Review: The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen


Yes! I have finally decided to read one of my most anticipated books this year and it was a great start to the trilogy. I really enjoyed reading about all the different characters in the book: Kelsea, Mace, Fetch, Thomas, Tyler and there are more of course but these stand out in my mind at the moment, I really can’t wait to find out more about them in The Invasion of the Tearling which I might pick up next. I’m not going to lie this story has a similar feel to A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin, I might be biased as I’m currently reading this series at the moment but the Red Queen in the novel reminds me of Jeoffrey or Cercei as she uses people and is very powerful and frightening.

Summary of the book without spoilers:

It was on her nineteenth birthday that the soldiers came for Kelsea Glynn.
They came to escort her back to the place of her birth – and to ensure she survives long enough to take possession of what is rightfully hers.
But like many nineteen-year-olds, Kelsea is unruly, has high principles and believes she knows better than her elders.
Unlike most nineteen-year-olds, she is about to inherit a kingdom that is on its knees – corrupt, debauched and very dangerous.
Kelsea will either become the most fearsome ruler the kingdom has ever known… or be dead within the week.

Spoilers start here!! You have been warned!!

Lets start from the beginning of the novel, when we first get introduced to Kelsea she kind of reminds me of this lost child that is a bit scared to get taken away from her foster parents as she knows what awaits her next is something very frightening and new which is to become the Queen of the Tearling, whilst also being hunted down by very skilled and deadly assassins her own uncle had sent on her. Now if this would have been me in her situation I would have probably freaked out and refused to go with the Queens Guard however she becomes this mature young adult that knows she has to try become the queen everyone would want her to be. As the story had started with a setting in the forest and a girl destined to be a Queen with foster parents this straight away made me think of Sleeping Beauty which I liked but trust me this book has more gory, politics and fighting.

As the journey to the Tearling progresses we start to find out a lot about Kelsea’s upbringing with Carlin and Barty Glynn who are the sweetest people I have actually met and near the end when I heard from Mace about the day he bought Kelsea to them it really made me tear up as I found it so sweet how Carlin wanted to be the ‘meaner’ parent so it would be easier for Kelsea to leave when she finally turned nineteen. Moreover I could have never hated Carlin even if she was mean to Kelsea on purpose as when I found out she had a library of over a thousand books I freaked out! I would have loved to grow up with that many books available to read, Kelsea also shared about how her feelings developed towards her mother Queen Elyssa Raleigh. First they were positive as she was only a small girl who kept on believing her mother would come to take her back home but as time passed and no one showed up to take Kelsea home she began to resent her mother and never wanted to become just like. The more we learn about the late Queen the more we see how weak and vulnerable she actually was and that is why I think she didn’t really make a good Queen, then after she passed her brother Thomas Raleigh took over and everything turned to chaos as he was working with the evil witch Queen, the Red Queen of Mortmesne who I hate with all my heart but I will get into that later.

Did anyone else fall for the Fetch? Because I did and so did Kelsea, at first I actually thought he was going to hurt or even kill Kelsea but he helped her and made her feel at home when she was spending time with him and his men which I guess was nice for him as he is a deadly killer who kills the Regent and gifts Kelsea with his head at the end of the story which put a smile on my face as I never really liked him. However what annoyed me about the Fetch is that he told Kelsea she was too plain for him which I thought was rude and made Kelsea really self-conscious which I do understand as she is a young woman and though out the story I kept on thinking about why he took one of her necklaces but then he ended up giving it back to her as she earned it so that put him in my good book. I have a little theory going on in my head which is that the Fetch and Kelsea will get together near the end of The Invasion of the Tearling as he will start to fall for her because she is a great Queen who puts her kingdom’s needs first. Tell me in the comments what your theory is for the next book if you haven’t read it yet.

If you haven’t already guessed I’m not the biggest fan of the Red Queen, she scares me as she is really powerful and does take advantage of that power, like she gets her guards or servants to cut off a mans tongue because he was snoring! That is crazy and also sacrificing a child to talk to that demon thing that just told her not to attack Kelsea, that was just a waste of human being. She also sleeps with a lot of slaves and if evil had a form it would be her.
Now lets move a very important character who is Mace or also know as Lazarus by Kelsea. First of all he is one of the most loyal people I have met in my life, he puts the rule first and when he told Kelsea he was resigning I wanted to cry but thank the lord she didn’t let him as I really want to find out more about his past and in general I just think he makes a great leader for the Queens Guard but at one time when he disappeared for a couple of days I actually though he would be the traitor, I know what was going through my mind, I have no idea!

All the characters felt really real to me as they all acted how actual people would act in the situations they were in. I really connected with Kelsea as even though she sometimes did act like a child which she even reminded us sometimes, she still acted like a grown up in the serious situations. Her character really does reflect an actual nineteen year old, her passion for reading probably won me over as I instantly like anyone who loves to read as I know we will have something in common. Kelsea acted like a real ruler as she showed she cared about everyone in her court; the women, how they were treated before and know and she really stood up for a lot of them when the abusive men came into the picture, and the men that risked their lives to protect hers even though sometimes she could physically project her concerns out loud as this would hurt their pride as men are men. 🙂

The only thing I didn’t like about the book is that for me some scenes were a bit irrelevant as they didn’t really interest me, mostly I really enjoyed reading the action packed chapters in the book which is what made get through the book as quickly as I did, I really did think this would take me longer to read but it only took me six days which is great.

I have enjoyed this book from the beginning to the end, but the ending was the best. It definitely met my expectations and I’m so glad I have finally picked it up. As this belongs to the fantasy genre, I believe you should read it if you love or even enjoy fantasy with a lot of political aspects and learning about how a made up world is run. If you are a young adult this is a perfect read for you and if you love magic as there is a bit of good and evil magic in the novel. As on the book itself it is said that anyone who is a fan of The Hunger Games or Game of Thrones will enjoy it and I agree with this 100%. Plus Emma Watson read it and I quote couldn’t put the bloody thing down, I agree with her and she is going to star as Kelsea Glynn in the movie, I can’t wait!

♥♥♥♥♥ out of ♥♥♥♥♥
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