The 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 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 un-regal young woman out of hiding…
And so begins her journey back to her kingdom’s heart, to claim the throne, earn the loyalty of her people, overturn her mother’s legacy and redeem the Tearling from the forces of corruption and dark magic that are threatening to destroy it. But Kelsea’s story is not just about her learning the true nature of her inheritance – it’s about a heroine who must learn to acknowledge and live with the realities of coming of age in all its insecurities and attractions, alongside the ethical dilemmas of ruling justly and fairly while simply trying to stay alive…
On her nineteenth birthday, Kelsea’s taken from her foster parents and taken on a journey to Tearling. This is a journey she knew she would make one day. For Kelsea is now the rightful heir to the Tearling Crown.
Having spent nineteen years living with Barty and Carlin, Kelsea has been in training for this day her whole life. But how far will solitude and the ability to use a knife get her!
I LOVED THIS BOOK! Every second I had I was reading it, there is something so consuming and magical about it. I need the others, I’m desperate to read more.
Kelsea is such a wonderful character to discover. As a baby, Kelsea lived with strsnfers . Two people who for years would be the only faces she would see. The way in which she looks back on that time allows the reader to glimpse the childhood she had.
She grew up well educated and feisty, all brilliant qualities for a Queen and a female heroine.
I felt like I travelled this journey with her. Through her sadness, laughter and anger, I got to know Kelsea.
I loved her relationship with Mace, the way they had to work out the Queen and Guard scenario made for some funny lines as well as some turbulent pages.
Along with Mace, there are a wonderful mix of characters throughout this story. And not always are we aware of their intentions, with so much mystery shrouded in the story I found this built momentum.
The chance to read from several characters perspectives, allows us to see an insight into the mind of the good and bad within the book.
Speaking of books, I love that Kelsea is a book lover, It was incredible to discover her passion for the written word!
In fact I love everything about this book, the secrets, the myths. This is exceptional!
One of my favourite fantasy reads, a phenomenal debut!

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