Book Review: The Queen Of The Tearling by Erika Johansen

The Queen of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling, #1)

Title:The Queen Of The Tearling

Author: Erika Johansen

Series: The Queen of The Tearling #1

Released date: July 8th 2014

Publisher: Harper

Goodreads synopsis: 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.


AJ says: I’ve seen this book many times in my bookstagram timeline and so as on my Goodreads. And when I’ve felt like reading some fantasy themed one, I’ve given this one a try.

It took me just less than a day to finish, however, I was expecting something more magical from this book, I find the story line interesting but the flow is a bit slow. I hope that in the next book the magic system could be explained more clearer and that it won’t be slow ride just like this one.

I think that Kelsea is an awesome protagonist, (she’s a bookworm for Christ sake) She’s brave though not that confident with her looks,  And I’m looking forward for more of her encounter with The Fetch (it’s because I’m a romantic.) and as well as  Kelsea’s confrontation  with The Red Queen. The political issue of this book is quite intriguing, the characters have their own sets of interest and conflicts and they’re evolving as the story progress.

Nevertheless, I liked this book that I can’t put it down, even when it’s already bedtime. After finishing this book all I could think about was reading its sequel, though I would still be reading it via e-reader because I still haven’t seen a copy of this one at the nearest bookstore here.

AJ’s rating: I strongly recommend this book and rate it a out of 5 stars



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