Series: The Queen of the Tearling #3
Published by HarperCollins on November 29, 2016
Genres: Adult, Fantasy
Sexual Content: References to rape, non-consensual physical contact
Reviewed by: Kate
The thrilling conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Tearling trilogy.
In less than a year, Kelsea Glynn has transformed from a gawky teenager into a powerful monarch. As she has come into her own as the Queen of the Tearling, the headstrong, visionary leader has also transformed her realm. In her quest to end corruption and restore justice, she has made many enemies—including the evil Red Queen, her fiercest rival, who has set her armies against the Tear.
To protect her people from a devastating invasion, Kelsea did the unthinkable—she gave herself and her magical sapphires to her enemy—and named the Mace, the trusted head of her personal guards, Regent in her place. But the Mace will not rest until he and his men rescue their sovereign, imprisoned in Mortmesne.
Now, as the suspenseful endgame begins, the fate of Queen Kelsea—and the Tearling itself—will finally be revealed.
THE FATE OF THE TEARLING left me with lots of feelings. The first two-thirds of the book were rock-star. And, to be fair, the last third of the book was good too, it just wasn't what I was expecting. So, without spoiling anything, I am going to try to review this book for you. First of all, if you read the first two, definitely read the third. You'll want the closure that it provides. And if you haven't read the first two, I definitely recommend them. The trilogy has a very different feel than a lot of other fantasy trilogies, to its benefit.
Second of all, Kelsea. I love her so much. She is so freaking awesome - she does what she feels is right, but she makes mistakes and isn't perfect either. I don't like perfect heroines who can do no wrong, because they don't feel real to me. Kelsea's questioning of her past decisions, her anxiety about whether or not she did the right thing, feels like a young adult reaction to life, much less running a country. For the most part the characters really carried THE FATE OF THE TEARLING. Even the Red Queen had so much depth to her that I almost felt sympathy for her. (Almost, she was still awful.) And nearly everybody from the first two books makes an appearance in the third, so there were very few loose ends that were not tied up.
One complaint I had was that the magic system in the Tearling was underdeveloped. It seems the magic came from the sapphires, but where did the sapphires come from? It was implied they came from the mountains in the Tearling, but if that was the case, why weren't there more of them? I had some other unanswered questions regarding the magic, but I really don't want to spoil anything for you.
All in all, THE FATE OF THE TEARLING is a strong, character driven book. While some aspects of the world-building could have been better, there was enough set up to make things believable, and to give the characters room to grow and evolve within the context of the world. It offered an interesting ending that I totally didn't expect and tied up a lot of character storylines. In my opinion, it was a good ending to a trilogy, and totally worth the read.Series Titles:
- For another story with a heroine thrust into a role she doesn't want, try A Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson.