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 neighbouring 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.
In this dazzling sequel to her bestselling debut The Queen of the Tearling, Erika Johansen brings back favourite characters, including the Mace and the Red Queen, and introduces unforgettable new players, adding exciting layers to her multidimensional tale of magic, mystery and a fierce young heroine.
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We couldn’t wait to reenter the Tearling, American writer Erika Johansen’s enthralling fantasy world. Heroine Kelsea Glynn—who was crowned queen of the embattled kingdom at age 19—is adapting to her status. And when the Red Queen sends her vastly superior troops to squash the Tear army, Kelsea must quickly learn who she can trust and discover the breadth of her powers. We are in awe of Johansen’s striking heroine, as well as the spectacularly real characters and fearsome magic that surrounds her. It was a thrill to get more insight into the cataclysmic history behind this dark and immersive epic.
After the events of 2014's The Queen of the Tearling, Kelsea Glynn is still settling into her role as the ruler of the titular land, which feels more like a fantasy realm than a distant planet populated by the descendants of people who fled Earth in search of a better life. Kelsea must juggle politics, war, and her own growing magical abilities as she faces an unstoppable opponent, the malevolent Red Queen. She is also having visions of the past, in which a young woman named Lily Mayhew gets caught up in William Tear's exodus from 21st-century America to a new world. As Lily struggles to free herself from an abusive relationship, Kelsea finds the key to dealing with the Red Queen. Johansen's vision of a dystopian near-future America is chilling and sadly plausible, but Kelsea's far-future world remains vague and ill-defined, and the magic is always precisely as powerful and versatile as the plot demands. While many questions are answered, many more arise, leading to a cliffhanger ending. Readers enticed by strong female characters who seize control of their own destiny will forgive the story's flaws.
Love this series, can't wait for the third one!
Full of action
Darker than the first and more exciting. Can't wait for the third one!