Book Review for THE QUEEN OF THE TEARLING by Erika Johansen

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A completely fascinating beginning to a story that will no doubt have many twists and turns. Erika Johansen brought me into world of the Tearling and I didn’t want to leave.


I will say this before I anything else. I love this book and this series. So if you want to throw things at me, you can. I chose to read this series without reading any of the reviews and now I am truly happy I did.

With magic, bloodshed, and honesty, The Queen of the Tearling is a look into one girl's rise to power. The world that you are about to enter is captivating and the characters are just as beguiling. In this first book, we meet Kelsey Glynn and a group of characters that will follow us throughout the entire series. There will be choices made as well as consequences to the actions of all involved in this three part series.

With every book that I read by a new author, I am completely open to what they are about to give me. In Johansen's case, I was open but not prepared for the way that the story would pull me in. The writing moved quickly and the descriptions of the characters with their interactions with one and other just grabbed me even more.

In my opinion, this is a great set-up to a story will continue in the next book. So be warned, this is a cliffhanger.

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

About the Book:

An untested young princess must claim her throne, learn to become a queen, and combat a malevolent sorceress in an epic battle between light and darkness in this spectacular debut—the first novel in a trilogy.

Young Kelsea Raleigh was raised in hiding after the death of her mother, Queen Elyssa, far from the intrigues of the royal Keep and in the care of two devoted servants who pledged their lives to protect her. Growing up in a cottage deep in the woods, Kelsea knows little of her kingdom's haunted past . . . or that its fate will soon rest in her hands.

Long ago, Kelsea's forefathers sailed away from a decaying world to establish a new land free of modern technology. Three hundred years later, this feudal society has divided into three fearful nations who pay duties to a fourth: the powerful Mortmesne, ruled by the cunning Red Queen. Now, on Kelsea's nineteenth birthday, the tattered remnants of the Queen's Guard—loyal soldiers who protect the throne—have appeared to escort the princess on a perilous journey to the capital to ascend to her rightful place as the new Queen of the Tearling.

Though born of royal blood and in possession of the Tear sapphire, a jewel of immense power and magic, Kelsea has never felt more uncertain of her ability to rule. But the shocking evil she discovers in the heart of her realm will precipitate an act of immense daring, throwing the entire kingdom into turmoil—and unleashing the Red Queen's vengeance. A cabal of enemies with an array of deadly weapons, from crimson-caped assassins to the darkest blood magic, plots to destroy her. But Kelsea is growing in strength and stealth, her steely resolve earning her loyal allies, including the Queen's Guard, led by the enigmatic Lazarus, and the intriguing outlaw known simply as "the Fetch."

Kelsea's quest to save her kingdom and meet her destiny has only just begun. Riddled with mysteries, betrayals, and treacherous battles, Kelsea's journey is a trial by fire that will either forge a legend . . . or destroy her.

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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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