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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 received by Harper Collins and TLC Book Tours.
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About Erika Johansen
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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Princess Kelsea has been in hiding from soon after her birth. Upon her nineteenth birthday, she will take her place as Queen of the Tearling. Kelsea’s entire life has been learning and training under the tutelage of a former Queen’s guard and her mother’s nanny. However, there are key points that Kelsea has been kept in the dark upon. Her Uncle, Thomas Raleigh has been in place as the regent since the death of Kelsea’s mother, Queen Elyssa. Unbeknownst to Kelsea, her mother and uncle have made quite a mess of the Tear for the past several years; specifically in their dealings with the feared Queen of Mortmesne. Now, Kelsea must seemingly do the impossible: get to the Keep in the Tearling without being assassinated, gain the trust of her Queen’s Guard and the people of the Tear and begin fix her kingdom by undoubtedly going to war with the Red Queen of Mortmesne.
An entertaining and intelligent female-driven adventure fantasy. First of all, Kelsea is an amazing heroine. At first she seemed meek and uninformed; however, her quick wits and determination set her apart. She has many people to prove herself to, I ended up really enjoying the character of The Mace, a Queen's Guard. He is unwavering in his duty, but unsure of the new, young Queen. Through their time together, they form an interesting team and good relationship. The inclusion of magic was very interesting, at first it seemed that magic was just an illusion and not part of this world, maybe something that only the Mort Queen could do; however, as Kelsea grew in her independence, her magic also grew. I am eager to find out the full capacity of her stones. I did have a little confusion on what setting we were in. It seemed like the past in an unknown land, however the story apparently takes place in a future where many technological advances and knowledge has been lost in 'the Crossing.' Also, the story leaves off with Kelsea inviting war from the Mort Queen into the Tear, so there is no big climax of action in this installment, but I will be looking forward to how Kelsea manages herself in that situation. Overall, a wonderful story of how an ordinary girl is able to find her extraordinary.
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The Invasion of the Tearling
About The Invasion of the Tearling
In this riveting sequel to the national bestseller The Queen of the Tearling, the evil kingdom of Mortmesne invades the Tearling, with dire consequences for Kelsea and her realm.
With each passing day, Kelsea Glynn is growing into her new responsibilities as Queen of the Tearling. By stopping the shipments of slaves to the neighboring kingdom of Mortmesne, she crossed the Red Queen, a brutal ruler whose power derives from dark magic, who is sending her fearsome army into the Tearling to take what is hers. And nothing can stop the invasion.
But as the Mort army draws ever closer, Kelsea develops a mysterious connection to a time before the Crossing, and she finds herself relying on a strange and possibly dangerous ally: a woman named Lily, fighting for her life in a world where being female can feel like a crime. The fate of the Tearling —and that of Kelsea’s own soul—may rest with Lily and her story, but Kelsea may not have enough time to find out.
In this dazzling sequel, Erika Johansen brings back favorite characters, including the Mace and the Red Queen, and introduces unforgettable new players, adding exciting layers to her multidimensional tale of magic, mystery, and a fierce young heroine.
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Queen Kelsea Glynn has now asserted herself as Queen of the Tearling. However, some of her first actions, which have gained her the respect of her people, have firmly upset the Queen of Mortmesne and have fueled an impending war with the much larger and well armored Mort army. As war approaches, Queen Kelsea develops a more mysterious connection to her sapphires. She has now been having intense visions of a woman named Lily Mayhew who lived in Pre-Crossing America, Kelsea has also found other powers that her stones carry and has come face-to-face with a dark being with promises that are too good to be true. Queen Kelsea must use everything she knows and place her faith in those she trusts to have a chance against the Mort Queen.
As soon as I began reading the second installment, The Invasion of the Tearling, I was first very happy that Kelsea is still very much herself, although the stones have seemed to grant Kelsea her wish of beauty. Kelsea is still strong-willed, hot-tempered and intelligent, continually fighting for what is right for her people. The second thing that I was very happy for was Lilly's point of view through Kelsea's visions. At first, I was a little confused about why we were suddenly in America with money and technology and doctors, but when I learned that we were finally seeing what Pre-Crossing was like and the time leading up to the Crossing, many questions from the previous book were answered for me and pieces started to fit into place about why things are they way they are in the Tearling. Another facet that I was very glad that this book began to answer was the mystery of the Mort Queen and her source of power, with the introduction of a new and mysterious dark force, the Red Queen is de-mystified slightly. The intensity and fast pace is kept up throughout the book with growing religious tensions, Kelsea's advance into womanhood and the inevitable invasion of the Mort Army. I do really wish that Kelsea would not have been granted her ideal of beauty with the stones, however, she did learn that this is not what made her a good queen. Overall, this installment was exciting and intense, answering many questions left from the first book, but opening up some others to be answered in the third.