Title: The Queen’s Rising
Author: Rebecca Ross
Series Status: 1st book in an Untitled Trilogy
# of pages: 464
My rating: 3/5 stars
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?
* I received a free copy in exchange for a honest review *
I was excited when I read the summary of this and very excited that I was going to be able to read it before release date. Sadly I found I was slightly disappointed by it.
Starting with the characters who I found to be well developed but not super unique. Brienna felt like a stereotyped main character for a YA fantasy and I felt like her relationships with others only furthered this. Then there is her relationship with her mentor, Cartier, who I didn’t particularly like either. The girls that Brienna lived with in the Magnalia House were more interesting and I would have preferred if they made a bigger role of the story.
The plot was another thing that I took issue with since it felt like it was supposed to be a big reveal but instead was pretty obvious and not very exciting. The plot wasn’t overly complicated and most of it focused internally on Brienna instead of the story.
Something else that bothered me was that there was not much explained with the magic system. This installment mostly mentions magic and has a couple of dramatic flashbacks but doesn’t really provide much when it comes to the magic system. I was hoping for a better explanation or something a little more in depth surrounding it.
The pacing was also incredibly slow and this was possibly what made the book less enjoyable. It felt like barely anything was happening and then suddenly the end of the book is there with a climatic scene but it didn’t work for me.
One thing I really did enjoy was the simplicity of Ross’s writing. She had an easy writing style that made it easy to get through the pages and read it quickly.
Overall this book wasn’t my favorite but I enjoyed some aspects of it.