Book Title: The Queen of the Tearling
Author: Erika Johansen
Book Series: The Queen of the Tearling, #1
Released Date: July 8th. 2014
An untested young princess must claim her throne, learn to become a queen, and combat a malevolent sorceress in an epic battle between light and darkness in this spectacular debut—the first novel in a trilogy.
Young Kelsea Raleigh was raised in hiding after the death of her mother, Queen Elyssa, far from the intrigues of the royal Keep and in the care of two devoted servants who pledged their lives to protect her. Growing up in a cottage deep in the woods, Kelsea knows little of her kingdom’s haunted past . . . or that its fate will soon rest in her hands.
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—loyal soldiers who protect the throne—have appeared to escort the princess on a perilous journey 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. A cabal of enemies with an array of deadly weapons, from crimson-caped assassins to the darkest blood magic, plots to destroy her. But Kelsea is growing in strength and stealth, her steely resolve earning her loyal allies, including the Queen’s Guard, led by the enigmatic Lazarus, and the intriguing outlaw known simply as “the Fetch.”
Kelsea’s quest to save her kingdom and meet her destiny has only just begun. Riddled with mysteries, betrayals, and treacherous battles, Kelsea’s journey is a trial by fire that will either forge a legend . . . or destroy her.
My Thoughts on the novel
So, this took my awhile to actually pick up and read. I did see this novel around in the bookish community and did look it up on Goodreads, but I just pushed it aside every time when other novels came out, however that changed when I decided to get the audiobook through my library one night.
It took my awhile to get into this novel, but once I did, it was entertaining and good. Honestly, it felt like every other “royal” novel I have read in the past and am still reading to this day, but besides that, I found my eyes widening every now and then the further I got into the story.
Sadly, I did find a few scenes dragging just a little which was tiring when I wanted the story to get to the next destination, although, besides that tiny thing, I am for sure going to pick the rest of this series up.
Last but not least, I highly recommend the audiobooks for this novel. You don’t have to, but it does make the adventure a little more exciting in my opinion.