The Queen's Rising

The Queen's Rising

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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. 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, despite all her preparations, 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 northern throne. And others are involved, some closer to Brienna than she realizes. With war brewing, Brienna must choose a side to which she will remain loyal--passion or blood. Because a queen is destined to rise and lead the battle to reclaim the crown. Who will be that queen?
Publisher: New York :, HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollins publishers,, [2018]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780062471345
0062471341
Branch Call Number: YF ROS NVD
Characteristics: 439 pages : map, genealogical tables ; 22 cm

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Tauriel
Jun 06, 2018

I thought this was a pretty good book! While it really ramps up the differences between a fictional France and a fictional Britain, the characters are good, the story is good, and the whole "passioning" system was a clever idea.

CHARACTERS: Brienna is half Valenian (French-inspired) and half Maevan (Briton inspired.) She is a strong-willed, powerful woman who decides to help a revolution to topple a tyrannical king in Maeva, which is traditionally ruled by queens. After she is not chosen by a patron of a passion, she is chosen by a special patron later, who recruits her, basically, into helping a resistance of sorts against the evil king. (although I'm not sure I approve of the whole Brienna-Cartier thing. Maybe because I imagined Cartier to be an older guy at first, BUT APPARENTLY HE'S NOT, so...? Ah well.)

PLOT: I really liked this plot: we start out with Brienna's passion lessons, where she is busy memorizing lineages and such, and then the story takes off from there. I really liked how the introduction isn't boring. There's STUFF going on, and her friends are all vibrant (and perhaps a little cliched, but I can allow that.) Things pick up pretty quickly after that, though, and there are little moments of rest until we've cleared the peak that is the climax.

ACCURACY: Here's the thing, this story seems to take place in the 1500s... (by their reckoning, but I'm assuming that translates pretty well into our timeline) and the portrayals of the two lands ramps up the cliches of France versus Britain, in a way, but a France where star moles and a Britain were woad is still in style ("Woad" is the proper term for blue Briton facepaint, and I thought it was very fitting to have that in there: it really distanced the Maevans from the Valenians. It also ramped up the Braveheart points) Yet the author has taken these two very different people and made it work in a story that I enjoyed reading. I think I can safely assume that the author did her research (FINALLY.)

RECOMMENDATION: This is a single book, I think, since the ending wraps up the little bundle quite nicely and I didn't have very many questions. I wouldn't buy it, necessarily, because I'm that kind of person where I read things for free and then decide whether or not I am willing to invest time, money, soul, and emotions into it, but if you like fantasy, strong female protagonists, and French/British inspired stories, (plus magic), Give this book a try!

LoganLib_Kirra May 17, 2018

The Queen's Rising is a brand new fantasy book about a young girl mastering a passion in one of the five fields - art, music, dramatics, wit and knowledge while being totally in the dark about her parentage and a mysterious background. Now the day they showcase their talents in the hope of finding a wealthy patron to adopt them is closer than ever and Brienna's mind is on an entirely different manner when strange memories of another person's life come to her with a quest.

I'm glad I read this book since it was a very enjoyable read but it did take me a few tries to really get into the start of the story since it was a slow-moving plot. Plenty of events did happen over the course of the book but it was more of a creative and thoughtful story and less action packed like a lot of the fantasy books I'm used to reading. It was a calm-paced and lush world with so many mysteries and secrets brewing it the background ready to hopefully come to action in the next book.

DPLjosie Apr 02, 2018

Fun read combining academics and swords. Perhaps it all wrapped up too neatly, but still worth reading.

MelifluousView Mar 06, 2018

Brienna was a great heroine to follow; she grew from insecure and not knowing where she fits to a confident, strategic woman. I loved the theme of sisterhood throughout the book. I devoured this book! It just made me want to keep reading.

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