Author: Erika Johansen
Series: The Queen of the Tearling-1
Summary: 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.
Though Kelsea was not exactly ready for becoming queen I think she transitioned really well. She deals with a lot and have plenty of people to be there to give her advice, however ever she always listen to her voice first. I loved all the scheming, and whose actual on Kelsea’s side. The Tearling itself is poor and the people are hopeless before Kelsea came to be take her place. There is also a mystery to this book on a few points. One being who is Kelsea’s father. Then we have the backstabbing, blackmailing, and so many scares on Kelsea from her beginning of her queening that it just made me want to read on. One thing for certain this first book had nothing to do with romance just a little crush. It is more on the ups and downs of Kelsea’s journey from leaving her foster parents onward. For such a long book there is so much happening that you get through it pretty quick.
Also the characters. Kelsea is only 19 but she is tougher than everyone thought she would be. She kept proving herself and you can clearly see that she wants to do right by her people and gain there trust. Plus she made to be plain looking which is new to the girl being beauty like other books would show.
Now on to the side characters who I should never have fallen in love with. Just because none of them passed in the first book just makes me scared that they will be leaving me in the next book. I just can’t.
First and foremost I love Mace he is Kelsea right hand man, and most trusted advisor. He is rough around the edges for being a kings guard when Kelsea’s mother ruled, and tells her things straight out. He’ll tell Kelsea when he thinks she has a bad idea, but lets her do what she thinks is right, and I love him for that. Then there is Pen the 24-7 body guard of Kelsea’s. He’s such a sweetheart whose loyal as a puppy, and protective as a pit-bull. Then my feeling for Fetch he’s such a mystery, and he total should be the love interest. However Erika Johansen’s force is on Kelsea’s ruling with little snippets of them together.
One character I can’t for his death is Throne. He is a business man who has his hands in a lot of things, and looking for profit. He blackmail when needed or use other sources to get his way in the end which can lead pour heartbroken gate watchers, and queens guards to his mercy.
Now to say that I can’t to read the next book because I have so many questions. Like are the necklaces around Kelsea’s neck going to do more harm then good. Even if the jewels saved her life and helped get her point across sometimes. I don’t trust it to be fully good. Also who the heck is Fetch? There is a part with Kelsea’s uncle and Fetch and Tomas looked surprised at Fetch’s appearance. Also there is something weird about Queen Mortmesne she in parts remind me of Levana from the Lunar Chronicles. Except Levana was more a conquer while Queen Mortmesne rather just make profit while things stay the same. She does has some evil doings, but in my book Levana is worse. Well in the first book anyway. I don’t think she has magic but I guess I will have to wait and see.
I need to read The Invasion of the Tearling because I need to know these answer. Plus I just want to see if the fast pace, and action keeps up in the second book. Because let me tell you I raved plenty and had to put down this book because my feelings where all over the place. I need that same feeling when I read the Invasion. Which will be soon as possible.
Anyone read this book? Or where you like me and was hesitant about this series? Let me know in the comments. 🙂