The Queen Of The Tearling: A Novel

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The Queen Of The Tearling: A Novel

by Erika Johansen

HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS | June 27, 2014 | Trade Paperback

The Queen Of The Tearling: A Novel is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 5.

Philippa Gregory meets Game of Thrones in this epic debut, in which a young princess raised in secret returns to her belated mother''s kingdom, The Tearling, to reclaim the throne from her uncle, a puppet of The Red Queen, the sorceress-tyrant of neighboring Mortmesme, and redeem The Tearling from forces of corruption and dark magic.

"The Glynn Queen: Kelsea Raleigh Glynn, seventh Queen of the Tearling. Also known as the Marked Queen." --The Early History of the Tearling

At age nineteen, Kelsea Glynn is coming out of hiding. Raised in secret by foster parents while her mother--the beautiful Queen Elyssa, as vain as she was stupid--mysteriously died after bankrupting the coffers and soul of her kingdom, The Tearling. For eighteen years, the Tearling has been ruled by Kelsea''s uncle the Regent, a puppet of The Red Queen, the sorceress-tyrant of neighboring Mortmesne. Today is Kelsea''s nineteenth birthday, and the tattered remnants of her mother''s guard--nine men, ten horses--have arrived at Kelsea''s cottage to bring this most un-Queenly young woman to reclaim her throne.

Despite the identifying burn on her arm and the sapphire around her neck, a symbol of Glynn royalty, around her neck, Kelsea has never felt more like an insecure girl. But when she arrives in the Tearling and sees the poverty and devastation of her people, Kelsea begins to take action. In one dramatic gesture, Kelsea defies the Tearling''s treaty with Mortmesne and throws the kingdom into tumult. While the Tearling prepares for the Red Queen''s wrath to strike, Kelsea is learning who she can trust. One of her guards has turned on her and no one knows who, her sapphire is beginning to lend her superhuman strength, and there are bets in the Tearling as to who Kelsea''s father is. The quest to save her kingdom, and her life, takes Kelsea''s on a journey of self-discovery while grappling with the daily realities of coming-of-age--insecurities and attractions alike--and with the ethical dilemmas of ruling justly.

With heart-pounding action and terrifying plot turns, Johansen has written a memorable and magnificent debut.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 448 pages, 9.13 × 6.13 × 1.34 in

Published: June 27, 2014

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0062328093

ISBN - 13: 9780062328090

Found in: Science Fiction and Fantasy

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Page Turner! I bought this book about a month ago and didn't get around to reading it till yesterday. I started it around 4 and was finished by 10, I couldn't put it down!
Date published: 2014-10-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this book! Both my mother and I loved this book!
Date published: 2014-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from officially my favourite book! GO BUY IT. You will not be able to put this book down! I tried to take breaks in between so i wouldn't finish it right away, but I read it within a day and a half.
Date published: 2014-07-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this book! This was a very good book, and if you didn't like it, you didn't read the synopsis. It was well written, and intriguing too. I read Diana Gabaldon years ago (and now I can't get into her latest book - too much of the same), and it's nice to have a new historical writer telling a fantastic story. I hope there is a sequel.
Date published: 2014-07-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A fabulously strong heroine! I rarely read historical fantasy novels, but I?m very happy that I read this one. It truly is a well written story with a powerful heroine. The story is set in a dystopian futuristic medieval world called Tear. I enjoyed the story of Kelsea, a young woman who suddenly comes of age and is sent off to face her destiny as a queen and hidden magical skills/gifts that she possesses in addition with an uncanny talent for leading. What makes this book shine is the brilliant dialogue and the characterization, especially of the guardsmen, who come across as powerful warriors who are doing their duty by escorting her to the kingdom to be crowned. Slowly, their doubts about the young and na?ve Kelsea begin to change into admiration as she shows courage, savvy, and fairness. The Queen of Tearling is the first book of a series and definitely worth reading. The ending is satisfying but leaves many unanswered questions for the next installment. I really liked this novel which will soon be made into a movie?So that should tell you the storyline is pretty darn good!
Date published: 2014-07-21

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The Queen Of The Tearling: A Novel

by Erika Johansen

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 448 pages, 9.13 × 6.13 × 1.34 in

Published: June 27, 2014

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0062328093

ISBN - 13: 9780062328090

From the Publisher

Philippa Gregory meets Game of Thrones in this epic debut, in which a young princess raised in secret returns to her belated mother''s kingdom, The Tearling, to reclaim the throne from her uncle, a puppet of The Red Queen, the sorceress-tyrant of neighboring Mortmesme, and redeem The Tearling from forces of corruption and dark magic.

"The Glynn Queen: Kelsea Raleigh Glynn, seventh Queen of the Tearling. Also known as the Marked Queen." --The Early History of the Tearling

At age nineteen, Kelsea Glynn is coming out of hiding. Raised in secret by foster parents while her mother--the beautiful Queen Elyssa, as vain as she was stupid--mysteriously died after bankrupting the coffers and soul of her kingdom, The Tearling. For eighteen years, the Tearling has been ruled by Kelsea''s uncle the Regent, a puppet of The Red Queen, the sorceress-tyrant of neighboring Mortmesne. Today is Kelsea''s nineteenth birthday, and the tattered remnants of her mother''s guard--nine men, ten horses--have arrived at Kelsea''s cottage to bring this most un-Queenly young woman to reclaim her throne.

Despite the identifying burn on her arm and the sapphire around her neck, a symbol of Glynn royalty, around her neck, Kelsea has never felt more like an insecure girl. But when she arrives in the Tearling and sees the poverty and devastation of her people, Kelsea begins to take action. In one dramatic gesture, Kelsea defies the Tearling''s treaty with Mortmesne and throws the kingdom into tumult. While the Tearling prepares for the Red Queen''s wrath to strike, Kelsea is learning who she can trust. One of her guards has turned on her and no one knows who, her sapphire is beginning to lend her superhuman strength, and there are bets in the Tearling as to who Kelsea''s father is. The quest to save her kingdom, and her life, takes Kelsea''s on a journey of self-discovery while grappling with the daily realities of coming-of-age--insecurities and attractions alike--and with the ethical dilemmas of ruling justly.

With heart-pounding action and terrifying plot turns, Johansen has written a memorable and magnificent debut.

About the Author

Erika Johansen grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. She went to Swarthmore College, earned an M.F.A. from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and eventually became an attorney, but she never stopped writing. She lives in the Bay Area.

Editorial Reviews

"The Queen of the Tearling is a gripping read with an enchanting heroine. Erika Johansen has created a wonderful world and I can''t wait to read more." - Bernard Cornwell, New York Times bestselling author of The Pagan Lord

"The Queen of the Tearling is destined to be a fantasy classic. Johansen''s writing is assured, confident and thrilling. I can''t wait for the next book." - Amy McCulloch, author of The Oathbreaker''s Shadow

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