crying about this book.

The Queen’s Rising, is the best debut novel I’ve ever read. I fell in love with the book in the first couple of pages. The cover is beautiful and I was definitely intrigued with the synopsis. YA fantasy was a new genre for me, and I am so glad for that day I saw this book over at my library blog!

Rebecca Ross’s writing is absolutely beautiful, poetic and simple at the same time. I adore her vocabulary and the way she uses imagery in her writing. Her writing style is something that takes the greatness of this book to the next level. Seriously, each and every line of TQR, is like poetry or music to my eyes. I really loved the way the book is written.

This book didn’t need flimsy girly drama, relationship troubles to keep readers hooked. I usually come across fantasy books with cliched antagonists, and this book, didn’t have that. All the supporting characters, be it Brienna’s Grandad, Tristan, Merei, Isolde they all had their time to shine.

The only fault– the background characters did lack back-stories. Some had pretty good back stories, but then, since we were concerned with only the protagonists, the story didn’t do justice to so many stories just waiting to be discovered.

All the characters, were developed perfectly. Let me give you some context of our protagonists-

1) Brienna
Brienna is the type of insecure person we all feel at times. She is a lively but at the same time, but she isn’t naïve enough to need a hero to rescue her. This is something I really liked about the book. Strong female leads are so important in YA. Seeing how this story was set in a monarchial premise, I hoped it wouldn’t be just another damsel in distress. Never have I ever been so happy to be proven wrong! This is anything but a damsel in distress story. Brienna is kind,brave,strong, compassionate and all the good things a protagonist should be, however, she isn’t “insanely perfect”, she has her flaws, her doubts and her insecurities. All in all, she was the perfect lead for this story.

2) Cartier-
Cartier comes across as a cold, unforgiving and strict person. His childhood was taken away from him because of tragic circumstances. He is wise and kind, and his sincerity and knowledge basically enlighten the whole plot. Personally, I like Cartier better than Brienna, and no, that isn’t because of his blue eyes and blond hair. Cartier as a protagonist, is strong, brave, wise and the perfect aid to Brienna’s mission. His development as a person in the story was amazingly crafted. His belief in Brienna, the way he guides her and cares for her, is just written so beautifully. Let me say it already, Cartier is the best secondary protagonist I’ve ever come across.

The plot revolves primarily along two kingdoms Valenia and Maevana, and the ascension of Queens to the throne. It follows Brienna through her life as an arden (student), a rebel, a daughter and a warrior. The plot was beautifully crafted with reference of politics, history, modern era and of course magic. The plot was also very female centric, which is the icing on the cake! Plot twists, check, feels like your heart will pop out, check and favorite book, check.

I loved how we slowly unravelled the history of it all. There’s much more I wanna know about the world and I can’t wait for Rebecca Ross to explore more of that.

My book had family trees and a map, which I found absolutely amazing gorgeous! I would recommend not looking at the family trees until you read the book though.

The pacing was done very well too. The start is a bit casual, but I recommend you don’t skip it, HAVE PATIENCE PEOPLE! There are so many moments where you anticipate change, and it turns out to be a false alarm but there are tons of “I KNEW IT” moments too.

There is a strong theme of friendship in the starting and as we progress, family and relationships develop. Sisterhood, family, brothers, friends, all the relationships were explored with such strong feelings. Yes, I did tear up, and yes, you will too. I love the brother sister duo of Luc and Brienna. That is my favorite pick from the whole book. And Merei and Brienna were just so sweet, infact all the arden sisters, I loved the concept Rebecca Ross!!!

I am so intrigued by all the helping characters, I am willing to read whole books, no cut that, whole SERIES on them. And no, it doesn’t have to be Cartier or Brienna, I’m willing to read it on ANYONE. Give me more Maevana…….

“She walks with grace upon the clouds, and the stars know her by name.”


As you can probably see, there is literally no flaw in this book! I really, really do adore it. Do read and let me know if you love it as much as I do!

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37 thoughts on “Book Review! The Queen’s Rising by Rebecca Ross

    1. Thank you so much for that, you do not know how many times I designed that. Literally made my day!!!
      Thank you and thank you!!


      1. I wish I had found about this book sooner, but oh well, fate. You absolutely do need to read book 2! It is much more intense and the perfect sequel to tqr 1.


    1. You really do need to read it ASAP.

      I mean, you’re new here…but have you heard tales I haunt people if they don’t read my recs?


      (Maybe not)

      Thanks for joining us!!! Welcome to the fam!

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