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Summary

In this epic debut fantasy, inspired by Renaissance France, an outcast finds herself bound to a disgraced lord and entangled in his plot to overthrow the king. Perfect for fans of Grave Mercy and Red Queen!

Brienna desires only two things: to master her passion and to be chosen by a patron. Growing up in Valenia at the renowned Magnalia House should have prepared her. While some are born with a talent for one of the five passions - art, music, dramatics, wit, and knowledge - Brienna struggled to find hers until she chose knowledge. However, Brienna’s greatest fear comes true: 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, she reluctantly accepts. But there is much more to his story, for there is a dangerous plot to overthrow the king of Maevana - the rival kingdom of Valenia - and restore the rightful queen, and her magic, to the throne.

With war brewing, Brienna must choose which side she will remain loyal to: passion or blood.

©2018 Rebecca Ross LLC (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

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Liked this book more than I expected

This story was better than I expected it to be from the description, and it has real potential to be really engaging and interesting. It was a nice change to come across a YA book that isnt rammed full of mythical creatures for once these days.

Felt like the ages of some characters should have been made more clear. I won't name names for those that are yet to read, and once you read it you'll know what I mean anyway, but I felt that some people were just a little bit too young to engage how they did with characters that could be interpreted as a little bit too old, or not their usual 'go to person', when you really think about the timeline of it all.

But I did finish this book feeling disgruntled the next one isn't out yet and I have to wait to find out what comes next, so I would recommend.

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Superb and addictive

Totally awesome 😎 I was hooked from start to finish. Bring on some more, wish we could follow authors on audible and get alerted to new books when they come out ?

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  • Carolyn Myers
  • 07-02-18

Marvelous

I Love this book! The bonds of Sisterhood and loyalty are wonderful! These young women all discovering who they are and finding their paths, their friendships and bonds help each other rise in their own discovery. Iron sharpens Iron!

This story drew me in from the beginning. As Brienna accepts the challenges laid before her and has difficult decisions to make, I found myself totally rallying for her! Cheering for her as she finds her strength and discovers herself!

It's totally Marvelous!!

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  • Ashley
  • 26-02-18

captivating story with amazing narrator

at first I was a little hesitant in this story. But as the story progressed I found myself wanting to listen more and more. I am excited to see if there will be another book although I'm happy with how it ended.

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  • Shawscribbles
  • 20-05-18

Highly Recommend!

An epic adventure featuring a strong female protagonist - I really enjoyed this read. Brienna has never known her father. Her mother died when she was young and her protective grandfather hid her away with in a passion house to keep her safe from the father she never knew.

As Brienna cycles through the different passions, failing at all, she finally settles on knowledge. But as her classmates find patrons and leave her, Brienna is left at the passion house until ... her mistress discovers that Brienna is the key to the return of the ruling Queens to Maevana, a land that has suffered through King's rule for generations. While Brienna does not possess magical royal blood, her role in the return of female rule to her father's land is integral.

This book has everything: a strong protagonist that you can't help loving, a wide array of side characters, adventure, mystery, romance, and danger. And the bonus is that the story ends beautifully with real closure. Highly recommend!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13-03-18

good story

I enjoyed the performance a lot. the story line was interesting but predictable. The use of extreme description became tiresome and felt like I was lead through the story instead of being allowed to experience it. I would recommend this book to friends because it is enjoyable over all.

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  • Kira
  • 13-03-18

Mary Sue

For the first time ever I will compare this to a popular series. Twilight, every single person is in love with Breanna, wants to be with her, be her. Oh sorry except for one girl jealous of her because their master is in love with Breanna and not her. This story had a lot of potential, but I found myself disliking Breanna more and more every time she opened her mouth. She assumes sooo much of everyone, is normally wrong and yet she HAS to be right & keeps on making assumptions. The other thing that bothers me is this is a sheltered girl who knows only of knowledge, for the last 7 years she’s been at all all girls school learning knowledge and Few other “arts”. She hasn’t been trained in a lot of hand to hand combat, maybe a weeks worth at best, but now she’s going to go into battle sword held high and will probably even kill the king. (I don’t know the ending, I didn’t finish it with an hour left I just can’t anymore) all so she can put a girl in the throne because we should only have queens on the throne, no kings. Kings are evil.

Don’t get me wrong I love girl power. Hunger hames and Katniss YES PLEASE! Among so many many others. But this just didn’t do it for me. There was never any good reason as to why there should only be a queen on the throne. Just that there was, everyone who was smart believed it and it MUST happen again.

I’m sure lots of people will disagree with Me & love it. This one just didn’t work for me.

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  • mandy
  • 13-03-18

Amazing story!

I was hooked. I wish it were a series so it would keep on going!

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  • Traci S.
  • 06-06-18

Enjoyable read

I really liked this book, the characters were interesting, the story was original and kept my interest. the narrator did a great job creating different voices and personalities for each. I would definitely recommend this book as a fun, easy summer read.

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  • Stacey
  • 11-04-18

Captivating.

I absolutely loved this book. I can not wait for her next one. A must read!

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  • Yetstillshereads
  • 01-03-18

Completely captivating

4.5 Stars for The Queen's Rising. This book captivated me and I listed to it non stop all day while i made candles for my company Nox to Lumos Candle Co. This book made me think on women's rights, actually... even if that was just the underlying son to the story. Where women & daughters were the rightful heirs to the throne and the will of strong families to fight for what's right. I LOVED this book and would recommend it anyone. I can't wait to make a candle inspired by this book. I am so pleased with this book and I can't wait for you to read it. If you want to fangirl with me about it, my bookstagram name is @yetstillshereads ... I love chatting books and making new friends. Let's fangirl.

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  • Scarlet thompson
  • 20-07-18

great book!

narrated well, unexpected twists,
all in all great story!
i hope a second book comes out, i will be waiting