Release Day Review: The Queen’s Rising by Rebecca Ross

February 6, 2018 Review 0

Release Day Review: The Queen’s Rising by Rebecca RossThe Queen's Rising by Rebecca Ross
Published by Harper Collins on February 6, 2018
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Format: eBook, Mass Market Paperback
Pages: 464
Source: NetGalley
Sexual Content: Kissing
Reviewed by: Tacoma
2 Stars

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. And others are involved—some closer to Brienna than she realizes.

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

A promise of intrigue and dangerous plots drew me to THE QUEEN'S RISING. The backcopy had me excited for political twists and turns as a highly trained woman endeavors to return the rightful queen to her throne.

THE QUEEN'S RISING is prettily written and easy to fall into. However, it's a slow read, and I found myself quickly bored by Brienna's endless recitation of family trees and historical details. The tension implied by the synopsis immediately fizzled out, as the book starts a good deal before Brienna fails to find a patron. A hundred and thirty pages or so later, the plot finally begins, but by that time, I already knew how Brienna's story was going to end.
While THE QUEEN'S RISING is a predictable fantasy, many readers may enjoy Brienna's voice and the romantic tension. However, student and instructor romances are decidedly not for me. To avoid spoilers, I recommend that readers skip the family trees and character lists at the beginning of the novel, if they are included in the final copy.
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