The Queen's Rising

The Queen's Rising

by Rebecca Ross

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Overview

In this epic debut fantasy, inspired by Renaissance France, an outcast finds herself bound to a disgraced lord and entangled in his plot to overthrow the king. Perfect for fans of Grave Mercy and Red Queen!

Brienna desires only two things: to master her passion and to be chosen by a patron. Growing up in Valenia at the renowned Magnalia House should have prepared her. While some are born with a talent for one of the five passions—art, music, dramatics, wit, and knowledge—Brienna struggled to find hers until she chose knowledge. However, Brienna’s greatest fear comes true: 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, she reluctantly accepts. But there is much more to his story, for there is a dangerous plot to overthrow the king of Maevana—the rival kingdom of Valenia—and restore the rightful queen, and her magic, to the throne.

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

Plus don't miss the thrilling sequel, The Queen's Resistance!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062471376
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/06/2018
Series: The Queen's Rising , #1
Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 23,087
File size: 4 MB
Age Range: 14 Years

About the Author

Rebecca Ross is the author of The Queen’s Rising and its sequel, The Queen’s Resistance, as well as Sisters of Sword and Song. She lives in Northeast Georgia. Visit her at www.rebeccarossauthor.com or on Twitter @_RebeccaRoss.

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The Queen's Rising 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read many books like this. This is one of the best by far. I also recemend The red queen and inkheart..
pineappletop92 More than 1 year ago
This was one of those books for me where I knew from the first chapter that I was going to love it. It drew me in utterly and completely, kept me thinking about it whenever I wasn’t reading it, and altogether left me feel satiated and happy. Rebecca Ross has created a gem of a novel that, if you are a lover of fantasy, is something you should definitely add to your TBR. It’s bright, heartwarming, and hopeful, while also full of intrigue and action, a romance to fall in love with, and characters that make you wish you knew them in real life. From the prologue to the end, Ross’s writing is, simply put, beautiful. She builds up her fantasy world carefully and completely, painting a gorgeous picture of a historical French-inspired land where passions – art, music, dramatics, wit, and knowledge – are esteemed by all, and contrasts it with a Scottish-type country full of warriors and queens. And she does this without ever painting either country in a negative light. The protagonist, Brienna, who hails from both countries, sees only the positives of both and strives to find the parts of herself that come from both societies. It’s both wonderful and heartwarming and gives off such feelings of pride for being of more than one thing. The plot for me was wonderfully intriguing, as it went from Brienna’s final days as an arden of knowledge to her pursuit of returning the throne of Maevana to its rightful queen. The whole thing moved at an excellent pace, although the stretch where she lived with her patron and adoptive-father felt a little quick in terms of their relationship growth. If the plotting and planning that happened during those scenes went any slower I probably would have pulled my hair out, but I do wish the father-daughter relationship had been developed more during those moments. I did also feel that Brienna’s plan came about very easily, considering that her patron father and the others had been trying to come up with something for twenty-five years, and she somehow figured out the best course of action in less than a month. I fully enjoyed the characters, especially Brienna and her strength and determination in everything she chose. She was a great protagonist to read by, her relationships with people were wonderful, and I loved how much she loved those close to her. I definitely fell for her relationship with Cartier easily, although he as a character kind of fell by the wayside towards the second half of the book. There were many other side characters that I really enjoyed, many of whom I am itching to know more about, but all of them definitely made this novel such a wonder to read. This book just gave me life. I loved the historical elements from our world that were blended into this fantasy one, the positive light shed on so many aspects of people and places, the romance, the relationships, and just the whole plot in and of itself. It was sweet and strong, beautiful and sharp, full of hope and conflict – perfectly two in one. If you enjoy historical fantasy, then this one is definitely for you. *Based on egalley received through Edelweiss
ahyperboliclife More than 1 year ago
“I am broken, I am treacherous, I am divided…” It’s so good to read fantasy again. It honestly feels like forever since I’ve read a high fantasy novel and I’m so happy being back in this magically captivating genre. The Queen’s Rising really hooked me from the start and took me on a fantastical journey of family, strength, and passion. It was just so good. Things I Liked MAPS! And lineages and lots of fun things at the beginning of the book! Maps are something that makes every fantasy story better, and you get 2 in this book/ Plus a whole lot of other cool stuff about characters and family trees. Though be advised you could spoil yourself for some revelations that happen later in the book. I was a big fan of the writing throughout the story. It was so descriptive and lush. I felt like I was there - interacting with what the characters were seeing. It was so easy to invest in. I also really liked how the story was divided into parts. In some books, I find the division arbitrary, but here each part was contained and built toward a larger goal. I thought the worldbuilding was great. I loved seeing how Maevana and Valenia are different culturally, and how they value different things. They had their own political systems in place. I loved the matriarchal history in Maevana and the respect for physical strength. I LOVED the House systems and the regard for the different Passions in Valenia. I also liked the history of magic and it’s legacy in Maevana. I loved the sisterhood and love that was clearly evident between all the girls studying at Magnalia House. Their friendships were so pure and earnest and I loved seeing it here. I really enjoyed seeing Brienna searching and experiencing both sides of herself. She wanted to learn about her history and her family legacy, but she wouldn’t let that define her future. Things I Didn’t Like I felt like some things were a little too easy and lacked the tension I wanted in the story. It only happened a few times, but I would have loved for the heighten stakes to feel more impactful. This story left me feeling so hopeful and proud. I just feel at peace, like this is the story I needed right now, and it was a great one. I loved so many things about it from the characters to the worldbuilding to the personal connections. The Queen’s Rising has a lot to offer and leaves you completely satisfied. I received a copy of the book from HarperTeen via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous 10 months ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was incredibly lovely. The writing was very lush, fluid, and descriptive; the story played out like a film in my head the whole time. And not only was the writing brilliant, so was the plot. This story revolved around Brienna, an ordinary girl who was taken to Magnolia House (basically a fancy, selective, specialized boarding school) by her grandfather when she was ten so that she could study a “passion”. The five passions are art, music, wit, dramatics, and knowledge, and usually a child needs to display a knack for a passion to even be admitted into a school such as Magnolia House. However, Brienna isn’t a child savant, but she is admitted into the prestigious school after her grandfather tells the headmistress of the school a little about Brienna’s past and her father, whom Brienna knows absolutely nothing about. Anyway, Brienna tries her hand at all of the passions but can’t seem to master any of them. The closest she comes is when she finally begins to study knowledge, but this was her last passion study and as such she only had three years to master is when all of the her other classmates had seven years. But Brienna works harder than her peers to prove that she is able to master her passion. When it comes time for Brienna and her classmates to choose a patron (someone to become an apprentice under), she isn’t selected by anyone. However, the headmistress allows Brienna to remain at the school while she tries to find other patrons for her; this leads Brienna to a mysterious lord and a dangerous plot of treason and revenge that will ultimately lead Brienna to discover some of the secrets of her heritage. This book had bits of everything: a strong female protagonist, rich fictitious history, magic, friendship, treason, and love. I really enjoyed going on this journey with Brienna and learning about the two feuding kingdoms of Valenia and Maevana. There are a great number of side characters, but after getting into this story, it was relatively easy to keep track of everybody. It was also extremely helpful that the front of the book contained multiple detailed family trees. The presence of these family trees did spoil a few surprises, but as a reader, I don’t mind being spoiled about certain plot points. However, if you do, I would recommend skipping over them and coming back to them after you’ve finished the book. The political tension and turmoil was amazing, and I loved all of these characters as they fought to get back their homeland from a tyrannical king. However, the climax of this book was kind of predictable and it seemed to wrap up incredibly quickly. It was as if there was all this build up, and then it sputtered out unimpressively. That’s one of the reasons I knocked this book down a star. The other reason is the romance between Brienna and Cartier, who was her teacher of knowledge. The romance seemed a little forced, and I personally am not a huge fan of teacher/student relationships. The relationship didn’t form until well after Brienna left the school, but still–they were at one time master and pupil. However, knowing that this story is set in a time inspired by the Renaissance era, I can more or less get over this small grievance. Overall this was a quick, easy, and enjoyable read. I thought everything wrapped up fairly nicely, but I’ll be eager to see what this author has in store for the sequel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It took me a few chapters to really get into this book, but if you find yourself hesitant in the beginning please carry on. The novel develops beautifully and by the last quarter of the book I could not put it down. One of those books that actually had my heart racing and I had to feverishly continue reading to see what happened next. The world created in this story is fascinating and the characters are amazing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A page-turner! Couldn't put it down, and I'm hoping there will be a sequel later on. This is going on my 'keep for a long time' shelf, so I can read it again!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book! Kept me wanting to keep reading it even when I didn’t have time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yes yes yes more please!!
RememberingJulie More than 1 year ago
This one surprised me. I expected another generic fantasy, but this one was so much more twisty and involved. The world building was great, the writing was fantastic, I loved the whole cast Rebecca Ross built. And it's a stand alone which is wonderful because it was so well contained, well paced, and it really does not need a sequel. I just...loved this a lot.
RgBooktrovert More than 1 year ago
I might be suffering from a book hangover after this… I loved the passions concepts and how unique they were, the world building was on point in this beauty! Oh and did I mention that the pages are DECKLED!! There were also family trees and name guides which I would probably have been lost without. I do have to point out that the cover is gorgeous and I love how the passions are integrated into the cover. I really liked Brienna, she’s headstrong, smart, brave, and hardworking. Her relationships with the other passions was sweet and I loved their sisterhood. Isolde would be my other favorite character, she’s fierce, kind, and pretty awesome. I can’t say I liked the romance, maybe other people would go for it but I think the story would’ve been better without it. I just didn’t find it necessary or appropriate, that’s my only complaint about the book. The story was very entertaining and written beautifully, I was fairly satifsied with the ending and I can’t wait for book two! Rating: 4 Stars! Recommendation: Lovers of fantasy and political intrigue ages 15 and up FTC DISCLAIMER: I received this book in exchange for an honest review
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It took me a long time to actually get into this book. The first chapters did not reel me in but I pushed through it. Once Brienna finally left Magnalia is when I started getting hooked. The story itself was very interesting and I became invested in a lot of the characters. The one thing that annoyed me with Brienna was how her thoughts/emotions almost always contradicted themselves. There were some issues I personally had with the writing. Either continuously use contracted words or don't! The back and forth irritated me. I also felt that a lot of the "plot twists" were very predictable. All that being said I guess this is the first book in a series? With how the book ended, I thought that was it. But I guess I'll wait and see!
Aditi-ATWAMB More than 1 year ago
I expected a LOT going into this book: -- YA Fantasy is my pretty much my favourite genre and any book that IS YA fantasy makes me hope I’ve found the NEXT GREAT BOOK THAT WILL SHATTER MY SOUL. -- THE COVER IS GORGEOUS (has nothing to do with the content inside the book, but I LOVE PRETTY BOOK COVERS) -- MAGIC + QUEENS + WOMEN ON THE THRONE + FORBIDDEN ROMANCE + SPUNKY GIRL WHO SPECIALIZES IN BEING A ‘PASSION OF KNOWLEDGE’ – YES PLEASE Unfortunately, The Queen’s Rising failed to live up to my expectations. It’s not that I HATED the book, but I simply wasn’t INVESTED in anything. Here’s why: 1) THE CHARACTERS WERE SO BLAND. They were singular in purpose, fading into the background even as I read about them (which should tell you a LOT) and there wasn’t a single person I cared for 2) THE DIALOGUE WAS SO AWKWARD. LIKE WHAT WAS EVEN HAPPENING? I felt like a bunch of pre-pubescent tweens were running across the page throwing phrases like “Master” and “Passion Daughter” and “Passion Father” around (it’s not incestuous IN ANY WAY, but it was still so AWKWARD to read) 3) In a book filled with reclaiming thrones and sneaking into countries, WHERE WAS THE SNEAKY POLITICIAL INTRIGUE? The three lord headed rebellion SO EASILY TRUSTED A GIRL WHO CLAIMED SHE HAD VISIONS OF THE PAST SHE COULDN’T PLACE AND WITH NO PROOF, INVITED HER INTO THEIR HOME AND TOLD HER EVERYTHING (it’s really no wonder their rebellion failed, when you think about it) and then, ALLOWED THAT NEW GIRL TO PLAN THEIR ENTIRE STRATERGY WHILE THROWING AROUND THE TERM “Passion Daughter” (Please currently picture me cringing) (This Special Snowflake trope wasn’t even realistically done and just… UGH) I was essentially on the verge of putting this book down, but since I’m a compulsive reader, I also just… couldn’t. I made a deal with myself – 50 more pages and if it doesn’t get better, I quit. SURPRISINGLY, IT DID. The dialogue got better, the characters stopped being awkward ducklings, the political intrigue and twists spring up from nowhere and the book I was expecting from page 1 materialized on page 300. I really enjoyed the last 100+ pages of the book, I liked Merei, Sean and Cartier. I actually like what the basic plot was, and I’m excited to see whether the writing, dialogue and characters improve in the sequel to this trilogy. 3 stars.
Shawscribbles More than 1 year ago
An epic adventure featuring a strong female protagonist - I really enjoyed this read. Brienna has never known her father. Her mother died when she was young and her protective grandfather hid her away with in a passion house to keep her safe from the father she never knew. As Brienna cycles through the different passions, failing at all, she finally settles on knowledge. But as her classmates find patrons and leave her, Brienna is left at the passion house until ... her mistress discovers that Brienna is the key to the return of the ruling Queens to Maevana, a land that has suffered through King's rule for generations. While Brienna does not possess magical royal blood, her role in the return of female rule to her father's land is integral. This book has everything: a strong protagonist that you can't help loving, a wide array of side characters, adventure, mystery, romance, and danger. And the bonus is that the story ends beautifully with real closure. Highly recommend!
Falln2books More than 1 year ago
I absolutely adored this book. The writing was superb, the character were fully-developed, and the world-building was beautiful. It's hard for me to believe that Ross is a debut author because this novel is out of this world. She didn't fall back on any "cheap tricks" in her book, everything was authentic and real and lovely. There were no love triangles or broody men to add tension; the plot had enough tension on its own. Every part of this novel stood on its own and was woven together into a beautiful story of love, loss, and bravery. I'm counting the days until book 2 in this series comes out. Brienna is our leading lady, and she's the type of narrator that you trust from the beginning. Her story is a sad one, but she makes the best of her life and the opportunity she received to attend Magnalia House. What I loved most about her character is she developed deep friendships. She may have never felt like she had a family, but she created her own with her arden sisters, and that is admirable. I hate when novels have girls pitted against girls. There is enough of that in real life, and we need better examples in our stories, I think. Brienna isn't perfect; she wasn't a natural passion, and it took her awhile to find her way, but she forged her own path and was brave, selfless, and loyal, and I really respected her. The people in her life were also very interesting. I loved Cartier. He was fantastic, in my opinion. A bit old for her, but this was the 1500s, so I'm trying not to judge. Meri also stood out as a really admirable character, as did Sean. I really enjoyed getting to know everyone in this novel. The plot was predictable at some points - I knew what the big reveals would be before they were revealed, but that didn't take away from the sense of urgency. I read enough books that it's hard to surprise me, but just because I knew what the surprises were supposed to be didn't mean that I knew how characters were going to react to them. This is where the good writing comes in: the characters were unpredictable in many ways, just like people are, and because of that, the few predictable plot points still kept me on the edge of my seat. Ross did an excellent job of not revealing what Brienna decided to do too quickly, which also kept me guessing. The world-building was extremely well done. I could picture everything clearly, and I felt that I had a good understanding of the world Brienna lived in and the rules she had to live by. The ending tied up the first story well and left room for a second novel, which I'm looking forward to. Overall, I'd recommend this novel to anyone who loves good high fantasy and strong female characters. It's a beautiful coming of age story, and it's inspirational. It shows that where you come from doesn't matter half as much as where you are going, and that's always a wonderful message.
Falln2books More than 1 year ago
I absolutely adored this book. The writing was superb, the character were fully-developed, and the world-building was beautiful. It's hard for me to believe that Ross is a debut author because this novel is out of this world. She didn't fall back on any "cheap tricks" in her book, everything was authentic and real and lovely. There were no love triangles or broody men to add tension; the plot had enough tension on its own. Every part of this novel stood on its own and was woven together into a beautiful story of love, loss, and bravery. I'm counting the days until book 2 in this series comes out. Brienna is our leading lady, and she's the type of narrator that you trust from the beginning. Her story is a sad one, but she makes the best of her life and the opportunity she received to attend Magnalia House. What I loved most about her character is she developed deep friendships. She may have never felt like she had a family, but she created her own with her arden sisters, and that is admirable. I hate when novels have girls pitted against girls. There is enough of that in real life, and we need better examples in our stories, I think. Brienna isn't perfect; she wasn't a natural passion, and it took her awhile to find her way, but she forged her own path and was brave, selfless, and loyal, and I really respected her. The people in her life were also very interesting. I loved Cartier. He was fantastic, in my opinion. A bit old for her, but this was the 1500s, so I'm trying not to judge. Meri also stood out as a really admirable character, as did Sean. I really enjoyed getting to know everyone in this novel. The plot was predictable at some points - I knew what the big reveals would be before they were revealed, but that didn't take away from the sense of urgency. I read enough books that it's hard to surprise me, but just because I knew what the surprises were supposed to be didn't mean that I knew how characters were going to react to them. This is where the good writing comes in: the characters were unpredictable in many ways, just like people are, and because of that, the few predictable plot points still kept me on the edge of my seat. Ross did an excellent job of not revealing what Brienna decided to do too quickly, which also kept me guessing. The world-building was extremely well done. I could picture everything clearly, and I felt that I had a good understanding of the world Brienna lived in and the rules she had to live by. The ending tied up the first story well and left room for a second novel, which I'm looking forward to. Overall, I'd recommend this novel to anyone who loves good high fantasy and strong female characters. It's a beautiful coming of age story, and it's inspirational. It shows that where you come from doesn't matter half as much as where you are going, and that's always a wonderful message.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago