Friday, February 5, 2016

The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

Title: The Queen of the Tearling

Author: Erika Johansen

Published: Bantam Press, 2014

Pages: 434

Series: Book 1, The Queen of the Tearling

Summary: 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.  (Taken from Goodreads)

Thoughts: I was unsure on whether or not I would enjoy reading this book as I had heard that it has quite a lot of political elements which I'm not so keen on.  I had also heard that it's a fantasy novel and basically I picked this book up because I was given the second book in the series for review.

The first thing I have to say about The Queen of the Tearling is that not a lot happened.  Because, really this is a political type of fantasy and so it was a lot of arguing about things.  There were a few action scenes which I quite enjoyed.

There was a tiny fantasy element within the book and it made me a little curious about whether or not there was a whole magic system or if there were just one or two things that randomly happened out of place.  It will be interesting to see if this is developed further in the next book.

I am also curious about the world which wasn't really developed in this book but I kind of already knew that and I have been told that there is more explanation of the world and such in the second book in the series.

Overall, I thought The Queen of the Tearling was a pleasant enough read.  I enjoyed it as I didn't really have high expectations for it but I didn't think it was completely amazing.  I will be reading the second book in the series mostly because I am curious about the magic and the world.

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