Thursday, 17 January 2019

The Queen's Rising, by Rebecca Ross || Give. Me. More.

It’s been a while since I’ve read a fantasy novel like this and I was definitely in the mood for one, so when HarperCollins asked if I’d like a copy, I said YES PLEASE! I’m so glad I did say yes to The Queen's Rising because I LOVED it! At first I was worried that it was going to be a bit predictable, but it most definitely wasn’t. It had such a unique storyline and there was so much I loved about it so here are just a couple of those things.

I loved the world and the conflicts within it 

I feel like it’s not that often that I am so drawn into the world and the politics of the world in a fantasy novel because I’m just the sort of person that cares more about the characters and their relationships, but in The Queen’s Rising the world was so well built. It was believable and super interesting and if I could I would definitely read a history of their lands and the different kingdoms.

The idea of the passions

In this novel, the main character Brienna went to a school for passions, a school where students went to learn and excel in a certain field (aka their passion). There were five passions (art, music, dramatics, wit and knowledge) and the students studied there for seven years before they mastered their passion. I just thought it was a really cool and unique idea and even though I did love the story, it was set towards the end of their time at the school and part of me wanted more stories about Brienna’s time there with her other passion sisters (maybe an idea for a collection of novellas?!)...

The relationships (mainly the friendships)

I’m talking about the friendships between the passion sisters especially. In fact, I have to admit I was a little disappointed that there wasn’t more of this but maybe (fingers crossed here) there will be more of the passion sisters in book two! Female friendships in YA are a little too rare at the moment so I loved what little this first book gave me and I have high hopes for more.

I think I have to mention here as well that I did love the romance. I’ve read a couple of reviews from people that weren’t the biggest fans, but I thought it was hella cute and hella wholesome! (And not as predictable as what I initially thought). It wasn't the main focus of the story which I liked, but I still appreciated the presence of a bit of a slow-burn romance.

The taste of magic

There wasn’t a lot of magic in this book BUT there were bits and pieces of it, that really starting ramping up towards the end. I cannot wait for all the magic in the rest of this series.

The ending

The ending of this book wrapped up so nicely that you could definitely read it as a standalone and be satisfied. However, I will 100% be reading the rest of the series because I need more of these characters and their world in my life. I believe book two (The Queen's Resistance) is due to come out in March which really isn't too far away at all!

What was the last fantasy novel you read and loved? Have you read this one? If you haven't, you definitely should! What should I read while I impatiently wait for book two?

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?


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