Review: THE QUEEN’S RISING by Rebecca Ross

Reading time 3 mins

THE QUEEN’S RISING is a young adult fantasy about a girl named Brienna. She starts off an orphan living with her grandfather. At the age of 11 he takes her to the legendary Magnolia House to be raised among the best-of-the-best child prodigies and learn a “passion”. She is a bit late to start school but after her grandfather reveals who Brienna’s father is, the headmaster allows her entrance. After 7 years, she will masters a passion. She will then go off to live with a patron who she will apprentice for, honing her skills until she is a true master. Unless she doesn’t. If she fails to get a patron she will join the “impassioned” and become an outcast in this learned society.

There is so much more to this story. Rather then try to explain it all, I’ll just give you some reasons to read this.

Five reasons to read THE QUEEN’S RISING by Rebecca Ross:

The main character, Brienna, has mysterious origins and she isn’t perfect.

She doesn’t know who her father actually is, only that he is Maevanian. The world is in a bit of turmoil since the king of Maevana has overthrown the kingdom of Valenia. Brienna grows up in Valenia and she is half of each kingdom, so it made her loyalties a bit muddled. Despite being thrown into some odd situations, she makes the best of every situation. I enjoyed seeing a female character that trusted and loved so much.

Brienna has a lot of self doubt that I think most people will find relatable.

Brienna is surrounded by child prodigies who study for seven years in one passion. She isn’t sure where her passion is when she arrives at school. She tries her hand at art, music, drama, and wit before finally settling on knowledge. So what should have been 7 years of knowledge, she has to cram in 3 short years. I think her struggle to know who she  is really is starts at an early age and carries through her school years.

There is a lot of sisterly love without a lot of rivalry.

It is so nice to see girls encourage and hold each other up instead of constantly comparing themselves to each other. Brienna goes to school with all girls and she comes to love them all as her sisters. I loved seeing how these girls come together and really love and root for each other to be successful.

The writing was so good.

The world building in this story is pretty amazing. I could really imagine each scene easily with the author’s descriptive writing, which was not over the top. There didn’t seem to be any info dumps, yet the world was clearly explained. The cultures of each kingdom are clearly defined so it is easy to understand why Valenians might be upset to see a daughter of Maevana end up a master of the passion of knowledge.

The story flowed really well.

There are parts to this story and each one builds up on the next; Brienna as a child being dropped off Magnolia House, Brienna trying to fit in at something, Brienna studying hard to learn master knowledge, Brienna and her “patron” planning to over throw a kingdom, and finally the shocking twist that I didn’t see coming. The main part of this story is of Brienna and her peers in the last year of school, trying to secure a “patron” who will take them on as an apprentice.

THE QUEEN’S RISING ended with a few shocking twists and a bit of a cliffhanger. I can’t wait to see where the author takes this story next!

My Rating

Review: THE QUEEN’S RISING by Rebecca RossThe Queen's Rising by Rebecca Ross
Series: The Queen's Rising #1
Published by HarperCollins on February 6th 2018
Pages: 464
Genres: Young Adult Fiction, Fantasy, Epic, Historical, Medieval, Royalty
eARC provided by HarperTeen


Grave Mercy meets Red Queen in this epic debut fantasy, inspired by Renaissance France, about an outcast who finds herself bound to a disgraced lord and entangled in his plot to overthrow the current king.
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.

About Rebecca Ross

Rebecca Ross grew up in Georgia, where she continues to reside with her husband, lively dog and endless piles of books. She received her bachelor's degree in English from UGA. In the past she has worked at a Colorado dude ranch, as a school librarian, and as a live-time captionist for a college.

Rebecca writes fantasy for young adult readers.

I received this product free of charge in exchange for an honest review. This post contains affiliate links. This review is in compliance with the FTC guidelines.

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  1. Daniela Ark
    February 15, 2018 at 10:24 pm - Reply

    I love well written books that flow well! And sisterly love… yes! One of favorite things to read about! Nothing like girls supporting each other! Great review Karen!

  2. Krysta @ Pages Unbound February 16, 2018 at 12:14 pm - Reply

    I do agree that the girls supporting each other was lovely to read about! The boarding school was possibly my favorite part of the boko.

  3. Becky @ A Fool's Ingenuity February 17, 2018 at 5:47 am - Reply

    This sounds good! I’ve not really seen this book about and now I’m questioning good world building and girls supporting one another? That’s what I need in my books. I am reading this.

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