Book Reviews, Fantasy

Book Review: The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

The Queen of the Tearling is the first instalment in a new fantasy trilogy that is full of mystery, political intrigue and has a heroine you can root for.

Goodreads Rating: 3.99

My Rating: 5/5 Stars

Spoiler Free Summary:

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 Thoughts:

I loved this book. I’m actually very surprised that there are so many negative reviews of it out there. I read some of them before starting the book, and I began reading expecting to see many of the things that people were complaining about. Namely, plot holes and poor characterization. However, I didn’t. Instead, I was swept up in the story. That was one of my favourite things about this book, some people have called it slow, but I actually found Johansen’s writing style enthralling. I also loved the characters, especially the Mace. I also enjoyed Kelsea, and didn’t find her to be annoying or “mary-sueish” at all. I couldn’t put this book down and I definitely want to read the second book, and see where the story goes. Maybe it’s not for everyone, I don’t know, I can only speak for myself, but I would definitely recommend it.

Have you read it? What did you think?

Happy Reading!


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