Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

Title: Queen of the Tearling
Author: Erika Johansen
Published By: Bantam
Publication Date: July 16th 2015
Pages: 512
Format: Paperback“Kelsea Glynn is the sole heir to the throne of Tearling but as 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 Kelsey’s uncle in the role of Regent however he is but the debauched puppet of the Red Queen, the sorceress-tyrant of neighbouring realm Mortmesme. On Kelsea’s 19th birthday, the tattered remnants of her mother’s guard – arrive to bring the most un-regal 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 acknowled

ge 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…”

This is my second time reading Queen of the Tearling since it had been so long since I read it the first time. Normally when I’m rereading a book, there are parts where I get bored because I know what’s going to happen. I know where the more exciting parts of the book are and I just want to get to those parts. However. Queen of the Tearling didn’t make this happen. There weren’t any parts that I wanted to skip over and I just fell in love with the book even more. Appreciating small parts that I hadn’t realised the first time I had read it.

I love Kelsea’s character. She has her flaws and issues and seems like a real person. Even though she’s inheriting an entire kingdom that doesn’t take away from the fact that in reality, she is still a 19 year old who never knew her mother and is being thrown into this entirely new life. Johansen made her a relatable character in that I probably would have reacted to the changed in a similar way to Kelsea.

The plot constantly grips you and there are always small subplots that draw you int something that you weren’t even thinking about. Johansen weaved everything together and made this book so easy to read. It was a page turner. I never wanted to put the book down!

Queen of the Tearling had all the elements of a perfect fantasy book for me. Given the fact that it’s the first book in a series, I cannot wait to see what happens next.

Rating: Four Stars

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