The Queen of the Tearling

A Novel

Johansen, Erika

Book - 2014
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Queen of the Tearling
"On her nineteenth birthday, Princess Kelsea Raleigh Glynn, raised in exile, sets out on a perilous journey back to the castle of her birth to ascend her rightful throne. Plain and serious, a girl who loves books and learning, Kelsea bears little resemblance to her mother, the vain and frivolous Queen Elyssa. But though she may be inexperienced and sheltered, Kelsea is not defenseless: Around her neck hangs the Tearling sapphire, a jewel of immense magical power; and accompanying her is the Queen's Guard, a cadre of brave knights led by the enigmatic and dedicated Lazarus. Kelsea will need them all to survive a cabal of enemies who will use every weapon--from crimson-caped assassins to the darkest blood magic--to prevent her from wearing the crown."--

Published: New York, NY :, Harper,, [2014]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9780062290366
Branch Call Number: F JOH
Characteristics: 434 pages :,map ;,24 cm.


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Mar 10, 2015
  • villit0046266896 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

this book has an intriguing plot line because for the most part you only know what kelsea knows.(the main protagonist)and as she was raised in isolation that's not much. Kelsea makes strides to make sure her people are taken care of and she can carry through with her threats which is super awesome in my opinion

Feb 05, 2015
  • JP1973 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I do believe I have a new favourite author! I am very much looking forward to the next book!

Jan 27, 2015

What a wonderful read! This book was well written and crafted. I would recommend it highly.

Jan 10, 2015
  • julia_sedai rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I did a longer review on Goodreads because I had a lot to say about this book:

My rating:

I did like it, mostly because of the plot and I liked Kelsea, but there is a lot of violence. The New World is filled with greed, rape, pedophilia, murder, theft, abuse, addiction (to drugs, alcohol, sex), and general immorality. The Church has failed (yes, there is Christianity in this book, and Kelsea, although she claims to be an atheist, often uses God's name to swear). Some parts made me feel downright sick, so that ruined the book for me. However, I want to know what happens in the end so I think I will continue reading the series and see how the second one is.

Dec 05, 2014
  • nazrel rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

Worst, World-Building, Ever.

This novel takes place in the future, after an event called the Crossing in which people left for "The New World" (no it's not America). How? Why? They don't explain.

One might assume it was on space ships, but they talk like it was on sailings ship. (and seem to have a good enough grasp on pre-crossing history for this not to be a confusion of terms.)

Was it extra dimensional travel then? or did lost Lemuria rise up from the waves?

Oh, and they had to leave a lot of their technology behind. Why? I don't know, but what they have and don't have makes very little sense.

The near dead art of Weapon and Armour smithing, something requiring years of training, specialized equipment and refined ore, is alive and well, but the readily available formula for gunpowder; something requiring 3 common elements, and mortar and pestle, that is far to high tech and is lost to the ages!

Oh, and the magic! Yes, there's magic. How's it work? Where'd it come from? This is not explained, or inferred, or on any level addressed.

It is both incredibly rare, yet treated as casual mundanity.

Despite all of that, the things that really kill this book are the following;

1. The Protagonist has no Agency.

Her amulet does everything, it shows her where to go, it tells her what to do, it unilaterally acts in her defense.

She is not controlling it, it is controlling her.

2. The Protagonist makes a noble but reckless decision that guaranteed that the technologically advanced evil empire ruled by the immortal sorceress would march in and lay waste to the entire kingdom. Which based on all available information would be easily accomplished.

This is not the complaint.

The threat of this invasion looms over the entire book.

Then the immortal sorceress summons a demon like entity who effectively says the following:

"I am really powerful being that can easily kill you if you cross me, and I forbid you for invading the protagonist's kingdom, or for the protagonist to suffer any consequences for her actions, or for you to be an effective antagonist on any level. Why? Mystery!"


Nov 03, 2014
  • rubymoon4559 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

This is one of those novels that got me excited towards the end of the novel which isn't a good thing. I literally got bored of most of the characters except for the Fetch and Andalie. The main character is Kelsea, a girl who's plain and pudgy and wants justice to be done for the downtrodden. I love that about her. What I didn't love about Kelsea was that she wasn't interesting at all. I forced myself to read the book all the way through because I waited a long time for it. I wanted to be more appearances of the Fetch instead of the strong heroine and that's not a good thing.

The positive aspects of this book was that it addresses the issues of sexual violence against women and children. The main heroine was realistic. She wasn't able to wield a sword expertly after a few lessons and she had flaws like having a bad temper.

I hope that the screenwriter for the movie adaptation will cut out the boring parts.

Oct 29, 2014
  • StephFurlan rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

Everyone has been raving how awesome it is, but I didn’t hop on the bandwagon. Actually, this may be my first “Did Not Finish” (DNF). I barely got through the first few pages, but then a few friends urged me to keep reading. I did, but I finally had to put it down after the first chapter.

*May have to try reading it again at another date.

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Sep 28, 2014
  • JaclynA rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This book managed to combine all that I love into one story. It was at once sci-fi and fantasy, had the historical feel of a Phillipa Gregory novel, with a strong female lead who has modern sensibilities. Am very excited for the next book, whenever it comes out.

Aug 20, 2014
  • knbray rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This was a wonderful novel and the start of a new and interesting fantasy series. I am eagerly awaiting the next in the series.

Jul 18, 2014

Not sure it lived up to the hype about this novel, but there was something that kept you reading. Will read the next book in the series for sure. Also knowing that it will be a movie, and Emma Watson will play the main character, interfered with my vision of the main character. Still worth a read however.


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Jul 28, 2014
  • julia_sedai rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Frightening or Intense Scenes: There is one scene where a child is involved and it is not pleasant.

Jul 28, 2014
  • julia_sedai rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: Multiple mentions of rape, abuse, pedophilia.

Jul 28, 2014
  • julia_sedai rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Violence: Some, but it's not gory.

Jul 28, 2014
  • julia_sedai rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: Mostly f-bombs.


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Aug 12, 2014
  • TahneeWaddle rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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Jul 28, 2014
  • julia_sedai rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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