The Queen of the Tearling - Young Adult Book by Erika Johansen (2014)  » Books  »
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  • It seemed interesting so I put the book on hold at the library as there was a waitlist to get the book
  • This novel was amazing and if not for the fact that I must return the book in a few days, I would read it again
  • This novel takes place in the year 2400 which I found strange at first because there's no technology, people ride on horses- almost like the typical medieval fantasy novel


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      I’ve been looking for a new fantasy series for a long time. The last fantasy series that I was really into was the Inheritance Cycle and since then I’ve been hunting for a new series to start. Then I heard of a novel called ‘The Queen of the Tearling’ by Erika Johansen, was going to be made into a movie. It seemed interesting so I put the book on hold at the library as there was a waitlist to get the book. When I finally received the book, I couldn’t put it down. This novel was amazing and if not for the fact that I must return the book in a few days, I would read it again. It is the first book in a projected trilogy.

      The Queen of


      the Tearling is about a 19 year old girl named Kelsea, who has been in hiding for most of her life. She’s a princess and on her 19th birthday is retrieved by the Queen’s Gaurd, a guard that was loyal to her mother the former Queen of the Tearling. They’ve come to escort her on a journey that will ultimately end up with her taking her rightful place on the throne. However it won’t be easy as her greedy uncle is the interim ruler and has been searching her whereabouts for years in order to kill her. He has sent out the Caden, a mysterious group of assassins that live to kill. The Red Queen who rules the neighbouring kingdom of Mortmesne, also seeks to kill her because she senses that Kelsea will be a danger to her. Perhaps even more dangerous is a mysterious man, known only as Fetch. No one has seen his face in the Tearling but he is well known for being a thief that can get into anywhere. Whether his intentions are good or evil are unclear and his motivations remain a mystery. But Kelsea is able to see his face once and becomes attracted to him. Her feelings for him put her in more danger as one fact about the Fetch is known to be true: He’s dangerous.

      Kelsea does however have the protection of a magical Tearling Sapphire that hangs around her neck. Its full powers are unknown but it is slowly proving itself to be a good protector of Kelsea. She ...


      • The Queen of the Tearling - Young Adult Book by Erika Johansen (2014)
      must overcome these obstacles, ascend the throne and right the wrongs of her mother.

      This novel takes place in the year 2400 which I found strange at first because there’s no technology, people ride on horses- almost like the typical medieval fantasy novel. However the book explains that almost three centuries ago, a new land was founded without technology due to conflict around the year 2100. I found this really interesting because it felt like I was reading a story set in the medieval ages (like most fantasy novels) but it’s actually taking place in the future (unlike most fantasy novels).

      When you read of ‘Lord of the Rings’ or ‘Rowling’, in the book it becomes more strange but pleasantly so.

      This fantasy novel is similar to other fantasy novels

      but the differences it has set it apart as book to read. It has experimented with a future society that has regressed to the middle ages. The main character, Kelsea, is described as plain, not beautiful and almost tomboyish. It was refreshing to read about a character who didn’t seem perfect in every way because it became more realistic.

      The book is packed with action and unlike many fantasy books, it doesn’t prolong the journey from one place to another. It fills the book with important plot points and the history of the Tearling that becomes valuable to know as the book progresses.

      I must caution people that this book does depict torture, murder and rape with vivid detail. It works well in the story but may cause distaste to certain readers.




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