It was on her nineteenth birthday that the soldiers came for Kelsea Glynn.
They came to escort her back to the place of her birth – to ensure she takes possession of what is rightfully hers.
But like many nineteen years 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.
You know a book is good when you have a smile on your face every time you think about it. So you can imagine how goofy I looked, when I tell you I could not stop thinking about The Queen of the Tearling. I love when a book does that to you; where it takes over you for a few days, and its all your brain can think about.
So to briefly explain what its all about, we basically follow nineteen year old Kelsea as she comes out of hiding to take the throne that is rightfully her’s. However, there are those that want to make sure she doesn’t become queen, and that my friends, is where our story begins.
The Queen of the Tearling is a relatively quiet sort-of book, which I found to be one of its great assets. It’s very much a character driven story, a fact I was not expecting, but luckily for me, those are my favourite types of stories. And even though this was slow moving, it was still a page turner. I was so enthralled and captivated by the story. I hated putting it down. I loved all the political manoeuvrings and intrigue. I loved seeing Kelsea coming into power and learning the ins-and-outs of running a country. To sum it all up, I pretty much adored everything I could about this book.
What makes The Queen of the Tearling such a great first book, is the solid foundation Erika Johansen laid out. I left the book feeling like I greatly knew this world and its history; a testament to the incredible world-building. And although we only got a flavour of the magic, I’m so excited for it to be explored more, and to learn exactly how you’re able to wield it.
One of my favourite things about this book was the characters. Kelsea was so relatable. And while I’ll obviously never run a country, the doubts that Kelsea felt did resonate with me. I really enjoyed reading from her perspective and getting to know her. Watching her journey of becoming a ruler and seeing what type of ruler she’ll be, was fascinating. I particularly liked seeing how her idealistic values would come into play in this harsh land. It’ll be interesting to see how she handles the obstacles that face her, since she has fairly strong ideas of what her country should be like. All the other characters were just as amazing. They were all fully fleshed out and three-dimensional, which is all you could want in side characters. I can’t wait to know more about them in the later books, especially Fetch and the Red Queen, who are probably one of the most mysterious and compelling characters ever.
The reason the characters were so spectacular, was because of how well Erika Johansen got into her character’s heads. And because I could see things from their perspective, even the the villainous ones, I became really invested in their stories. The way she wrote them made them feel like real people, who happen to live in a fantasy world. And speaking of her writing, it was beautiful.; a real joy to read, making it very hard to stop once you’ve started.
All in all, this was a phenomenal book. I knew I was going to like The Queen of the Tearling, I just wasn’t expecting to love it as much as I do. It ticked all the right boxes for me, and its one I think many people would enjoy.
I’d highly, highly recommend it.
As, always, thanks for reading.