The Queen's Resistance
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
"You will be the greatest queen the north has ever seen."
Ah, this was wonderful! But first off, I must thank the publisher and Edelweiss for the ARC. All lines quoted here are taken from an uncorrected proof and may be changed by publication. Also, warning: this is pretty dark. Melanie's review has a list of triggers, so be sure to check it out!
The Queen's Resistance picks up immediately after The Queen's Rising ends, just after Brienna and Isolde and their gang have overthrown the ...more
“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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
5 stars. ⭐ ...more
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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...more
"...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 ...more
„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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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...more
Rebecca Ross stayed strong in providing a satisfying and beautiful conclusion to an enchanting duology!
**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. ...more
Rebecca Ross grew up in Georgia, where she continues to reside with her husband, li ...more