Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
Kelsea Glynn is the sole heir to the throne of Tearling but has been raised in secret by foster parents after her mother Queen Elyssa, as vain as she was stupid was murdered for ruining her kingdom. For 18 years, the Tearling has been ruled by Kelsea’s uncle in the role of Regent however he is but the debauched puppet of the Red Queen, the sorceress tyrant of the neighbouring realm of Mortmesme. On Kelsea’s 19th birthday, the tattered remnants of her mother’s guard each pledged to defend the queen to the death arrive to bring this most unregal young woman out of hiding.
I had been waiting to read this book for so many months, after seeing it on some list. I waited a few months after publication to read it because I really wanted to savor the moment and I am really happy to say I LOVED it.
I can’t believe it is Erika Johansen’s first book. She has done such a brilliant job. There are many aspects that contribute to make this such a GREAT READ. The storyline was interesting, while it read like it was set in the Middle Ages, it was actually set in the future; such a fantastic idea.
From the very first page the character of Kelsea grabbed hold of me and I loved her straight away. The way she grew in confidence with each chapter and interacted with all the other character in the book makes it a winner.
I loved the character of Lazarus and can’t wait to find out his whole story in the next two books (I hope). Father Tyler, Pen, Andalie, Marguerite, Javelin are all great support characters who add so much to the story.
I really can’t wait to read the next book in the series it will be one I read the minutes it is published.
Read by Jody