Review: The Fate of the Tearling

Posted November 24, 2016

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: The Fate of the Tearling The Fate Of The Tearling by Erika Johansen
Series: The Queen of the Tearling #3
Published by Bantam Press on 1st December 2016
Genres: Fantasy
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher

In less than a year, Kelsea Glynn has transformed from a gawky teenager into a powerful monarch.

As she has come into her own as the Queen of the Tearling, the headstrong, visionary leader has also transformed her realm. In her quest to end corruption and restore justice, she has made many enemies - including the evil Red Queen, her fiercest rival, who has set her armies against the Tear.

To protect her people from a devastating invasion, Kelsea did the unthinkable - she surrendered herself and her magical sapphires to her enemy, and named the Mace, the trusted head of her personal guards, Regent in her place. But the Mace will not rest until he and his men rescue their sovereign from her prison in Mortmesne.

Now the endgame begins and the fate of Queen Kelsea - and the Tearling itself - will finally be revealed . . .

I’ve been really looking forward to reading the final book in this trilogy. It’s one of my most anticipated books of the year and WOW it felt like a long wait!

If you haven’t yet read the first two books in this series then pop over and check out my reviews (The Queen of the Tearling review, The Invasion of the Tearling review) and stop reading this now.

I’m determined to write this without spoilers, so here we go…

When we left Kelsea in The Invasion Of The Tearling she had effectively surrendered herself to the Red Queen and rendered her Queen’s Guard helpless to do anything about it. She had legally appointed the Mace as Regent and the Arvath was becoming increasingly problematic.

For me, The Invasion of the Tearling generated more questions than it answered as we suddenly found ourselves meeting the Pre-Crossing Lily. I’m pleased to say that The Fate Of The Tearling does provide answers! In fact, we learn a lot about the history of The Tearling, through Kelsea’s visions of Katie. There are also answers with regards to The Fetch, the sapphires and Row. Honestly, I really enjoyed the way Johansen weaved this story, allowing us to see the history through Katie’s eyes and the current state of the world through Kelsea’s.

I have to say that on the whole I really enjoyed this book BUT I wasn’t a fan of the ending. No spoilers, no more details, but I suppose it just wasn’t what I wanted it to be. That said, I always try to respect an author’s decisions and I can completely see why the ending is as it is, but I was just a little disappointed, flat even.

Yet the rest of the book, the history, action, characters and those long sought-after answers more than made up for the ending, which hopefully clarifies the 4 star rating.

I genuinely can’t wait to hear how other readers feel about this book. On the whole it’s a great read that rounds off the series well, full of answers, but those last pages – I might just forget they exist.