In this riveting sequel to the national bestseller The Queen of the Tearling, the evil kingdom of Mortmesne invades the Tearling, with dire consequences for Kelsea and her realm.
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.
In this dazzling sequel, Erika Johansen brings back favorite 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.
A Gripping Thriller
I listened to this with my husband who is obsessed at this point because the story really is so good. The characters are fun to read about/listen to again and again. These books have replay value. The story in this book is just red hot pacing. The author just moves us through the story so well and I am dying for the final book in November.
This book improved upon the first one in every way! First off - where is the narrator from the first one? In the end it is okay, because the narrator in this one is also very good and I was impressed with her skill as well. The Father Tyler chapter was so suspenseful I almost fell down in suspense! I hope the author reads this review and knows that she deserves to sit at the same table wth J.K. Rowling, Stephenie Myer, Suzanne Collins and Veronica Roth. The ending left us on a cliff hanger and I am looking at my calendar often looking forward to November 29,2016 when we will be able to buy the Fate of the Tearling (final book announced on Facebook). This book will get a lot more reviews and will sell millions when the movie trailer comes out for the first movie. These books had a movie deal before they were even published and it is easy to see why!