Saturday, September 20, 2014

Queen of the Tearling

I have a fondness for reading debut novels. This particular debut novel, Queen of the Tearling, is a gem. Erika Johansen creates an intense novel in a fantasy world filled with treachery. Young Princess Kelsea is hidden away from the world when she is a toddler. She is raised by two devoted servants who teach her politics, languages and a little about fighting. She is hidden away in a secret cottage for her protection. The world is not a safe place for a young untried princess, especially when her Uncle, the acting regent, wants her throne and the power that goes with it. 

Kelsea knows little of her mother, the queen or the current state of affairs, because her servants never spoke of her or the treaty she signed with the Red Queen. On her nineteenth birthday Kelsea becomes the queen and the Queen's soldiers arrive to take her to the Keep.  They do not faun or bow to her but treat her with disrespect and distrust.  Kelsea's journey to become queen is a quest of epic proportions that will either make her a strong leader of legends or destroy her and her kingdom.

Johansen's debut novel is solid, intriguing and captivating. It is riddled with mysteries, betrayals and treacherous battles. If you enjoyed The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, The Wheel of Time series or A Game of Thrones you will enjoy this novel. I cannot wait for the next book in the exciting new trilogy. 

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