The Queen’s Resistance (The Queen’s Rising #2), by Rebecca Ross
Publish Date: March 5, 2019
Published by: HarperTeen
Genre: YA Fantasy
My Rating: ★★★★★ (4.5 out of 5 stars)
**I received this as an egalley from the publisher through Edelweiss in return for an honest review.**
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 Évariste, 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.
I absolutely positively adored The Queen’s Rising so as soon as I saw this was coming out I knew I had to get my hands on it. This sequel lived up to its predecessor in many ways and more, exploring the aftermath of the uprising and including the point of view of Cartier to give a new perspective to the story as well as his own personal growth. I think my only regret was reading it while working on an intense show which left me unable to devour it all at once as I probably would have preferred. Rather, I read it in bits and pieces and this left me feeling a little underwhelmed at times, but I know that is just because of how I read it, and not what I read.
Like I said, I enjoyed reading from Cartier’s point of view, and for a while I missed just Brienna’s personality pulling the story along, but eventually I realized that this book is more Cartier’s than hers and therefore his perspective is both necessary and revealing. The plot flowed exceedingly well, continuing the story right where it had left off in the previous one. There was more conflict in this one, interesting twists and turns and revelations, and characters that made my heart smile.
I liked that the villain, Declan Lannon, while mainly dark, wasn’t completely evil – or at least, there were parts of him that didn’t want to be. I still think he deserved his punishment, of course, but I liked that he was given some greyness to his moral traits.
I also found myself seeing Cartier anew as his personality took more shape in this book, as we saw more of his own internal struggles, thoughts, and emotions that had been hidden before. I was a little disappointed at how often and how long he and Brienna seemed to be separated from one another in this book – I don’t need validation about the strength of their love for one another but I still like to see them interact more often. So much of the first book was spent apart as well that I felt a little cheated at times.
All in all, a great sequel with an exciting and riveting plot that kept the pace moving and the characters dealing with a lot of self-growth and development.
Finishing the Series 2019: 3 books read, 3 series finished