Review: The Queen’s Rising


Title: The Queen’s Rising
Author: Rebecca Ross
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: HarperTeen
Source: Purchased
Release Date: February 6, 2018
Rating: ★★★★★


Goodreads Synopsis:

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 got this book in two subscription boxes for February: Uppercase Box and Litjoy Crate. I was a little disappointed that I got the same book, but I was also excited to read it because it must be good if it was in two boxes.

I loved this book! It is a different take on the YA fantasy story. Rather than the main character having to find love throughout the story, she becomes involved in a plot to raise the rightful queen to the throne. There was some romance, but it wasn’t the most important part of the story.

Breanna was a very strong character. She took chances to save the ones who she cared about. She had many conflicting choices to make, but she made intelligent decisions based on her instincts and intelligence.

I loved the twists at the end of the story! I felt like I was holding my breath through the last third of the story. There was loads of tension. Though the story was slightly predictable, I loved all of it! The only thing I’m wondering about is what will happen in the next book in the trilogy, but I can’t wait to read it!

8 thoughts on “Review: The Queen’s Rising”

  1. So glad you hear you loved this book~! I felt the same way about it when I read it as an ARC and had to buy it as a finished copy too! I like that the ending could almost feel like an ending and it could be a standalone, but I’m glad we’ll get to read more about Brienna’s adventures!

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