Author: Erika Johansen
Published by: Bantam Press on 16th July 2015
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Dystopian
Series: The Queen of the Tearling #2
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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.
Wow. Just wow. I'm pretty stupefied, if not lost for words and left feeling quite overwhelmed after finishing the masterpiece that is known as The Invasion of the Tearling. Not only was this book right up there in my list of highly anticipated reads of 2015, it pretty much surpassed all of my expectations with an added bonus of fireworks. Talk about an electrifying sequel! This book was even better than its predecessor, in ways that is difficult to describe.
To begin with, we're left in quite the dramatic dilemma at the end of The Queen of the Tearling what with Kelsea's actions leading to a full-out invasion being curated and war being declared on the Tearling by the Red Queen of Mortmesne. I was left hanging with an overload of questions that I am desperate in need of answers to! AND AGAIN, I am in the same situation. Deja vu guys, with The Invasion of the Tearling, I'm practically going insane from wanting to know how everything is going to play out. Who would die, and who would win?
Book 2 holds more action, more magic and the Fantasy element is truly highlighted which I am very pleased about. The world building continues to impress and grow and it's extraordinary, making me fall in love with this staggeringly evocative and vivid fantasy era. Characters continue to develop and flourish and has caused me to grow attachments to a number of them to a point where I'm quivering with fear in case anything bad happens to them. I basically want my favourites to be happy and for everything to be okay.
Also, let's talk about Kelsea. Our reigning young Queen of the Tearling. Sometimes I could barely recognise her, in a good way. Gone is the naive and young girl and here is a new headstrong and brutal young woman whose actions and behaviour are both frightening and epic, making her someone that is to be feared. I loved her, and despised her. A mix of both but ending with me wishing she was someone I could have created myself. I am envious of Erika for having such an imagination. I long to see what will become of Kelsea in the final installment of this whirlwind of a series!
The pacing is a little faster, there are more POV's to read from and we shift between past and present that molds the story into a twisted and highly intriguing tale. I devoured this book in its entirety. I longed for there to be more, I'd happily accept for this series to become as long as the Game of Thrones books, just so I can hold on to this fabulous world and its characters!
I'm already having major withdrawal symptoms which probably means I will be reading this series again sometime soon. The sequel just made my love for this series blossom, I cannot begin to explain just how grateful I am that Erika has kindly shared her faultless work with us readers. I just want everyone to read this series and fall in love with it. It's the perfect Fantasy to start off with if you're new to the genre. It's perfect for all.
Intense, heart-stopping and utterly addictive, this is one series no one should miss out on reading.
Did you expect anything less?