The Queen’s Rising – An Refined Debut Novel

The Queen’s Rising – An Refined Debut Novel

With war brewing, Brienna must choose which side she will remain loyal to: passion or blood.

Partial synopsis provided by Goodreads.

The Queen's Rising

Series: The Queen's Rising #1
Author: Rebecca Ross
Publication Date: February 6, 2018
Publisher: HarperTeen
Page Count: 464
Format: eARC
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Map Artist: Virginia Allyn
My Rating: ★★★★★

The Queen's Rising (The Queen’s Rising, #1)The Queen’s Rising by Rebecca Ross
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! All included quotes have been taken from an ARC and may not match the finished publication.

Content Warning: Violence.

BLURB: A vivid debut about a young woman who discovers that blood doesn’t define her and magic once lost can be recovered and restored.


This book was simply sapid. I had received an ARC back at the beginning of this year, read it, but didn’t review it right away. Time passed, and I felt I could no longer do this book justice by writing a half-familiar review. Hence, the reread. I was elated upon closing its binds once again to know that I rate this book a solid five out of five stars again.

The main character Brienna, is such an inspiring person to follow. Arriving at Magnalia House at a young age, she is privy to studying a particular “passion.”

Art. Music. Dramatics. Wit. Knowledge. Magnalia was a place for a girl to become an arden–an apprentice student.

However, Brienna isn’t a prodigy. On top of that, she’s only half-Valenian, descendant also from Maevana–the queen’s country. She doesn’t naturally excel in a specific category, which ends up putting her behind the others with only three years to study knowledge–her final subject.

But perhaps that made me want it even more, to prove that passion was not just inherently gifted as some people believed, but that passion could be earned by anyone, commoner or noble, even if they did not have intrinsic skill.

Under the guidance of her strict Master Cartier, Brienna studies day and night to hone her knowledge. Memorizing the long genealogy of families throughout the land, learning medicinal practices, and studying several other categories, she becomes well versed. When it comes time for her impassionment, things don’t go as planned. Moreover, she begins seeing visions of the past and experiences someone else’s memories. When she discloses these occurrences to the house’s lead mistress, Brienna is spirited down a road that she never could have seen coming.

The Queen’s Rising was entirely refreshing to me. It dares to challenge ideas that a person is not who their parents are, along with debunking class difference equally a person’s capability. I’ve seen mixed reviews regarding this book–that people think it slow. Let me tell you that everything is placed in this plot deliberately. What may seem “slow” to some was carefully constructed for what is to come. Everything is intentional. Everyone serves a purpose. Boy, am I getting tired of characters being placed in books simply to fill negative space. (By negative, I mean blank space.) This especially is seen with male characters in female-focused plots. I love that while females are prized, men too, have value. Gender equality is tangible.

Blooming from this aspect, sisterhood is a theme throughout. So, grab your gals and gather round for this heartwarming read!

Speaking of heartwarming, the romance is to die for. I love how the author portrayed the budding relationship between these two characters (names left out for spoiler purposes). A romance that is pure, simple, yet totally swoon-worthy.

Lastly, is probably more personal preference than anything. The use of and appreciation for the arts permeates this entire read. If you have artistic tendencies, I think you’ll find this read vivid and tailored toward a creativity.

I honestly found no fault with this book, and only have high hopes for The Queen’s Resistance.

Vulgarity: None.
Sexual content: Only one kissing scene!
Violence: Some. In one scene the description is somewhat gory.

My Rating: ★★★★★

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