The Queen of the Tearling

The Queen of the Tearling

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Her throne awaits ...if she can live long enough to take it. It was on her nineteenth birthday that the soldiers came for Kelsea Glynn. They'd come to escort her back to the place of her birth - and to ensure she survives long enough to be able to take possession of what is rightfully hers. But like many nineteen-year-olds, Kelsea is unruly, has high principles and believes she knows better than her elders. Unlike many nineteen-year-olds, she is about to inherit a kingdom that is on its knees - corrupt, debauched and dangerous. Kelsea will either become the most fearsome ruler the kingdom has ever known ...or be dead within the week. Combining thrilling adventure and action, dark magic, mystery and romance, The Queen of the Tearling is the debut of a born storyteller blessed with a startling imagination.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 448 pages
  • 162 x 240 x 39mm | 725g
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • BANTAM PRESS
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0593072693
  • 9780593072691
  • 102,375

About Erika Johansen

ERIKA JOHANSEN grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. She went to Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania before attending the celebrated Iowa Writers Workshop, where she earned a Master of Fine Arts degree. She eventually became an attorney but she never stopped writing. Her debut was the international bestseller, The Queen of the Tearling - the first novel in a remarkable trilogy. This was followed by the acclaimed The Invasion of the Tearling and the concluding volume, The Fate of the Tearling, is published in June 2016. Erika now lives in England. Author photo (c) Victoria Webbshow more

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"I couldn't put the bloody thing down. It would be fair to say I became obsessed with the role and the book" -- EMMA WATSON "Did you love The Hunger Games? Partial to an episode of Game of Thrones? Then you're going to want to dive straight in to this new fantasy ... brilliantly imagined and captivatingly written" HEAT "An assured and confident debut ... featuring a strong female lead and a well-realised far-future post-apocalyptic world" INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY "Like Game of Thrones and The Hunger Games meets Pulp Fiction" DAILY MAIL "Destined to be a fantasy classic. Johansen's writing is assured, confident and thrilling. I can't wait for the next book." AMY McCULLOCH, author of The Oathbreaker's Shadowshow more

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"Destined to be a fantasy classic. Johansen’s writing is assured, confident and thrilling. I can’t wait for the next book."show more

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It was on her nineteenth birthday that the soldiers came for Kelsea Glynn. They came to escort her back to the place of her birth – to ensure she takes possession of what is rightfully hers. But like many nineteen-year-olds, Kelsea is unruly, has high principles and believes she knows better than her elders. Unlike many nineteen-year-olds, she is about to inherit a kingdom that is on its knees – corrupt, debauched and dangerous. Kelsea will either become the most fearsome ruler the kingdom has ever known . . . or be dead within the week. Combining thrilling adventure and action, dark magic, mystery and romance, The Queen of the Tearling is the debut of a born storyteller blessed with a startling imagination.show more

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48,838 ratings
4.02 out of 5 stars
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4 41% (20,004)
3 17% (8,223)
2 4% (2,151)
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*I received a copy of this book free from the publisher via Netgalley for review consideration, this in no way affects my opinion of the book.* This was such a fun read with some interesting characters. The story seems to be set in the future of our world as there is mentionings of America and Europe and even real historical and fictional characters. It is set after 'The Crossing' (whatever that may be), thousands of years after the founder of this new world, William Tear who, with some followers left the 'old' world to start a new purely socialist one. As there were humans involved, that socialist dream didn't last and there was assasinations, new leaders and religious fascism. Even though this is set in the future, it is not futuristic with flying cars and other such technology, but the world in fact has regressed to a feudal society, with horses as transport and candles for lighting. As confusing as all this is in the first book, I am looking forward to it all being explained in the rest of the series The narrator/main character Kelsea's obsession with appearence got a little annoying after awhile, it is nice to have a heroine who isn't stunningly beautiful, but Kelsea's plainness is hammered home a few too many times. Despite this, she is a likable character who grows a lot during the course of the book. She has strong morals and stands up for what is right, regardless of the consequences. She is also an avid book lover, so of course I like her ;-) There are some great secondary characters, such as Kelsea's gruff guard The Mace, her maid Andalie and the Robin Hood figure The Fetch (on whom I already have somewhat of a crush). I look forward to getting to know these characters more in future books. Overall, I liked this book and I am certain to read the rest in the series. Originally published @ Natalie Hearts Booksshow more
by Natalie Johnson
This book is not just your standard work of fantasy fiction, this is something more, I would even venture as far as to say better, why? Because it creates a truly fascinating world yet a world seemingly smaller than those of Tolkien or Martin, and smaller is good, it makes you feel that much closer to the story, This is a classic style of storytelling, taking me as a reader and reminding me of why I love the genre in the first place, taking me to the days of first hearing the Arthurian legends, A young heroine hidden for years and returning to claim her throne, the wise older mentor whose motives and even his past are unknown, the cunning and handsome criminal, all the elements of the classic story are there, written with true passion, Johanssen seems to be in love with the world she creates, and it shows in her intelligent and well paced writing, This is a difficult book to out down and truly one if the rare books that keeps you living in its world for a long time after you finish reading it, A must for any fan of fantasy, and a truly fantastic addition to any home library, can't wait for the sequelshow more
by Alexander Mishukhin
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