Rambling about books

Book review: The Queen’s Rising, by Rebecca Ross

Book cover from Goodreads

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆

Title: The Queen’s Rising (The Queen’s Rising #1)

Author: Rebecca Ross

Genre: Fantasy, Fiction, Romance, Young Adult

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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? Taken from Goodreads.

I got this book off of the February Bookish Box and there are two things that I like about this book, first it’s the beautiful blue hue that is clearly very dominant from this book. It’s very calming, and yet both beautiful and mysterious at the same time; two, I just love the way the paper seems like it was cut hastily before it is bind into a book. By the way, I’m reading the hardcover version, so I genuinely don’t know if the other version has the same paper feel as I have, but there you go, the two things I like the most about this book.

I honestly wasn’t too keen to read this book, because I really am not in the mood to read about that one female character that defies the odds and was portrayed as the chosen one and won against everything impossible. Nothing wrong with that trope, obviously, but I just felt like I’ve read one too many and I don’t want to end up reading a book thinking that I know the whole thing already and just reading it for the sake of predicting where the story goes. I hate to be an obnoxious person like that when it comes to reading a book.

Two things to be thankful for, one for me deciding to read the book even though my smarty pants self thought this was going to be predictable and I was definitely not going to enjoy it; two for the fact that for once I am reading a book in which the main character is not the most important person in the story, sure without Brienna’s help, none of the plan would have turned out okay, but at least Brienna is not the person that everyone is fighting to be the head or the leader of their cause. It’s nice to read a story in which even though the main character is not the leader that everyone is hoping for, she is still an important part to the cause. We need more stories of the sidekick, yanno? Or, wait, maybe there are more stories like these but I’m the only who does not know about it? Quite possibly.

Okay, now onto the stories. It’s mildly interesting to see how the girls grew up in one place, pursuing knowledge without anything holding themselves back. And honestly, I was so close to rolling my eyes when Brienna made it seem that all the girls in the House were all friends and have no competition whatsoever. Pfft, yeah right. Thankfully the book address an image of jealousy although it didn’t last quite that long, which is completely understandable as it really only has a small significance to the grand scheme of the story.

The story was interesting, because it spans decades and you can see the alluring mystery of it all. I just love and adore it. But, character wise, I can’t seem to enjoy anybody in the story. They were all too two dimensional. Brienna as the main character was alright, not quite interesting. I really think al the characters were alright, not that evil and not that great either, which is a bummer because I do enjoy this book quite a lot.

Now, one thing that I don’t quite understand is how could Brienna be so devoted to his adoptive father. Like, this girl have only been adopted for less than a year. I would have thought Brienna would have  been more devoted to his grandfather. And sure, Brienna practically hadn’t live with his grandfather since she was 10 and her grandfather always refuse to tell her who her actual father was (which is a dick move, but also understandable), but come on Brienna! The old man practically raise you until you were 10 and really rack his brain off trying to protect you, but you can’t seem to miss him a bit? You were so devoted to your newly adopted father? How could you, Brienna? Shame!

But yeah, other than that I don’t have any problem with the book. Well, okay, I actually do. Brienna’s love trope with Cartier? Yeah, I could totally live without it. Really. For sure.

I honestly don’t know what the second book will be about, since I really thought everything had been achieved in the first book, but I think that’s what makes it interesting. I guess I’ll have to wait for next year then.

On second thought, if you’re not up for investing in new series, maybe just skip this book? or just feel content by how the first book ends.

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