The Queen of the Tearling
The Queen of the Tearling #1

Erika Johansen

2014

Young Adult, Science Fiction

Library Book, NBRC Reading Challenges

Paperback

★★★★★

 

‘It 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 hers.

But 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 dangerous.

Kelsea will either become the most fearsome ruler the kingdom has ever known . . . or be dead within the week.’

I have absolutely nothing negative to say about this book. I am so glad that I borrowed I when I saw it. I had so much trouble putting this book down and soon found myself voluntarily staying up till midnight to keep reading. From the very beginning the book sucks you in. It is enthralling and constantly on the go.

Kelsea goes through such an amazing transformation throughout the book, from a quick-tempered and naïve girl, to a strong queen. I cannot wait to get my hands on the next book and continue on the journey with Kelsea. The other characters in this book are well thought out and well developed. Their own stories being just as interesting as Kelsea.

I love the concept of showing how utopian societies do not work and eventually descend into chaos, poverty and corruption. The story line is oddly relatable in regards to chaos, poverty and corruption. The book demonstrates how essential it is to provide everyone with education. All this, in a fantasy book!

My recommendation: Perfect to help you recover from a reading slump!

Cai xx

 

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