2016 · 3 Stars · Book Reviews · Dystopia · Dystopia Book Reviews · Fantasy

The Queen of the Tearling │ Erika Johansen

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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.



Eh… that is the best word to describe how I felt about this book. It took almost half of the book to really get into it. The characters were really flat and everything was just so repetitive.

If I remember one thing from this book, is that Kelsea is plain. Not ugly, but plain. You are reminded of this fact over and over and over again. It got to the point that it made me want to roll my eyes everytime Kelsea thought about herself, because you just knew she was going to comment about how plain she is, and how no one could ever find her attractive because she is so plain. Or how her hair is such a mess, but why it doesn’t matter because she is so plain! Ugh…

There was a part of the book that just drove me crazy. Kelsea is asking the Queen’s guard about her mother and who her father is, and her guard tells her that they took an oath and can’t tell her… That made me so mad. I highly doubt that her guard took a vow from the last queen to never tell her daughter anything, ever.

So other than not liking Kelsea at all… I also didn’t like Lazarus. He talks back to Kelsea all the time, and treats her like she is stupid (she is but she is also his queen… he should be treating her better). All of their interactions left me upset. But when I think about it, all of the Queen’s guard acted more like she was a child they were taking care of vs their Queen.

The idea for the book was okay. But I have so many questions about the world, and the kingdoms. I want to know about the Crossing. The biggest question is: Why did the Crossing even happen?

I might read the next book, but I am going to have to read a few others first. I need a break from Kelsea and her obvious plainness.

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