Book Review: The Queen’s Resistance

Author: Rebecca Ross

Pages: 480 (The Queen’s Rising #2)

Goodreads Synopsis: “Finally, Brienna is a mistress of knowledge and is settling into her role as the daughter of Davin MacQuinn, a disgraced lord who returned to Maevana to reclaim his house. Though she’d just survived a revolution, one that will finally return a queen to the throne, she faces another difficult challenge. She must prove herself trustworthy to the MacQuinns. But as Queen Isolde Kavanagh’s closest confidant, she’ll have to balance serving her father’s house as well as her country. And then there’s Cartier, a wholly separate but desirable factor in her new life.

Aodhan Morgane, formerly known as Cartier Évariste, is adjusting to the stark contrast between his pre-rebellion life in Valenia as a master of knowledge and his current one as the lord of a fallen house. During his castle’s restoration, he discovers a ten-year-old boy named Tomas, whose past and parentage are a complete mystery. So when Cartier’s former pupil Brienna is as taken with Tomas as he is, he lets his mind wander—what if he doesn’t have to raise him or his house alone?

As the Lannon trial rapidly approaches, Brienna and Cartier must put their feelings aside to concentrate on forging alliances, executing justice, and ensuring that no one interferes with the queen’s coronation. But resistance is rumbling among the old regime’s supporters, who are desperate to find a weakness in the rebels’ forces. And nothing makes a person more vulnerable than deep-seated love. “

Review: This was exactly the book I needed to get out of my reading slump. It’s been a tough winter when it comes to reading and I actually wasn’t going to read this story so soon but I knew I needed a pick me up and this was exactly that. Normally young adult books end with the war being won and everyone being happy. What I loved about the Queen’s Resistance was that the whole story showed what happened in the aftermath.

The characters weren’t sure what to expect politically after the war and that’s what I loved about this story. The characters needed to figure out loyalties of other houses and where they fit into this new world that they hadn’t been a part of for so long. Something that isn’t always an experience for the reader. On top of that I got more time with Brienna this strong female character still figuring out how people will accept her and Aodhan and how he will become what he was supposed to be all along.

Overall Rating: 5/5 stars

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