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As you know from time to time we will share with you some reviews or musings from the “Non Indie” world so here are Gladys’ thoughts on Queen of the Tearling.
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Title: The Queen of the Tearling
Author: Erika Johansen
Published Date: July 8th 2014
Genre: YA Fantasy
***THIS BOOK WAS PROVIDED TO NERD GIRL IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW***
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.
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.
This is my first book from Erika Johansen and it most certainly be my last. I picked this book up during a book signing and set it aside for a few months. The book cover sparked my interest but for some reason I held out. BOY am I sorry I did.
The book started off slow but built into a world so intriguing that I didn’t realize I had finished so quickly. The book hangover was painful.
So many characters played a pivital role in Kelsea’s early life and the world after her assention to the throne. Lazarus and Fetch are two of my favorite male characters, but my favorite female besides Kelsea was her “Mother” Carlon Glynn. She was not in many scenes, but the ones she was in proved her hard love and strength made Kelsea the formidable force she is now. Each lesson learned with her foster parents made her a honest and admirable QUEEN!
Now there are some interesting parts. Slave trade, rape, and sex trading. Hmmmmm… Mature YA please. :-/
4 stars and a tip of the Nerd Girl hat!
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