2014 Book Reviews

The Queen Of The Tearling by Erika Johansen

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‘Kelsea Glynn is the sole heir to the throne of Tearling but has been raised in secret by foster parents after her mother – Queen Elyssa, as vain as she was stupid – was murdered for ruining her kingdom. For 18 years, the Tearling has been ruled by Kelsea’s uncle in the role of Regent however he is but the debauched puppet of the Red Queen, the sorceress-tyrant of neighbouring realm of Mortmesme. On Kelsea’s 19th birthday, the tattered remnants of her mother’s guard – each pledged to defend the queen to the death – arrive to bring this most un-regal young woman out of hiding…

And so begins her journey back to her kingdom’s heart, to claim the throne, earn the loyalty of her people, overturn her mother’s legacy and redeem the Tearling from the forces of corruption and dark magic that are threatening to destroy it. But Kelsea’s story is not just about her learning the true nature of her inheritance – it’s about a heroine who must learn to acknowledge and live with the realities of coming of age in all its insecurities and attractions, alongside the ethical dilemmas of ruling justly and fairly while simply trying to stay alive…’

Firstly a massive thank you to Leanne at Transworld for sending me the book.

It’s Kelsea nineteenth birthday, today she will leave her foster parents and be taken on a journey to Tearling, where she is to become Queen. That’s if she can even make it there, absolutely everyone seems to have a hatred towards her already and many want her head, including her uncle who wishes to take her place once she is dead. Kelsea can trust no one, not even her own guard, who openly display their dislike towards her. They are only promising to get her on the throne because of promises they made with her mother, after that she is on her own. Kelsea has no idea how to fulfil the role as Queen, she grew up away from her mother who was Queen and her foster parents told her nothing of what to expect.

Kelsea is lost and in mortal danger, all she has is a necklace that at unexpected times reveals some sort of magic that she has no idea how to control. When she comes to Tearling she comes face to face with the horrific mistakes her mother made as Queen and vows to try and put things right and fight for her people. But whilst being crowned as Queen she is attacked and just about gets crowned at all.

Ever so slowly she manages to win over members of her mothers former guard. But there is fear that one of her own guard is plotting against her too. With danger at every turn and an entire palace to win over Kelsea has some fight on her hands.

WOW, WOW, WOW! This has got to be the best book I’ve read this year easily. It’s a huge chunk of a book which I became so engrossed in I carried it around with me reading bits whenever I got the chance.

Kelsea in my opinion made the best Queen, growing up with foster parents allowed her to be kept from being spoilt by money and greed like her mother and uncle. Which in turn made her see what was really important in life. She has many moral dilemma’s along the way which she will have to suffer the consequences of her actions, but Erika constantly has the reader agreeing with those choices.

Every so often we get flashbacks to her upbringing with her foster parents, which always so interesting because it’s what shaped who she is today. Had she grown up with her mother she would have been very different indeed.

Secondary characters like Lazarus of the Mace are interesting and I found myself constantly looking forward to learning more about him.

The Queen Of The Tearling is absolutely spellbinding and a phenomenal novel. I was captivated from the very beginning to the very end. I cannot recommend this enough, just WOW!

You can get a copy of it here.


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