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Kelsea Raleigh Glynn has been living in anonymity for nineteen years. She is the heir to the Tearling monarchy and keeping her safe until she can claim her throne has been of the utmost importance. In that time Kelsea has been trained for her role as queen, but nothing can truly prepare her for the realities of Tearling.
Kelsea never knew her mother but couldn’t imagine the state in which she left the kingdom at the time of her death. One of her few accomplishments was a treaty with the nearby kingdom of Mortmesne. And while the treaty protected Tearling as a whole from the Red Queen’s wrath, the terms of the treaty were unimaginably horrific. What’s more, Kelsea’s uncle has allowed corruption to seep into every corner of the kingdom while enjoying a base and luxurious existence as ruler in her stead, a position he has no intention of giving up to the rightful queen.
I loved this debut! What at first seems like a medieval based fantasy quickly becomes something much more unique. The world the Tearling exists in is much like our own but was settled during an event called the Crossing when travelers from America, England, and Europe left their land behind to create a new life for themselves.
The specifics of the Crossing are still to be revealed and while I find this part of the tale incredibly intriguing, it is just one piece of what I thought was pretty fantastic world building all around.
The Queen of the Tearling is the first installment in a new series and already set to become a movie. (Rumor has it Emma Watson has been tapped to star.)
7/14 Becky Lejeune
THE QUEEN OF THE TEARLING by Erika Johansen. Harper (July 8, 2014). ISBN 978-0062290366. 448p.