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The Queen's Resistance

(The Queen's Rising #2)

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  4,432 ratings  ·  679 reviews
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
ebook, 496 pages
Published March 5th 2019 by HarperTeen
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High Lady of The Night Court
Mar 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy-read
“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
Oct 24, 2018 rated it really liked it

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
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Oh, that ending was music to my ears ...and heart 💕

Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾
• 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
Lea (drumsofautumn)
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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
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
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
Ashlee » libraryinthecountry
No qualms about it, this is such an enjoyable and fulfilling fantasy duology. It’s one of my favorites and I love the path it takes its readers down.

The Queen’s Resistance picks up shortly after the first book, and the people of Maevana are figuring out how to piece their country back together after returning the rightful queen to her throne.

Although I missed some of the swoony romance aspects of the first book, when Brienna and Cartier are in the initial stages of their relationship, I apprecia
Yusra  ✨
Jul 17, 2018 marked it as to-read
march 5th, 2019!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Apr 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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
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
Mar 25, 2019 rated it liked it
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
Helena Paris
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
Apr 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
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. ⭐
Sheila Goicea
1) The Queen's Rising: ★★★★★

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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
Mar 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy-n-to-z
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
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 ...more
Vanessa (bookfairy95)
May 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 2019
*** This review contains spoilers for book 1 „The Queen’s Rising“ ***


„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
Apr 06, 2019 rated it liked it
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
Amelia Oswald
Jul 31, 2019 rated it really liked 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. ...more
Jay G
Sep 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
Dalziel Mapp
Jun 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
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
Feb 15, 2019 rated it liked it
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.
Jan 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
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
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. ...more
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

Madison Mary
Jul 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"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!

**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.
Paula Roussel (She Sniffs Books)
Yeah, I totally finished that in one day!!! RTC soon!
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. ...more
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