Happy Monday, fellow book lovers! It’s been a while since I last posted an actual book review, thanks to the chaos that is my life currently. I’m just starting my capstone for my bachelor’s program and I am also in the process of moving. And let me tell you this: you do not realize how hectic moving really is until you are actually moving. Boy, was I not prepared. Anyway, moving on! Starting with this review, I will be crafting my reviews differently. I will be basing my review on multiple categories and then the overall review is the average of those scores combined. For example, for The Queen’s Rising:
World Building: 4/5
Overall rating: 4.20/5
Overtime, I will most likely add other ways to rate a book, depending on each genre, but for now, I feel this is a good start. Now, on with the synopsis and review!
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?
This book was just, WOW. The writing is beautifully crafted, with some of the most stunning descriptive scenes I have every read. The author’s writing was just magical; the whole story was a motion picture inside my head. I was captivated by the author’s writing from start to finish. The world building, the plot, and the characters were all unique.
I thoroughly enjoyed the plot and storyline. Whereas some people may note it as being slow, I saw it as a build up to the epic finale. The author made sure the readers were well-informed of every background and Brienna’s long and dangerous journey, and made sure it all came together in the end.
The slow-burning romance was intense, and I savored every moment between Brienna and her love interest. And there were times where I got antsy because I was waiting for something romantic to happen and when it did, I had to read it over and over again because, ROMANCE. I’m a sucker for fantasy romance. Plus, I really liked that it was not your standard romance; it was an attraction that grew overtime for both of them.
Overall, I really enjoyed The Queen’s Rising and I look forward to what is in store for Brienna in book two.
The Queen’s Rising by Rebecca Ross can be purchased wherever books are sold.