The Queen’s Resistance Review

About the Book:

Title: The Queen’s Resistance

Author: Rebecca Ross

Publisher: Harper Teen

Release Date: March 5, 2019

Pages: 480

Genre: YA Fantasy


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 whollyseparate 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.



*This review contains spoilers for book one, The Queen’s Rising* 

I absolutely fell in love with the amazing world building that Rebecca Ross created in The Queen’s Rising. I adored the first book so much, and quickly dove into this book after finishing, as I was anxious to find out what happened to Brienna and company. The Queen’s Resistance starts off right where The Queen’s Rising ended. Several days have passed since the battle (I love how Rebecca gave us a recap of what happened in the first book, it was much appreciated). This book is also told from two points of view.  It is told from both Brienna’s and Cartier’s perspectives. I love how we see more of Brienna growing into herself. She’s such a strong and independent character. Cartier we get to see how he’s dealing with once being a master of knowledge in Valenia, to becoming a lord of a fallen house in Maevana.

Brienna and her friends may have won the revolution, but Isolde Kavanagh has yet to have her coronation. They need to discover who in the kingdom support the Kavanagh queen reclaiming the throne, and who are against it. We are able to learn much more about the three houses the Kavanagh’s, the Morgane’s, and the MacQuinn’s, and what has been happening while the three disgraced lords have been away. I really enjoyed getting to know the cast of characters that had survived from the Morgane house and those that had survived from the MacQuinn house. The found family theme is still prevalent in this book, and there were many moments where I teared up.

I loved the slow burn romance between Brienna and Cartier. It’s not the sole focus of the story, but it definitely played an important part. They kind of have to put their feelings for each other aside and worry more about forging alliances, assuring the queen gets on the throne, and executing justice.

There definitely was not a moment wasted in this book. Everything was well thought out and executed. There was tons of action and adventure, and plenty of interesting revelations. There are little things that we learn that along the way, that make complete sense later on. Absolutely brilliant writing!

I think that this book concluded the series so well. I was sad to say goodbye to Brienna and Cartier and the rest of the cast of characters, but I was deeply satisfied with the end. I am excited to read more from Rebecca Ross. You can bet I’ll be reading whatever she is writing!

About the Author:

Rebecca Ross grew up in Georgia, where she continues to reside with her husband, lively dog and endless piles of books. She received her bachelor’s degree in English from UGA. In the past she has worked at a Colorado dude ranch, as a school librarian, and as a live-time captionist for a college.

Rebecca writes fantasy for young adult readers. Her debut novel, THE QUEEN’S RISING,  released February 6, 2018 from HarperTeen.

THE QUEEN’S RISING is set to be translated into Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, Hungarian, Turkish, Bulgarian, Dutch, German, Hebrew and will be available in the UK.

2 thoughts on “The Queen’s Resistance Review

  1. frayedbooks says:

    Love your review Ashleigh and I’m SO glad you loved this duology!! Its soooooo so good, and you’re right, Rebecca doesn’t waste a SECOND of the book, every moment counts. And I love how their is romance, but its not the main focus – thats why I think I fell in love with the first book so much – it was about a strong female and love wasn’t her priority which it feels it is in a lot of stories. Ahhhh I will forever shout about this book!!!

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