Review: The Queen of the Tearling

Posted May 14, 2015

Review: The Queen of the Tearling The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
Series: The Queen of the Tearling #1
Published by Bantam Press Genres: Fantasy
Source: Gifted

Her throne awaits . . . if she can live long enough to take it.

It was on her nineteenth birthday that the soldiers came for Kelsea Glynn. They’d come to escort her back to the place of her birth – and to ensure she survives long enough to be able to take possession of what is rightfully hers.

But like many nineteen-year-olds, Kelsea is unruly, has high principles and believes she knows better than her elders. Unlike many nineteen-year-olds, she is about to inherit a kingdom that is on its knees – corrupt, debauched and dangerous.

Kelsea will either become the most fearsome ruler the kingdom has ever known . . . or be dead within the week.





Things I liked

* Kelsea in general

* Kelsea’s love of books!

* the journey to the capital & associated character development

Didn't Like

* a bit predictable in places

Who Should Read It

* fans of fantasy

Rest of the series


My Thoughts

When I first heard about this book (ages ago) I couldn’t wait to read it, but then reviews popped up and they were mixed. So I held off reading it for a bit, and consequently my expectations of the book diminished. I think that’s probably why I really enjoyed this book – I wasn’t caught up in the hype and subsequently just enjoyed the book for what it is.

So Kelsea is heir to the Tearling throne. She has been raised in seclusion, educated and prepared for her life as Queen. For the past 19 years her life has been in danger. Assassins have long hunted her, many sent by her Uncle the Regent who doesn’t want to give up his power.

Upon turning 19 a band of guards arrive to remove Kelsea from her home, a little cottage in the forest, everything she knows and deliver her to the capital where she will be crowned. However the assassins are hard on their tails and to compound her troubles Kelsea needs to try to distinguish friend from foe.

Being raised in seclusion by two sworn to preserve her mother’s secrets, Kelsea knows very little of the politics of her world. Her journey to the capital opens her eyes to the world. She sees her Kingdom in trouble and takes a brave first step into her reign as Queen. A step which enrages the Red Queen of neighbouring Mortmesne and surely brings war upon her people?

I found myself particularly absorbed by the journey to the capital, trying to evade capture and death, as well as learning more about the Kingdom as a whole. I felt it gave a great foundation to the book, with Kelsea and her guards slowly getting to know one another. So by the time Kelsea arrived at the capital, I felt I had a good impression of what she was about.

I like the character of Kelsea and how her character develops over the course of the book. From her first act as Queen to her determination to rescue her people, she’s a very likeable character.

If there was something I didn’t like about this book, it’s the predictability of it. Don’t get me wrong; it did surprise me in places, but I just felt some parts were rather predictable.

On the whole I think this is a great first book. It whets the reader’s appetite and builds a foundation where really anything could happen in the next two books. Honestly, I can’t wait to read on, I anticipate more magic and less predictability to the story so we shall see what happens…