The Queen Of The Tearling: A Novel by Erika JohansenThe Queen Of The Tearling: A Novel by Erika Johansen

The Queen Of The Tearling: A Novel

byErika Johansen

Paperback | April 14, 2015

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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.

This book will be a beautifully designed package with illustrated endpapers, a map of the Tearling, and a ribbon marker.

Erika Johansen grew up and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. She went to Swarthmore College, earned an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop, and eventually became an attorney, but she never stopped writing.
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Title:The Queen Of The Tearling: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:464 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.74 inPublished:April 14, 2015Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great story! I loved this book. The heroine is someone that readers can relate as she tries to prove herself in the position she is thrust in. She deals with the common struggle of not knowing what to do and trying to do what is best for those around her. Kelsey is not a perfect character, and her evolution throughout the book is what makes it so compelling. I really enjoyed Kelsey's story in this book.
Date published: 2017-12-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read This book was entertaining. I liked the concept of a retro-medieval-futuristic world where magic does exist but technology doesn't.
Date published: 2017-12-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fun read ! It was very easy to read and the protagonist is likeable and entertaining. Its a great book to read when you want somerhing light and fun.
Date published: 2017-12-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stunning Wonderful page turner. Had me hooked from the beginning! Be vary, though: this series steadily gets worse with each passing book of the series.
Date published: 2017-11-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Refreshing Very different from what I expected but well worth it. Very excited for the sequel
Date published: 2017-11-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Take your time! As an avid reader, I was really excited to read this novel. I will admit though is took me a while to get into! It was not for a lack of trying. I did find the start to be very slow. But, with that being said. It was worth it. I now own all 3 because I need to know what happens.
Date published: 2017-11-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This will keep you hooked It's far from perfect (the writing style could have been better, Kelsea draws way too much attention to her plainness, the dialogue is, at times, horrendous...) but despite myself, I couldn't put this down. Kelsea does everything right; she's easy to root for, easy to cheer on. At last, here is a character with power and with no chance of falling to corruption. I LOVE IT. Will I read the next books in this series? ABSOLUTELY! Will I ignore the crappy writing? YOU KNOW IT!! Take your critical lenses off and enjoy this tale for what it is: a fun, thrilling, convoluted way of promoting democracy.
Date published: 2017-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What a story!!!!! The description of this book is short for the the big surprise that I have found when I read it. I just love it, and I would re real the entire trilogy.
Date published: 2017-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Captivating Absolutely loved this book. So engaging and imaginative, really a world of it's own. A great start to an exciting series.
Date published: 2017-10-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from THE best book you can read Phenomenal book. That is how I am going to sum up the novel. The author creates a world that is set apart from ours, but is also closer than you think, along with the fact that the main characters and the story-lines draw you into wanting to know more and cheering for those who everyone else is against. Buy the book, you will not regret it!
Date published: 2017-10-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A great read. Someone recommended this book to me and it did not disappoint. It's a captivating story that leaves you wanting more.
Date published: 2017-09-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great start I'm a sucker for stories about queens and this one did not disappoint. The main character is determined to be nothing like a regular queen. Her attitude and intelligence, mixed with a bit of magic, makes this a really good read if you like fantasy.
Date published: 2017-08-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE #plumreview picked this book up at random in a store and fell in love with the characters and the entire series
Date published: 2017-07-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from An Okay Start to this series ! Just finished this book and let me say, I want to see where this is going to go.. I'm on the hook. However, this wasn't the best book I've ever read...it dragged quite a bit.. and it's been a while since I've read a book like that. It took me a week and a half to get through this sucker.. normally I read about 2 books a week. The plot was interesting, Kelsea herself is an interesting character because she isn't your stereotypical heroine that is perfect right off the bat, or beautiful beyond words. I really enjoyed the political intrigue and the twists and turns of who was against them and who was trying to help her succeed the throne. I really enjoyed the mystery of the Fetch.. I really want to see more of him next book. I'm just not sure what it was about this book that didn't make me love it completely. But like I said, I'll still pick up and read book 2. This cover is absolutely gorgeous :)!
Date published: 2017-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great storyline Love how this is a more mature young adult novel. The plot is thick and the characters developed. Great read.
Date published: 2017-06-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good escapist fiction, rich fantasy world The story moves swiftly but with lavish detail and strong imagination. Character development is dramatic and well-paced, and the characters, especially the main character, are complex and interesting. There is violence, but not as graphically written or gratuitously thrown in as some recent books. The setting is not fully explained, but that allows for mystery and anticipation, very acceptable in fantasy fiction. I can't remember where I first found this series recommended, but I'm glad I was persuaded to buy all three books in the trilogy, because now that I have finished the first I need not wait to continue with the second. Even though midnight is too close for comfort, I just might have to open book two tonight to satisfy my urge to continue with the story.
Date published: 2017-06-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Didn't live up to the hype I had been looking forward to reading this for quite awhile, after hearing many good things about it - but ended up finding myself quite disappointed. The overall story was entertaining enough..but I found her writing style overly simplistic and lacking. It wasn't bad for a quick read but I really didn't find myself blown away like others seemed to be.
Date published: 2017-05-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Pleasant Read a Little Shallow Though I enjoyed reading this book it, in my humble opinion, could have used a lot more detail in describing the history of the kingdom, city surroundings etc. This may be a hasty judgement though as I feel this may be on purpose, as the main character is also unaware of many things regarding those same subjects. The lack of historic background may be made up for in the following books. Other than that, the story was very easy to get into and definitely drew me in. Will be purchasing the second installment asap
Date published: 2017-05-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Captivating Read! You will be immediately absorbed into the story! The writing was captivating and intriguing. Some portions of the book were predictable. Nonetheless, this novel did not disapoint!
Date published: 2017-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Kelesa will have you the minute you read her name I love this book, I loved this series. I have to say the first book in the series is the best one. The other two give you more answers but I loved the character step up in the first book compared to the others. Every character brings something to the table and nothing is set in stone. Theres a good amount of surprises and plot twists that I enjoyed as well. Good read for anyone in love with girl powers and dystopian novels.
Date published: 2017-04-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing I'm not usually a fan of science fiction books but I kept hearing good things about this book so I decided to give it a try, and now I'm the one encouraging others to read it. This novel does a great job of combining medieval practices with fantastical elements.
Date published: 2017-04-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from wew i haven't read much fantasy at this level, but this trilogy is definitely my favourite so far. the themes are amazing, our MC is flawed and unsure and she just seems so real. the fantasy part of it is pretty epic too ;) if there is one thing i'd have to critique about this trilogy, it'd be the ending of the final book. i feel that the author could have done something more rather than have it end like that. but that's just my opinion on how it should have gone. it was still awesome
Date published: 2017-04-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent Really draws you into this story when two women exist in different worlds and both fight for freedom
Date published: 2017-03-26
Rated 2 out of 5 by from good sequel to a competent first novel decent sequel. I think in all the series will be good but nothing revolutionary
Date published: 2017-03-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Enjoyable read, had its flaws The future-fantasy meld of sci-fi and fantasy usually grates on me, but I enjoyed this. You get snippets of the past and spend a lot of time wondering about the history of the world which is good and bad. While most is more alluded to rather than seen occurring, the book includes rape, child rape, murder, war, emotional/physical abuse, and slavery. These are all portrayed as abhorrent and are not graphically described, they are still contained within these pages, so be aware of who will be reading it.
Date published: 2017-03-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Blew Me Away This book blew me away. The first 50 pages were so well done. The world building was fantastic. The heroine was refreshing and new - someone we don't often see, especially in fantasy. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great! Such a good book. I couldn't put the book down.
Date published: 2017-03-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good read I liked this book, liked the mix of magic and the storyline, I found myself attached to some of the characters, and was even disappointed at the end when I finished it. So I was very excited for the second
Date published: 2017-02-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It's Good enough to finish the book but not the series I picked this up from a rec from a friend because they said it was good but once i started reading, the plot drags quite a bit and it just gets quite boring. I'd say pick this book up if you are feeling for a small taste of the high fantasy genre, but there are others out there that do the genre more justice.
Date published: 2017-02-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book I heard a lot of mixed reviews on the book, but wanted to read it and get my own opinion. I am glad I decided to read it. It was a little slow at first as I was a little confused. Once things started to piece together I was sucked in more and more. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-02-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It was a joyous adventure from the beginning to the end you felt you were along side Kelsea every step of the way. Tons of adventure and I couldn't wait to read the next chapter.
Date published: 2017-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book! Engrossing world I bought this book after it caught my eye about a year or so ago. I finally got around to reading it and was amazed by the characters, the story, and the well thought out world lore. I recommend this book for anyone who us a fan of books with a large and engrossing world with magic and mystery.
Date published: 2017-01-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fantasic One of my favourite reads of 2016
Date published: 2017-01-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really good book I loved this book and the next two- they are very interesting and it's easy to love the characters! However, if you start this series, be warned that some might find the ending of the series a bit disappointing....
Date published: 2017-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice Great start to a wonderful series. Really enjoyed it.
Date published: 2017-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great I really enjoyed this book and read it very quickly.
Date published: 2017-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Book Such an interesting concept, great characters, fun plot. Kept me turning the pages! The next novel was also great. Waiting for the third one now!
Date published: 2017-01-09
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Can't remember a thing about it I read this book a while back, but literally nothing sticks out in my memory, either about the characters or the plot.
Date published: 2017-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Compelling but leaves you with a lot of questions This book sucked me in from the first page, and was so hard to put down! The characters were varied and real and I pretty much liked all of them. I recognize that this book has a lot of problems. I had so many questions while reading, and still don't have a lot of answers. I'm pretty confused by the concept of 'the Crossing' and what time period they are supposed to be in, but I wasn't frustrated and angry through the book because of it like I normally would be. It just caused me to want to keep reading in anticipation of getting more answers. I'm hoping that I will still get the answers to my questions in the next two books. I hope to find out why the the magic is so strange. Yeah, I have high hopes for book 2 so we'll see where that gets me. I found many aspects of this book reminiscent of The Girl of Fire and Thorns, which I also really enjoyed.
Date published: 2016-12-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from easy engrossing read This book was a bit slow-paced to start, but it picked up quickly and stayed on a steady course. It was predictable at times, but the content was just so fascinating that it was a really easy read that I couldn't manage to put down.
Date published: 2016-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very compelling start to the trilogy This book sucked me in from the first page, and was so hard to put down! The characters were varied and real and I pretty much liked all of them. I recognize that this book has a lot of problems. I had so many questions while reading, and still don't have a lot of answers. I'm pretty confused by the concept of 'the Crossing' and what time period they are supposed to be in, but I wasn't frustrated and angry through the book because of it like I normally would be. It just caused me to want to keep reading in anticipation of getting more answers. I'm hoping that I will still get the answers to my questions in the next two books. I hope to find out why the the magic is so strange. Yeah, I have high hopes for book 2 so we'll see where that gets me. I found many aspects of this book reminiscent of The Girl of Fire and Thorns, which I also really enjoyed.
Date published: 2016-12-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Slow Burn and Kinda Boring This book is incredibly slow, and while I enjoyed the political plot of the story, the setting of the story in "British America", a world set in the future didn't make sense and wasn't elaborated on. Just based on the pace of this book, it took me over a month to read because I kept getting bored, I ended up forcing my way through this book. As a political science student this book should have been a favourite for me, but there were just some issue I could not get over.
Date published: 2016-12-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic read!! I absolutely loved this book! I hadn't heard of the author or the book before but I was browsing in Chapters and I happened to pick it up. I wasn't sure at first but I decided to buy it and I loved it and I now have the rest of the trilogy!! It's a good read, a real pager turner. When I first started to read I wasn't sure where it was going to go but there is some seriously interesting plot development and the characters are so diverse. If you have a love for fantasy then I would most definitely recommend this book to you!
Date published: 2016-12-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Hard to put down Really enjoy the book...it's a page turner. A lot of good dark characters.
Date published: 2016-12-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A bit disappointing This book starts off on the right track but it starts to get a bit disappointing. There is no good character build up and you lose interest fast.
Date published: 2016-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Political Masterpiece for those who love tactics. This is perhaps one of my most favourite books of all time. I love action and adventure, which this book most certainly has, but it's more of a "thinker". As the reader, you are thrown into a world where you must weigh the pros and cons of every decision a ruler must make and suffer the consequences accordingly with the characters. This is much more than fighting: it's about the game of intelligence! This book is a true treat for the mind! I highly recommend!
Date published: 2016-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is an amazing read This book is one of the best reads I have come across in a long time.
Date published: 2016-11-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from awesome I had low expectations about this book, but it was everywhere so I decided to pick it up. Boy, was I wrong. A great beginning for an great trilogy.
Date published: 2016-11-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great start! Great fantasy book with awesome characters. I look forward to the sequel
Date published: 2016-11-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from READ THIS BOOK Fantastic fantasy series. The details are phenominal
Date published: 2016-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favourite series! I love this series! It is intense, action packed, full of mystery, magic, and so much more. Definitely one of my faves and can't wait to read the conclusion!
Date published: 2016-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing!!!! Really good addicting read!! Keeps you guessing. One of my all time favourites
Date published: 2016-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great easy read If you like fantasy books, this is a fantastic read that brings you into a story of succession, intrigue and magic. I was hooked.
Date published: 2016-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent When I read about this in a magazine's recommended section I bought it right away and was not disappointed. Loved ever bit of it!
Date published: 2016-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing!! This was one of my favourite books! Definitely going to read again. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A favourite! I loved this book, and the second in the series. I can't wait for the Fate of Tearling to be released!
Date published: 2016-11-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Similar to other Series in the genre but I Loved it. Loved this book. Totally fits into the current zeitgeist of YA fiction with books like The Bone Season and The Red Queen. Kelsea Raleigh Glynn is a young woman that exemplifies qualities that are a good example of what young women should strive to be. She isn't vain or selfish; she is brave even when she is terrified; she listens to the wisdom of others and then makes her own informed decisions and she is kind and compassionate even when she is overwhelmed with the burden of leadership. I also like that she isn't described to be excessively thin but in fact carrying a few extra pounds. None of the characters are flat. They are all fleshed out to be more human than archetype though many do serve and archetypal role in terms of story structure. None of the villains are just evil it is more complicated than that which I find more realistic because no one is that way in real life. The one caveat that I give is that this book wouldn't be appropriate for teens under 16 unless you have a very mature teen. There is a lot of discussion of violence that happens during war (raping of women and murdering senselessly) as well as some 'mature' language that I will admit did surprise me since this is classed as YA. (I have read a lot of YA and have not encountered this language in those books) I wasn't offended by it just surprised. So I would suggest know your child before giving them this book or perhaps read it yourself first. Overall love it and can't wait to read the rest of the series.
Date published: 2016-09-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from fantastic both my 14 yr old daughter and I have read this book and book 2. fantastic story, adventure and mystery. well told and well developed characters. the 1st book is definitely a teen level, book 2 in the romance department steps it up a notch, but not too explicit. second book has a different feel then this one. we both can't wait for book 3!! and they are making a movie too. you fall easily in love with many characters and can't wait to see what comes next.
Date published: 2016-07-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great but NOT A TEEN BOOK I have no idea why this website put this book in the teen section, because it is NOT A TEEN BOOK!!! This book does not shy away from the harsh things that can happen to people and children while being a slave. I won't say it, just think about it. This book does not sensor anything, you have been warned. Now, that being said, the courage in which this author confronts the truths of war and slavery were a breath of fresh air in the fantasy genre. If you're wanting a hero and pixie dust look elsewhere. If you want an honest book where there are no good options with a touch of major and a whiff of war then maybe this is for you. This book lost one star because it can get bogged down in politics and get a bit slow at times.
Date published: 2016-07-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A great read A great book, with a female lead.
Date published: 2016-06-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Read this book!!!! This is my top recommended book in store. I am so happy I took a chance on this book almost three years ago! I am so passionate about this book there is now a Tearling fancub at our book store.
Date published: 2016-03-29
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Couldn't Make It Past 40% DNF @ 38% I started off really enjoying this one. The idea that this girl was raised in secret to be Queen only to be returned to her palace even though people want to kill her. But soon after things started to fall apart and then kept crumbling. First, I was confused as to how Kelsea stayed in secret for so long, considering her Uncle had been looking to kill her for years (more on that later) but had been unsuccessful whereas it took the Queen's Guard 8 days to find her and bring her back. So okay, they had a note, but are you telling me that these elite assassins (that her Uncle obviously only hired near when the Queen's Guard was leaving) couldn't find one girl in one cabin? Not plausible, sorry. Second, the weird "break" in travelling back to the Keep where she meets and is kidnapped by the outlaw Fetch. I am sure it will make more sense in the future but ??? It was so random to break up the story this way when it was obviously for ~romantic~ purposes. And the fact that while he and his merry band of thieves told her some of the situation at hand in the land of Tear, they didn't tell her the most important part. Because, as I later found out, it wasn't ~dramatic enough~ to have her learn through stories -- she had to see for herself. Which, tbh, is bs. Are you telling me that Fetch would "test" Kelsea about how she would rule, but wouldn't tell her the truth to gauge her reaction? Nope. He would have MOST DEFINITELY told her. But instead, we had to see it in a more ~dramatic~ light. Not here for that. I also really didn't like the ever changing perspectives, especially to random bystanders. It made it really hard to follow the progress of the story because I was never quite sure if we were at the same "time" or "location." Which is confusing as a reader. And the world building made me want to tear my hair out. It seemed like this unique world but there were parallels to present day places and yet not really and I had a very hard time figuring out where the story was taking place and why this story would be able to happen based on the limited information I was given. The descriptions of ages and faces and how all her Queen's Guard were 40 and she was so much younger, being 19 was OVER THE TOP. And I swear if she had said she was "plain" and "not pretty" one more time, I was going to jump into the book and strangle her myself before her uncle could. Which leads me to... Last but not least, the whole "My Uncle Wants To Kill Me, But I'm Chill With That" plot line was STUPID AF. Even if I had been raised knowing my Uncle wanted to kill me, I would not be like "okay well that's just how it is, guess I'll go visit him at the castle and hope he doesn't murder me in front of everyone." Like sorry it did not make sense. It felt super awkward and out of place in here. Even if her Uncle wanted to kill her, it would be stupid to have him be so public about it -- especially since we learn that the actual public doesn't even think she is alive. He could have been way more secretive about it -- or just acted as though she was dead and no proof in the world could claim she was alive. That would have helped him 200% more than what he did. But the fact that Kelsea not only knew he wanted her dead, but still went directly to him makes no sense. NO SENSE. And that's that. I also thought Kelsea made a lot of stupid and rash decisions even though she had very minimal knowledge of what actually took place in the Kingdom when her mother was Queen. She knew like 40% of the story (barely) and decided that meant she should just do as she pleased. And don't get me wrong, I think it was fine to free the slaves, but I also think it could have been done in a much better way. She jumped the gun on that one in my opinion, but I'm not sticking around to see the consequences of her actions.
Date published: 2016-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE LOVE LOVE IT LOOOOVEEE this book.
Date published: 2016-02-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from yummie reading I had no idea what to expect about this novel. I had never heard of the author nor the book. I had been given it as a gift. yet, it spoke to me. I really like fantasy, which it most certainly is. I liked the heroine, who manages to be unexpected. She's not pretty, but she's clever. She's not very girlish, but she was girlish desires. She has a huge task to fulfil, and only by being brutally honest with herself and by connecting with the plight of others, can she manage to achieve anything. Set in a world that seems to be a future of our world, but where things have regressed to a feudalistic system, it manages to be both modern and antiquated at the same time.
Date published: 2015-08-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Fantasy Political intrigue, interesting cast of characters & a mysterious magic system. It was a little slow at times, but overall a great read from a new author.
Date published: 2015-08-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Exciting, Engrossing Read! I really enjoyed Erika Johansen's debut novel, and as a big fan of epic fantasty and YA books, this was strangely the perfect blend of both. And yes, I read it in one sitting. Kelsea is 19 years old, and ready to ascend to her throne. While surrounded by a small group of worn down, hardened warriors, she makes her way to Tearling where she finds poverty, corruption and violence. I liked that Johansen didn't skirt around the issues, and there was something reminiscent in her style to George R R Martin's. While the heroine is younger, this isn't a watered down YA fantasy novel; this is gritty, detailed and bold. There was a point where I was frustrated with Kelsea during her first fight (move, woman! Do something!) but things really improve for her. She grows from nervous, slightly insecure smart mouth into a more decisive, confident and battle-scarred leader. This wasn't a perfect debut (so sue me, I enjoy a bit more romance) but still a very strong start. Already have the sequel waiting in my bag!
Date published: 2015-07-17
Rated 1 out of 5 by from The Queen of the Tearling Painfully weak writing. It dragged on and on, with little or no character development. The characters were paper- thin cliches. Also, it was impossible to understand the nature of the fantasy world.
Date published: 2015-05-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Read! Great book, very well written. The characters can be likable and not at the same time...the hallmark of good writing. I am still left with questions, trying to guess what will happen next. Can't wait for the sequel!
Date published: 2015-04-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Read! Great book, very well written. The characters can be likable and not at the same time...the hallmark of good writing. I am still left with questions, trying to guess what will happen next. Can't wait for the sequel!
Date published: 2015-04-14
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Ugh. So, the big issue I have with this book is how slow it is. I couldn't finish it. I made it 5 chapters and just couldn't take it any more. With the weak dialog and flimsy plot, not to mention the writing was subpar.
Date published: 2015-04-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Gotta read it I had no idea how riveting this book would be. I am sad to have to say goodbye to the Queen of the Tearling. Bring her back!
Date published: 2015-03-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read Really enjoyed this book. Looking forward to the next in the series. Wasn't sure I would like this as it is a fantasy series but it was well written with strong characters.
Date published: 2015-03-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty good It was pretty good, the end got kind of slow, not much closure before it just ended. I would maybe read a sequel.
Date published: 2015-03-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Can't put it down Full of adventure and written very well, I can't put this book down. I cannot wait for the next book.
Date published: 2015-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Addictive read Do you love strong female characters, castles, fairy tales and well written dialogue? This book is for you. Kelsea, like Sleeping Beauty, is taken away to be hidden in a cottage in the woods for her safety. Her mother was Queen Elyssa, a sub par ruler. Kelsea has been hidden from The Red Queen (Alice in Wonderland reference?) but now must go to her kingdom and save it. Brilliantly written, with characters so vivid you will feel you know them. Mysteries are revealed as the plot thickens and a strange magic permeates it all.
Date published: 2015-02-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Story of Intrigue This review was originally published on Kurt's Frontier. Synopsis: Princess Kelsea Raleigh Glynn was only a baby when she was sent to be raised by two strangers for her own safety. She was raised in exile, away from the intrigues of court, away from her pretty, vain mother, and away from the powers that would smother her in her cradle before she grew into a threat. On her nineteenth birthday, Kelsea finds a cadre of knights have come to escort her back to Tear’s capital to ascend the throne. The journey isn’t easy as magic and deadly assassins dog her trail. The journey, however, is the easy part. Upon entering her capital, she finds she has internal enemies that fear the changes she represents, and a foreign empire ruled by a deadly Red Queen that demands tribute of slaves, chosen by lottery. As she sets out to break her kingdom’s shackles, she must seek allies and discover her enemies within her own kingdom. She also has the Tearling sapphire, a jewel of great magic power that she must learn to use if she is to survive the coming conflict with the Red Queen. Review: Queen of the Tearling is Erika Johansen’s debut novel. It is written as a coming of age story. Kelsea comes to her throne feeling very insecure. It seems to be a position that she grows into. This is less action and adventure, and more a story of intrigues that are common in tales that are in the political arena. Kelsea herself is a sympathetic character. Erika Johansen has taken time to develop her characters, though not at the expense of story telling. We meet the competent Queen’s Guards, including her dedicated captain, Lazarus. A master of thieves known only as the Fetch. A gate guard who is sucked into a plot against her, about which he has deep misgivings. We also meet the Red Queen, a woman who seems to have it all but with her own deep insecurities and not entirely in control of her own destiny. The author kept drawing attention to the fact the Kelsea was rather looking, which I think was unnecessary. It would have been better to mention it once and let the audience be drawn to that core of inner strength. The pacing was a little slow, and I could not quite call it a page turner. However, Erika Johansen’s writing style shows promise, and the book is still quite enjoyable.
Date published: 2015-02-08
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Glad I didn't pay for it This book was an option in a list of free titles and it sounded the most interesting but once I started reading it I was glad I hadn't purchased it. And full-disclosure: I did not finish it so things may have improved. Although it was an interesting idea, the writing was terrible. The whole book just reaked of the authors own personal negative views on sexually confident women, body image, and judgement onto others. For a book that is meant to be about a strong female character I found all of these things to be a little contradictory since she is constantly criticizing other women that are attractive and demonizing men. Making men appear to be weak to their desires and threatening (except if they are attractive, of course). There are also many other discrepancies and poorly executed plot lines that I honestly don't need to go into because its just not worth my time. If you consider yourself a feminist please do not promote this slut shaming, rape culture, adolescent novel.
Date published: 2015-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pleasant surprise! I thoroughly enjoyed the transformation from a young woman in the woods to a dedicated, thoughtful queen. I also enjoyed the supporting characters and can't wait for the next book. I found this one was hard to put down.
Date published: 2015-01-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from -sooo good Great story that keeps you engaged througbout. Never a dull moment and can't wait to read the sequel!
Date published: 2015-01-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyable and entertaining read The story line was interesting. The tearling itself is someplace I would like to learn more about. I enjoyed this book!
Date published: 2015-01-26
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Big disappointment If I could give this book zero stars I would. I was so excited to read this and to be honest I am completely baffled as to how this book managed to get such a good review. This book was the most annoying thing I have read in a VERY long time. Kelsea, heir to the Tearling throne is a character that I desperately wanted to root for but I ended up hating. Kelsea has some major insecurities. At one point Kelsea even gets jealous of a woman's beauty even though she was sold and raped because of it. The book constantly reminds the reader of how plain she is. Thank you though, I got it the first ten times. She is reckless and unprepared for her future. She has almost a dozen guards that are completely useless in protecting her or even respecting her. And half the time the characters are talking in circles. This book is actually set in the future, where the British and Americans traveled to this land so they could start anew without technology... or something. There are places called New London and New Europe. Where did these places come from? Why weren't they inhabited before? Apparently that's not important to explain but the history of bricks in this new land is. Thank goodness this book was only 400 pages. Long story short, don't waste your time.
Date published: 2015-01-25
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Big disappointment If I could give this book zero stars I would. I was so excited to read this and to be honest I am completely baffled as to how this book managed to get such a good review. This book was the most annoying thing I have read in a VERY long time. Kelsea, heir to the Tearling throne is a character that I desperately wanted to root for but I ended up hating. Kelsea has some major insecurities. At one point Kelsea even gets jealous of a woman's beauty even though she was sold and raped because of it. The book constantly reminds the reader of how plain she is. Thank you though, I got it the first ten times. She is reckless and unprepared for her future. She has almost a dozen guards that are completely useless in protecting her or even respecting her. And half the time the characters are talking in circles. This book is actually set in the future, where the British and Americans traveled to this land so they could start anew without technology... or something. There are places called New London and New Europe. Where did these places come from? Why weren't they inhabited before? Apparently that's not important to explain but the history of bricks in this new land is. Thank goodness this book was only 400 pages. Long story short, don't waste your time.
Date published: 2015-01-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The queen of tearling enjoyed this book immensely can't wait to read the next one. Great suspense and unexpected story line
Date published: 2015-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely a fantastic read. I am not a fan of Historical Fantasy books. But this book delivered. It was hard to put it done and get work done. Kelsea is a strong welled woman who is interested in one thing and it is not love for the time being. Cannot wait for the next sequel.
Date published: 2015-01-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The queen of the tearling This book was satisfactry, but wasn't that bad. This book is not suitable for young readers. There is violence and coarse language. But it has moving ending and shows family relation troubles
Date published: 2015-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Read it now! Trust me! I see what all the hype was about and am kicking myself for taking so long to read it. I absolutely loved this book! I am now going to become a book pusher and force it on all my friends! Right from the start it drew me in and hit the ground running. The action never let up and I could not put it down. The characters were very well done and I found myself becoming quite involved with them. I liked that Kelsea's focus wasn't on a love interest but on rebuilding her kingdom. There are two potentials who I think might become more but it isn't a big concern for Kelsea or for the storyline. A young girl with more on her mind than love was kind of refreshing. I can't wait for the next book!
Date published: 2015-01-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A good story. I enjoyed reading this, yet at times I thought it was a little geared toward pre-adult readers. Some tense, exciting scenes kept me reading.
Date published: 2015-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Addictive! Bought this book partly because of the "Couldn't put it down" reviews. Well it lived up to it's name - loved it! Kelsea is an amazing strong female lead. Can't wait for the next installment. I can certainly see this being developed into a major motion picture.
Date published: 2014-12-23
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

Editorial Reviews

Forget The Hunger Games (sorry!): The Queen of Tearling is the best YA novel I’ve read in ages.”