The Queen’s Rising came out back in early February and I’ve been meaning to read it ever since then, but I wasn’t able to get around to it until late August/early September when I was looking for a new audiobook to listen to. I’m so glad I finally got to it!
The Queen’s Rising 4/5 Stars
Summary from Goodreads: 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?
I really liked the world that Rebecca Ross built in the Queen’s Rising and I loved the characters! I’m not a huge fan of the summary Goodreads gives us- some aspects of the summary (“…a disgraced lord offers her patronage.” We don’t know he’s a disgraced lord when he offers her patronage- all I remember them telling us at the beginning is that he’s a lawyer and Brienna figures out that he’s a disgraced lord on her own after she’s already accepted patronage from him) seem like they’re a little off from the actual book… I thought the pacing in the first half and some of her time at Magnalia were a little slow and when they were in Maevana, things seemed like they were moving really, really fast.
Overall though, I enjoyed the premise of the book, the characters, and the plot. I cannot wait to see what happens in book 2!