The the Queen's Rising was easily one of my most anticipated books of 2018. I mean, for whatever reason I'm just obsessed with the cover. It screams strong women and fantasy. Also those bold blue and purple hues ust really do something for me.
What I got from the story was vastly disappointing. The story centers around Brienna- a passion of knowledge who fails to find her place during her final assessment. Luck for her, she soon after realizes she has a rare gift that makes her key to an important plot and allows her to embark on a journey to defeat a tyrant in a far-off land.
Coincidentally, she has a connection in said far-off land with her passion mentor who she has confusing feelings for. Their age difference is only 8 years, but a 17 year old and a 25 year old are at vastly different stages of their lives and it seems like the gap is wider in my opinion. The romance just did not sit well with me, especially as he knew her as a 10 year old... that just creeps me the eff out.
The plot is one we are familiar with many times over, however, while other authors make it their own and add quirks to their worlds, the Queen's Rising is an incredibly generic fantasy story that has nothing original of the sort and reads rather stiffly. I tried desperately to keep going till the end, but after realizing two weeks had gone by where I was putting off reading in general just to avoid this book, I finally decided to DNF, no matter how pretty I think the cover is.