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Regina Rising is an official canon[1] companion novel to ABC's Once Upon a Time. It was written by Wendy Toliver, and was released on April 25, 2017.

Official Summary

Sixteen-year-old Regina is very different from the Regina known by fans of ABC’s Once Upon a Time. She seeks romance, adventure and approval. Of course, getting approval from a mother like Cora is next to impossible. For Regina, friendships have always been a rare commodity. Could it be that Regina has finally found a true friend? Or is it too good to be true? As Regina struggles to find her own identity and create her own destiny, she discovers that her fate might just be to become everything she despises.[2]

Plot Overview

Chapters 1 to 5

Chapters 6 to 10

Chapters 11 to 15

Chapters 16 to 20

Chapters 21 to 25

Characters Included

Regular Characters

New Characters

  • Jasper Holding
  • Thaddeus
  • Hwin
  • Hector
  • Prince Benjamin


Event Chronology

  • The Enchanted Forest present events takes place several years after "Sisters" and not long before "The Queen Is Dead".[3] The story also takes place seventeen years after Cora and Henry's wedding in "The Miller's Daughter"[4] and sixteen years after Regina was born in "The Miller's Daughter".[5]
    • The time span of the novel begins on the morning of Friday, May 5, and concludes on Wednesday, May 24.
  • The flashbacks in chapter One and Thirteen take place ten years earlier, six years after Regina was born in "The Miller's Daughter" and a few years before "Sisters".
  • The flashback in chapter Seven takes place four years before the frame story and twelve years after Regina was born in "The Miller's Daughter".
  • The flashback in chapter Twenty-Four takes place eleven years before the frame story, five years after Regina was born in "The Miller's Daughter" and a few years before "Sisters".


  3. In "Shattered Sight", Mary Margaret states that she was ten years old during the events of "The Stable Boy". Emma says the same thing in "Sympathy for the De Vil". In "The Stable Boy", King Leopold says that they lost Eva "years ago". In "The Price", Mary Margaret says that her mother sent her on a ball when she was eight years old. This means that Snow White was eight years old when Eva passed away in "The Queen Is Dead". On page 228 of Regina Rising, the Evil Queen estimates that Snow White is "seven or eight" years old.
  4. Regina Rising, Wendy Toliver, Kingswell Teen, April 2017, p. 12
  5. Regina Rising, Wendy Toliver, Kingswell Teen, April 2017, p. 11

Start a Discussion Discussions about Regina Rising

  • Regina Rising: New Novel by Wendy Toliver

    78 messages
    • Eskaver wrote:CoolDudeAl wrote:Anyone else have thoughts on the book? Did people like this more or less than Red's Untold Tale?Since I ...
    • I finished the book and I didn’t like it. Principally for the contradictions with the series. It was like if Wendy T. didn’t see “The Sta...