Saturday, January 13, 2018

Review: Queen Of Tearling

Title: The Queen of The Tearling
Author: Erika Johansen
Publisher:  Harper Paperbacks
Magic, adventure, mystery, and romance combine in this epic debut in which a young princess must reclaim her dead mother’s throne, learn to be a ruler—and defeat the Red Queen, a powerful and malevolent sorceress determined to destroy her.

On her nineteenth birthday, Princess Kelsea Raleigh Glynn, raised in exile, sets out on a perilous journey back to the castle of her birth to ascend her rightful throne. Plain and serious, a girl who loves books and learning, Kelsea bears little resemblance to her mother, the vain and frivolous Queen Elyssa. But though she may be inexperienced and sheltered, Kelsea is not defenseless: Around her neck hangs the Tearling sapphire, a jewel of immense magical power; and accompanying her is the Queen’s Guard, a cadre of brave knights led by the enigmatic and dedicated Lazarus. Kelsea will need them all to survive a cabal of enemies who will use every weapon—from crimson-caped assassins to the darkest blood magic—to prevent her from wearing the crown.

Despite her royal blood, Kelsea feels like nothing so much as an insecure girl, a child called upon to lead a people and a kingdom about which she knows almost nothing. But what she discovers in the capital will change everything, confronting her with horrors she never imagined. An act of singular daring will throw Kelsea’s kingdom into tumult, unleashing the vengeance of the tyrannical ruler of neighboring Mortmesne: the Red Queen, a sorceress possessed of the darkest magic. Now Kelsea will begin to discover whom among the servants, aristocracy, and her own guard she can trust.

But the quest to save her kingdom and meet her destiny has only just begun—a wondrous journey of self-discovery and a trial by fire that will make her a legend . . . if she can survive.


So I picked up The Queen of Tearling on a whim thanks to a gorgeous  fantasy kingdom display at my local library.I'm really glad I saw it because I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Queen of Tearling.

 Kelsea was hidden away as a child and is now on her way to regain the throne. What I really liked about Kelsae's characters was her understanding of herself.She recognized her flaws (not the perceived flaws in her appearance that everyone harped on...this annoyed the hell out of me fyi) but her character flaws.. She was shockingly very self aware and sought to find her own path not defined by her mothers legacy or her guards ideas. Kelsea was a pretty fleshed out main character, as were a lot of the secondary characters.I like when the charecters I'm reading about almost seem real,Erika Johansen did an excellent job at this. So while most of the prominent side characters consisted of Kelsea's Royal Guard, I really remembered only one of them - the Mace and Pen - the rest I constantly forgot about. Then there was The Fetch who was supposed to be 'dark and intriguing' which I always love in my characters, but here, it just didn't work for me for some reason, I have no clue why.I can't wait to see his character evolve in the sequels.

The cover is quite pretty and I really dig the golden color scheme it has going on.All in all like I said I enjoyed reading The Queen of Tearling, even if sometimes the pacing was as slow a molasses. I would highly recommend this book to all the fantasy lovers that I now. 3/5
SN:This book helps me check off my first goal on the #RivetedReadingChallenge and that goal is number 3. Start a new series!

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