Tuesday, June 24, 2014

The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen (The Queen of the Tearling #1)

The Queen of the Tearling 

Written by: Erika Johansen
Series: The Queen of the Tearling
Paperback: 640 pages
Publisher: HarperLuxe; Lrg edition
Publication Date: July 8, 2014
Rating: 5 Stars Favorite
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ISBN-10: 0062326740
ISBN-13: 978-0062326744
Genre: Science Fiction | Fantasy
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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.

The Queen of the Tearling introduces readers to a world as fully imagined and terrifying as that of The Hunger Games, with characters as vivid and intriguing as those of The Game of Thrones, and a wholly original heroine. Combining thrilling action and twisting plot turns, it is a magnificent debut from the talented Erika Johansen.

The Queen of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling, #1)My Review
The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

The Queen of the Tearling was a perfect book for my reading taste. Its labeled as science fiction / fantasy but it also has a strong dystopian presence and definitely coming of age story. To put it plainly, this book was AWESOME. I loved it! I immediately went and did a Google search hoping that I could find out when book 2 would be coming...didn't find anything, but I will keep you posted.  I do see movie talk already...
  • Warner Bros. acquired the rights to The Queen of the Tearling in conjunction with Harry Potter producer David Heyman, with Emma Watson attached to star.

To keep Princess Kelsea Raleigh Glynn safe, she was hidden and fostered in the forest. On her 19th birthday, Kelsea is retrieved by the Queen's Guard” and returned to court. A court where many want to see her destroyed, including her uncle who has been leading in her absence. A dark sorceress from a neighboring country also has her sights on destroying Kelsea and gaining control of her lands.

Kelsea must win the hearts of her people, her guard and walk the precarious tight rope of survival and political machinations.

I loved watching her become the queen her people need. Quickly discovering her own strength, this amazing journey had me glued to the pages.

There are so many questions still plaguing my thoughts long after the story ended. Epic! Could. Not. Get. Enough.

I loved how Johansen masterfully blended contemporary situations and circumstances to a technologically de-evolved society.

Brilliant story, marvelous world building and spectacular characters, The Queen of the Tearling was this fantasy, science fiction fans dream read.

I received this copy of The Queen of Tearling from Harper Collins in exchange for a honest review. This book is set for publication July 8, 2014.

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