The Queen of the Tearling – Erika Johansen

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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.

Goodreads Rating – 4.02/5 Stars

My Review – 

This book had a slow start and some things didn’t make much sense until much later, which made me a little agitated. That being said, after the first 50-100 pages, I found it impossible to stop reading! I’m looking forward to reading the sequel since I have loads of questions that need answering. I really want to know more about the Sapphire, Kelsea’s parents and the world that this novel is set in.

Kelsea is a surprisingly pleasant character. I’m was relieved that I wasn’t reading about yet another too tough or too sappy teen heroine. She doesn’t always make the right decisions but she accepts defeat with her head held high and treats herself and those around her with a certain level of respect and maturity. In terms of Kelsea’s appearance, she is often described as being plain and a little overweight, which the character herself accepts and forgets, as she realises how awful it is when people are vain and conceited.

Lazarus ( The Mace)  deserves his own paragraph because he really made this book go from being three stars to four. What an incredibly crafted character, full of mischief and secrecy but with incredible loyalty and friendship. There is so much more that I want to know about him and I hope that he remains loyal to Kelsea.

One truly wonderful thing about this novel is that there is no love triangle! There is barely any romance at all… which is actually incredibly refreshing. Lastly, I think I should mention that the reason this book didn’t get five stars was because, in my opinion, the world building needed some serious work. This is supposed to take place in the future, but it feels like it takes place in the Victorian era. Hopefully, it will become clearer in The Invasion of the Tearling.

My Rating – 4/5 stars 

Goodreads – Katerina Turner 

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