With gorgeous description and detailed rendering of a world where not everything and everyone are what they seem, Rebecca Ross weaves an intricate tale of revenge, loyalty, and, ultimately, self-discovery. Don’t miss the beautiful cover for Rebecca Ross’s debut young adult fantasy, THE QUEEN’S RISING, and pre-order your copy today!
THE QUEEN’S RISING Synopsis:
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?
Rebecca Ross Bio:
Rebecca Ross received her Bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Georgia. In the past, she has worked at a Colorado dude ranch, as a school librarian, and as a live-time captionist for a college. She resides in Northeast Georgia with her husband and her dog. THE QUEEN’S RISING is her debut novel. Visit her on the web at www.rebeccarossauthor.com or on Twitter @_RebeccaRoss.
Warning: My Review Contains Spoilers, so be warned…
Against all odds, Ruby has defeated the villainous Frost King and melted his throne of ice. But the bloodthirsty Minax that was trapped inside is now haunting her kingdom and everyone she loves. The answers to its demise may lie to the south in Sudesia, the land of the Firebloods, and a country that holds the secrets to Ruby's powers and past....
Despite warnings from her beloved Arcus, Ruby accompanies a roguish Fireblood named Kai to Sudesia, where she must master her control of fire in a series of trials to gain the trust of the suspicious Fireblood queen. Only then can she hope to access the knowledge that could defeat the rampaging Minax--which grows closer every moment. But as sparks fly in her moments alone with Kai, how can Ruby decide whom to trust? The fate of both kingdoms is now in her hands.
A great sequel that was filled with lots of surprises and twists that no one could see coming. Ruby definitely finds herself having to make choices that no one but her can make to defeat the Minax.
Ruby is someone who has new challenges in this book as she is dealing with the aftermath of the events in Frostblood. I really found that even though she defeat the evil Frost King, she is still seen by some of the Frostbloods as someone who is distracting Arcus, the new king and not a suitable girlfriend for him. Ruby definitely feels it. Not everybody at the new court likes her, even though some people regard her as a hero. They also have to deal with the chaos of the Minax which is possessing people.
Things happen one night at the court, where Ruby is attacked and saved by a mysterious person, who turns out to be Kai. Kai is a Fire Blood and helps Ruby defend herself against Frostbloods who don’t want her breathing, much less living. So of course this ends in a very interesting fight. Kai also does things during the fight that makes Ruby want to learn more about other Firebloods and she needs info on the Minax. Supposedly on the home land of the Firebloods, there is another throne that is the exact duplicate of The Frost Throne and may hold answers to what the Minax wants. So of course, the question then becomes how does Ruby get the answers she seeks. Of course there is Kai.
She meets with Kai and Kai tells her things that may or may not be true. Ruby is definitely intrigued by what he tells her about the home of the Firebloods. There are more of her kind on the homeland. Plus it’s not just one island but a few islands and it is beautiful. The Fireblood queen is definitely curious about her according to Kai. Not to mention he tells her things that she needs to hear. Plus he tells her that he is the exception to the rules.
We also learn that Arcus is not too happy to let Ruby go to the Fireblood home, but that she will do it anyway. We learn that Ruby doesn’t respond well to orders. So of course she decides to travel to the Fireblood homeland and discovers so many things that she never expect and also that Kai wasn’t upfront with her about certain information. The Fireblood Queen is not what you thought she would be.
She is also learning to use her abilities as her powers are no where near where she needs them to be. There is a school for the Firebloods and that the masters teach the young Firebloods to control their powers. We also learn that Ruby is someone that the queen has been looking for quite a while. She suspected that Ruby is her niece, which would make Ruby a princess and heir to the Fireblood throne. So this makes things far more dangerous and complicated as the queen needs an heir because she can’t have children. This would ensure the line and Ruby becomes engaged to Kai. This leads to all sorts of complications. Then of course, she has to endure trials and tests. We also learn that there is a secret Fireblood Throne and another Minax trapped in the throne and the other Minax is trying to get them out.
We learn through the Minax after he possesses the body of someone else, he possessed Ruby’s mother while she was pregnant with her, and Ruby is far more than a Fire Blood, but rather a Night Blood. He has orchestrated all of this because he needed the Night Blood to open the portal to something that could destroy the world that both Fire Bloods and Frost Bloods. Everything goes crazy. Of course nobody is ever the same after what happens in the Fire Blood throne. People are scared. Somehow Ruby and her friends manage to kill one of the Minax, but the second one manages to survive and wants to open the gates. This is not good. So the queen wishes them in their quest to defeat the Minax.
This book was interesting in a lot of ways. I really like the conflicts, learning, discovering new things about your past. Who you are related to. What are you willing to risk to help everybody. Love the crazy twists and surprises in this book. Can’t wait to see what’s in store for Ruby and her friends.
My Copy: Advanced Reader Copy that I Picked Up at Book Expo America
A darkly irresistible new fantasy set in the infamous Gomorrah Festival, a traveling carnival of debauchery that caters to the strangest of dreams and desires.
Sixteen-year-old Sorina has spent most of her life within the smoldering borders of the Gomorrah Festival. Yet even among the many unusual members of the traveling circus-city, Sorina stands apart as the only illusion-worker born in hundreds of years. This rare talent allows her to create illusions that others can see, feel and touch, with personalities all their own. Her creations are her family, and together they make up the cast of the Festival’s Freak Show.
But no matter how lifelike they may seem, her illusions are still just that—illusions, and not truly real. Or so she always believed…until one of them is murdered.
Desperate to protect her family, Sorina must track down the culprit and determine how they killed a person who doesn’t actually exist. Her search for answers leads her to the self-proclaimed gossip-worker Luca, and their investigation sends them through a haze of political turmoil and forbidden romance, and into the most sinister corners of the Festival. But as the killer continues murdering Sorina’s illusions one by one, she must unravel the horrifying truth before all of her loved ones disappear.
Darkly delicious novel that makes you love Sorina and her family of interesting characters. Sorina is someone that does illusion work at a skill level that few people ever have possessed in quite a long time. She is working at the Gomorrah Festival.
Things are going well for Sorina at least in the beginning. Her Freak show is very unique and interesting. Her illusions are very realistic. Sometimes they act and behave as though they are human beings. All of the characters in her illusions have their own personalities and a unique ability that is unique to them. So of course they put on a show that is like nothing else in the Festival. It draws attention and brings in money, sometimes good and bad. Of course, things happen that one does not expect.
Sorina has created something definitely that she never expected, a family. There is something that makes each member an important part of the show. They all have their roles. Her illusions are so real that they all think that they are actual people. The Illusions each have their own personalities and job to do in the show. Yet things get more intense when something doesn’t go as planned and customers demand their money back and that’s very bad. Plus then something else happens. One of her illusions has been murdered, yet they are not disappearing. They are not fading as they should have. Which is weird and not what Sorina would expect to happen.
One of the things that I enjoyed about this book was the way that the killer gave us notes on the victims that he intends to kill. The Killer is someone that has been watching Sorina and the show obviously as he is learning each of the illusions and what makes all of Sorina family tick. This is interesting and adds some dimension to the book and maybe give us some hint as to why he is doing this. As the book progresses more of the illusions are getting killed and Sorina is getting scared along with the rest of her family. She goes to her father and Luca, her boyfriend for help.
This book takes a really weird turn that you don’t expect. I really love how the relationship formed between Sorina and Luca. You got to hear him explain about his past and why he had to leave. Sorina bonding with him in a way she never expected. Yet things progress at one point according to her father, that the killer might be Luca. We learn that is not the case, because something happens that reveals the Luca is another one of her illusions. She made a lover for herself. This seems to be something odd, but not out of question. Plus at one point she seems to be losing her grip.
So many weird twists and turns towards the end. I found myself loving every moment of the lead up to the conclusion of this novel. The conclusion was something that was unexpected to say the least. The ending left me feeling a little bit unsure of how to feel about quite a few things. Not to mention what happened after everything was revealed. I did like the magic element a lot of this book. I just wish the ending had been a little bit more satisfactory. Overall a good book.
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