The Queen Of The Tearling: A Novel

The Queen Of The Tearling: A Novel

Paperback | July 8, 2014

byErika Johansen

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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.

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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 divide...

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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Format:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.24 inPublished:July 8, 2014Publisher:HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.Language:English

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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

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