The Queen of the Tearling

The Queen of the Tearling

A Novel

Book - 2014
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Coming out of exile to ascend her rightful throne, Princess Kelsea Raleigh Glynn, with a cadre of soldiers and the magical Tear sapphire to protect her, makes a daring decision that evokes the wrath of the evil Red Queen.
Publisher: New York :, Harper,, 2014.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780062290366
Characteristics: 434 pages : map


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amandarobinson Mar 15, 2016

I loved this book. It had a strong female read, and an interesting world creation - a fascinating mix of past and future. I like all the characters and found them well-developed. I'm currently into the second book and it's just as good if not better than the first! Love love love, highly recommen... Read More »

JaclynA Sep 28, 2014

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.

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Jul 16, 2017

Looking forward to the rest of the series and am glad it is completed so I don't have to wait a year for each installment. Really liked the writer's capability to use her well developed style to spin an interesting plot with good character development,

Apr 17, 2017

If you grew up reading Tamora Pierce's Alanna series, you're gonna love this fierce, brutally intelligent teen queen main character.

AL_CATHERINE Jan 15, 2017

Amid a sea of recent dystopian novels, this fantasy dystopian stands out! I completely lost myself in the world and the characters. Kelsea is exactly the kind of underdog that I love to cheer on! I can't wait to read more!

AL_TIEGAN Jan 12, 2017

A dystopian fantasy that does not read like a typical dystopian novel.

Kelsea has been living in hiding all her life, preparing for the day when she will claim her throne. While she may know many things about how to be a good ruler, she still has a lot more to learn. She has to win over her guards and people to show them she is unlike her vain and frivolous mother, who cared little about running her country.

There is a war on the horizon, because Kelsea will not stand for picking her people out of a lottery and sending them to be slaves to the neighboring country. She does not care how powerful the neighboring queen is said to be. In order to protect her people, she intends to prepare her people for war, while also working to stay alive, despite assassinations attempts.

Dec 22, 2016

Really good storytelling.

AL_KELSEY Nov 21, 2016

This book was originally recommended to me by a Teen, and I'm so grateful she felt comfortable telling me about this book! This dystopian fantasy story about a hidden princess in a world that sounds suspiciously like a futuristic Europe will have you laughing, crying, and rooting for this underdog of a girl who fights furiously for her people despite the consequences.

Oct 02, 2016

I rented this on audio book for the drive to and from work. I was pleasantly surprised. I was an avid fantasy reader as a teenager but its been years since I've felt so engaged. This one is a 'page turner'. I'm ready for #2!
It has some intense moments and a few upsetting scenes. It would not be appropriate for a younger audience.

PinesandPrejudice Sep 27, 2016

This is a great book with a solid female protagonist. Really a coming of age novel about becoming a queen. Some violence and language but appropriately done and such an intriguing story.

Sep 11, 2016

In this character-driven fantasy novel, Kelsea is a young and morally righteous queen who tackles an endless horde of old and morally bankrupt political foes. Johansen's pacing is nearly perfect, her writing is sharp, and she clearly invested a lot of herself into this story. This book is easy to like; don't we all fantasize about fixing a broken world?

red_parrot_103 Jul 25, 2016

Really interesting and sometimes unexpected. Can't wait for the next book, and for different surprises and excitement! :)

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Jun 08, 2015

Violence: murder, fighting

Jun 08, 2015

Sexual Content: instances of rape, abuse, pedophilia

Jun 08, 2015

Frightening or Intense Scenes: people burning. slavery. child slavery.

Jun 08, 2015

Coarse Language: swearing

Jul 28, 2014

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

Jul 28, 2014

Coarse Language: Mostly f-bombs.

Jul 28, 2014

Violence: Some, but it's not gory.

Jul 28, 2014

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

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