The Queen of the Tearling – Erika Johansen


The Queen of the Tearling is a debut fantasy novel and the first of a trilogy. (The movie rights of which were snapped up by Warner Bros and due for release later this year). The story is set in what appears to be medieval times, although it is in fact the 24th Century. The Tearling is a decaying society in which technology has been abandoned and books don’t matter. Kelsea Glynn is the reluctant heroine and heir to her deceased mother’s throne. She has been in hiding for her first 18 years and the novel begins with the remnants of her mother’s guard arriving to escort her to claim her throne. The Tearling has been governed by her debauched uncle until she came of age, and he appears to be nothing more than a puppet for the evil Red Queen, sorceress-tyrant of the neighbouring country. The Tearling people are suspicious, cowed and disillusioned and Kelsea has to confront her own fears and discover inner resources as she battles to win their loyalty. This is a fun, escapist and well-imagined story, whose fallible, and often amusing, heroine I warmed to hugely. I’m looking forward to the second book.

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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. Combining thrilling adventure and action, dark magic, mystery and romance, The Queen of the Tearling is the debut of a born storyteller blessed with a startling imagination.


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