When her seventeenth summer solstice arrives, Brienna desires only two things: to master her passion and to be chosen by a patron.
Growing up in the southern Kingdom of Valenia at the renowned Magnalia House should have prepared her for such a life. While some are born with an innate talent for one of the five passions—art, music, dramatics, wit, and knowledge—Brienna struggled to find hers until she belatedly chose to study knowledge. However, despite all her preparations, Brienna's greatest fear comes true—the solstice does not go according to plan and she is left without a patron.
Months later, her life takes an unexpected turn when a disgraced lord offers her patronage. Suspicious of his intent, and with no other choices, she accepts. But there is much more to his story, and Brienna soon discovers that he has sought her out for his own vengeful gain. For there is a dangerous plot being planned to overthrow the king of Maevana—the archrival kingdom of Valenia—and restore the rightful queen, and her magic, to the northern throne. And others are involved—some closer to Brienna than she realizes.
With war brewing between the two lands, Brienna must choose whose side she will remain loyal to—passion or blood. Because a queen is destined to rise and lead the battle to reclaim the crown. The ultimate decision Brienna must determine is: Who will be that queen?
Oh, wow, this book was absolutely fantastic! I loved reading it, I was hooked completely, and I read this book in as few sittings as I possibly could! I just had to read more! The whole book was just so original, and I loved all the twists and turns!
This whole world was just wonderful! From the Passions, and how that system all worked, to the politics, to the relationships between the characters, everything detailed at just the first amount for a first book, and I just was so enthralled by it all!
Brienna was an interesting character. She didn't know who her father was, her mother died, and she's been bouncing between the passions, not clicking with one of them, and not getting the full 7 years of training. Which sucks. But the girls around her were really great, and I hope we see more of them in future books!
I loved how and why Brienna was pulled into the politics, with her patron, and how she faced the challenges ahead of her! There were some pretty fascinating reveals, and those just took me by surprise!
The ending was just so perfect, and I can't wait for more, becauses I have no idea where the next two books will go and I want to know!
Author: Rebecca Ross
Series: The Queen's Rising #1
Read: December 29th, 2017
Reason Why: Sounded really great, and it's a DAC Book, Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2017 Book and a WoW Book!
Publisher: Harper Teen
Expected Publication: February 6th 2018