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2.0 out of 5 starsDisappointing Sequel
Reviewed in the United States on March 13, 2019
I enjoyed the first book. I was not prepared for this dark and disappointing follow-up . Torture, mutilation, bondage, rape, and forced prostitution as some of the unpleasant realities the reader must become acquainted with in this damsel in distress over the top tome. Little character growth, and the alternating narrator perspective is annoying . Sorry I wasted my money, but since I did, thought needed to share an unbiased review .
This book is part of The Queen's Rising duology and is best read after The Queen's Rising. Brienna is now a MacQuinn, and after the successful overthrow of the evil Lannons, the MacQuinns, the Morganes, and the Kavanaughs must work together to rebuild the houses and unite them under Isolde Kavanaugh's rule. However, there are still loyalists to the Lannons hiding in the shadows who will stop at nothing to take back the throne. Brienna and Cartier are in love and want to start a new life together, but their duties to their country must come first. With Isolde relying on Brienna's wise counsel and a Lannon rebellion fomenting, Brienna and Cartier will have to risk their lives and their relationship once again as they fight to stop the evil Lannons once and for all. I loved this book so much, maybe even as much as The Queen's Rising. The story was refreshing, full of hope in the midst of darkness, and absolutely stunning. My love for the characters has grown throughout both books, and some of the loveliest scenes I have ever read in fiction were towards the end of this book. Rebecca Ross addressed several difficult subjects in this book, including domestic violence, torture, extreme cruelty, capital punishment, various ethical issues, and loss of family members. I thought these subjects were addressed very well and had a satisfying conclusion at the end. I teared up more than once while reading, but there was also plenty of humor to counteract the heavy subject matter. Brienna and Cartier's relationship was sweet and pure, her relationships with her family and friends were realistic and beautiful, and the wisdom of the rulers was just and protective, yet kind when possible. I recommend this book with very few reservations (there was just violence and difficult subject matter, but no filth, sexual content, or profanity). I can't wait to read more from this wonderful author! I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through Edelweiss. I also purchased a copy from Amazon. A positive review was not required, and all opinions expressed are entirely my own.
5.0 out of 5 starsNo matter your age or what genre you like to read, you will enjoy The Queen's Rising duo!
Reviewed in the United States on March 11, 2019
I must be a young-at-heart 60 yr old because this YA fantasy novel captured my attention from cover to cover! The Queen's Resistance captivated me to the extent that even during my work day I would find myself thinking about the characters and plot, eagerly waiting to continue the book! I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Queen's Rising, yet this sequel topped it and made a great completion to the series. I have a lot of respect for Rebecca Ross's work, and look forward to her next book. I'm eager to see what the future holds for her.
Brienna and Cartier endeavor to bring about a smooth transition to their new-found queen’s reign, but they face the trials for the evil Lannon royal family...and unexpected betrayals. Lovely to read about honorable characters who care about others, take responsibility for their people and act honorably. No pettiness here. And it’s a clean read. Can’t wait to read the next story Ross writes.
I bought THE QUEEN'S RISING for a grandchild, reading it before gifting it. I found it an outstanding read by a new author; therefore, I pre-ordered THE QUEEN'S RESISTANCE. Both grandpa and grandma have now read both of Rebecca Ross's very creative compelling books. We have purchased copies of both for our granddaughter and another high school friend.
This book pulled me in and wouldn’t let go! I devoured it in two days, only stopping because my four children demanded that I at least throw some Cheerios on the floor for them every once in while! ;) LOL! I gave the first book in this series 3 stars, an enjoyable read. This book is full of so much more depth! It flows seamlessly with the perfect balance of action, intensity and a side of love. We get to hear from both Cartier and Brienna in this sequel which I don’t always love, but it really added to the story in the best way. The characters and the world of Maevana become fully developed and I will miss them! I’m almost sad I read it so fast, as now ... it’s over! But that ending... be still my heart!
5.0 out of 5 starsFantastic series with amazing characters and fierce friendships
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 11, 2019
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 my favourite authors and I can't wait to see what stories she delights us with in the future.
I enjoyed this sequel just as much as the first. I got absolutely sucked in to the book. The story started to feel real and the characters so believable. It’s a well written tale of friendship, families and loyalty. The book does alternate between Brienna and Cartier narrating and whilst at first this confused me it didn’t at all ruin the power of the story.