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The highly anticipated sequel to The Queen’s Rising! 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 hers The highly anticipated sequel to The Queen’s Rising! 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.


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The highly anticipated sequel to The Queen’s Rising! 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 hers The highly anticipated sequel to The Queen’s Rising! 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.

30 review for The Queen's Resistance

  1. 4 out of 5

    High Lady of The Night Court

    “I will be standing at the front, and if you feel afraid, I want you to look at me, and know that you are not alone.” At first I debated the necessity of writing a review for this book instead of simply writing that these books were going on my favorites list. Both these books are on my favorites list because of each other. Not that they aren't good enough individually but that they complemented each other so well. The first book introduced us to the world, as is the virtue of all first books “I will be standing at the front, and if you feel afraid, I want you to look at me, and know that you are not alone.” At first I debated the necessity of writing a review for this book instead of simply writing that these books were going on my favorites list. Both these books are on my favorites list because of each other. Not that they aren't good enough individually but that they complemented each other so well. The first book introduced us to the world, as is the virtue of all first books, and started with a light-hearted story about a girl and her dreams to become a passion. Then the story twisted into a more complicated plot of restoring the rightful queen to the throne and displacing the cruel king. This book moves on to have a more complicated plot in terms of what must he achieved once the queen has been placed on the throne and to securing her position. Emotionally, this book is a roller coaster compared to the last one. Since the first book introduced us to the characters and have given us the start of their relationships, this one takes off with the bond between the characters being much stronger and with more meaning. A book like The Queen’s Rising could have been left as a standalone, given the ending, it would have left doubts on the fate of the traitors and their houses, but it wouldn’t have been too big of a crime to stop there. A sequel to such a book has the potential to disappoint but this book was anything but a disappointment. In fact I think it only gets better. The difficulties with securing Isolde’s position are accompanied by the difficulties of Brienna finding her place in the MacQuinn court with citizens who view her as an Allenach and Aodhan rebuilding the Morgane court which has turned to ruins. Tensions run high as the supporters of the Lannon rule are yet to be fully unearthed and no one knows if their court is fully secure. Isolde starts her rule by allowing the citizens to decide the fate of the prisoners by trial. Aodhan, formerly known as Cartier, also has a perspective in this book which allows us a broader view of the world when the characters are in different places, giving us different opinions on the same situation. In the first book, the Maevan houses were named and we saw a few members but in this book we get to watch first hand the functioning of the court, the citizens, and the stories of the lords and ladies of Maevana during the war and after it. There is definitely more depth to this book than the last one because the need to introduce the readers all the new aspects of the world is minimized. We dive head first into the new plot which reminds us that running a country after a revolution might be harder than the revolution itself. The characters are put in more demanding situations both mentally and physically. They will have to make choices that will test loyalties between houses. The book itself feels more severe than the first one and the therefore the we see a side of the characters we may not have seen or had to have understood before the events that unfurl in this book. Since we now have Cartier’s perspective we see a lot more about his past, his family, the struggles faced by the Morgane house, and we also see the burden he carries on his shoulders to make the best decisions for his house and the people he cares about. In both books I loved the portrayal of the traditional relationship of Maevan men and women, being that the women were capable fighters to protect themselves, the mutual respect between men and women, how the men accepted the matriarchy, and the simple ideology that any Maevan will kill if it means it will protect their family from a threat. If you read the first book and liked it don't hesitate to read this one, it only gets better.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Melanie

    ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. 1.) The Queen's Rising ★★★★ “Crowning Isolde Kavanagh as the rightful queen was not the end of our rising. It was merely the beginning.” The Queen’s Resistance is book two in Rebecca Ross’s debut series, which I think is so underhyped and so underappreciated! Seriously, friends, stop sleeping on this series. Because this is exactly the kind of YA fantasy that I’m always on the hunt for; amazing friendships, sw ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. 1.) The Queen's Rising ★★★★ “Crowning Isolde Kavanagh as the rightful queen was not the end of our rising. It was merely the beginning.” The Queen’s Resistance is book two in Rebecca Ross’s debut series, which I think is so underhyped and so underappreciated! Seriously, friends, stop sleeping on this series. Because this is exactly the kind of YA fantasy that I’m always on the hunt for; amazing friendships, swoon-worthy romances, medieval setting, unique magic systems, and women coming into their power and embracing what has been taken from them by men who fear that power. The Queen's Rising focused on our main character, Brienna, at a school that helps young girls hone sought after specializations. And after graduating in one of these sought-after trades (art, music, dramatics, wit, and knowledge) you will work under a patron doing a vast array of different things with your skill set. But Brienna was sent to this boarding school so that she could go into hiding, because the blood that runs through her veins has made her quite the threat to the throne, and the world. I honestly feel like I can’t say too much about The Queen’s Resistance, because it picks up very soon after the end events of The Queen's Rising, and a lot of things went down. But I will say that Brienna is still very sought-after, but now she has a very strong found family that helps protect her, regardless of what her last name is. And even though the revolution is over, the rebuilding has just begun, and Brienna, and her family want to build something worthy of a legacy. “If you were a storm, I would lie down and rest in your rain. If you were a river, I would drink from your currents. If you were a poem, I would never cease to read you.” Cartier also gets his own point of view in this book, and his journey is also not an easy one because of his bloodline. But regardless of the bad things that have happened in his past, he always shows empathy and consideration in every situation. Seeing him and Brienna grow, and grow together, is so beautiful, and their strength and compassion really knows no bounds. Found family is for sure the shining light of this beautiful tale, but this is also a book about becoming the person you want to be, regardless of the evil acts people have committed with the same last name as you. And this is a story about rising up, and being what you dream of being, not who people expect you to be on account of a last name that you never asked to have. “Is it only blood that makes a House? Or is it beliefs? What holds people together more? The red in their veins or the fire in their hearts?” Overall, I can’t wait to see what comes next in this world. I just fell so in love with these characters, and I want to protect them at all costs. Rebecca Ross’s writing is so lyrical and beautiful, and I really have become so attached to this entire world she has created. Again, this series is so underhyped, and this author has really blown me and my expectations away with this debut series. Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Tumblr | Youtube | Twitch The quotes above were taken from an ARC and are subject to change upon publication. Content and trigger warnings for graphic torture, murder, death, loss of a loved one, abuse, child abuse, domestic violence, talk of past rape, sex trafficking, captivity, and slavery. Buddy read with Lea at drumsofautumn! ❤

  3. 4 out of 5

    Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

    Oh, that ending was music to my ears ...and heart 💕 Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾 Oh, that ending was music to my ears ...and heart 💕 Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾

  4. 4 out of 5

    • Lindsey Dahling •

    Reading this made me feel like a fairytale princess. Specifically, Shrek’s Princess Fiona right after she knocks Robin Hood unconscious for being annoying. This book is a great example of why character flaws are vital and why Mary Sues should be put to death by any self-respecting editor. Rebecca Ross isn’t a bad writer. She proves this in the Cartier POV chapters. Unfortunately, she then contradicts this assertion any time we switch to Brienna Mary Sue’s POV. There’s not much to work with when Reading this made me feel like a fairytale princess. Specifically, Shrek’s Princess Fiona right after she knocks Robin Hood unconscious for being annoying. This book is a great example of why character flaws are vital and why Mary Sues should be put to death by any self-respecting editor. Rebecca Ross isn’t a bad writer. She proves this in the Cartier POV chapters. Unfortunately, she then contradicts this assertion any time we switch to Brienna Mary Sue’s POV. There’s not much to work with when YOUR MC IS JUST SO PERFECT AND EVERYONE LOVES HER AND SHE CAN LITERALLY DO NO WRONG. NOT THAT I TOOK THIS WASTE OF TIME PERSONALLY OR ANYTHING.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Lea (drumsofautumn)

    ♦ Video Review ♦ The Queen's Resistance was an amazing sequel to a first book that I already loved. This second book only solidified my love for this series. This is also a hugely underrated series that much more people need to pick up. “I love the spirit you are forged from. If you were a storm, I would lie down and rest in your rain. If you were a river, I would drink from your currents. If you were a poem, I would never cease to read you.” I feel like I'm not even gonna have that ♦ Video Review ♦ The Queen's Resistance was an amazing sequel to a first book that I already loved. This second book only solidified my love for this series. This is also a hugely underrated series that much more people need to pick up. “I love the spirit you are forged from. If you were a storm, I would lie down and rest in your rain. If you were a river, I would drink from your currents. If you were a poem, I would never cease to read you.” I feel like I'm not even gonna have that much to say about The Queen's Resistance. It picked up directly after the end of The Queen's Rising and I felt like it really followed the themes of the first book. So everything I said in my review for that definitely still stands for this sequel as well. I do think that you could tell that, after her amazing debut, Rebecca Ross improved her writing even more. I loved how she referenced the events of the first book and it was surprisingly easy to get back into the story, thanks to her giving us small recaps throughout the first couple of chapters. It was very cleverly done. One of my favourite things about this story is still just how simplistic it is. There's no big focus on any drama or tropes, Rebecca Ross doesn't need to rely on any of that to keep you engaged. And while I love some good angst and tropes, it is so refreshing to read a book where it really seems like there is no need for that. And it's so interesting because at the same time, this book is full of surprising twists and shocking revelations. Somehow Rebecca Ross really managed to pull that off. I also really love the world and all of the politics within it. I can't wait to explore this even more in the sequel and I really hope that even after this trilogy, we will return to this world cause I think it has so much potential! “Is it only blood that makes a House? Or is it beliefs? What holds people together more? The red in their veins or the fire in their hearts?” But the best thing about this series is all of the characters and their relationships. The found family theme still runs strong throughout this book and it is so beautiful. There were so many moments related to family that really made me tear up. As someone who truly loves romance, I almost think that there's not enough in this book. I really love the relationship between Brienna and Cartier and so I wish that we had seen more of them together in romantic moments. At the same time, everything we did get was wonderful and beautiful and I know that a lot of people will be very satisfied with the way the romance is handled. What really makes this novel stand out in comparison to the first book, is some of the darker themes and topics that were included. I don't really wanna go into any detail but it really felt like Rebecca Ross was ready to go a big step further than she did in The Queen's Rising and I think it worked incredibly well and was handled with care. That said, it does deal with some really hard and heavy topics. Content and trigger warnings for torture, (child) abuse, violence, slavery and sex trafficking. “She gave me her breath as I gave her mine, until my heart was beating in her hands, until I felt like she had swallowed all of my secrets.” Overall, The Queen's Resistance is an amazing sequel, that builds on the basis that the first book has provided, while adding some really interesting new themes. This book has me incredibly excited for what's to come in this series, this world and more by Rebecca Ross. ♦ Booktube Channel ♦ Twitter ♦ Instagram ♦ ✨ Buddy read with Melanie at meltotheany ✨ I received an ARC of this through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Trina (Between Chapters)

    The plot of this book had an odd focus in my opinion, but I did enjoy that this was all about the next step immediately after a rebellion has won back the throne. This series is exploring the "true heir" trope in a unique way. I enjoy the world, the characters, and the writing. I love the focus on adoptive families. Audiobook review: The female narrator was good with voices but average with reading. The male narrator was poor with female voices but otherwise pretty good. Enjoyable enough in this The plot of this book had an odd focus in my opinion, but I did enjoy that this was all about the next step immediately after a rebellion has won back the throne. This series is exploring the "true heir" trope in a unique way. I enjoy the world, the characters, and the writing. I love the focus on adoptive families. Audiobook review: The female narrator was good with voices but average with reading. The male narrator was poor with female voices but otherwise pretty good. Enjoyable enough in this format to recommend.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Avy (Book Looney) ❄️

    My face as I try not to cry cause I’m going to die alone since there will be nothing as beautiful as the love between Brienna and Aodhan My heart hurts My face as I try not to cry cause I’m going to die alone since there will be nothing as beautiful as the love between Brienna and Aodhan My heart hurts

  8. 5 out of 5

    Yusra ✨

    march 5th, 2019!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    Damn this was a great book! Even better than the first one and I loved the first book. We get all of our favorite characters back with even more amazingness. I mean the crazy reveals one after the other just blew me away! The romance at the end made me want to cry with tears of joy. There are moments that totally broke my heart in this book but there was light to wash away the darkness. Brienna is a wonderful character. We also get Cartier’s perspective which was very much needed. I love these t Damn this was a great book! Even better than the first one and I loved the first book. We get all of our favorite characters back with even more amazingness. I mean the crazy reveals one after the other just blew me away! The romance at the end made me want to cry with tears of joy. There are moments that totally broke my heart in this book but there was light to wash away the darkness. Brienna is a wonderful character. We also get Cartier’s perspective which was very much needed. I love these two separately and together. It was quite a journey for them both. Brienna trying to fit in and find her place among her new family. Then Cartier’s inner struggles between right and wrong. The overall theme of deciding between vengeance and mercy was a struggle for all of the characters but I think they made the right decisions in the end. I will always love the bonds in these books. Parent to child. Sibling to sibling. BFF to BFF (because some things never change). Friend to lover. All so wonderful and heartfelt. Basically just read these books. You don’t want to miss out.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)

    3.5 Stars “Is it only blood that makes a House? Or is it beliefs? What holds people together more?” This continues to be a wonderful fantasy series with The Queen’s Resistance being a strong political fantasy ab0ut rebellions, family, and legacy. Picking up right where The Queen’s Rising left off, Brienna and Cartier try to navigate Maevana politics and heal from old wound as the country is fundamentally changed. Things I Liked This book had all the politics and power plays and I was 3.5 Stars “Is it only blood that makes a House? Or is it beliefs? What holds people together more?” This continues to be a wonderful fantasy series with The Queen’s Resistance being a strong political fantasy ab0ut rebellions, family, and legacy. Picking up right where The Queen’s Rising left off, Brienna and Cartier try to navigate Maevana politics and heal from old wound as the country is fundamentally changed. Things I Liked This book had all the politics and power plays and I was so here for it. I love political fantasy books because they just add so much to the world. Seeing how the different alliances and rivalries influence the characters andee drive their actions was so cool. I feel like the story introduced some great strong new characters. Especially Neeve and Ewa, both of which had plenty of screen time that never took away from the main characters. There was such a natural progression to the story - reveals made sense and moved plot forward and nothing felt rushed. It made the story super easy to read and fall into. There was so much action and fighting in the story. It was well placed and plotted, keeping me engaged and hooked. Things I Didn’t Like First chapter felt really long so it was a bit hard for me to get into the story and back into the world. But it picked up after chapter 1, and there was enough of a recap without feeling too much to help familiarize myself with the story. My least favorite part of the story was probably the ending. It just felt a little rushed and unsatisfying. It was a nice conclusion and I got most of the answers I wanted, but 50 more pages wouldn’t have hurt my feelings. This truly is an underrated fantasy series that offers so much worldbuilding and shining character moments that it’s impossible to not fall in love. The Queen’s Resistance is a unique story filled with loveable romances and intricate worldbuilding that crafts a surprising story that sticks with you. I received a copy of the book from HarperTeen via Edelweiss in exchange fro an honest review.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Sharon

    This is a solid sequel. Here are some of my thoughts: • The strong family and friendship themes are what makes this book worth reading. I like how it’s not just about the romance or about the political plot. Ross has done well in establishing the strength of each relationship. It makes me feel so much when I see characters be happy or sad for one another. I love how much Luc and Jourdain have become her family now – they are such lovable characters. Also, I appreciate seeing Brienna forming a stro This is a solid sequel. Here are some of my thoughts: • The strong family and friendship themes are what makes this book worth reading. I like how it’s not just about the romance or about the political plot. Ross has done well in establishing the strength of each relationship. It makes me feel so much when I see characters be happy or sad for one another. I love how much Luc and Jourdain have become her family now – they are such lovable characters. Also, I appreciate seeing Brienna forming a strong friendship with the queen. • Cartier gets his own narration in this one and I enjoy it. His romance with Brienna is sweet and romantic. • Brienna is frustrating at times with her secrecy (about her not being accepted as a MacQuinn and with the retaliation). I feel like it would’ve been smarter to voice her concerns, but I can understand why she’d be embarrassed to say them. • Brienna definitely goes through a lotttt in this book – way more than the previous. I appreciate that she has gotten stronger. 3 stars. I like the 1st book better but this is a solid sequel and I have learned to really like certain characters. I’m honestly not sure where the next book will go. book focuses a lot on the vengeance and healing to gain closure from the dark era. I guess it’ll be nice to see a book of that rebuilding and moving forward. Things that you might want to know (WARNING: Spoilers below) Happy/satisfying ending? (view spoiler)[Yes. Not the last book though (hide spoiler)] Love triangle? Cheating? Angst level? (view spoiler)[No, no, medium (hide spoiler)] Tears-worthy? (view spoiler)[There are certainly some sad moments in this book. I actually did cry (view spoiler)[for Brienna getting tortured (hide spoiler)] and feeling ashamed and scared afterwards especially when facing her family, friends, and Cartier (hide spoiler)] Humor? (view spoiler)[Not really (hide spoiler)] Favorite scenes? (view spoiler)[The coronation and proposal (hide spoiler)]

  12. 5 out of 5

    Helena of Eretz ✰

    I loved this book and this series, but if I’m being honest, I wish that it had been longer. It could’ve been easily a 5/6 book series. There was so much world building and magic and politics built into it that it seems a shame that it were only used in two instalments. ...or maybe I’m just sad that it’s over. I loved Brienna and Cartier and Ewan and Keela and and and ...I just love found families in books. This was such a sweet, wholesome and addicting series. Yet again, I’m sitting here, waitin I loved this book and this series, but if I’m being honest, I wish that it had been longer. It could’ve been easily a 5/6 book series. There was so much world building and magic and politics built into it that it seems a shame that it were only used in two instalments. ...or maybe I’m just sad that it’s over. I loved Brienna and Cartier and Ewan and Keela and and and ...I just love found families in books. This was such a sweet, wholesome and addicting series. Yet again, I’m sitting here, waiting for Rebecca Ross’ next venture. Ahhh!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Emma

    This was my most anticipated release of 2019! After flying through the first novel I had to see what happened next I was ADDICTED to Rebecca’s writing style! And surprise, surprise... I love her writing in this too! It is just as mesmerising and enchanting as the first novels style and I flew through this one as wel. The first novel could of been left as a stand-alone, but if you liked The Queens Rising please do NOT hesitate to pick up The Queens Resistance the plot only gets better! 5 stars. ⭐ This was my most anticipated release of 2019! After flying through the first novel I had to see what happened next I was ADDICTED to Rebecca’s writing style! And surprise, surprise... I love her writing in this too! It is just as mesmerising and enchanting as the first novels style and I flew through this one as wel. The first novel could of been left as a stand-alone, but if you liked The Queens Rising please do NOT hesitate to pick up The Queens Resistance the plot only gets better! 5 stars. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  14. 5 out of 5

    Sheila Goicea

    1) The Queen's Rising: ★★★★★ See this full review along with others on my blog at: foalsfictionandfiligree.com I received an ARC of this book via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! Content Warning: Violence, Abduction, Child Abuse, Sex Trafficking, Slavery, Torture, Death, Murder All included quotes have been taken from an ARC and may not match the finished publication. I saw the fire stirring within her, ancient fire as if she were a dragon that had just been woken. A dragon 1) The Queen's Rising: ★★★★★ See this full review along with others on my blog at: foalsfictionandfiligree.com I received an ARC of this book via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! Content Warning: Violence, Abduction, Child Abuse, Sex Trafficking, Slavery, Torture, Death, Murder All included quotes have been taken from an ARC and may not match the finished publication. I saw the fire stirring within her, ancient fire as if she were a dragon that had just been woken. A dragon that was about to rise, blot out the half-moon with her wings, and rain terror. Before I get into this review too far, I just want to say that this is a series that needs more recognition! Seriously! Not only does it embody a lot of the desired qualities in typical Young Adult fiction, it adds quality, meaning, originality, and so much more! I had received an ARC of The Queen’s Rising last year, and just immediately fell in love with the story and characters. The Queen’s Resistance only adds to the series, and deepens my love of it. If there was a single word that described this book, it would be meticulous. I know that politics may steer some readers away, but hear me out! The way this story is built, it must include political maneuvering, or else it will make no sense. It’s literally the entire point of the book--dethroned queen takes back her throne--it’s all about the politics! I love the way the author captures the intricacies of how politics play such a deeply influential, and very powerful role in societies. While this subject is certainly introduced in the first book, it manifests greatly and becomes much more twisted, dark, and central here. This series is a great example as to how nothing is cut and dry in politics, especially when certain folks only care about their own gain rather than for the good of the majority. Within relating and relying heavily upon politics, lies a strong sense of community. The community between characters, houses, and countries are both at times, heart-warming and gut wrenching. Ross does an amazing job at building just enough complexity into how the houses and individuals intertwin to make tangible, constant tension. It is within the walls of these alliances that strong bonds and stronger divisions breed. ”What had I thought? That Jourdain’s people would like mat once? That I would fit into the weavings of a place that had suffered while I had flourished on the other side of the channel? As I stepped into the castle courtyard, I began to wonder if it would be better for me to return to Valenia. I began to believe that perhaps I truly didn’t belong here.” The point-of-view splits between Cartier and Brienna. Both deal with their own issues among their new and refound families. Brienna deals with feeling accepted into her new family. So does Cartier, in a way, as he struggles to rebuild the House of Morghane. Along with other characters, everyone has a specific and influential role within the plot. Despite how much I enjoyed this book, I also had a few issues with it. One thing that I really would like to have seen more of was the magic. While I honestly love that this book has more of a historical fiction feel, I feel that there has been a missed opportunity with not showing more of the magical element, or at least a steady growth in its arc. There is scarcely any use of it, and only some mentions of it here and there. The second issue lies with Cartier’s character. I truly like him most. However, I feel that his character lacks. I want more from him, instead of him being more of background noise. I get that this book is supposed to be about the strong female lead, and strong female characters in general. However, you can’t show strength without opposition AND support from both women AND men. I think strong female characters are great, but I also want equally as strong male characters. Unfortunately, I feel like Cartier is just dull in comparison, and it’s a true shame. Even so, I really liked this book. It was a great addition to the series, and can’t wait to see where it leads! Vulgarity: None. Sexual content: Kissing only. Violence: Moderate. My Rating: ★★★★1/2 My Blog ¦ Bookstagram ¦ Twitter ¦ Pinterest ¦ Facebook

  15. 5 out of 5

    Vanessa (bookfairy95)

    *** This review contains spoilers for book 1 „The Queen’s Rising“ *** 4.5* „I love the heart that is within you, I love the spirit you are forged from. If you were a storm, I would lie down and rest in your rain. If you were a river, I would drink from your currents. If you were a poem, I would never cease to read you. I adore the girl you once were, and I love the woman you have become.“ The Queen’s Resistance is the second and final novel in this duology. I fell in love with the first book of thi *** This review contains spoilers for book 1 „The Queen’s Rising“ *** 4.5* „I love the heart that is within you, I love the spirit you are forged from. If you were a storm, I would lie down and rest in your rain. If you were a river, I would drink from your currents. If you were a poem, I would never cease to read you. I adore the girl you once were, and I love the woman you have become.“ The Queen’s Resistance is the second and final novel in this duology. I fell in love with the first book of this duology. With its world, its characters and its premise. The story includes the chosen one trope, but the chosen one is not our main character which makes this story refreshing. We see the rise of the chosen one - the queen - through the eyes of someone else. And yes Brienna did play a big role in that, but she isn’t the center of everyone’s attention. And she is not the one with magical powers. She is a „normal“ girl who has her own struggles and who is trying the find her path. Who is trying to fit in and find the place where she belongs. I adore Brienna’s character. She is very likable and throughout this duology she does find her place, she does develop a whole lot and she grows into a strong young woman who knows where her place is, who knows who her people are and overall belongs. Compared to the first book I didn’t love this one as much, however, I believe this is a wonderful continuation and a great end to Brienna’s story. I was surprised and shook by many things that happened in here, I was still invested in this world and the characters. (view spoiler)[There was only one thing that annoyed my a wee bit; that it took them So. Freaking. Long. To finally capture Duncan. (hide spoiler)] I don't really want to go into too much detail now. Just one thing: If you haven't read the first one yet; please give it a try!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jewel

    Actual rating: 4.25 stars "...our names and our blood did not wholly define us. There were other things, deeper things, such as beliefs and choices, that were more powerful." When I reviewed "The Queen's Rising", I said that it's a potential favorite and I made a wish that the the sequel wouldn't disappoint. WISH GRANTED. Thank you so much for writing one of my favorite duologies and making Cartier a POV character, Rebecca Ross!❤ The world-building was more impressive, because unlike the first book Actual rating: 4.25 stars "...our names and our blood did not wholly define us. There were other things, deeper things, such as beliefs and choices, that were more powerful." When I reviewed "The Queen's Rising", I said that it's a potential favorite and I made a wish that the the sequel wouldn't disappoint. WISH GRANTED. Thank you so much for writing one of my favorite duologies and making Cartier a POV character, Rebecca Ross!❤ The world-building was more impressive, because unlike the first book it didn't interfere with the pacing of the story. I was so immersed from beginning to end, to the point that I barely even noticed how many pages I already read until I had to put down my book to do important real life tasks. I liked that the story themes were darker. The bloody and violent scenes - especially the flashbacks - added to my sense of urgency. I was more afraid for the characters in this book. The bonds between the characters had grown stronger and deeper after everything they went through together, so they had everything to lose. Because of that, the battle scenes - especially the ones in Cartier's POV - were more emotional and gripping. Now that we're on the subject of darker themes, as someone who loathes caricature villains, I also appreciated seeing more layers in Tristan Allenach and Declan Lannon. They committed horrible crimes, but it was interesting to see what drove them to do those horrible things. Last but definitely not the least, I'll break down my thoughts regarding the characters: 1.) Brienna was an admirable heroine. I saw reviews where she was criticized for doing foolish things, but even though I agree that she was definitely reckless, I understood her motivations. She's not infallible. Deal with it, haters. You can't discount the fact that she had good strategies and she was a mature, level-headed heroine for the most part. 2.) Cartier was a prime example that beta males could be awesome and badass too. He was sensitive, emotional, understanding, and also quite a dreamer. He respected and supported the decisions of the women in his life, even when he did not agree with them. Did that make him weak? NO. He's brave and strong in a different way. I know I mentioned in my review of "The Queen's Rising" that Cartier's too good to be true. I changed my mind while reading this novel. I was glad to see that he had to struggle with the darkness inside him too. I was comforted by those moments that he got impatient and irritable, because they were reminders that he's human too. 3.) Like in the first installment, the female friendships here were beautifully written. Sadly, we didn't see much of Merei, but I really loved the interactions between Brienna, Isolde, and the new character Neeve. They reminded me of my closest girl friends - how sweet and empowering our conversations could be. 4.) I didn't ship Cartier and Brienna before because I was uneasy about the teacher/student beginning. This book changed my mind. Those two were so adorable together. For one of the few times in my life as a reader, I found myself wishing that there were more romantic scenes in this book. I knew that there were other important things going on, but forgive me for being a biased shipper. I wanted more Brienna/Cartier scenes. Haha. 5.) Seeing the way Brienna and Cartier comforted and protected Ewan and Keela melted my ice queen heart. Enough said. To end, this underrated duology deserves more love, guys. Please give it a chance.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Sophie

    I was blown away by book 1 on this series, The Queen's Rising, so knew that I would need to get my hands on book 2 as soon as possible, and ordered it as a birthday present to myself. Now that Isolde has been restored to her rightful position as queen, and Brienna is settling into her role as MacQuinn's adopted daughter, and mistress of knowledge, the bunch of characters we know and love might have been expecting that life could get to normal, and their wouldn't be too many issues to contend wit I was blown away by book 1 on this series, The Queen's Rising, so knew that I would need to get my hands on book 2 as soon as possible, and ordered it as a birthday present to myself. Now that Isolde has been restored to her rightful position as queen, and Brienna is settling into her role as MacQuinn's adopted daughter, and mistress of knowledge, the bunch of characters we know and love might have been expecting that life could get to normal, and their wouldn't be too many issues to contend with. However, that isn't the case. Aodhan's - who we met as Cartier - whole house has been decimated, and trying to rebuild the Morgane family from the ashes of his ancestral home. While trying to come to terms with his new position as master of his house, and his feelings for Brienna, he discovers a young boy hiding in his home, who he takes under his care, and whom he and Brienna care for. No one knows who the boy is, though, and when his identity is revealed, both must do all they can to save him from the justice that is being served to so many others. Also, we have so many other characters, some new, some old, who are displeased with the restoration of the monarchy, and will do just about anything to ensure that our rag-tag bunch of characters fail in their efforts. I loved how the character growth we saw in Brienna and Aodhan in book 1 developed so much more in this book. Both have distinct roles they now have to deal with, which are a lot harder than they may have expected, both mentally and physically. They need to rely on each other, for their strength, and we see how their attraction, which may have been physical and brief in The Queen's Rising, cements and strengthens, as they do. They are a true power couple, and every part of this book proves that. The whole aspect of found family, whether platonic or romantic love, is definitely explored here, in so many regards. Even without all of the action - which there was a lot of - I would've been happy to read a book that explored the characters coming together, and becoming a family, which they all are by the end of the book. The ending tied up everything perfectly, and I've already got my eye on Ross' next book. This is definitely a series for fantasy lovers!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Aimie

    I had such high hopes for The Queen's Resistance. The first book in the duology, The Queen's Rising, was so intricately written and beautifully woven together to create such a unique world and captivating characters. It was because of my high hopes for this book that I was greatly let down in the end. I didn't feel the same spark (of interest) in this book like I did with TQR. Honestly, the characters felt in a way bland and disinteresting. They failed to capture my attention long enough to gene I had such high hopes for The Queen's Resistance. The first book in the duology, The Queen's Rising, was so intricately written and beautifully woven together to create such a unique world and captivating characters. It was because of my high hopes for this book that I was greatly let down in the end. I didn't feel the same spark (of interest) in this book like I did with TQR. Honestly, the characters felt in a way bland and disinteresting. They failed to capture my attention long enough to generally care about the overall scheme that was supposed to be unfolding within the plot. There was also a lack of mystery and suspense of what will occur next. With all that being said, it was still an overall okay book to read. I just couldn't find myself getting into the story. Who knows, maybe this is the perfect book for you. For this review and more, check out: Blog | Twitter | Instagram | Wattpad

  19. 4 out of 5

    Amelia Oswald

    So I read the second book because I couldn't get into The Flatshare :<. I like this book tho I can see why see wrote the second book after reading it. So I read the second book because I couldn't get into The Flatshare :<. I like this book tho I can see why see wrote the second book after reading it.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jay G

    Want to see more bookish things from me? Check out my Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfer... This is the second book in The Queen's Rising duology. I swear these books are so under-hyped its ridiculous! The Queen's Rising was one of my favourite books of the year and its sequel did not disappoint. This book picks up almost immediately where the first book leaves us, and I loved seeing all my favourite characters again! I adored the found family Brienna has found and the sense o Want to see more bookish things from me? Check out my Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfer... This is the second book in The Queen's Rising duology. I swear these books are so under-hyped its ridiculous! The Queen's Rising was one of my favourite books of the year and its sequel did not disappoint. This book picks up almost immediately where the first book leaves us, and I loved seeing all my favourite characters again! I adored the found family Brienna has found and the sense of belonging she finally has. I was also so excited when there was a POV from Cartier as well as Brienna! I enjoyed how the main plot wasn't the romance between Cartier and Brienna and how the aftermath of the revolution was more of this focus. I also loved the introduction of the new characters such as Neeve and Ewan as well, I couldn't help falling in love with them like I had the original crew. Ewan and Cartier's relationship was adorable, and I loved seeing them interact. I'm hoping another book in this world is on its way because I need MORE!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Dalziel Mapp

    Again this sequel/conclusion was nothing special yet it was? Nothing shocked me, nothing made me think this was a stand out book, but it was absolutely wonderful. Maybe it was the simplicity that made it such a great read, it never tried to be too clever or anything extraordinary and it worked. The characters were all lovable, even the new ones (two little ones in particular). The villains were complex. My only wish was for more Merei than I got. The ending was perfect. It gave me everything I ne Again this sequel/conclusion was nothing special yet it was? Nothing shocked me, nothing made me think this was a stand out book, but it was absolutely wonderful. Maybe it was the simplicity that made it such a great read, it never tried to be too clever or anything extraordinary and it worked. The characters were all lovable, even the new ones (two little ones in particular). The villains were complex. My only wish was for more Merei than I got. The ending was perfect. It gave me everything I needed. Closure.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Princess

    I received an arc from Edelweiss and HarperCollins in exchange for my honest review. I liked this book better than the first book. It had lots of action and I loved the HEA. Everyone grows up a lot. There is some violence in this book, but overall a pretty good read.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Madison

    Stunning. Truly beautiful and heart-capturing, The Queen’s Resistance is an epic sequel to The Queen’s Rising and everything I was daring to hope it would be. The Queen’s Rising was my surprise book of 2018. Surprise, because it totally took me by surprise with how amazing it was, how much I enjoyed it, and the beauty of the world Rebecca Ross created. So, the sequel, The Queen’s Resistance instantly became one of my most anticipated reads for 2019. And it did not disappoint. The Queen’s Resista Stunning. Truly beautiful and heart-capturing, The Queen’s Resistance is an epic sequel to The Queen’s Rising and everything I was daring to hope it would be. The Queen’s Rising was my surprise book of 2018. Surprise, because it totally took me by surprise with how amazing it was, how much I enjoyed it, and the beauty of the world Rebecca Ross created. So, the sequel, The Queen’s Resistance instantly became one of my most anticipated reads for 2019. And it did not disappoint. The Queen’s Resistant is stunning. It is beautifully crafted, the threads of intrigue, alliances, betrayal and deception are carefully woven with strands of love, family, justice and a thrilling quest to right the wrongs of the past. This is by far one of my all-time favourite fantasy series, and I can not recommend it highly enough. Just three days have past since Brienna and her newly-formed family rode into battle to assert the rightful queen upon the throne of Maevana. Now Brienna, her adopted father Lord MacQuinn, Cartier, and Isolde must determine who are their allies and who would seek to oppose Isolde as Queen. Each must also deal with the challenges of returning to Maevana after so many years away and reestablishing themselves in their Houses, while also seeking the justice against the people who stole so much from them. It is so very easy to fall in love with the cast of amazing characters in this series and it’s captivating world - part Renaissance France and part a mix of ancient Scotland and Ireland. It was such a pleasure to plunge once again into Brienna’s world and I loved that The Queen’s Resistance picked up straight after The Queen’s Rising left off. I wasn’t sure what to expect from the plot of The Queen’s Resistance. Brienna’s story could easily have concluded at the end of the first book, and by her own word, the author indicated that she never meant to continue Brienna and Cartier’s story. But I am so glad she did. There was so much more to tell, and while the synopsis sounds a little vague and perhaps promising the events in the book will border on the mundane, the plot of The Queen’s Resistance is full of intrigue, twists I did not see coming, sweet stolen moments of joy, kisses, great challenges and heartbreaking secrets laid bare, an epic quest for justice, fights, and celebrations. It is the perfect sequel. Will there be a third book? On Rebecca Ross’s website FAQ she says that she has signed a three book deal with HarperTeen. However, there is also an explanation for how the concept for The Queen’s Resistance very greatly developed and changed. What book three will look like, whether it will follow Brienna and Cartier or be a true companion novel as initially planned, perhaps with a matching world and different main characters, is still to be revealed. In any case, I can’t wait!! It is sure to be stunning, and, as shown by the development of The Queen’s Resistance, reflect Rebecca’s commitment to the heart of this series, her characters and her world through the beauty of her writing. The Queen’s Resistance is everything an excellent sequel should be and perfectly captures the heart and beauty of this epic and amazing YA fantasy series. I highly, highly recommend it. The publishers provided an advanced readers copy of this book for reviewing purposes. All opinions are my own. Find more reviews, reading age guides, content advisory, and recommendations on my blog Madison's Library

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader

    I continue to be amazed at this complex world that Rebecca Ross created.  There are so many different families in this series, but it's not hard to follow at all. The Queen's Resistance starts off right where book one ended.  This review may spoil book one, so please don't continue reading if you haven't read it yet.  I was afraid I wouldn't remember much, but I found myself remembering everything quickly after starting.  Brienna and Cartier (Aodhan) are trying to get things in order in their hou I continue to be amazed at this complex world that Rebecca Ross created.  There are so many different families in this series, but it's not hard to follow at all. The Queen's Resistance starts off right where book one ended.  This review may spoil book one, so please don't continue reading if you haven't read it yet.  I was afraid I wouldn't remember much, but I found myself remembering everything quickly after starting.  Brienna and Cartier (Aodhan) are trying to get things in order in their houses.  The MacQuinn house isn't thrilled to welcome Brienna because of her family name, but most of them are ok.  Cartier has to clean up a deserted home and get people back. When Cartier arrives home, he finds a young boy squatting inside.  He says his name is Tomas and he's very thin.  He wants to help Cartier as his runner.  Being back home reminds Cartier of what happened to his mother and sister.  A woman from his past returns and fills in everything he didn't know.  She tells him that his mother taught art to Declan Lannon and that he was to marry Ashling when she was old enough.  His mother ended that after seeing the darkness in Declan and that is part of what started the fighting. Isolde is to become queen, but before that happens, she has to execute the remaining Lannon family members.  Things don't go as planned.  The pacing really picked up here, but I don't want to give anything away.  There are secrets revealed and betrayals.   I loved this one just as much as the first book and gave it 5 stars.  Thank you to the publisher and Edelweiss for my copy for review. Warnings for mentions of rape, torture, and killings.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    It's always a relief when a sequel lives up to book one. I love this series and how it feels sort of quiet and understated, even though it's pretty action packed. I loved that the relationship ramped up from book one and all of the twists and turns. I would've read this straight through if I could've. It's always a relief when a sequel lives up to book one. I love this series and how it feels sort of quiet and understated, even though it's pretty action packed. I loved that the relationship ramped up from book one and all of the twists and turns. I would've read this straight through if I could've.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Ashlee

    May 16th, 2020: The Queen’s Resistance was just as pleasant the second time around as it was the first. The writing is exquisite and I can get lost in it for days on end. Although Rebecca Ross initially wasn’t going to create a sequel to The Queen’s Rising, she was able to expand the story so well in this installment that it almost seems as if the book was planned. In many ways, I can’t imagine the story of Brienna, Cartier, and their journey without it now. Rebecca Ross truly has such a gift wit May 16th, 2020: The Queen’s Resistance was just as pleasant the second time around as it was the first. The writing is exquisite and I can get lost in it for days on end. Although Rebecca Ross initially wasn’t going to create a sequel to The Queen’s Rising, she was able to expand the story so well in this installment that it almost seems as if the book was planned. In many ways, I can’t imagine the story of Brienna, Cartier, and their journey without it now. Rebecca Ross truly has such a gift with her craft. Normally, it takes me a couple of books for me to title an author as one of my favorites, but not her! She instantly became a favorite of mine. Although it will be hard for me to walk into her next novel and not see TQR characters there, I’ll be reading it for sure once I can get my hands on it! I still stand by everything I wrote in my previous review. The Queen’s Rising series that has a special place in my heart and one I’ll always come back to!💙💛✨💫 April 6th, 2019: The Queen's Resistance was everything I needed, and everything I didn't know I needed. I fell deeply in love with the first book, so I was very glad that this one lived up to my hype. (I'm gonna ramble a lot in this review so be aware of that if you don't like reading long reviews or haven't read the previous book in the duology.) The Queen's Rising, the first installment in this incridible series, introduced us to a unique story with lovable characters. Although it was simple for the most part and could have ended there, Rebecca Ross gave us a sequel! One that took a deeper dive into the characters and a more complicated plot, all while matching what the author stood by in the first book. It was a combination of the old and the new, which was awesome to witness. Brienna and Cartier. Need I say more? They're literately each other's halves. Amazing people separately, even more of an amazing couple. I loved being inside each of their heads. I'm so freaking attached to them, I don't wanna let go and protect them at all costs. Do I wish they would've had more scenes together? Uh, heck yeah! But, as a person who loves romance, I'm really just being greedy here. They spend more time together than the last book, and there's more kissing (thankfully). All of that content in here was handled perfectly and beautifully. Everything else? Just as much so. The minor characters (well, most of them) are enjoyable, lovely people who really cared about Brienna and Cartier. The plot had no tropes. Yeah, you heard me right. Also, the writing is lyrical and so quotable. The main themes were awesome like found family, feminism, and much more. In conclusion, Rebecca Ross is talented in her work. This series is a gem that's hugely underrated. I still stand by what I said about reading at least a thousand more pages of Brienna and Cartier. Additionally, I still need to know where I can get somebody like Cartier. Seriously, he is at #1 of my list along with Maxon (from The Selection series) when it comes to book boyfriends. And I might be extremely greedy, but can we get another book with these precious people. Like, I don't care if it's one of those things where the book has no plot and it's just basically a long epilogue of how everybody's lives are going (think ACOFAS). The Queen's Rising series is one you won't regret reading, and The Queen's Resistance was just as epic as the its predecessor. I recommend it to everyone!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Madison Mary

    "What holds people together more? The red in their veins or the fire in their hearts?" Rebecca Ross stayed strong in providing a satisfying and beautiful conclusion to an enchanting duology! SUMMARY **Sequel to The Queen's Rising ** In the aftermath of the revolution, Brienna and her circle must deal with the Lannon trial and doubts surrounding Isolde's reclaiming of the throne. However, Brienna also has to prove herself to the MacQuinn household and claim her right as an adopted daughter. "What holds people together more? The red in their veins or the fire in their hearts?" Rebecca Ross stayed strong in providing a satisfying and beautiful conclusion to an enchanting duology! SUMMARY **Sequel to The Queen's Rising ** In the aftermath of the revolution, Brienna and her circle must deal with the Lannon trial and doubts surrounding Isolde's reclaiming of the throne. However, Brienna also has to prove herself to the MacQuinn household and claim her right as an adopted daughter. While Cartier struggles to manage his lordship of a house he has only known in name. As Brienna and Cartier both fight their own battles, their circle must come together again to protect Isolde's claim and quell any remnants of a rebellion rising. REVIEW This was actually really cool because I feel like in a lot of fantasy series you do not get to see the aftermath of winning a war - especially when it is a revolt against a King! I loved that the book picked up only a few days after the first, so we were able to dive right back in. You get to witness the rebuilding of the Maevan Houses and how each has their own struggle in the aftermath. Rebecca Ross invites you in to see how the circle and Isolde will deal with any traitors and those who will not accept her claim to the throne now that they have won. It was so much fun! What I really love about this series is that Brienna is not the chosen one - she is just one of the many people who helps get the chosen one onto the throne. And it is so refreshing. Seeing Brienna have to learn how to come to terms with her Maevan half was heartbreaking and beautiful. She felt like such an outsider to these people, and though there were times she lost her determination, she fought back to claim her place. Brienna grows even more in this sequel and she fights for her voice to be heard. I also loved getting to see Cartier's POV in this book because it added a new depth to the novel. He is such a complex character and he has to deal with so many new obstacles in this sequel. Watching him navigate his house and learn how to fill the shoes he never expected to fill brought light to his vulnerabilities. His character became so much more in this sequel and I loved it. ALSO - My heart absolutely melted watching his interactions with Ewan. I love the that the theme of this book focuses on found family and the strengths of women. It brings into light how a person is more than the name they were born into, and that a name does not define who you are. Everyone is in control of their own fate and they must strive for their own future. I adored that the romance in this duology isn't a main player but instead a side plot. It was very satisfying to watch the slow-burn come to fruition and how Brienna and Cartier fumble their way through love. Sure I would have loved to see more of these two together, but I loved the book nonetheless and thought that each of the stolen moments between them were beautiful and pure. Overall, this is a beautiful duology where the sequel only strengthens the series as a whole. Please pick up this series if you love fantasy novels that center around kingdom/queendom politics and revolutions.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Paula Roussel (She Sniffs Books)

    Yeah, I totally finished that in one day!!! RTC soon!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Cecily Wolfe

    I love this series so much! Romance (intense!), friendship, magic, and a glorious setting - it's the total package. If you love fantasy, you must start reading this now. I love this series so much! Romance (intense!), friendship, magic, and a glorious setting - it's the total package. If you love fantasy, you must start reading this now.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Rachel (APCB Reviews)

    review to come! Enjoyed this one more than the first book.

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