Thursday, 24 December 2015

The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen


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.
 


Oh wow I don't even know where to begin. I can't decide if I loved it or hated it, maybe both. I gave it 3 stars on goodreads for now, because I guess it was ok. There is no other way to describe it then; I had a love hate relationship with it.

I was incredibly excited for this book and I kind of expected a lot from it, you know, like Red Queen kind of amazing. Maybe that's where it's gone wrong, the expectations were way up there. But why not? We want to be amazed. So I struggled through the first parts of the books. Not really feeling the characters or where the story are going. Don't you just hate when that happens? But I went on, and I kinda started liking it more. Some parts I really loved even. 

However I am not sure about this, but if this book is being sold for young adults then it's sold very wrong. Although the queen is young, nobody else is and neither is the story really aimed at young people. It kind of misses the vournable girl, that makes mistakes, that has a torn heart...that grows into herself through the book. Instead we have a young queen that sort of knows exactly what to do already.

What I also noticed is that even tho the book is about the queen the most, there is times you forget just that. The mace being another very strong character, or the Fetch and all of her queens guard. 

I am left baffled by some things too, like the crossing which I still don't quite understand. And while I was reading the book I fully expected it to take me to some battle, a huge ending, only to realise that with the next book being called 'the invasion of the tearling', the big action isn't going to arrive until then. 
It almost feels like this was just a very long introduction to the story and we missed out on the Big Bang. The plot was a bit of a let down to be absolutely honest.

Still I thought the book was ok, the characters strong (although some I liked much more then the queen), the world building was ok and the magic thrown in gave it a little bit of a twist. 

Shame ok just isn't enough, I so much wanted to love it. I am sorry that I didn't. 

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