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The Queen Of The Tearling – Erika Johansen

“This is a dangerous time, Kelsea.” Carlin spoke to the window, her voice distant. “Beware of the Regent, uncle or no; he’s wanted that throne for himself since he was in the womb. But your mother’s guard are good men, and they’ll surely look after you.”



Blurb: “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-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.”

The story follows Kelsea, a nineteen year old girl who has spent her lifetime in isolation. That is until soldiers turn up at her door one day. The Queen is dead and Kelsea is the rightful heir. It is time for her to leave everything she has ever known for a life of royalty. Told through several different perspectives, character motivations and thoughts on the new Tearling queen are revealed and many will do anything to swiftly remove her from the throne.

The initial start of this book was very slow for me as it was your generic “get person from point A to point B” formula and it wasn’t until quite far into the book that I felt hooked. I did, however, like that a lot of the information about the world, the ideals, and the kingdom were revealed through dialogue as Kelsea couldn’t provide this in her narratives as she was separate from that world.

Different perspectives in books can often be very hit and miss (*cough* Allegiant) and unfortunately for me, I didn’t get on with them. Some of the perspectives were interesting and made me want to read on but when that changed abruptly to others who I had no interest in, I felt like I was trying to make my way through thick mud.

On top of this the story didn’t pick up much of a pace and it was an incredibly slow build up that by time the action came around I didn’t care that much.

I left the overall experience feeling quite disheartened.
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