Series: The Queen of the Tearling
Published by Harper Collins on June 9, 2015
Genres: Fantasy, New Adult, Post-Apocalyptic, Romantic
Sexual Content: Non-explicit sex
Reviewed by: Kate
With each passing day, Kelsea Glynn is growing into her new responsibilities as Queen of the Tearling. By stopping the shipments of slaves to the neighboring kingdom of Mortmesne, she crossed the Red Queen, a brutal ruler whose power derives from dark magic, who is sending her fearsome army into the Tearling to take what is hers. And nothing can stop the invasion.
But as the Mort army draws ever closer, Kelsea develops a mysterious connection to a time before the Crossing, and she finds herself relying on a strange and possibly dangerous ally: a woman named Lily, fighting for her life in a world where being female can feel like a crime. The fate of the Tearling —and that of Kelsea’s own soul—may rest with Lily and her story, but Kelsea may not have enough time to find out.
Looking back at my review of THE QUEEN OF THE TEARLING, I was surprised that I had any reservations, because I only remember how much I thoroughly enjoyed the book. When I received a copy of THE INVASION OF THE TEARLING, it is pretty safe to say that I was ecstatic, so eager to follow Kelsea's story and find out what happened to her.
THE INVASION OF THE TEARLING answers so many questions that I didn't know I had about Kelsea's world and how it came to be the way it was. The backstory was fascinating, and the switches to the viewpoint of Lily, pre-Crossing, were interesting interludes. However, now I'm left with more questions than I had before - why does Kelsea start to look like Lily, for one? Plus, a few others, but I won't spoil any details for you now.
Johanson does a number on the reader in THE INVASION OF THE TEARLING, with one revelation after another, and constant plot twists and turns. The action is well paced, though, and I never felt like it was too much.
One disappointment was the near disappearance of the Fetch - he only showed up once in the novel, and I was hoping for more from his relationship with Kelsea. Otherwise, all the characters we got to know in THE QUEEN OF THE TEARLING were there, and we learn more about them, as well.
With all new facets to the story that we learn, THE INVASION OF THE TEARLING never feels like a sophomore slump of a novel. It's an amazing ride with so many surprises for the reader that make it worth the nearly 500 page bulk. This is one that flew by despite its length, and I am waiting on pins and needles for book three.Series Titles:
- The Queen of the Tearling - 4/5
- The Invasion of the Tearling
- For more young adult fantasy, try Graceling by Kristin Cashore.
- For another story with a heroine thrust into a role she doesn't want, try A Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson.