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The Queen Of The Tearling [Hardcover]

Erika Johansen
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17 July 2014

Her throne awaits . . . if she can live long enough to take it.

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.

Combining thrilling adventure and action, dark magic, mystery and romance, The Queen of the Tearling is the debut of a born storyteller blessed with a startling imagination.

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  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Press (17 July 2014)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0593072693
  • ISBN-13: 978-0593072691
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.6 x 4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,568 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The Queen of the Tearling is a gripping read with an enchanting heroine. Erika Johansen has created a wonderful world and I can't wait to read more." (BERNARD CORNWELL)

"Destined to be a fantasy classic. Johansen's writing is assured, confident and thrilling. I can't wait for the next book." (AMY McCULLOCH, author of The Oathbreaker's Shadow)

"A fast-paced and original fantasy, written with a confident and accomplished style, with plenty of intrigue and mystery." (ADRIAN TCHAIKOVSKY, author of the bestselling 'Shadows of the Apt')

"Erika Johansen bursts onto the fantasy scene with a page-turner full of adventure, sorcery, swords, and politics -- not to mention a clever heroine with guts and conviction to spare. THE QUEEN OF THE TEARLING kept me up way past my bedtime and left me wanting more!" (HELENE WECKER, author of The Golem and the Jinni)

"This book worked on me with all the subtle power of an addiction: by the time I realized I was hooked, it was far too late to stop." (LAUREN OLIVER, author of Before I Fall)

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Introducing a brilliant new fiction talent, a dazzling debut with the depth of character and sinuous drama of Game of Thrones, the narrative drive of The Hunger Games and is to be filmed by the Harry Potter dream team of star Emma Watson and producer David Heyman.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Long live the Queen 17 July 2014

This is something a bit different, a book that crosses genres with liberal smatterings of Historical Fiction, Fantasy and Dystopia. Erika Johansen has pulled off something quite remarkable, seamlessly joining these genres into not only a coherent plot but one thats a rival for any of the high profile dystopian tales out there (for me it eclipses the depth of story of your Hunger games type tale and is up there with Wool for inventive writing).

From the start we follow Kelsea a young girl just turning 19, heir to the Tearling throne, someone not expected to live beyond the first few pages, only Kelsea is determined and trained to disappoint those people and thrill the reader. This young girl must win loyalty from her Guard, survive her own family and government and try to turn a decaying kingdom into something bright again. All she has is her rigorous upbringing and education by her adopted parents and the magic jeweled heirloom left to her by her mother. Set against her is, her uncle, her government, a cabal of assassins and the seemingly immortal Red Queen of their neighboring kingdom a kingdom far exceeding hers in arms and economy, the feudal system working against Tearling and its chance of getting out from under the treaty in place between the two nations.

Thrown into this fantasy landscape are hints and references to “the crossing” and then “America” “new London” and then various books like “Lord of the Rings” showing this is a group surviving some form of global disaster,

I don’t normally give this much background into a book plot, but i wanted to try and portray some of the clever plot ideas, the writing and skill that this author has in this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripped me!! 26 Jun 2014
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I have always found it hard to find fantasy books that are appealing and accessable to me because I don't like them too heavy or overly complex. So I have to admit I picked up The Queen of the Tearling with a little trepidation. After a few chapters to find the flow, I found I was compleatly hooked!

Kelsea was an amazing character, she was relatable, strong, and intelligent. It made a nice change to read about a girl that wasn't completely involved in a complex love triangle, and her whole world didn't revolve around the pretty guy next to her! There was also a fantastic band of secondary characters (both good and bad), that added a real depth and different dynamic to the plot. It is not often I find a book what has switching POV where all the characters are equally entertaining.

The coming of age story, and fight to survive and gain the throne was both tense and well thought out, and although the book is lengthy, there was always something interesting happening to keep you invested in the story.

There was a slight issue with when the book is based, a little confusing as for most of the book it seems based in medieval times, but then you would get an old little mention of recessive genes, or the fact that all books have been destroyed that would remind you the book is supposed to be set in the future. This was a little jarring, and didn't work for me. This was a tiny problem though, and doesn't have enought impact on my enjoyment of the novel to affect my 5* rating.

A great book for someone starting out in the fantasy genre, exciting plot, entertaing characters, what's not to love? Can't wait for the sequels and for this to hit the big screen. :)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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'The Queen of The Tearling' is a fantasy novel, the first part of a trilogy and soon to be a major movie. It couldn't fail. This is a novel running a similar line to both 'The Hunger Games' and 'Game of Thrones' both of which are hugely popular, money spinning ventures. I've no doubt 'The Queen of The Tearling' will follow on.

I enjoyed the journey as 19 years old Kelsea Glynn, main character and narrative voice, grows from young girl to a rightful challenger for the Tearling Throne. There's a lot of complexity and, as is typical for this type of adventure, enough characters entering and leaving the story to cause some serious confusion; dead parents, foster parents, The Red Queen, hired killers, slaves, armies and I'm only naming a few!. But it's handled well and for the most part runs smoothly and is quite easy to read. Certainly gripping.

I don't really need to tell you much about the plot, it's self explanatory; young girl goes on a quest to gain her rightful place and she meets up with every type of opposition on the journey with many of those meetings leading to scenes of conflict and bloodshed. There are some strong, graphic fight scenes. The violence is in keeping with what we expect from this genre but I certainly wouldn't want to recommend the novel to a younger audience. It's not suitable for the YA market.

I enjoyed the way Erika Johansen used a series of flashbacks and quotes from imaginary manuscripts to infill Kelsea's history. Kelsea has a royal pedigree, an absolute right to claim the throne, and it was important to get that out there to the reader. It's her motivation and what drives her along.

Because 'The Queen of The Tearling' is the first part of a trilogy don't expect too many conclusions or the tying up of loose ends.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Young hero comes out of hiding & sets kingdom to rights
My thoughts:
I got sucked in to this book and read it pretty quickly. Kelsea has ben raised in isolation by her foster parents, allowed to read many things but kept ignorant... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Ailsa
1.0 out of 5 stars This is NOT Game of Thrones!
This book is not like GRR Martin's Game of Thrones (first book of the 'A Song of Ice and Fire' saga). Read more
Published 1 day ago by alexandra
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good, but just short of the mark
Well written, admittedly a page turner that flows well, with a plot that progresses quickly and slickly. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars She read it in no time and loved it. So we recommended it highly to...
My daughter is a huge fan of The Hunger Games and Divergent, and she tells me this book is in that kind of genre. She read it in no time and loved it. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Nicolette Laurence
4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad
Brilliant funny witty and gripping I hope she brings out a few more to read.I feel.kelsea has.more adventures to come
Published 2 days ago by Miss P Wonfor
4.0 out of 5 stars Okay
I liked this more than I feared I would. It isn’t the simplistic Young Adult cash in on the success of the Hunger Games and Game of Thrones that it is being promoted as. Read more
Published 2 days ago by The Emperor
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
The only disappointing thing about this book is that i can't read the second one straight away!!! I loved this book and it . Was an impulse buy. Can't wait for the second one :)
Published 2 days ago by James Crawford
5.0 out of 5 stars great book!
As a huge fan of fantasy fiction, I adored this book. I thought I would enjoy nothing as much as the hunger games trilogy but I am hooked on this one and can't wait for part 2 and... Read more
Published 3 days ago by tabitha
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! A great start to a new series....
I really wasn't expecting anything from this book but I really rate kept me enthralled from beginning until the end....
Kelsea Glynn is 19..... Read more
Published 4 days ago by mandynolan
4.0 out of 5 stars Whilst not a perfect feminist heroine
Whilst not a perfect feminist heroine, Kelsea is a great start. I enjoyed this book, I found it easy to read and get absorbed in to. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Pristine
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