I received this book for free from blog tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Series: The Queen of the Tearling #2
Published by HarperCollins on June 9th 2015
Genres: Action & Adventure, Adult, Dystopian, Fantasy & Magic
Source: blog tours
With each passing day, Kelsea Glynn is growing into her new responsibilities as Queen of the Tearling. By stopping the shipments of slaves to the neighboring kingdom of Mortmesne, she crossed the Red Queen, a brutal ruler whose power derives from dark magic, who is sending her fearsome army into the Tearling to take what is hers. And nothing can stop the invasion.
But as the Mort army draws ever closer, Kelsea develops a mysterious connection to a time before the Crossing, and she finds herself relying on a strange and possibly dangerous ally: a woman named Lily, fighting for her life in a world where being female can feel like a crime. The fate of the Tearling —and that of Kelsea’s own soul—may rest with Lily and her story, but Kelsea may not have enough time to find out.
Warning: Book includes violence and rape.
Lots of backstory added..this was definitely a book that suffered from second book syndrome. Though I enjoyed the intense character development for Kelsea.. Her insecurities from the previous book is still evident though. I ultimately loved seeing her slow descent into madness. You see her change as soon as she meets the Dark Thing (He gave me the creeps.) And I also like how this book isn’t focused on romance. I just hated how women are treated here.. Like second-class citizens.. Raped or beaten, you name it was included. *shivers* So many questions about the past are finally answered and even though we get to see a glimpse into the Crossing, it still doesn’t explain what happened with all the magic and how the sapphires became to be. It felt like it was just plopped into the story as a way to call it fantasy?
As for the characters, we see through the eyes from pretty much everyone including the Red Queen, the guards, and the Jailer. One of the most despicable characters had to be The Holy Father. He is evil and violent. Disgusting. What he does is in the name of God, yet it’s so far removed from what God really wants. The scene in Father Tyler’s room and afterwards was heart breaking..The brutality against him was just terrible.
There is dual point of views from the past to the present, and ultimately by the end, you get to see both converge…During the Crossing was a time where the very wealthy held lands and built a massive wall to keep the poor out. The story of Lily and Greg really made me angry. Here is a husband that thinks his wife is his property. Raped by her violent abusive husband. Painted as a criminal but also treated like a whore. It made me cringe every time Greg appeared. This book does not treat women well and I pretty much want to throw it at the wall every time.
Even though there wasn’t much development, and it took FOREVER to get to the end, I still liked the writing and how it gripped me to the last page. I just needed to know what happened in the final showdown and there is a showdown all right. I was just expecting this huge fight but there wasn’t. Overall, I’m still very much interested in what’s to come in the last book so I can finally mark this series as read in my list. On that final note, I just have to say..THE COVER..GAHH it doesn’t feel as memorable as the first one did. This is just too dark for my taste.
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