Wednesday, November 16, 2016

#Wednesday Review - The Fate of the Tearling by Erika Johansen #Fantasy

Series: The Queen of the Tearling # 3
Format: Kindle, 496 pages
Release Date: November 29, 2016
Publisher: Harper
Source: Publisher
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

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 is the third and final installment in author Erika Johansen's The Queen of the Tearling trilogy. When we last left the world of Tearling, Queen Kelsea Raleigh Glynn had done the improbable. She turned her Kingdom over to Mace, as her Regent in her absence, then handed herself over to the Mort invasion force. She gave away her sapphires to her nemesis, the Red Queen of the Mortmesne, and was given a three year guarantee that the Tearling would be left alone. Then she was taken away to Mort, to face a whole new set of challenges. 

Even without the sapphires, Kelsea still sees visions of the past. She spends a whole lot of time looking through the eyes of Katie Rice. Katie lived in the early days of the Crossing along with William and Jonathan Tear, but also with Rowland Finn, and Gavin Murphy. Let's not forget that the Crossing which was supposed to set up Tear's idea of a Utopian society, didn't go as it was supposed to. Katie, from the age of 15, thru the age of 22, had a first hand look at the fall of the civilization that pretty much destroyed itself. She became an important player and one that does some really brave and dangerous things. 

The past is also where we see the beginnings of how Rowland Finn became the Orphan, one of the darkest villains in this book. A villain so evil, that he has created even more disturbing followers that drink blood, and can't be stopped by normal ways. I totally wanted to call these creatures vampires, but alas, I waiting until now. While Kelsea is experiencing a whole lot of the past, she also has to figure out what the Red Queen wants for her. Especially since Lady Crimson is experiencing a whole lot of problems in her own kingdom. Will the two become allies against the dark, or Lady Crimson's ego get the best of her.

Living in Kelsea's world has been a truly interesting trip and worth waiting until the end. From flipping back and forth between eras 300 years apart, to the challenges and power that Kelsea used to become the dangerous Queen of Spades, and putting herself on the line for her Kingdom at the risk of watching it fall without her around. Kelsea isn't the only one that the author focuses on. Besides Mace, there are Aisa, Javel, Ewen, Father Tyler, and yes, the Red Queen. Until the ending of this story, I was totally on board with how certain facets played out. 

The story was dark, action packed, filled with both likable characters, and situations where things were ready to burn quickly to the ground if someone took a match to the timber and nobody stopped them. Then the author did something remarkably crazy. I can only say that I feel for Kelsea and everything she goes through. She struggles mightily with accepting her role as Queen. She struggles in holding her Kingdom together without being totally engulfed in Lily Freeman's world, and then the author does THAT!! So, I dare say that The Fate of the Tearling kinds of ripped my heart into little pieces. 

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