Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Book Review: The Queen's Resistance (The Queen's Rising #2) by: Rebecca Ross

Release Date: March 5, 2019
from Harper Teen
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Source: I received a complementary copy of this book from the publisher via edelweiss and voluntarily provided a fair and honest review.
"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 √Čvariste, 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."

My Thoughts:

My high fantasy loving heart was so happy that The Queen’s Rising got a sequel and I really enjoyed The Queen’s Resistance. This sequel explored the weeks following a successful revolution and I thought it was such an interesting perspective to take. I love this world and the power dynamics and how it’s really the women who hold so much of the power.

Brienna is an amazing heroine. She is fierce and independent and wicked smart. She always has an idea or a plan and she is able to reason through things and see things others may not. But I also love her compassion for others and how she’s willing to give so much of herself. And I was so excited to get Cartier’s perspective this time around. I love that boy and it was so great to get inside his head. The way he loves Brienna with his whole heart just makes me melt. 

My favorite thing about this book though is the relationship between Isolde (the Queen) and Brienna. They have formed such a bond and Isolde values Brienna’s counsel above all others. I just love seeing this kind of relationship depicted in books. Because women are strong and when we support one another we can be even stronger. On the relationship note though, I will say I do wish the romance between Brienna and Cartier had been a bit more forefront. It was definitely more a part of the story compared to book one, but there were just a few situations this time around where I was like I wish we could get a Brienna and Cartier conversation about this. But again, I’m a romance junkie and I really did love them together.

The Queen’s Resistance took me a bit to get through, about halfway through the book I just stalled out, but then I borrowed the audiobook from my library and switched to that, and man did I fly through the rest of the story. I love that this book is a bit quieter of a fantasy and has much more focus on the political than the action. I mean there’s action, but to me it gives high fantasy readers a different paced read and I love that. Just all in all, The Queen’s Resistance delivers.

1 comment:

  1. Yes to female power! The romance in this sequel sounds awesome! I'm glad that the switch from regular book to audio helped with the stall in the story. Wonderful Review Teresa!

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

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