The Queen Of The Tearling: A Novel

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The Queen Of The Tearling: A Novel

by Erika Johansen

HarperCollins | July 8, 2014 | Trade Paperback

The Queen Of The Tearling: A Novel is rated 4.0909 out of 5 by 11.

After the death of her mother, Queen Elyssa, young Kelsea Raleigh was raised in hiding, in the care of two devoted servants who pledged their lives to protect her. Long ago, Kelsea's forefathers sailed away from a decaying world to establish a new land free of modern technology. Three hundred years later, this feudal society has divided into three fearful nations who pay duties to a fourth: the powerful Mortmesne, ruled by the cunning Red Queen. Now, on Kelsea's nineteenth birthday, the tattered remnants of the Queen's Guard have appeared to escort the princess 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. Riddled with mysteries, betrayals, and treacherous battles, Kelsea's journey is a trial by fire that will either forge a legend . . . or destroy her.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 448 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.24 in

Published: July 8, 2014

Publisher: HarperCollins

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 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 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 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 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 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

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The Queen Of The Tearling: A Novel

The Queen Of The Tearling: A Novel

by Erika Johansen

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 448 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.24 in

Published: July 8, 2014

Publisher: HarperCollins

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0062328093

ISBN - 13: 9780062328090

From the Publisher

After the death of her mother, Queen Elyssa, young Kelsea Raleigh was raised in hiding, in the care of two devoted servants who pledged their lives to protect her. Long ago, Kelsea's forefathers sailed away from a decaying world to establish a new land free of modern technology. Three hundred years later, this feudal society has divided into three fearful nations who pay duties to a fourth: the powerful Mortmesne, ruled by the cunning Red Queen. Now, on Kelsea's nineteenth birthday, the tattered remnants of the Queen's Guard have appeared to escort the princess 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. Riddled with mysteries, betrayals, and treacherous battles, Kelsea's journey is a trial by fire that will either forge a legend . . . or destroy her.

About the Author

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.

Editorial Reviews

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