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Her throne awaits if she can live long enough to take itIt 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 hersBut 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 dangerousKelsea will either become the most fearsome ruler the kingdom has ever known or be dead within the weekCombining thrilling adventure and action dark magic mystery and romance The ueen of the Tearling is the debut of a born storyteller blessed with a startling imagination

10 thoughts on “The Queen of the Tearling

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    What does that lady see when she looks in the mirror? Kelsea wondered How could a woman who looked so old still place so much importance on being attractive? Kelsea saw now that there was something far worse than being ugly being ugly and thinking you were beautiful Because how DARE anyone ugly have confidence in themselvesWhen I die I want inscribed on my gravestone She Read The ueen of the Tearling Call me unambitious but that shall be counted among my proudest accomplishments because never have I ever read a painfully long worthless bookThe copywriter who wrote this book's summary compares it to The Hunger Games and Game of Thrones; they have clearly read neither They compared to the world building to that of The Hunger Games They compared the characters to that of Game of ThronesAre you fucking kidding me?A thousand monkeys typing on a thousand typewriters could write a book that is similar to those works than anything this book has to offerThis was also the most intensely painful reading experience I have ever had due to the sheer length of the book aggravated by the fact that the book just dragged on and on and on without a point This is the book that doesn't end A good 30% of the book is devoted to traveling Not since The Hobbit have I been so fucking bored out of my mind Bilbo Baggins could have gone there and back again and then make another round around Middle Earth and sure why not take a few years to flutter around Rivendell chilling with the elves in the time it took this book to go anywhereThe Summary Kelsea Raleigh is the new ueen of the Tearling Her mother the late ueen Elyssa has died and it is time for Kelsea to claim the throne She travels to the new kingdom She's traveling She's on a horse They're slowly making their way to the castle SlooooooooowlyMeanwhile the Red ueen of Mortmesne is wonder where the fuck Kelsea is She's spent the last 19 years searching for her Seriously where the fuck is the girl? Oh well the Red ueen will think about that later Time to fuck some slaves OH YEAH GIVE IT TO ME BABYKelsea's still traveling Man her new guards are really really good looking Oh shit she's kidnapped But not really because the kidnappers pretty much let Kelsea wander freeOh whew She's free Back to traveling Whooo OH YAY WE'RE AT THE CASTLE Kelsea makes some fucking stupid decisions and pretty much dooms her country within hours of reaching her new castleMeanwhile Javel the guard is telling his story his sad story of how his wife was lost to him Kelsea's throned ueen YAY She spends a lot of time talking to her advisors She almost gets killed several timesMeanwhile the priest Father Tyler is really really upset at how his life gets flipped turned upside downThe Red ueen of Montmesne is fucking slaves Where is that dratted KelseaKelsea thinks she is very plain She should go on a diet But no she shouldn't because she's plain anyway and who cares about appearances anyway Man Kelsea wishes she were pretty As pretty as her maidservant the one whose beauty is so valued that she got enslaved and raped for itMeanwhile Javel is still doing shit Talking to people Getting roped into some random ass plansFather Tyler is still moping aroundThe Red ueen's pissed off That fucking Kelsea Why does she keep eluding my grasp And by grasp the Red ueen means her minion's grasps since the Red ueen is just too important to do anything about hunting Kelsea herself Magic pfft Ugh whatever Let's get ourselves a 7 year old little boy and BLEEP him in the BLEEP BLEEP That is so not legalJavel's still talking somehowKelsea's still talking to people It sure would be nice if she were pretty But really Kelsea doesn't have time to think about that right now There are important things at hand Like insulting a woman in front of the Royal CourtFuck they're traveling AGAIN?The end765 Mother Fucking PagesThe Setting IT DOESN'T MAKE ANY MOTHERFUCKING SENSE I started this book thinking it was a medieval fantasy It wasn't It has an old world feel It's not Women are in long dresses We are riding horses We're using hawks to hunt There are kings and ueens and magic and castles What you you mean it's not in the past? What do you mean it's not a fantasyTHIS IS THE FUTURE? THIS IS A DYSTOPIA? WE USED TO BE THE UNITED STATES AND EUROPE? WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCK? WHAT HAPPENED?I seriously do not fucking understand this setting First off it is fucking lazy because the retelling of the history is told by mouth AS A STORY “Once upon a time there was a kingdom called the Tearling It was founded by a man named William Tear a utopian who dreamed of a land of plenty for all But ironically the Tearling was a kingdom of scarce resources for the British and Americans had not been fortunate in their choice of landing place British American This is the motherfucking future people How the fuck did we get here? And importantly WHERE ARE WE?Why are all technologies lost? We supposedly got to this place in an event called The Crossing Where is this place? Are we even on Earth? Why are there so few survivors? This land is called New Europe We have a town called New London Did it actually pop up out of the ocean? Why was the old world destroyed? Why did we have to seek refuge in New Europe? Are we so fucking inconsistent that in all the hundreds of fucking years in which we've settled here that we have lost all the motherfucking techologies of today's time in the future So much that we don't even have the technology for motherfucking PRINTING PRESSES? We have geneticists But we don't have the technology to buy booksAnd why are books rare? Because we motherfucking burned them for fuel when we got here Despite the motherfucking forests of oaks that surrounds this new land they fucking burned BOOKS for fuel That was what had happened to most of the books that originally came over in the British American Crossing the desperate had burned them for fuel or warmth There are no doctors There are like 2 doctors in the whole of fucking New London New civilizations have come up with technology they've been so much innovative than this The Medieval Ages were advanced than the Tearling because they don't know how to fucking make gunpowder or cannonsSeriously You expect us to retain absolutely fucking NOTHING of the knowledge that we have gained for all these years? Did you choose the motherfucking dumbest pieces of shits to carry over to the New World? Why didn't you choose important people like scientists botanists doctors instead of a bunch of fucking feeblewitted morons who don't know how to carry over fucking technology from the old world when you crossed over to the new Who fucking BURN BOOKS FOR FUEL DESPITE BEING SURROUNDED BY TREESFucking dystopian failThe Writing Not since Charles Dickens have I read such verbosity There is a reason why this book is so long It is packed to the brim with the most long winded irrelevant description of every fucking thing in the worldIntrospection? Sure This book has it aplenty Let's describe every single fucking thought that Kelsea has ever fucking had in her head Kelsea thinks A lot Some relevant things Mostly very very very idiotic things that make no fucking different whether they were omitted or not Red hair was a recessive gene and in the three centuries since the Crossing it had bred slowly and steadily out of the population Carlin had told Kelsea that some women and even some men liked to dye their hair red since the rare commodity was always valuable But after about an hour of sneaking looks at the guard Kelsea became certain that she was looking at a true head of red hair No dye was that good Her dreams? Kelsea thinks about them Her opinions about the men? Sure let's have it Kelsea's insecurity? Sure let's have several fucking paragraphs on it Man her food just tastes fucking terrible tonight Let's describe her thoughts on the venison in excruciating detail Dinner was venison stringy and only barely edible after roasting over the fire The deer must have been very old Kelsea had seen only a few birds and suirrels on their ride through the Reddick though the greenery was very lush; there could be no lack of water Kelsea wanted to ask the men about the lack of animals but she worried that it would be taken as a complaint about the meal Man it's a motherfucking long journey After all the traveling alone takes about 30% of the book LET'S JUST DESCRIBE EVERY SINGLE FREAKING DETAIL ON IT The houses are built with bricks LET'S DESCRIBE THE FUCKING BRICKS IN DETAIL To the east Kelsea spotted what must be the house of a noble a high tower made of red brick Real brick Tearling brick was a notoriously poor building material compared to Mortmesne’s which was made with better mortar and commanded at least a pound per kilo Carlin had an oven made of real bricks built for her by Barty and Kelsea had wondered than once whether Barty had bought the bricks off the black market from Mortmesne DETAILS DETAILS DETAILS We are fucking drowning in details The clothes of the noblemen Let's decribe them One of the ladies wear a hat in the shape of a fish Let's mention that And while we're at it let's make fun of her for it WILL IT EVER STOP?The Guards Not since Monty Python and the Holy Grail have there ever been such irreverent incompetent fucking royal guards They are the most fucking pathetic examples of soldiers I have ever fucking encountered This is Kelsea She is one of the last of her royal line Her life is priceless She is supposed to be guarded by 9 men 9 men who are motherfucking blundering assholes because they cannot do anything rightWhile they are traveling the men get drunk and sing bawdy songs instead of securing her guard They are completely fucking shocked that later on in the journey they are capturedWhile they are traveling they are caught AGAIN off their guard Kelsea is forced to flee for her lifeAt the castle while they are supposed to be watching her back Kelsea gets stabbed in the back a bolt of pain arrowed all the way down to her toesStabbed she thought dazed Mace didn’t cover my back after all Later on in the bath Kelsea gets cornered by an assassin She's almost fucking killed againWHERE ARE THE FUCKING NITWITS GUARDING HER?Guards? Guards? They are supposed to be subservient They are supposed to be respectful They are supposed to be odebient They are not supposed to talk back to her Oh sure they SAY they're not going to talk back to her He stared at her without expression “I say nothing Lady That’s why I’m a ueen’s Guard” But words mean fucking nothing Because whatever Mace real name Lazarus head of Kelsea's guard is it's not fucking subservient He talks down to her as if she were an incompetent little girl well she is but she is still the fucking ueen He talks back to her He disagrees with her When she's gravely injured Mace nudges her by poking at her with his foot Is this the behavior of a guard towards his ueen? I don't think so Mace’s boot landed in the small of her back and Kelsea bit her tongue against a scream Kelsea Incompetent nitwit A heroine who is so astoundingly stupid and unprepared by her fucking mentors that she is unworthy of governing anything but a toy kingdom made of LegosI hope Kelsea steps on the pieces I hope they hurt badly I hope our aspiring ueen is in pain for the torment and the headache and the hangover I experienced while reading this book about one of the most insipid heroine to ever litter the precious pages of a bookShe constantly complains about how plain she is But her face was as round and ruddy as a tomato and—there was no other word for it—plain She has the most fucking idiotic thoughts about everything and everything No subject is too minor for her notice The rug? Oh it's probably made of deer hide Spare meShe is not a fucking ueen Her guardians are incompetent because she has been so completely fucking sheltered from the world that she doesn't understand anything but she still knows things Somehow She has never seen alcohol yet she knows what alcohol smells like She knows what alcoholism looks like when she sees it in a man And she revels in being drunk cause it's just like in a book y'all Kelsea woke with an aching head and a parched mouth but it wasn’t until breakfast that she realized it was her first hangover Despite the discomfort she was charmed to experience something that she’d only read about in a book An upset stomach was a small price to pay for fiction made real She cares SO MUCH for the fate of her people Kelsea is so incredibly hurt that her people are being sent as slaves to Mortmesne 250 a month that she is willing to renege on the treaty between their countries Within hours of her arrival to the capital Kelsea makes a heroic gesture that completely endangers the peace of two nations She stops the shipment of slaves She was warned She didn't listen She risks the lives of the entire nation for the sake of a few “Lady the Mort Treaty is specific There is no appeals process no outside arbiter If a single shipment fails to arrive in Demesne on time the Mort ueen has the right to invade this country and wreak terror I lived through the last Mort invasion Lady and I assure you Mhurn wasn’t exaggerating the carnage Before you take action consider the conseuences” Despite being plain Kelsea is terribly judgmental of looks She criticizes an old ugly woman for daring to look beautiful She is envious of another woman's beauty despite the fact that that woman's beauty got her rapedKelsea complains a lot about the extravagances at court The pointless waste of money So much that she is willing to waste her valuable men's time and her own resources into traveling 2 weeks to get her books from her old home And right away It must be done right awayThe Fetch A criminal The projected love interest A Robin Hood? Not uite You see Robin Hood steals from the rich and actually DISTRIBUTES it to the poor The Fetch? Nah “Well he’s a hero to the common people Lady Every piece of rich man’s fortune lost endears him to the poor”“Does he distribute the money to the poor?”“No Lady” So um Exactly HOW is he the hero of the common people?Naturally she should turn him in Kelsea is the ueen she should set an example to her people Put criminals where they belongOr not Kelsea took a deep breath “I wouldn’t betray him for any number of pounds”“Ah Christ” Emma Emma Watson I heard that you have signed up for this project I adore you You are brilliant You are gorgeous You are a goddess and you have won my heart ever since you stepped onto the screens of Harry Potter with your disapproving frown and your frizzy hair far beautiful than Hermione Watson could ever be But I adored you then I love you now and I hope for your sake that the movie adaptation exceeds every aspect of the book because the book itself has almost no substance to offerI can't even hate this book because it tries so hard It is the euivalent of having your 6 year old niece draw a picture of you Sure you look like a motherfucking moose with butterfly wings for some fucking reason but hey it's an A for effort right? uotes were taken from an uncorrected galley proof subject to change in the final edition

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    45 stars Well clearly I'm going to be kicked out of the cool kids' club because I fucking loved this book A good reminder to always try things out for yourself to see what you thinkThe pacing and introspective heroine will likely be issues for some readers and I fully admit that I think this would have worked better as pure historical fantasy rather than middle ages in this weird future time period but I can tell you that these were not problems for me at all being that I devoured all 400 pages in 24 hours and am dyyyying for the next bookReview to come

  3. says:

    Absolutely loved it

  4. says:

    so good just wow i have no words to describe how awesome this book was

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    199 today on Definitely one of the Top 10 of my 2014 favoritesWord of warning thoughI'm seeing tons of 1 star reviews Evidently this is one of those Love it or Hate It books I've pawed over the other reviews and I'm honestly not connecting with any of the other reviewers' problems with this oneI didn't think the heroine had low self esteemI didn't think parts of it were far fetched or full of plot holesI didn't think it resembled other books maybe because I haven't read them?Butand this is kind of a huge thing I guessI also didn't read the blurbSo I had no idea this was supposed to be the next Hunger Games Game of Thrones hybridAnd it probably wouldn't have mattered even if I hadHunger Games is nowhere near a favorite of mine and neither is Game of ThronesThey're both good books but neither one blew me out of the waterTo each his own and all that stuffI said all that to say thisI loved it but that certainly doesn't mean you will What surprised me the most about this one was that the heroine was just a truly good person She saw something happening that was wrong and instead of doing that thing where they have to work behind the scenes to fix it she just put her foot down and put a stop to it Sure we're gonna start a war with an unbelievably powerful country that is probably going to wipe us off the mapbut I'm not going to send kids in cages to be used as sex slaves to avoid the warHuh?That just doesn't happen in most of the books I've readMost of the time the heroheroine hates what's going on and eventually puts a stop to it But not immediately Like the first second they get a whiff of power Someone talks them out of doing something rash without considering the conseuences yadda yadda yaddaAlso the heroine isn't attractive thin or magically endowed with assassin skillsAnd yes several times she mentions that she wishes she were beautiful like some of the women around herI'm seeing lots of complaints about how she should have been super duper happy with not being a bombshellWhy?I thought it added a touch of realism When I was younger I worried about my looks and I compared myself to other women Most of the time I thought I was somehow lacking Did that make me a bad person? Should I be ashamed to admit that? PsssshtWhatever Everyone deals with that emotion Why can't an otherwise strong female character be allowed to have those thoughts?I would have a problem with it if she let it interfere with doing the right thing She didn't so I didn't eitherPersonally I didn't want to put this book down I got sucked into it and couldn't let it go I loved the magical elements to it The stones played a large role in the book and I'm interested to find out what exactly is the backstory on those thingsAnd tons of folks are going to disagree with this but I loved that this had some unexplained post apocalyptic thing that happened in the past The fact that this supposedly takes place in a medieval ish setting but sometime in the future was one of the highlights for me I wanna know about what happened during this CrossingStill the best part of the book was the lack of romanceNone Zip zilch zero nadaIf it's coming it's certainly going to be a slow burn and I'm than ok with thatLast but very important thing?I'm not sure why the hell this is getting labeled YA here on Goodreads It's not There are a lot of references to child rape rape in general a scene where a child is basically eaten alive by a monster sex in every form not fade to black the f bomb among other things gets dropped a nipple get sliced a woman gets burned alive etcIt's not something I'd feel comfortable handing to a younger teenagerI may be absolutely alone in loving this but I thought it was fantastic

  6. says:

    Really interesting plot but went a little slow for me Here's my full booktalk

  7. says:

    For the most part I enjoyed this story I think it was a solid start to this series but I do feel like it was missing something I'm interested to see where this trilogy goes

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    28 Feb '14 blog | goodreads Disclaimer This is a review of an uncorrected Advanced Reader CopyLong rant ahead folks Don't say I didn't warn youSo some time in the future of earth when the world has gotten so messed up and irredeemable a man named William Tear gathered up his people along with doctors scientists and other citizens of some value and took them on a huge boatWith the intention of building a new democratic civilization founded on world order and socialism? William Tear and his people undertook the Great Crossing where they crossed from America? and settled in the new unknown land of England? like for reals Did the future magically grow new unexplored continents? I mean where did they sail off to? What happened to the continents they sailed away from? Did they just swim into a void and pop up in a completely different universe? like what is happening here guys like help me out The people having learnt nothing from the past decided that a monarchy is absolutely the best way to achieve William Tear's socialist dreams but unfortunately it ended in bloody disaster with the assassination of Jonathan Tear upon which the Raleigh line took over the throne and this envisioned utopia eventually devolved into something that took everyone but the reader by surpriseThen something about a war a spineless ueen a formidable? enemy and enter our special KelseaNothing of much importance happened This book served as an introduction to Kelsea and her ascension to the throne and how amazing she is at it I won't rehash the rest of the book because I put myself through the pain of reading it once and I won't do it again My experience reading this book was largely inexplicable something kept grating on my nerves until I sat down and actually pinpointed what it was that bothered me about the whole thingNow that I've figured it out it's going to take rather long so I'll point out the main issues I had with this book1 Convenient and Arbitrary Plot Devices2 Trivialization of IMPORTANT STUFF3 Appeal to Popular Sentiment4 Weak and Clichéd Characterization CONVENIENT AND ARBITRARY PLOT DEVICES Aspects of the world were inconsistent at times People had talents or gifts only when they were convenient to the plotAndalie could only foresee events to the extent that it does not undermine the suspense in the narrativeLazarus could sense people's intentions and loyalty and yet this talent disappears when it comes to the traitor amongst his men or direct attacks upon Her Majesty's selfHow convenient that TWO of Kelsea's most loyal followers happen to even have such useful talents to begin with The ueen of the Tearling's plot conveniences are not limited to its characters however The whole history of the realm was built upon convenience; ever since the Great Crossing where each person was allowed to bring one book and yet no one thought of bringing something remotely science y Instead they brought The Hobbit and JK Rowling and Lord of the RingsSo of course how convenient that the doctors and scientists practically all died during some sort of terrible act of nature during the Crossing How convenient that all former knowledge is gone leaving us with a future filled with swords and horses and legit birth control and cigarettesEven what technologies are forgotten and what has been magically resurrected were completely arbitrary and at the author's whim Give me a God Damn break TRIVIALIZATION OF IMPORTANT STUFF Now I'll let you know that I have much patience for boring tedious Bilbo Baggins There and Back Again sort of journeys In fact I love it when it is done right; when it sucks you in to this magical realm full of elves and dwarves even though you never spend the journey meeting a single one When it gives you an understanding of the world its history its people and many cultures The ueen of the Tearling? Not so much I kept waiting and waiting for a shed of light to reveal to me what on God's gracious earth happened to well Earth and how it got to where they were now but it never cameThe novel completely brushed aside the minor details as if it didn't matter Well guess what you can't just make allusions to the London Bridge and New Europe and not tell us what happened to Old Europe It made the whole worldbuilding rather irrelevant really What's the point of fashioning your novel after our very own earth when the fate and history of our own world has fuck all to do with your story? Why not just come up with a completely new universe slap dash your realms and characters and history into it and be done with it all?I suspect will be revealed in the second book it is a trilogy after all but by that time frustrations are pretty damn high One of the purposes of a first book is to build the foundations of your world Well we barely have a single pillar to hold The Tearling upOther smaller plot details were also largely ignored and explained away with a single sentence The author would much prefer using up word count on internal musings and philosophical reflections rather than spending it on actual worldbuilding and characterizationIt would take far too much time for us to come to trust Andalie through actual good character building skills so instead the author takes the easy way out and uses Lazarus's people sensing skills to provide yet another plot device and add Andalie into Kelsea's most trusted followers without even a second thought APPEAL TO POPULAR SENTIMENT Oh Lord how this one frustrated meI'm not talking about the logical fallacy I'm talking about how this book tried so hard to appeal to our emotions and contemporary attitudes Forget name dropping Rowling or Tolkien's works of arts those are minor details that I can roll my eyes at and move onInstead let's focus on Kelsea Sidenote You're gonna have Emma Watson play plain almost ugly Kelsea?? Yeah okay Kelsea is this plain and not in the is actually beautiful but she doesn't know it kind of way 19 year old girl who fights for her people has compassion for the poor and is concerned for the well being and empowerment of womenSo believe me how guilty I feel for not liking her one bit I must be some kind of devilspawnBut every once in a while Kelsea comes up with these gems that make me think hang on a sec no I don't feel bad about hating her How could a woman who looked so old still place so much importance on being attractive? she saw now that there was something far worse than being ugly being ugly and thinking you were beautiful There are just so many things wrong with that one singular sentence that once I read it I stopped in my tracks and thought Wait This is a joke right The author deliberately made such an abhorrently judgmental hypocritical I'll get to that character Like on purposeBut no Kelsea and the way she is written just takes itself so seriously that there could be no possible way we are supposed to dislike her for one bit Every single entity on the planet likes her except for the agents of evil whom we are automatically supposed to disprove of Every single person values her courage selflessness and genuinely treats her like everything she does is so amazing that there is no possible way us readers are supposed to condemn her for any trivial thingAnd then it all hit me and I realized exactly what is wrong with KelseaWe are supposed to like her not because she is an incredibly written character who goes through hardships we can relate to who has to make hard choices and sacrificesWe are supposed to like her simply for being the only human being with a shred of decency on the planet It isn't that she's so spectacularly kind hearted and intelligent and cunning it's just that everyone around her is so infinitely unlikeable it makes her look good We are supposed to be as wowed and amazed as the villagers and Guards of Tear that this noble caring girl suddenly pops out to lead them; but you know what I don't buy it Your previous leaders and figures of authority have really sucked and I'm sorry But don't try to pass off Kelsea as an incredible character because techniue and narrative wise she isn't The book tries to appeal to its readers willing us to like Kelsea because of her humanitarian ualities Unfortunately you don't get a cookie for upholding basic human fucking rights Or shall I also thank the million men out there for not raping me?So I'm not falling for your cheap ploy Johansen WEAK AND CLICHED CHARACTERIZATION What you can expect in practically any fantasy novel nowadays ALL nobles are shitheads The Church is corrupt EVIL incarnate The Kingdom is secretly poor There is an evil magical enemy somewhere out there who for some reason hasn't killed you yet although you pose a great threat You probably don't know who your mother father is Speaking of the church I realize it is all the rage nowadays to jab at religions and people who believe in a fictional character watching from the sky and the and louder you jab the points you get The ueen of the Tearling seems to be of the same mind and as demonizing the Church is so in fashion nowadays that is exactly what Johansen did Don't get me wrong reading about atheist characters reading about their thought processes and often musings against religion is fine by me But there is a point where you say enough If you can tolerate my arguments you're free to minister to or convert any other occupant of this Keep not excepting the pigs and chickensYou make sport of my religion Lady I make sport of all things inconsistent Father Andalie pursed her lips I'm not a religious woman Lady I'm sorry if it pains you but I believe in no god and even less do I believe in any church How do you expect anyone to believe in your God in these times?I believe in my God MajestyThen you're a fool SHUT UP ALREADYI get it You don't believe in God and you think everyone who does is delusional You don't need to shove it in my face every three seconds hint you can also proselytize atheism Just as I get annoyed by extreme moralization and religious undertones imbued in my novels I also get annoyed by narratives and plot lines that overly proselytize against itThe fact is in this novel all our cartoon good guys did not believe in religion or church and practically all who did were intolerant or weak or otherwise irrelevant fools But getting back to characterization while I was hoping for this dread inspiring almighty evil Red ueen it was both laughable and disappointing to discover that her greatest uniue trait is being a sexaholic who constantly has sex with her sexy sex slavesThat right there is pure evil folks Sidenote Two things come up whenever I hear the term Red ueenso that's probably not the imagery Johansen was going for However nothing could have sucked than how Kelsea turned out She was so afraid of turning into her mother that she didn't realize there were far greater crimes than being vainYeah her mother liked pretty dresses So fucking what I like pretty dresses I would like to sleep in a comfortable bed That alone does not make you a bad person and neglectful rulerKelsea was so terrified of becoming shallow that she fails to realize that she already is shallow and I see now that there is something far worse than being shallow being shallow and thinking you were profound view spoilerSee what I did there? hurr hurr hide spoiler

  9. says:

    This was super intense and super enjoyable

  10. says:

    “You win your people or you lose your throne” FantasyAdventurePoliticsPlotsWarMagicOutlawsCorrupted priestsBetrayalAnd a youngplain girl in betweenYou've gotta love The ueen of the Tearling “The shipment nearsthe cages fillA voice rings out across the TearThe cages burnthe Keep Lawn stillThe Tearling weepsthe ueen is here” Kelsea was raised by the Glynnshiden away from her ambitious uncle and the Red ueen in a desperate effort to keep her alive so that she would claim her throneHer kingdom was slowly dyingher people were famishedand she didn't even know who her father was and what kind of a ueen was her motherWhen the time came to riseshe couldn't seperate her friends from her enemiesthere were assassins at her steps and no one she could fully rely on but herself and some magical jewelsThus the reign of the Marked ueen began “We don't always choose Majesty We simply make the best choices we can once the deed is done” ChoicesChoicesChoicesChoose your routeyour guardsyour servantsyour alliesChoose the person you want to beErika Johansen wrote an extraordinary book about a suffering nation whose only hope was a girl who never left the house she grew upwho was constantly huntedHer writing is excellentthe narration was in third person yet it gave the reader a better perspective of the heroinethe secondary characters and the villainsI am a huge fan of romance but the lack of it in this book didn't bother meI do hope though that in the next book there will be interactions with the mysterious outlaw Fetch there was a really sexy vibe about him and I think he is my new crushKelsea is a strong and stubborn heroinewilling to sacrifice herself for her people and to right the wrongs her mother committedThere are many uestions about the world building and the Crossing but I am positive they will be answered in the next instalment I'm dying to read itThe story is complexintriguing and you dive deeply into the world of the Tearling before you even realize itGreat jobMsJohansen