Review: The Queen’s Resistance by Rebecca Ross

Have y’all already read the Queen’s Rising? If not, OMG read it now!!! It’s so good! (Check out my review of it here!) The sequel to the Queen’s Rising, the Queen’s Resistance came out this year and OMG I think I might like it even more than I liked the Queen’s Rising!

The Queen’s Resistance 4.5/5 stars

Summary from Goodreads: The highly anticipated sequel to The Queen’s Rising!

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.

So like with the Queen’s Rising, I listened to an audiobook of the Queen’s Resistance. Even though I have the hard cover of the first book, I love the way the audiobook was narrated, so I was really excited to listen to the audiobook of this one too! I love that Aodhan/Cartier got his own POV in this book. His struggles to feel like a real Lord of Morgan and a real son of Maevana were so compelling and sad but in a very real and understandable way. Brienna was fun and saved the day, as usual, so that was great. I really liked being able to get more insight into the side characters in this book and I love how it ended!

Did y’all read the Queen’s Resistance? What did you think about it??


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