The Invasion of the Tearling: A Novel by Erika JohansenThe Invasion of the Tearling: A Novel by Erika Johansen

The Invasion of the Tearling: A Novel

byErika Johansen

Paperback | June 28, 2016

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In this riveting sequel to the national bestseller The Queen of the Tearling, the evil kingdom of Mortmesne invades the Tearling, with dire consequences for Kelsea and her realm.

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.

In this dazzling sequel, Erika Johansen brings back favorite characters, including the Mace and the Red Queen, and introduces unforgettable new players, adding exciting layers to her multidimensional tale of magic, mystery, and a fierce young heroine. 

Erika Johansen was educated at Swarthmore College and received an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. She is the Author of The Invasion of the Tearling, and The Queen of the Tearling, the first two novels of The Queen of the Tearling Trilogy.
Title:The Invasion of the Tearling: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:544 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.87 inPublished:June 28, 2016Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780062290410

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not as good as the first. Dragged on and was a bit all over the place with the characters.
Date published: 2018-07-25
Rated 2 out of 5 by from 1st was better Dragged on and was a bit all over the place with the characters.
Date published: 2018-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just as good as the first I could not put this book down. I found it a solid follow-up to the first book.
Date published: 2018-07-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Party Mix in a Book This second novel in the trilogy blends together and eventually fuses two separate plot lines that apparently have no connection save for historical information until the shocking end. Along with Kelsea dealing with the imminent start of a war she's not sure she can win for the protection of her people, the reader is submerged into the life of another woman in a not too distant future world resembling that of Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale. Here the reader experiences the past, present, and future of the Tearling as they read, and are left shocked and wanting more by the last page. Definitely not one to pass up if you like an interesting twist on fantasy and the intrigue that comes with the birth of a new nation.
Date published: 2018-06-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from YESSS A good sequel to an incredible first book. Buy this book! This series is sooo good.
Date published: 2018-05-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Plot twist This is no mere continuation of the excellent first of the series, with a new flow with two alternating (yet linked) stories. Well done!
Date published: 2018-04-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from GREAT This sequel was fantastic. Exciting and filled with interesting twists.
Date published: 2018-03-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent sequel I loved the first book in the series and was drawn in even more by the second! I loved that it tied so well with the first but had an entirely different tone to it because of the additional characters.
Date published: 2018-03-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good development! Nice development for the story, better than first part.
Date published: 2018-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't wait to finish! I loved this book possibly more than the first. You got new characters introduced and expanded on, which was refreshing. Although it got confusing at times with the narrator changes, it added a different dimension to the book.
Date published: 2017-12-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really enjoyed it Great sequel, was eager to get to it after the first and was sad to see it end. Solid follow up.
Date published: 2017-11-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing sequel!!! 4.5 stars!! Invasion of the Tearling further establishes itself as a conglomerate of genres that mold into a story that feels distinctly unique yet familiar. This book packs a punch when it comes to diving deeper into the dark underbelly of the Tearling and surrounding lands but also the insidious circumstances that shaped its founding. The main character, the ever bold and badass Kelsea, faces a devastating future with which she has little control over. The Tearling is bad shape with little to no resources and man power to protect it, let alone sustain it. All seems dreary and depressing. But our heroine maintains courage in face of all this. In this novel we see her growth jump significantly. The first novel tackled her development from an awkward 19 year old to a queen with guts. This novel tackles her transition from queen with guts to a queen who is powerful but flawed, oh so very flawed. Johansen has natural talent at writing morally ambiguous characters. The entire cast is flawed in more ways than one, and at times confused me as to who were the actually "good guys". Johansen discards the usual character tropes found in High Fantasy and instead use characters that don't necessarily fit a set mold. For example, I actually found sympathy for the Red Queen at times while becoming cautious of the Mace. New characters are introduced as well. Lily, a character I won't go into too much detail, is a fantastic character who presents a whole other layer to the story. This is where I realized how far Johansen was willing to go with breaking down the separations between genres. Let's just say the dystopian tropes and concepts were dominant in Lily's story arc and was fun yet terrifying to read. Invasion of the Tearling also ups the adrenaline, with costs being astromocally high and the means to meet them down to nil. I was on the edge of my seat throughout, heart thumping, hands shaking. I couldn't predict which direction the story was going and as it unfolded I found myself more anxious to find out what was really going on. The pieces were there but I just could not figure out how to put them together because the full picture to go off of wasn't anything I was used to. As I mentioned before, Johansen uses tropes and plot devices that feel familiar but makes it nearly impossible for the reader to make any accurate assumptions about the plot. My overall feelings are: this book left me with a strong sense of dread, anxiety, but also an inner hopefulness, courage, and a greater insight into our own society and its flaws. This book pin points the ugly in society while still weaving a spellbinding story. I frigging love it. It did not go without some issues, hence the 0.5 stars deducted. I still had a sinking feeling that the author didn't know where she was going with things. It was almost as if she knew just as much as I did and things were unfolding before her as she wrote, not the other way around. This was prevalent throughout. While reading this I realized that I was banking on the third book possible holding the answers that I required. This feeling usually doesn't bother me as much when I trust that the author isn't leading me to a dead end but for some reason I couldn't shake the feeling off. If you loved the Queen of the Tearling I highly suggest continuing the story. And even if you didn't like the first book still give this one a try. The struggles you faced in the first installment concerning world building are not necessarily a struggle here. Let's just say things pick up quickly and never slow down so you will never be bored. Give it try, you will not regret it.
Date published: 2017-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Sequel One of the first sequels that I've come across that was as captivating, if not more, than the first book. More than once I found myself still reading at midnight, because I just couldn't put it down.
Date published: 2017-10-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Second Novel In A Series !!! This is one of the best second books in a series I have read to date. I was skeptical about picking up this novel because truth be told I enjoyed the first book but I didn't love it. No second book slump for this series! This book totally opened my eyes to this world...and the writing was beautiful. I really enjoyed this book; I read it super quickly and now I'm hooked and need to know what is going to happen !! I would highly recommend this series for "adult" readers (just because there is some language and brutality). I was hoping for more history of the Fetch, but I'm hoping that will be in the next installment ! Also these covers are beyond gorgeous :)! I can't wait to see what happens with Kelsea and the Red Queen, and how this world came to be !
Date published: 2017-07-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great! This series is labeled as YA, but I think it's more mature than that, and deserves better haha. It is quite intense and dark and the plot is thick and characters well developed. Actually liked this book more than the first, and am excited for the third!
Date published: 2017-06-06
Rated 2 out of 5 by from not bad, but nothing spectacular a fun fantasy book, but a similar story line to other series I've read #plumreviews
Date published: 2017-03-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Captivating Took me a few chapters to be drawn in but I enjoyed this book
Date published: 2017-03-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Didn't love it... I really liked the first book, but I didn't love the second in the same way. I found it a little difficult to follow, but mostly I didn't like how different of a reality for each character; it felt like I was reading two books. I would've liked them more as individual books I think... If you've read the first, it's worth reading the second if you get a chance, but I wouldn't push this book onto someone...
Date published: 2017-02-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it Love it!!! AMAZING!!!! Another great book from Johansen. I love the transition from Book1 and god this series is killing me ...Love it love it love it!!!!
Date published: 2017-02-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Little slow This was little slow but still good.
Date published: 2017-01-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Awkward but worth reading because of Book 1 I loved Queen of the Tearling despite its many problems, and read it in a day. This one was a much more difficult read. Some parts were extremely interesting but they were few and far between. Most of the book felt like a mess to me. The whole 'Lily' thing threw me off right from the start. It was nice to gain an understanding of 'the Crossing' since I was left with so many questions about it after the first book, but I really don't think this was the way to do it. It felt awkward, confusing,and just plain weird. I think the Lily story was worth telling, and would have been very interesting had it been part of the series as a novella. The author had enough central characters to deal with, and it would have been a better story, with more depth, had she left that part out. The two stories did not meld well and were incongruous, pulling me out of the story every time. Instead of creating a sense of anticipation, this quickly became just frustrating. We've all heard the saying, 'Show, don't tell' but I could have lived with a lot more telling in this book. In fact, now that I think about it, I don't think the author did much showing or telling. The relationships and characters in this second book were overly simplified; they lacked depth. And Kelsea herself became pretty unlikeable in this book too. I realize that she is young, but she seemed to regress from the last book. She pushed all of her friends and counselors away and made stupid decisions all by herself. There was no growth and we didn't even get to witness her own thoughts about what was happening to her. As a result, I really didn't understand what was going on with her half the time. I still love a lot of the characters in this series and wish that there was more about them. The Fetch: who is he and why does he only show up once in a while out of the blue and then take off again? What is his purpose in the series? I started to wonder if he was Kelsea's father but that would be just icky considering the way she feels about him. Father Tyler: I really like him and he started to show a lot of growth, but where did he disappear to? The Mace: a strong, realistic, honorable and loyal, say it like it is guard. I could stand to hear more of his backstory. Arliss, Ewen, Aisa and Glee and their mother, Pen, even Elston and Kibb. They are all very likable characters, and this could have been a 5 star book if their stories were fleshed out more. They are the reason I kept reading, and they are what made this a 3 star rather than a 1 or 2 star book. Can we see more of them and less of Kelsea in the next book? It's going to take a lot for her to redeem herself. Yes, I will read the next book but I don't feel a great need to pre-order it or run out and buy a brand new copy.
Date published: 2016-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this series! Just reread this and I love it! The flashbacks to Lily really help answer the questions of what happened to our world! Can't wait to read the final book!
Date published: 2016-11-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Delightful and intriguing Refreshing and creative storytelling. This story is a good blend of the modern world and fiction. I Really liked it!
Date published: 2015-10-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Lovedddd Warning: Book includes violence and rape. Lots of backstory added..this was definitely a book that suffered from second book syndrome. Though I enjoyed the intense character development for Kelsea.. Her insecurities from the previous book is still evident though. I ultimately loved seeing her slow descent into madness. You see her change as soon as she meets the Dark Thing (He gave me the creeps.) And I also like how this book isn't focused on romance. I just hated how women are treated here.. Like second-class citizens.. Raped or beaten, you name it was included. *shivers* So many questions about the past are finally answered and even though we get to see a glimpse into the Crossing, it still doesn't explain what happened with all the magic and how the sapphires became to be. It felt like it was just plopped into the story as a way to call it fantasy? As for the characters, we see through the eyes from pretty much everyone including the Red Queen, the guards, and the Jailer. One of the most despicable characters had to be The Holy Father. He is evil and violent. Disgusting. What he does is in the name of God, yet it's so far removed from what God really wants. The scene in Father Tyler's room and afterwards was heart breaking..The brutality against him was just terrible. There is dual point of views from the past to the present, and ultimately by the end, you get to see both converge...During the Crossing was a time where the very wealthy held lands and built a massive wall to keep the poor out. The story of Lily and Greg really made me angry. Here is a husband that thinks his wife is his property. Raped by her violent abusive husband. Painted as a criminal but also treated like a whore. It made me cringe every time Greg appeared. This book does not treat women well and I pretty much want to throw it at the wall every time. Even though there wasn't much development, and it took FOREVER to get to the end, I still liked the writing and how it gripped me to the last page. I just needed to know what happened in the final showdown and there is a showdown all right. I was just expecting this huge fight but there wasn't. Overall, I'm still very much interested in what's to come in the last book so I can finally mark this series as read in my list. On that final note, I just have to say..THE COVER..GAHH it doesn't feel as memorable as the first one did. This is just too dark for my taste.
Date published: 2015-07-14

Editorial Reviews

“[A] thrilling sequel.”