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All of Rebecca Ross’s Books, Ranked

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Rebecca Ross, author of The Queen's Rising and A River Enchanted

Rebecca Ross, author of The Queen's Rising and A River Enchanted

Rebecca Ross made her debut in the YA fantasy world with her first novel, The Queen's Rising, in 2018 published by HarperCollins Publishers. Since then, she has written several marvelous standalone novels, all with unique magic systems, strong characters, and gorgeous prose.

Rebecca Ross is one of my favourite writers. Here are all her books ranked (in my opinion) from "worst" (for lack of a better word) to best.

The Queen's Resistance by Rebecca Ross

The Queen's Resistance by Rebecca Ross

5. The Queen's Resistance

Release date: March 5, 2019

Official Blurb

Brienna is a mistress of knowledge and is beginning to settle into her role as the daughter of the once-disgraced Lord Davin MacQuinn. Though she’d just survived a revolution that will return a queen to the throne, she faces yet another challenge: acceptance by 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.

Then there’s Aodhan Morgan, formerly known as Cartier Évariste, who is adjusting to the stark contrast between his pre-rebellion life in Valenia and his current one as lord of a fallen house. As he attempts to restore the Morgane name, he let his mind wander - what if he doesn’t have to raise his house alone? What if Brienna could stand by his side?

But Brienna and Cartier must put their feelings aside, as there are more vital tasks at hand - the Lannons' trial, forging alliances, and ensuring that no one halts the queen’s coronation. Resistance is rumbling among the old regime’s supporters, who are desperate to find a weakness in the rebels’ forces.

And what makes one more vulnerable than love?

The sequel to what was originally supposed to be a standalone, The Queen's Resistance continues Brienna's story in what is now the liberated queendom of Maevana.

Though still beautifully written, to me it was a sequel that wasn't needed. The Queen's Rising ended so perfectly, and apart from a few details, I don't remember much about the arugably forgettable sequel. Though I often come back to the first book for a nostalgic, cozy read, I haven't picked up The Queen's Resistance since after I first read it.

A River Enchanted by Rebecca Ross

A River Enchanted by Rebecca Ross

4. A River Enchanted (Elements of Cadence, Book 1)

Release date: February 2, 2022

Official Blurb

Jack Tamerlaine hasn’t stepped foot on Cadence in 10 long years, content to study music at the mainland university. But when young girls start disappearing from the isle, Jack is summoned home to help find them. Enchantments run deep on Cadence: gossip is carried by the wind, plaid shawls can be as strong as armor, and the smallest cut of a knife can instill fathomless fear. The capricious spirits that rule the isle by fire, water, earth, and wind find mirth in the lives of the humans who call the land home. Adaira, heiress of the east and Jack’s childhood enemy, knows the spirits only answer to a bard’s music, and she hopes Jack can draw them forth by song, enticing them to return the missing girls.

As Jack and Adaira reluctantly work together, they find they make better allies than rivals as their partnership turns into something more. But with each passing song, it becomes apparent the trouble with the spirits is far more sinister than they first expected, and an older, darker secret about Cadence lurks beneath the surface, threatening to undo them all.

With unforgettable characters, a fast-paced plot, and compelling world building, A River Enchanted is a stirring story of duty, love, and the power of true partnership, and marks Rebecca Ross’ brilliant entry on the adult fantasy stage.

It seems Ross has moved onto adult fantasy with her latest (as of June 2022) novel. This book should be everything I love: Scottish influence, magic in music. Perhaps the bar has been raised too high, or perhaps it's the fact she's written from several POV characters this time, but I didn't fall in love with A River Enchanted as much as perhaps other fans have.

That being said, that's in comparison to other Rebecca Ross books. A River Enchanted is still a great read, just not one of my favourites by her. I will still be buying the sequel when it comes out.

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Sisters of Sword and Song by Rebecca Ross

Sisters of Sword and Song by Rebecca Ross

3. Sisters of Sword and Song

Release date: June 23, 2020

Official Blurb

After eight long years, Evadne will finally be reunited with her older sister, Halcyon, who has been proudly serving in the queen’s army. But when Halcyon appears earlier than expected, Eva knows something has gone terribly wrong. Halcyon is on the run, hunted by her commander and charged with murder.

Though Halcyon’s life is spared during her trial, the punishment is heavy. And when Eva volunteers to serve part of Halcyon’s sentence, she’s determined to find out exactly what happened. But as Eva begins her sentence, she quickly learns that there are fates much worse than death.

I loved, loved, LOVED this book! Sisters of Sword and Song has everything I like in a story: strong family bonds, mischievous gods, twists, magic, and great characters. There's nothing I don't like about this book, from its cover to its sibling characters to the satisfying answers to questions we're asking from page one. Definitely one of my favourites by Ross.

The Queen's Rising by Rebecca Ross

The Queen's Rising by Rebecca Ross

2. The Queen's Rising

Release date: February 6, 2018

Official Blurb

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.

This book spent a lot of time being my absolute favourite. Though some readers complain about the lack of action in the first half, for me it was a marvelous and beautiful ride. Ross's prose is some of the best in the world (in my opinion) and this is where I got my first taste of it. Every sentence sings.

I still reread this book from time to time just for the ache it creates in my heart. I absolutely love this marvelous writer's debut that made me her instafan.

Dreams Lie Beneath by Rebecca Ross

Dreams Lie Beneath by Rebecca Ross

1. Dreams Lie Beneath

Release date: November 2, 2021

Perhaps it was the pandemic, but this book seems to have slipped under a lot of people's radars. Mine, too, until I saw this cover on Instagram and realized it was a Rebecca Ross but I had yet to lay my hands on.

Official Blurb

The realm of Azenor has spent years plagued by a curse. Every new moon, magic flows from the nearby mountain and brings nightmares to life. Only magicians—who serve as territory wardens—stand between people and their worst dreams.

Clementine Madigan is ready to take over as the warden of her small town, but when two magicians arrive to challenge her, she is unknowingly drawn into a century-old conflict. She seeks revenge, but as she gets closer to Phelan, one of the handsome young magicians, secrets—as well as romance—begins to rise.

To fight the realm’s curse, which seems to be haunting her every turn, Clementine must unite with her rival. But will their efforts be enough to save Azenor from the nightmares that lurk around every corner?

It's a close one between The Queen's Rising and Dreams Lie Beneath for the #1 spot. The Queen's Rising will always have a special place in my heart, but the magic system in Dreams Lie Beneath has the edge. A cursed village haunted by nightmares coming to life, glamour spells, and a legend on the nearby mountaintop... it's something that will always stick with me.

Dreams Lie Beneath gets the top spot. Another masterpiece by Ross.

Get it on Amazon.

What Do Other Fans Say?

This list is the humble opinion of one fan, but what do the official numbers say? All data is from Amazon US where applicable.

Number of Reviews

The Queen's Rising has 697 reviews and ratings on Amazon, the most out of all her books. Dreams Lie Beneath is last at 159.

Goodreads Rating

The Queen's Resistance leads the way at an average of an impressive 4.25 on Goodreads. Interestingly, its predecessor The Queen's Rising is the lowest at a rating of 4.01.

Amazon Rating

A River Enchanted has the lowest Amazon rating at 4.5/5. The highest is The Queen's Resistance at 4.7.

*All data is as of June 2022

Rebecca Ross is fantastic young talent who's doing remarkably well for herself in her writing career. There will no doubt be more books coming from her in the coming years, something her fans, including me, are delighted about!

If you love charming fantasy with unforgettable storylines and enthralling magic systems, be sure to pick up one of Rebecca Ross's books today.

Visit Rebecca Ross's official website.

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