Review: The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

The Queen of the Tearling

Title: The Queen of the Tearling
Author: Erika Johansen
Publisher: Bantam
Release Date: 16th July 2015
Pages: 512
Read it in: Too long…
Source: From Amazon

Synopsis: Goodreads

Kelsea Glynn is the sole heir to the throne of Tearling but has been raised in secret by foster parents after her mother – Queen Elyssa, as vain as she was stupid – was murdered for ruining her kingdom. For 18 years, the Tearling has been ruled by Kelsea’s uncle in the role of Regent however he is but the debauched puppet of the Red Queen, the sorceress-tyrant of neighbouring realm of Mortmesme. On Kelsea’s 19th birthday, the tattered remnants of her mother’s guard – each pledged to defend the queen to the death – arrive to bring this most un-regal young woman out of hiding…

And so begins her journey back to her kingdom’s heart, to claim the throne, earn the loyalty of her people, overturn her mother’s legacy and redeem the Tearling from the forces of corruption and dark magic that are threatening to destroy it. But Kelsea’s story is not just about her learning the true nature of her inheritance – it’s about a heroine who must learn to acknowledge and live with the realities of coming of age in all its insecurities and attractions, alongside the ethical dilemmas of ruling justly and fairly while simply trying to stay alive…

My Review:


I had such high hopes for this novel… I am sad to say I am disappointed with it. It started off well, and I thought it had a bright future as a favourite of mine. And that quickly changed. I didn’t feel any attachment to any of the characters, I didn’t care about their fate’s and I didn’t really get any threat from the Red Queen despite her being described as a huge threat!

I won’t say it’s not worth the read, because I did enjoy it when I started it. I really did think that I was going to enjoy the novel, but for me it just fell flat! I found myself just bored during the last 20% of the novel. Not only that, but I did think that it picked up! I posted an update saying that overall I was excited to see how the story ended and what the next would have install… and not 2% later I had changed my mind completely and was bored again.


Don’t take my word for it. Read The Queen of the Tearling, go into it with an open mind. Because who knows, you might find something that actually speaks to you, you might enjoy it. But it wasn’t for me.



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