The Queen’s Resistance by Rebecca Ross
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 wholly separate 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.
I continue to be amazed at this complex world that Rebecca Ross created. There are so many different families in this series, but it’s not hard to follow at all.
The Queen’s Resistance starts off right where book one ended. This review may spoil book one, so please don’t continue reading if you haven’t read it yet. I was afraid I wouldn’t remember much, but I found myself remembering everything quickly after starting. Brienna and Cartier (Aodhan) are trying to get things in order in their houses. The MacQuinn house isn’t thrilled to welcome Brienna because of her family name, but most of them are ok. Cartier has to clean up a deserted home and get people back.
When Cartier arrives home, he finds a young boy squatting inside. He says his name is Tomas and he’s very thin. He wants to help Cartier as his runner. Being back home reminds Cartier of what happened to his mother and sister. A woman from his past returns and fills in everything he didn’t know. She tells him that his mother taught art to Declan Lannon and that he was to marry Ashling when she was old enough. His mother ended that after seeing the darkness in Declan and that is part of what started the fighting.
Isolde is to become queen, but before that happens, she has to execute the remaining Lannon family members. Things don’t go as planned. The pacing really picked up here, but I don’t want to give anything away. There are secrets revealed and betrayals.
I loved this one just as much as the first book and gave it 5 stars. Thank you to the publisher and Edelweiss for my copy for review.
Warnings for mentions of rape, torture, and killings.
Have you read this book (and/or the first one)?