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The Queen’s Resistance

(The Queen's Rising #2)

4.38  ·  Rating details ·  305 ratings  ·  89 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
Hardcover, 432 pages
Published March 5th 2019 by HarperTeen
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Rebecca Ross Hi! So happy you loved The Queen's Rising! And yes, The Queen's Resistance will be released as hardback in the US, and paperback in the…moreHi! So happy you loved The Queen's Rising! And yes, The Queen's Resistance will be released as hardback in the US, and paperback in the UK/Australia/NZ next year.(less)
Rebecca Ross It's scheduled to be released on March 5, 2019! <3

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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-wort
☆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,
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 much to sa
Camila Roy ••RoyIsReading••
To say I’m “highly anticipating” this is a HUGE understatement. 😩🙌🏻
Miri ♪ Book Dragoness ♪
"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 Lannons.
Yusra  ✨
Jul 17, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
march 5th, 2019!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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 so here f
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 th
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.
Mar 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
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
Ashlee » Library In The Country
I’m ready 🙌🏻
Jan 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Twilight Princess
I am SO excited for this book!!! And that cover?? AHH! Please let it be March already!
Rachel  (APCB Reviews)
review to come! Enjoyed this one more than the first book.
Mar 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 stars

Overall: The Queen’s Resistance as a whole is of similar quality to its predecessor. I had some gripes about the lack of carry-over in terms of characterization from QR1, but I was generally satisfied with the plot, character arcs, and conclusion. Although both books were more or less predictable with their twists and reveals, the emotional payoff for the two main characters was worth reading to the end. Like QR1, QR2 is a page-turner. I read both books each within the span of roughly 2 d
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.
Sophie Elaina
YAY!! I’m so excited!😱💜 How on earth did I not know about this?!
Paula Roussel (She Sniffs Books)
Yeah, I totally finished that in one day!!! RTC soon!
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Mar 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had misgivings about the fact that this was 1. A sequel to a book I absolutely loved, and 2. It was a sequel to a book I absolutely loved with the love interest’s POV added in. I didn’t let myself set the bar too high because I was scared that I wouldn’t love it, but the only disappointing thing about this book is that THE THIRD ONE ISN’T OUT.

I LOVED The Queen’s Resistance. The Queen’s Rising was one of my absolute favourite books of 2018, and of all time. The way how the story works out, how
Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic series with amazing characters and fierce friendships

I adore this series. It is a beautiful story, you can not help but get lost in its world and its characters and its fierce friendships. It is filled with fantastic feminists, both male and female. Brienna is a heroine to be reckoned with, she is smart, loyal, funny and you need to welcome her into your life if you haven't already. This was the perfect conclusion to an all time favourite series. Rebecca has cemented herself as one of
Jun 19, 2018 marked it as i-need-it-now  ·  review of another edition

Tèo Sip
Jun 22, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Cartier on the cover!!
This book will be written in dual narrative, meaning we will have Cartier's POV.
Feb 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, 2019
This book takes place literally right where the last book left off. Which is great because I was curious how far Ross was going to take us on Brienna's journey. Honestly its taken me a while to formulate this review because I've just wanted to scream and gush about all the amazing things that go on and how crazy some of it was. Like, I did not know I was that invested in certain side characters until they were hurt or some plot twist effected them.  Then I would get worried and have to read to f ...more
Lila (Hardcover Haven)
3.75 stars rounded up to 4 stars
TRIGGER WARNINGS: domestic child abuse, mention of past spousal abuse, violence & gore, death of a loved one, mention of past rape, human trafficking

It's super hard for me to describe why I enjoyed The Queen's Resistance so much largely because so much happened...but also not that much? This book, like the first book is incredibly character driven and relationship focused. There's politics and a bit of intrigue with a smattering of action and a dash of romance
Mar 18, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm usually a person who writes my reviews the minute I finish the book. But with this one I had to sit on it and think how I wanted to write it.

I was super excited for this book after loving the Queen's Rising. However, it went in a way different direction than I imagined. Honestly, it didn't really feel like it connected to the first book much at all besides the backlash of what happened. We get none of the neat passion element that was built up in the first.

While I really enjoyed getting Cart
A worthy conclusion to this duology. It started exactly where The Queens Rising ended which I loved, and it was such a fun and amazing read! The writing is just soo good you get sucked into the story. This time there is a double POV of Brienna and Cartier, and it made me love Cartier even more! He does have flaws but he’s adorable and veeeeery high up my book boyfriend’s list. No one can beat Jem though. But honestly it’s a relief that the characters are very grown up, not angsting about their c ...more
SPOILERS for QUEEN'S RISING and MARKED Spoilers for QUEEN'S RESISTANCE (though I still kept them vague).

After The Queen's Rising ended without cliffhanger I was very confused as to why there needed to be a second book. Everything had been wrapped up so nicely, but I knew I would at least give this a try.
I'm really happy I did.

After a lot of stories about revolution and taking back the throne, The Queen's Rising series took the same concept and created something marvelous out of it. Not only wa
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