Blog Tour: ‘The Queen of the Tearling’ by Erika Johansen Review

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This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Blog Tour: ‘The Queen of the Tearling’ by Erika Johansen ReviewThe Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
Series: The Queen of the Tearling #1
Published by Harper Collins on July 8th, 2014
Genres: Fantasy & Magic
Pages: 434
Format: ARC
Source: blog tours
On her nineteenth birthday, Princess Kelsea Raleigh Glynn, raised in exile, sets out on a perilous journey back to the castle of her birth to ascend her rightful throne. Plain and serious, a girl who loves books and learning, Kelsea bears little resemblance to her mother, the vain and frivolous Queen Elyssa. But though she may be inexperienced and sheltered, Kelsea is not defenseless: Around her neck hangs the Tearling sapphire, a jewel of immense magical power; and accompanying her is the Queen’s Guard, a cadre of brave knights led by the enigmatic and dedicated Lazarus. Kelsea will need them all to survive a cabal of enemies who will use every weapon—from crimson-caped assassins to the darkest blood magic—to prevent her from wearing the crown.

Despite her royal blood, Kelsea feels like nothing so much as an insecure girl, a child called upon to lead a people and a kingdom about which she knows almost nothing. But what she discovers in the capital will change everything, confronting her with horrors she never imagined. An act of singular daring will throw Kelsea’s kingdom into tumult, unleashing the vengeance of the tyrannical ruler of neighboring Mortmesne: the Red Queen, a sorceress possessed of the darkest magic. Now Kelsea will begin to discover whom among the servants, aristocracy, and her own guard she can trust.

But the quest to save her kingdom and meet her destiny has only just begun—a wondrous journey of self-discovery and a trial by fire that will make her a legend…if she can survive.

The Queen of the Tearling introduces readers to a world as fully imagined and terrifying as that of The Hunger Games, with characters as vivid and intriguing as those of The Game of Thrones, and a wholly original heroine. Combining thrilling action and twisting plot turns, it is a magnificent debut from the talented Erika Johansen.

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Warning: The book mentions rape and slavery

Kelsea born as a royal in the land of the Tearling has grown up in a sheltered life with her foster parents. For her safety she has been spirited away to live away from the clutches of the Red Queen who neighbours her country from afar. In a constant battle to win her guard, her people, and most importantly the strength to believe in herself, Kelsea must go through a perilous journey to save her people from impending doom.


A wonderful debut and I loved how Erika wrote with such simple language and incredible pacing. I flew threw this one in two sittings and I really wanted to learn more about the world. I was completely confused as to where the time period took place. From my estimation, it’s set in the future, with a medieval-like setting. Both confusing and bewildered, I really wanted to know why the world came to be. What’s the pre-Crossing? Why is the world thrown back into the middle ages? Where did the magical necklace come from? Thought that was the only annoyance I had about the book, the rest was pretty great. Of course, I had to take note of the Rowling books being mentioned when the children were vying to vying to read it.


Wonderful set of characters, all narrated through Kelsea’s eyes, she really does grow from being a young girl, to a stronger young women. I didn’t understand how her insecurities came into play since she was so isolated, but maybe that contributed to her way of thinking that she was so very plain. I love how much she loves books and gathering a collection in a world where they’re a rarity is great. She’s a lover of the written word. I can’t wait to read more about Kelsea’s growth as both a character and as a queen.


I loved the adventure, the mystery, the politics, the growth..All very rich and well-written. Throughly enjoyed this one, and hoping to get my hands on the next installment. Way to go Erika on her debut!

reading progress



You win your people or you lose your throne. (18)
Good as your intentions may be, the direct way isn’t always best. (101)
I have nothing to lose, and I would rather die attempting to eradicate a great evil. (117)
Only a fool keeps all of his eggs in one basket. I have many baskets. If one idea fails, we move to another, and eventually we succeed. (210)
You’re welcome to believe what you like, and think what you like of my church, but don’t malign my faith. Not in front of me. (320)
You think of beauty only as a blessing, but it brings its own punishments. (324)
She saw now that there was something far worse than being ugly: being ugly and thinking you were beautiful. (333)
Some people were simply broken, something inside them grown wrong and twisted. (394)




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