Author: Rebecca Ross
The Queen’s Rising #1
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. 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.”
Review: This was just the book I needed. I had been a bit of a reading slump and didn’t have a fantasy book on the horizon until A Court of Frost and Starlight but this story totally helped me out my slump. I even sent a tweet to Rebecca Ross herself telling her so! This was such a fun read and quick partly because I couldn’t put it down (finished in 3 days).
I love Brienna, she’s struggling to identify herself and truly understand not only who she is but where comes from. At the same time she’s strong and she is her own woman — she makes decisions for herself and she’s smart. Then there is Cartier, her Master who only wants the best for her, her friends who are more like sisters and the strangers she meets on her journey.
The story also really encompasses love — both romantically and platonic-ally. While there was some romance, there wasn’t too much — the story stuck to the core values strength, determination, love and loyalty while also depicting a time-travel esque level that brings forth the truth from the past on what really happened and why a Queen no longer sits on the Throne.
If you need something to hold you over while you wait for A Court of Frost and Starlight or The Red Queen Series, I recommend picking this one up!
Overall Rating: 4/5 stars