Book Review for THE INVASIONOF THE TEARLING by Erika Johansen

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Erika Johansen delivers a sequel to The Queen of the Tearling that is equally as thrilling and captivating. The author manages to capture all the grit, magic, and action of the first book and kick it up even more.

I am not going to sit here and rehash all the things that happened in this book. There is too much going on and if you haven't read the first book, you will be a bit lost. What I will tell you is that the author's ability to weave together a compelling story without sacrificing the balance of humanity and fantasy is perfection.

I cannot express just how much I love this series. The final book is going to be epic!

Reviewer Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher and TLC Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.

About the Book:

Kelsea Glynn is the Queen of the Tearling. Despite her youth, she has quickly asserted herself as a fair, just and powerful ruler.

However, power is a double-edged sword, and small actions can have grave consequences. In trying to do what is right - stopping a vile trade in humankind - Kelsea has crossed the Red Queen, a ruthless monarch whose rule is bound with dark magic and the spilling of blood. The Red Queen's armies are poised to invade the Tearling, and it seems nothing can stop them.

Yet there was a time before the Crossing, and there Kelsea finds a strange and possibly dangerous ally, someone who might hold the key to the fate of the Tearling, and indeed to Kelsea's own soul. But time is running out...

Erika Johansen's fierce and unforgettable young heroine returns in this dazzling new novel of magic and adventure, set in the beguiling world of the Tearling.


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A female-oriented fantasy that is also an insightful human story, whose heroine is grappling with both the daily realities of coming-of-age and the ethical dilemmas of ruling justly—all while simply trying to stay alive.

The story is set three centuries after a small portion of the human race has populated a landmass that mysteriously emerged in the wake of an environmental catastrophe.

The series follows nineteen-year-old princess Kelsea Glynn, who must reclaim her deceased mother’s throne and redeem her kingdom, the Tearling, from forces of corruption and dark magic of The Red Queen, the sorceress-tyrant of the neighboring country, Mortmesne.

About the Author:

Erika Johansen grew up in the San Francisco Bay area. She went to Swarthmore College, earned an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop, and eventually became an attorney, but she never stopped writing.

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