This is the second part of my review of The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen. My first part of the review was posted here. I was trying to have a professional tone to impress Harper Collins and our webmistress, but I made an error. The novel has three “Books”, not two; and there are fourteen chapters, not twelve. Also, I must add that the novel has a lot of adult content and adult language.
As noted in the first review, The Queen of the Tearling is about Kelsea Raleigh who was raised in hiding after the death of her mother, Queen Elyssa. She grew up in a cottage in the woods, raised by Carlin and Barty who were devoted servants to her mother. Though taught well by her guardians, Kelsea is unaware of all the details of her kingdom’s “haunted past” and how much control she has over its fate with a sapphire necklace that was given to her on her nineteenth birthday just before the remnants of the Queens’ Guard come to escort her back to the capital of Tear to ascend the throne as the new Queen of the Tearling. By the end of Book I, Kelsea reached the throne with a lot of difficulty and discovered the evil that had power over her kingdom.
Though the many bits of the story had started to fit together at the end of Book I to formulate Kelsea’s awakening to the evil, Ms. Johansen’s tendency for too much – yet not enough- information was still apparent in Book II. But by this time, I had more appreciation for every tidbit I was getting because I knew it would be an important contribution for whatever was to come. That made the story’s pace more tolerable, though I personally thought the pace quickened as the pieces of information clicked into place in my mind like the pieces do in a jigsaw puzzle.
That made the story exciting when the fate of Kelsea’s uncle was revealed and when Kelsea had to prepare for another confrontation with the evil in her kingdom. A part of that preparation was to convince the Queen’s Guards that it must be done, for she was forewarned by an unexpected source. This happened at the end of Book II.
Once Kelsea started her journey to save her people in Book III, it was very difficult to put the novel down because of what was about to happen and how everyone was affected by this particular event, even the Red Queen herself who wanted to know why she had a feeling that something was wrong in Tear. She had to call upon a dark force to get an answer. That was just as chilling as Kelsea’s fight for her people.
I’m not sure I should mention the outcome of Kelsea’s confrontation which led to the ending of the book, for I would not want to risk upsetting Dijares and baty4potter by reporting any spoilers in my review. Also, I’m sure Harper Collins would prefer that all of you find out for yourselves by purchasing the book.
All I can say is The Queen of the Tearling is the first book of a trilogy, so I will let you guess as to how Kelsea Raleigh fared. But I would recommend obtaining the book to get a satisfying answer, providing no immediate gratification is needed.
Coincidentally, there is a mention of the Harry Potter books as “the seven volumes of Rowling”. As to where, how, and why, you may ask – well, that remains to be seen when you read this book.
I would like to thank Harper Collins and Dijares for giving me this reading experience. I’m looking forward to the reading experience I will have with the next two books.
Now, I can understand why Emma Watson accepted this role. I’m sure it will be quite exciting to see on film with David Heyman at the helm.
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