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
Published: July 8th 2014
Rating: Must Read
With each passing day, Kelsea Glynn is growing into her new responsibilities as Queen of the Tearling. By stopping the shipments of slaves to the neighboring kingdom of Mortmesne, she crossed the Red Queen, a brutal ruler whose power derives from dark magic, who is sending her fearsome army into the Tearling to take what is hers. And nothing can stop the invasion.
But as the Mort army draws ever closer, Kelsea develops a mysterious connection to a time before the Crossing, and she finds herself relying on a strange and possibly dangerous ally: a woman named Lily, fighting for her life in a world where being female can feel like a crime. The fate of the Tearling —and that of Kelsea’s own soul—may rest with Lily and her story, but Kelsea may not have enough time to find out.
Published: June 9th 2014
Rating: Must Read
In less than a year, Kelsea Glynn has transformed from a gawky teenager into a powerful monarch. As she has come into her own as the Queen of the Tearling, the headstrong, visionary leader has also transformed her realm. In her quest to end corruption and restore justice, she has made many enemies—including the evil Red Queen, her fiercest rival, who has set her armies against the Tear.
To protect her people from a devastating invasion, Kelsea did the unthinkable—she gave herself and her magical sapphires to her enemy—and named the Mace, the trusted head of her personal guards, Regent in her place. But the Mace will not rest until he and his men rescue their sovereign, imprisoned in Mortmesne.
Now, as the suspenseful endgame begins, the fate of Queen Kelsea—and the Tearling itself—will finally be revealed.
Published: November 29th 2016
Genre: Fantastical Regressed Society
Read from 2nd to 7th December
This book is one of the most well-constructed heartbreakingly beautiful books I have ever read. I have been waiting on this book for the entire year and I ache to know that this is the end of my favourite series. I loved this book whole heartedly and for so many reasons.
This was a conclusion of epic proportions. It brought together all of the plot points from the previous books while still offering growth and new explorations to make it an incredibly compelling story. There is so much to take from this series and this book in particular. Johansen does such a good job of reflecting on our society and the perils we all face. She explores the consequences of the search for a better society and transposes that into a fantasy setting. But the main points of this book have nothing to do with fantasy. She focuses on the struggles our characters face, the society faces and the actions that people take to create a better world. It is not easy and it is not straightforward but it is done so well.
We follow straight off from the cliff hanger of the previous book. This series does do such a good job of making the story feel very closely set and leads off of each other perfectly. Everything flows so well. There is a lot more perspective in this book compared to the previous two and Kelsea doesn’t feel like the same focus as the prior instalments. But it feels right, there is so much going on that moving between our previously introduced characters feels like the best way to bring together all of the plot points and give a richness and depth that can only be achieved in this way.
There are constant challenges for each of our protagonists and antagonists. Each storyline is incredibly interesting and they all reach a satisfying conclusion with some sacrifices along the way.
The ending is the biggest part of the story to me. I don’t believe anyone will see it coming. This broke me, I am not a crier but I broke down at this ending and everything it meant and represented. It finale felt so rushed but in the correct way, it gave a sense of urgency and it wasn’t simple or clean or neat. It had a rushed pacing but not a rushed conclusion and it was perfect.
The epilogue was befitting of this book and this story but it is heart-breaking, it destroyed me because of how much I loved this world and these characters.
I am so sad to be leaving this world and these characters behind but I am heavily anticipating Erika Johansen’s newest work as she has now become my favourite author creating my favourite series and the Fate of the Tearling sitting proudly as my favourite book of all time and of this year.
I implore you to read this series if you haven’t picked it up but also i you haven’t yet continued on.