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The Invasion of the Tearling: (The Tearling Trilogy 2) Paperback – 30 Jun 2016
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"Builds to a no-holds-barred, pulsating climax . . . Johansen juggles fantasy, sci-fi and weighty issues of good and evil with brilliant ease, and leaves us eagerly awaiting the next instalment." (DAILY MAIL)
"An intoxicating brew of dystopian fiction, high fantasy, science fiction, and a bit of horror ― and in The Invasion of the Tearling, Johansen takes those elements and turns them up to eleven, making for a thrilling and thought-provoking read that takes this trilogy to even greater heights." (BUZZFEED '5 great books to read in August')
"A dazzling and gripping follow up. . . . Expertly combining modern and medieval themes, Johansen ratchets up suspense as she weaves a magical story that crosses time . . . one of the most original and well-written series in recent memory." (USA TODAY)
"Meet the next Katniss Everdeen. If you missed last year’s The Queen of the Tearling, run, don’t walk, to get it." (ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY)
"Get caught up with Kelsea, a heroine so badass, Emma Watson’s already signed up to play her." (COSMOPOLITAN)
The breathtaking sequel to the international bestseller The Queen of the Tearling - that was hailed by the Daily Mail as 'like Game of Thrones and The Hunger Games meets Pulp Fiction' . . .See all Product description
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However this second in the series didn't really follow through, for me. The main focus was on the very early part of the founding of the world we know from book 1, so it was set in the 'modern world' (really a futuristic dystopia, but not so very far removed from our own world today), and not in Kelsea's world. It's a very clever idea but I didn't love it in the same way I did the Tearling, and I was impatient to get back to what's happening in the Tearling, to be honest. It didn't feel like the stuff inside matched what was on the tin, which I know is sometimes just the case. I also found this very violent and really a lot of focus on the violence, particularly sexual violence, which I felt pretty uncomfortable with, and this comment comes from someone who has watched and loved ever series of Game of Thrones so I'm no Mary Whitehouse!
Still amazingly written though, and I will definitely be buying book 3 and reading it in one gulp, when it comes out!
First book was 'Queen of the Tearling.' This isn't a jumping on point, as there's very little exposition in here as to what happened in that, and so new readers should do that book first to get the most from this.
Those who have read it, read on.
This volume runs for five hundred and seventy pages. It's divided into two parts. Further into fourteen chapters and an epilogue.
There's a map of the setting at the start.
It contains violence, some strong language, and adult moments, so this isn't young adult fantasy.
Following on from the end of book one, Kelsea is now Queen. Those who plotted against her are being dealt with. But her army have a hopeless battle ahead of them in fighting off the Red Queen's. And she has all the problems a Monarch can expect to face also. Plus she's still got some growing up to do.
On top of all this, she starts having strange dreams. Which might show how her world came to be...
This gets off to a superb start by using two supporting characters as viewpoint ones. It is very good indeed at remembering to show things exactly as they would perceive them as well. Kelsea, once she starts getting chapters, remains quite a sympathetic creation. It does then flick between her world and the visions, which are of something very different indeed.
These sections of the book are quite dark and don't pull any punches. But they always know exactly where they are going. And do have a sympathetic character to guide you through them.
Whilst very much a mid book in a series, in addition to the above mentioned sections, it doesn't feel like things have advanced too much at points, but by the end you see that it has done some very good plotting and has pulled so much together, over the course of this and the opener. You do find yourself admiring some of the plotting as well. There are some excellent revelations.
And it has another thing that is common to middle books. It ends on a huge cliffhanger that will leave you desperately wanting to know what comes next.
That can be found in book three 'The Fate of the Tearling.'
Book two, though, is a very good read in a good series and well worth four out of five.
So happy to get an advance copy of this book, as I loved the first book. This one picks up right where The Queen of the Tearling left off. In this novel we begin to get some answers about the history of this world
I can see how Kelsea has grown from cover to cover of this book. Kelsea is not the same person that left Carlin’s cottage at the beginning of The Queen of the Tearling. She gets darker. She is realistic, fighting inner battles. She is not kind or soft, She is strong and decisive, but is rash and impulsive, with a temper. Wasn’t much romance, but there is a physical relationship with another character that is rapidly sparkling into something else. But that sort of thing isn’t allowed because Kelsea is the Queen and the other person is… not a King or Prince or nobleman of sorts. Kelsea is trying to come up with ways to defeat the Mort army. So far has successfully slowed their march to conquer the Tearling kingdom. Kelsea is fighting for her kingdom, for control over herself and for the right thing to do in the end. No easy solution, sacrifices must be made
The story takes a strange turn pretty quickly into the book, a young woman Lily Mayhew of the time before the crossing, is introduced. Kelsea is having visions of the time before the crossing through Lily’s eyes.
Lily, a seemingly insignificant woman living in the pre-crossing, is the wife of very important man in the department of defence (In the year 2046 or something like that) she is physically abused, he gets angry, and then becomes violent. She takes pills secretly so she doesn’t become pregnant. In the pre-crossing times, women are property and only good for having children. Lily is rich and polished but she is a prisoner in her own life.
Was intrigued by what I was reading. It wasn’t clear why Lily was so important in to the story and why Kelsea was having visions of her. I felt sad and scared for Lily. I really wanted to know how things were connected. Over time the two stories intersect. Towards the end we do see why Lily is so important in Kelsea’s time.
Good to see two worlds collide. Took me by surprise to see this almost modern story running parallel to the fantasy one. Great to see the world in the pre-crossing era, where America is basically a flipping mess. You’re either super rich or really poor. During the crossing, it was a time where the wealthy held lands and built a massive wall to keep the poor out. We do see the crossing, and it’s not what you would think, it definitely wasn’t for me, wasn’t expecting it to happen the way that it does! This books is filled iffy issues that are not glossed over, with gruesome unpleasant happenings, such as rape, abuse, assault and maiming. Also all the things that come with a war.
Slightly different from the first book, point of view switches between characters. the secondary characters, I loved them. I really like how we got to know more about them personally. We get to see a different side to Mace, we find out more about Father Tyler. and even minor characters like Andalie’s daughter Aisa. The Mort Queen is also featured. The book is written in the third person, so we get a lot of insight of different characters other than just Kelsea.
I hope we get to find out Kelsea’s father is in the next book. he mentioned a few times in this book, hints were being dropped left and right. I also hope the romance pans out between Kelsea and a certain someone. Just like the first book, this one was slow pacing for me, slightly struggling to remember the minor details/ certain parts of this book. but the are so many parts, major parts that you will not be forgetting in hurry.
Great sequel. I love this series, can not express how much I love these books. Already itching for the next novel, scared to read it, but excited. I need to know what happens!
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