Friday, February 12, 2016

The Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

Title: The Invasion of the Tearling

Author: Erika Johansen

Published: Bantam Press, 2015

Pages: 528

Series: Book 2, The Queen of the Tearling

Summary: May contain spoilers! With each passing day, Kelsea Glynn is growing into her new responsibilities as Queen of the Tearling. By stopping the shipments of slaves to the neighboring kingdom of Mortmesne, she crossed the Red Queen, a brutal ruler whose power derives from dark magic, who is sending her fearsome army into the Tearling to take what is hers. And nothing can stop the invasion.

But as the Mort army draws ever closer, Kelsea develops a mysterious connection to a time before the Crossing, and she finds herself relying on a strange and possibly dangerous ally: a woman named Lily, fighting for her life in a world where being female can feel like a crime. The fate of the Tearling —and that of Kelsea’s own soul—may rest with Lily and her story, but Kelsea may not have enough time to find out.  (Taken from Goodreads)

Thoughts: I read the first book in the series last month and basically as soon as I finished it I picked this one up.  The main reason for my picking this book up is because I was sent the book review and I try and make a point of reading and reviewing books sooner rather than later.

So, the main thing that I wanted to know from this book was more about the world and more about the magic.  I have to say that yes we definitely did learn more about the world and the people and the history.  I have to say that I was a little disappointed in terms of the 'magic'.  I feel like this is one of those fantasy series' that focuses more on politics and the world than any sort of magic and I just don't tend to like those very much.

We are introduced to some new characters in this book and while they were interesting I just felt like I couldn't connect with or feel sympathetic towards them.  I just felt like I didn't like any of the characters. I didn't even like the main character Kelsea.  There was just something about her attitude and the way she acted as a whole that I just couldn't get behind.

I feel as though I really do need to mention that my case of not really enjoying this book is due to its me and not the book.  This is a crossover between YA and an adult novel and I honestly find myself not enjoying YA very much if at all these days.  This book was a lot darker than the first one and other YA books in particular but I felt as though the romance and a lot of Kelsea's behaviour had quite a YA vibe to it.

Overall, I thought The Invasion of the Tearling wasn't too bad but at the same time it just wasn't the book for me.  I don't think that I'll be picking up the third and final book in the series.

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