Friday, December 2, 2016

Review: Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen


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.

My Review:

Born to rule a kingdom she knows nothing about, Kelsea is raised in exile. On her nineteenth birthday, she must journey back to New London and claim her mother's throne as her own. Hunted by assassins hired by the Red Queen of Mortmesne who wants her dead at all costs, Kelsea must decide who to trust and what she has to sacrifice to save her kingdom.

A thrilling, epic journey showing one young woman's courage to do what is right and not what is easy. The world building and character development in this book blew my mind. Kelsea is a strong, yet naive woman thrust into ruling a kingdom she knows little about. All she has is herself and her Queens Guard.

The Tearling is a vast land of varying landscapes. From forests to deserts, it is a magical world held under the threat of invasion from Mortmesne.

A definite must read for lovers of fantasy, Queen of the Tearling is an epic adventure you won't want to miss.

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