10 Oct 2022

Audio #Review: THE QUEEN'S RESISTANCE by Rebecca Ross


Author: Rebecca Ross
Series: The Queen's Rising #2
Source: Audio from Audible
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: March 5, 2019
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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 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 √Čvariste, 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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Now that the rebellion has the king off the throne, the different houses need to realign and rebuild. Restitution and forgiveness will hopefully allow forward momentum. 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. 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.

I absolutely loved THE QUEEN'S RISING and was super excited for this one, so I pre-ordered it right away. Only for it to collect dust for 3 years. But no worries because I read it now!

This picks up right away after the last book, but if it's been a few years between reading them, don't worry! There is a bit of a recap throughout the first 10% to get you up to speed on what is happening, where our characters currently are, and what the next steps are before throwing us into the action of this book.

I thought there was a lot of character growth in both Brienna and Cartier in this book. They have a lot they are dealing with, but always have each other to rely on. Part of the best part of this book is seeing how their relationship continues to strengthen while maturing as the two characters do.

I was excited that this was a duology! Anything more would have been too much and dragged this story on. This had a good mixture of developing relationships and action packed scenes with the plot always moving forward. The ending tied up everything perfectly and I'm very happy with this as a complete series!


Have you read this book? Are you going to pick this up?

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