Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Invasion of the Tearling

If you have followed this blog then you know I have eagerly awaited the release of Erika Johansen's latest novel, Invasion of the Tearling.  This is the sequel to the blockbuster debut novel, Queen of the Tearling. If you have not read Queen of the Tearling, stop what you are doing and go read it! This is a spoiler alert, if you continue reading it is not my fault. You should have quit reading and gotten the first book in this amazing series. 

When we first met Kelsea Glynn she was a young princess who was in hiding until she was old enough to take her place as the rightful ruler of the Tearling. Her path to the throne was not easy and her choices were and still are difficult ones. In this riveting sequel Kelsea deals with the consequences of the choices she made when she became Queen.  She freed her people from slavery and fought to remove the Mortmesne Army from her Kingdom. Now the Red Queen, the ruler of the Mortmesne people, is angry that the Queen of the Tearling would dare defy her. She vows revenge on the Tearling, especially Kelsea.

Kelsea must balance politics, prepare for war and learn how to use her magic if she is to become a successful ruler.  As if that is not enough of a balancing act she must also learn to control her visions. 

Her visions are of a time that existed before the crossing, when the Tear Empire was only a dream: a dream where all people are created equal and treated fairly. As Kelsea's power grows her motives and appearance change; will she remain true to herself or will she allow the jewels she wears to change not just her appearance but who she is? 

This is a riveting epic novel you won't want to put down. Johansen weaves this story brilliantly connecting the past and present. She adds depth to the characters, the culture and gives understanding to why the Kingdom of the Tearling exists with her glimpses of the past and creates a believable story of love, loss, betrayal and ultimately hope.  Masterfully written and suspenseful this story has it all magic, an evil villain, a beautiful Queen and a multitude of heroes.  I cannot wait for the conclusion to this wonderful saga. 

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