The Queen of the Tearling
By Erika Johansen
Reading Level: Medium/Difficult
Review: 5 / 5
Her throne awaits . . . if she can live long enough to take it.
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. (Goodreads)
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Hello my fellow bibliophiles! So, this is a book that has been buzzing around the book-esphere for a while now, and I have found the reason why – this book is wonderful. Honestly, it is just the kind of fantasy that I love; especially the way that it has portrayed a societal regression, as it shows how humanity has kind of gone back into the dark ages.
I first heard about this book when I was surfing on IMDb, where I read that Emma Watson was going to play the lead in the movie. The main character is described as kind of chubby and not pretty, so I was surprised that they cast Emma Watson. However, after reading the book, and then reading about Watson’s enthusiasm for the project, I am actually very happy with the casting.
The thing I liked most about The Queen of the Tearling, however, is the fact that it does not focus on romance. I love romantic novels (see 97% of all my reviews) but it was incredibly refreshing to read something that focused on a character growing by herself, and then of course political aspects of becoming queen.
That is not to say that the relationships weren’t fascinating to read about, and the whole concept of whom can Kelsea trust. Kelsea is actually very much on her own, as queen, even though she is surrounded by people. I think that Johansen did a very good job of depicting the scariness of the situation, particularly for a 19-year-old.
I also just adore that Kelsea adores books – any hero/heroine that loves books is immediately on my good side.
This is a clear 5 / 5 for me, and I am super eager to find out what happens next (I am reading the sequel right now, and it is very exciting thus far).
Have a wonderfully bookish day, and I will see you soon!