The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

There is quite a lot of buzz surrounding this debut author’s work.  Perhaps it is the comparison to a cross between Game of Thrones and The Hunger Games (that’s not what it is, however).  Maybe it is the fact it has already been optioned for a movie produced and starring Emma Watson.  Or possibly it is just the sheer wonder that comes with a new fascinating fantasy trilogy.  Whatever the case, The Queen of the Tearling invites you to escape to a magical fantasy world whose past lies in our own ruins.

Queen of the Tearling cover

It begins, as many fantasy stories do, in an isolated forest cottage.  Our heroine, Kelsea, has lived most of her life here, studying most knowledge from the past while preparing herself for her coronation as queen at age 19.  Her education is unusual, covering self defense to history, but lacks a key component—anything to do with her mother’s reign.  On her birthday, she sets out with the Queen’s guard of soldiers, leaving her guardians behind and entering into a world of danger and deception.


Her Journey is fraught with peril and assassins, and Kelsea is unsure who to trust.  Even if she reaches the palace alive, her Uncle, the regent, poses a threat to her survival.  And then there is the huge secret that has been kept from her, which will change how she views her mother and kingdom forever.


The book is gripping and intriguing, adding a whole layer behind the fantasy to set the book in a future dystopia, while appearing as a traditional fantasy.  Truthfully, I would have appreciated more of the back story on the Crossing, which is when technology was lost, but hopefully that will come in the next book of the series.  The Queen of the Tearling does not end on an enormous cliffhanger, but it does leave you wondering what will happen next and when the next book will be out.


I hope you are as excited as I am to read this new title and author.  The book comes out July 8.  For anyone interested, you can place a hold here or call the library at 440-250-5462 and have us place a hold for you.

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