Book Review: The Queen's Rising by Rebecca Ross

The Queen's RisingTitle: The Queen's Rising
Author: Rebecca Ross
Release Date: February 6, 2018
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 464
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy
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 was completely mesmerized right off the bat. Ross has the talented ability to capture many emotions in few words that I got a little rush with all the lush and vivid details.

Brienna comes to the Magnolia House as a child to study and master a passion (there are five - art, music, dramatics, wit and knowledge). The thing is, Brienna really doesn't show an affinity for one or the other so she finds herself struggling. And the truth is, we see her dropped off at Magnolia House not because she possesses any of these skills, but because her family wants her to "hide out" because of some mystery found in her heritage.

Sensing that she's no good at any one passion, she seeks a mentor in one of her professors and they seem to develop a When one masters a passion, the students are chosen by a patron and after Brienna isn't chosen by anyone, the headmaster offers her a deal to go live with a mysterious man. She's also suffering from terrifying and strange visions of someone who seems to be her ancestor but she tells no one.

This fantasy has great world building, a twisty plot, a slow-burn romance, and a mystery which unravels as we get to the fantastic end! I'm pretty sure there's a second book coming in this world, as now we see Brienna rise from the ashes and fulfill what looks to be her destiny.

I loved this book and I hope you all get to read this one. It's a great debut. As always, happy reading!


  1. OOh nice! I just read the first chapter of this one on Epic Reads and was pretty intrigued! This is definitely one I will keep an eye on!


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