Title: The Queen’s Rising (Untitled Trilogy #1)
Author: Rebecca Ross
Rating: ★★★★☆ (4.25 Stars)
Release Date: February 6, 2017
“I am broken, I am treacherous, I am divided…”
It’s so good to read fantasy again. It honestly feels like forever since I’ve read a high fantasy novel and I’m so happy being back in this magically captivating genre. The Queen’s Rising really hooked me from the start and took me on a fantastical journey of family, strength, and passion. It was just so good.
Things I Liked
MAPS! And lineages and lots of fun things at the beginning of the book! Maps are something that makes every fantasy story better, and you get 2 in this book. Plus a whole lot of other cool stuff about characters and family trees. Though be advised you could spoil yourself for some revelations that happen later in the book.
I was a big fan of the writing throughout the story. It was so descriptive and lush. I felt like I was there – interacting with what the characters were seeing. It was so easy to invest in. I also really liked how the story was divided into parts. In some books, I find the division arbitrary, but here each part was contained and built toward a larger goal.
I thought the worldbuilding was great. I loved seeing how Maevana and Valenia are different culturally, and how they value different things. They had their own political systems in place. I loved the matriarchal history in Maevana and the respect for physical strength. I LOVED the House systems and the regard for the different Passions in Valenia. I also liked the history of magic and it’s legacy in Maevana.
I loved the sisterhood and love that was clearly evident between all the girls studying at Magnalia House. Their friendships were so pure and earnest and I loved seeing it here.
I really enjoyed seeing Brienna searching and experiencing both sides of herself. She wanted to learn about her history and her family legacy, but she wouldn’t let that define her future.
Things I Didn’t Like
I felt like some things were a little too easy and lacked the tension I wanted in the story. It only happened a few times, but I would have loved for the heighten stakes to feel more impactful.
This story left me feeling so hopeful and proud. I just feel at peace, like this is the story I needed right now, and it was a great one. I loved so many things about it from the characters to the worldbuilding to the personal connections. The Queen’s Rising has a lot to offer and leaves you completely satisfied. I would honestly be okay with this as a standalone, but I’m excited to see what happens next.
I received a copy of the book from HarperTeen via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.