February 03, 2018

#BookReview: The Queen of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling, #1) by Erika Johansen

The Queen of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling, #1)
About the Book: 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.





Reviewed By: Rachael
Publisher: Harper
Recommended Age: Teen
Genre: Fantasy, Fiction
How I Acquired this book: Amazon
Overall rating: 
Goodreads | Amazon
About the Author: Erika Johansen grew up 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.


Noteworthy experiences while reading this book: I could barely get through it...

Recommend this book? Sadly no.

Notes and Opinions: I couldn't get past chapter 7. It was so inconsistent and some of the things just didn't make sense. I honestly feel like I read like 2 different books mashed together. I've never actually had this issue with a book before. And I loved the cover so much too.

Go Into This One Knowing: It'll make you very confused.
 









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