The Queen of the Tearling (Queen of the Tearling Trilogy #1)

The Queen of the Tearling (Queen of the Tearling Trilogy #1)

by Erika Johansen


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Magic, adventure, mystery, and romance combine in this epic debut in which a young princess must reclaim her dead mother’s throne, learn to be a ruler—and defeat the Red Queen, a powerful and malevolent sorceress determined to destroy her.

On her nineteenth birthday, Princess Kelsea Raleigh Glynn, raised in exile, sets out on a perilous journey back to the castle of her birth to ascend her rightful throne. Plain and serious, a girl who loves books and learning, Kelsea bears little resemblance to her mother, the vain and frivolous Queen Elyssa. But though she may be inexperienced and sheltered, Kelsea is not defenseless: Around her neck hangs the Tearling sapphire, a jewel of immense magical power; and accompanying her is the Queen’s Guard, a cadre of brave knights led by the enigmatic and dedicated Lazarus. Kelsea will need them all to survive a cabal of enemies who will use every weapon—from crimson-caped assassins to the darkest blood magic—to prevent her from wearing the crown.

Despite her royal blood, Kelsea feels like nothing so much as an insecure girl, a child called upon to lead a people and a kingdom about which she knows almost nothing. But what she discovers in the capital will change everything, confronting her with horrors she never imagined. An act of singular daring will throw Kelsea’s kingdom into tumult, unleashing the vengeance of the tyrannical ruler of neighboring Mortmesne: the Red Queen, a sorceress possessed of the darkest magic. Now Kelsea will begin to discover whom among the servants, aristocracy, and her own guard she can trust.

But the quest to save her kingdom and meet her destiny has only just begun—a wondrous journey of self-discovery and a trial by fire that will make her a legend . . . if she can survive.

This book will be a beautifully designed package with illustrated endpapers, a map of the Tearling, and a ribbon marker.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062290380
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/14/2015
Series: Queen of the Tearling Series , #1
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 95,775
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.74(d)
Lexile: 860L (what's this?)

About the Author

Erika Johansen grew up in the San Francisco Bay area. She went to Swarthmore College, earned an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and eventually became an attorney, but she never stopped writing.

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The Queen of the Tearling 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 108 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an entertaining book for a first time author. However, she really eviscerated anyone over 40 in this book, leading me to believe she is a young author. She had a scene that was particularly mean, describing an "ancient woman" in her forties. A few plot holes. Not a lot of insight into how this post-apocalyptic country came to be. Very graphic descriptions of sex, so don't let young girls read this. The heroine is supposed to be similar to Queen Elizabeth. I will buy the second book for entertainment, but all the hype of promotion of this book seemed a bit excessive.
irishclaireKG More than 1 year ago
Well, This is Really Closer to Two and a Half Stars ...but I'll round it up to three for the beautiful, old-fashioned cover complete with a lovely silken bookmark. As for the rest? It's a mishmash of 'stuff' which utterly contradicts itself and falls into illogic a great deal of the time. If that does not bother you, then it is an enjoyable but slight book. Expect to find plot devices from 'Hunger Games' (even the term 'tribute' is used), 'Game of Thrones,' Harry Potter (there's a direct acknowledgement of the 'Rowling collection' as part of preserved books), 'Raiders of the Lost Ark' (watch out for Ark of the Covenant zapping accessories), 'Mean Girls' ('Fetch', really??) and many others. What really irked, me, however, is the chaotic backstory. The convoluted history of The Tearling (and this whole world) is never clearly explained--we are never sure where this all takes place (defunct America? Europe?), what really happened with the Crossing and why (it actually sounds like the Pilgrims coming to the New World)...all the action takes place in a decidedly medieval setting complete with armor, castles, serfdom, 12th century weapons...fear of witches and magic...there is no real medicine yet there are references to antibiotics, transplants, and contraception...there are no longer books but knowledge of print's a total jumble. Kelsea is schooled as a queen but most of personal and political history has been kept from her: what's the point of a largely clueless queen?! But she trudges on displaying gross shallowness one minute (wondering why ugly people have the audacity to wish being pretty) then in the next paragraph displaying wisdom beyond all others. There is the predictable crush on the Bad Boy (shades of Robin Hood there) impression was that this had no clue what it was supposed to be. It's a trilogy so are we going to get ALL these answers in other books? We needed a whole lot of them for this book. Emma Watson is evidently going to do the movie--hope it's more cohesive than this. It's not a terrible book--it's just sort of all over the place.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What an over-hyped mess of a book.  I wanted to like The Queen of the Tearling, but I would have had to suspend a desire for decent world building, basic character development and a plot that made sense.  Here are just a few of the overwhelming problems with this story. In many ways The Queen of Tearling is poorly derivative of the Girl of Fire and Thorns series by Rea Carson. QotT is written in the most simple and (very) Young Adult style, except for rape references, pedophilia, and gratuitous torture—all of which seem to be thrown in for no apparent reason and are jarring juxtaposed against the juvenile style.  The heroine, Kelsea, is obsessed with everyone’s looks, especially her own.  (As an aside, I found it peculiar and inexplicable that if a female was depicted as attractive she was a victim of abuse, a whore, or evil—no other options). It’s stressed over and over how plain and overweight she is, which could have been interesting in the hands of an author who understands human nature.  Kelsea has very cringe-inducing notions about how to behave—for instance, after an assassination attempt; her group of guards (men she’s only known for a week or so) glimpses her nude body before she grabs a towel.  But Kelsea is annoyed with herself for this perceived “vanity” and later tends to have a pathetic need to get naked in front of these hapless men to prove she’s not vain.  Seriously, in Kelsea’s mind it’s “vain” to keep your clothes on in front of a bunch of strangers old enough to be her father.    The dialogue is awful.  Kelsea either repeats whatever someone just said, or if her silly ideas of what to do are challenged, she says something like, “I think you can figure it out.”  Really. Most of the time when Kelsea spoke, I was hoping someone would finally tell her to shut up and learn something about life first. Kelsea also falls instantly in puppy-love with a serious creep who humiliated and threatened to kill her—and the only reason given is because he’s hot.  Really. These Queen’s Guards, who are supposed to be the best of the best badasses are lame.  While escorting Kelsea through dangerous lands, they get drunk and loud at night when there is the constant threat of ambush.  When they are presented with clear proof that there is a traitor in their midst, the leader, Mace, only throws a fit.  In fact Mace, who for some reason everyone fears, is constantly bragging about how he knows things and is never wrong—yet he’s constantly wrong, and constantly fails. There’s an evil queen, who is beautiful of course, which seems to be the only reason she is evil.  And the magic? It is only a plot device—Dues ex machina at its worst.  But the worst thing by far is the preachy and condescending style of the writing.  This author writes as if the idea of helping the poor is her own original idea.  I’ve gone on enough, but there’s so much more that fails the logic test in this over-hyped and unoriginal book. If you're looking for good examples of Fantasy, these authors deliver—Robin Hobb, Sarah J. Maas, Andrew Ryan, and Patrick Rothfuss.
Caosta More than 1 year ago
This book is definitely one of the best science fiction and fantasy books that I have read in years. Intriguing story telling, a blending of old and new. A world of richly designed characters, fascinating plotline, and multiple twist and turns that keep the book interesting and make you not want to put it down. Loved the book from beginning to end, and can't wait to see what will the author write next. I will caution that there is some stronger language, and adult content in the book but for anyone who had read Game of Thrones, or adult who read Tamora Pierce when they were younger. This book is an absolute winner.
ABookishGirlBlog More than 1 year ago
Kelsea Raleigh Glynn is a princess but she is not your average princess. Raised by a couple, Carlin and Barty, while she was in hiding Kelsea is more the girl next door who loves to read then a princess in a castle trying on gowns and then buying them all because she couldn't decide which one she liked best.  It is Kelsea's nineteenth birthday and it is time to go back and ascend her throne where her Uncle currently sits as regent. Unwilling to give up the throne to a teenager Kelsea's Uncle and many others with lots to lose should Kelsea become queen conspire to make sure that the coronation doesn't happen. During this quickened coronation Kelsea is wounded but still gets confirmed showing everyone that she is just not some little girl who can pushed around that even with a knife in her back she will still stand as the queen. Even though Kelsea is now Queen Kelsea the blaggards won't relent and Kelsea and her guards must constantly be on their toes. Adventure abounds in this book as Queen Kelsea fights to stay alive while making drastic changes that while may be better for the Tearling now in the long run it could bring a fearsome enemy to their very doors. Magic can be found in Kelsea's two Tearling sapphire necklaces that when worn gives her a means to protect herself and can they can even show her what is to be. Queen Kelsea of the Tearling has the power to change the lives of the Tearling for the better this is her chance to see herself and the great things that she is capable of. A female heroine that we can all relate to because even though she doubts herself sometimes and is insecure about her looks at the end of the day she does what needs to be done regardless of her self perceived shortcomings. I loved, loved, loved this book, which is the first in a trilogy, and cannot wait to read the remaining books in this series when they come out! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was so pleased by this book. The storyline, pacing, chatacter development, and setting are all masterfully put together. I can not recommend this book enough. It truly has everything for everyone, hints at dark edges, and leaves me waiting for me!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm a sucker for a pretty cover so I read this book. It's a very big set-up for a series and the first book does leaves most questions unresolved. We at least know the printing presses come back since each chapter begins with an excerpt of a book written about the Tearling Queen's reign. I'm glad this is targeted to be made into a movie. Many of the characters seem flat (especially the heroine) and some good acting will bring them to their full potential. And I agree with the reviewer about the book having issues with age. It's difficult to tell if it's just the author's perception of what's 'old' or if time itself is different or if in general lifespans are very short. The red queen is over 100 years, the tearling queen is 19, the guard is "old" and in their 30's/40's? I just worry that one of the men she's crushing on may end up being the father - ew. Another issue I have with the book is it seems to want to be left leaning politically and anti-religious but it doesn't quite make the point. But since these are popular stances with young people these days it makes me feel perhaps the Crossing has something to do with all the icecaps melting in the future due to global warming and survivors establishing new colonies at the poles or wherever land can be found.
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Shawscribbles More than 1 year ago
Echoes of The Graceling in this one! I loved this book. In true high fantasy style, it had everything I look for in a novel: a strong heroine, mystery, magic, history, and adventure. Some people who look for romance or light moments, may be put off. This is a serious book. And in its seriousness it hold an abundance of truth. If you like Game of Thrones, you will like this one. It exposes the dark underbelly of humanity in some truly horrific ways. I finished this book satisfied but also craving more. You can bet I'll be checking out the rest of the books in this series soon!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Seriously just read it.
Taylor_FrayedBooks More than 1 year ago
I have heard so much about this book online. Many people flat out hate it and I don't really see why. I know the ending because I was spoiled while reading negative comments, and while the ending seems kind of flat, I thought this book was written well. There are plenty of descriptors which I think does make it a very dense read, akin to GoT. I thought Kelsea was a great character and really grew into her role as queen right from the moment she knew she was going to be. I think that she also showed a ton of compassion and the makings of a great leader.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This series is a perfect blend of elements from Lost, to The Hunger Games, to maybe even a little bit of Fringe and a touch of a Snow White feel, and even Game of Thrones feel while being a genuine tale all its own. I thoroughly enjoyed this entire books series. One day I picked up the first book and the next week I had finished them all. I was reading in the morning, between breaks at work, relentlessly when I got home. If my fish hooks at the beginning didn't lure you, I would like to add that I appreciated how romance was not the main theme of this series. All I have left to say is this book series had my attention start to finish with its tell the story now, answer questions later nature.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I knew this book would be good, but it was over the top awesome! Finished in a day! On to book 2! Don't want it to end!?
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Queen of the Tearling as a stand alone book is very captivating with interesting characters and has an overall uplifting feel. Its the kind of book that you can't put down. The problem, however, is that the next two books in the series are incredibly depressing. The ending is very bittersweet and not very satisfying. Had I known how the trilogy would end, I wouldn't have read the Queen of the Tearling to begin with.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book Ive read in a long time!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book and bought the second and third book in this triligy
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A must read. This is a book you will not want to put down.
pooled_ink More than 1 year ago
pooled ink Reviews: 4.5 Stars A solid book, definitely. I’d been hearing rustlings from other authors about this book for almost a year before I finally snatched it from the shelves in a bookstore and devoured its tale greedily. I only had the blurb to go off of, a vague sense of gut certainty that I would like this story, and the dregs of a giftcard to pay for it. Somehow it wasn’t what I had expected. It surprised me. This book includes castles, knights, swords, wars, jewels, bloodshed, and brief glimpses of magic alongside startling familiarities such as organ transplants, genetic science, and the like. Everything seems so old and yet so modern creating an overall wholly otherworldly setting. Unexpected, but it works quite nicely. There are things I like and don’t like, characters I embrace or sigh at, moments I hold my breath or roll my eyes at, etcetera. But weirdly enough instead of it making me dislike this book for our differences in opinion, it somehow draws me in because even when I’m not in favor about something in this book it still strikes me as woefully realistic and realism is something I value in books, for the most part anyway. THE QUEEN OF THE TEARLING is only the beginning to a captivating fantasy trilogy. One must be stouthearted, open minded, and willing to leap to accompany the Tearling Queen on this dawn of a new age, but rest assured your efforts will be rewarded. A solid tale crafted with cunning, brutality, bravery, and fantasy, The Queen of the Tearling reveals no surprise as to its celebrated precedence in the literary world. Read my FULL review here: P.S. Why does no B&N I visit ever have the rest of the series?? So frustrating.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm excited to see what the next book has waiting for Kel.
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An inventive and riveting blend of fantasy and girl power, the Tearling books stand above the rest.
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