The Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen | Book Review


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.

My Rating: ★★★★★

My Thoughts:

I have fallen in love with this series and recommend this to everyone. I want to say that it will be like the next “The Hunger Games”, but I feel like this will be even bigger, because it’s even better.

The second book starts off not to long after the 1st ended. The Mort Army is coming. Kelsea is afraid but she won’t let that be known. And something is happening to her. She’s losing weight, seeing things, experiencing visions…but from the past.

Like in the previous book it is written in 3rd person, and told from multiple POVs. But the story doesn’t feel disconnected. The multiple POVs let you know what else is going on in the world of the Tearling and Mortmesne. How the invasion is progressing. How other characters are feeling. You also get key details before Kelsea does, like the Red Queens real name.

We find out something about The Fetch. And I have my own theories about that of course. We still don’t know who Kelsea’s father is, but we find out who is bloodline is. We learn one thing about the sapphires. And that’s it.

The book takes place in the time span of two months, precisely how long it takes the Mort Army to defeat soldiers and cross the Almont Plain to get to New London. And it ends with a confrontation between Kelsea and the Red Queen. At least, that’s how it ends in their present time. Throughout the book Kelsea had been having visions/flashbacks to the pre-Crossing time about a woman named Lily Mayhew. Lily lives in the year 2083 in the New England area of the United States. Her world is highly controlled by the government, even more so than now. Only the rich…have houses and clean clothes and don’t have to scrounge around for their food. There is a movement called The Blue Horizon, and Lily’s world gets turned around because a member of The Blue Horizon jumps over Lilys back fence and into her yard. During her story we meet a certain key player in both the pre-Crossing world and the Tearling. William Tear.

I will state again that I have fallen in love with this series and that I haven’t felt this way since Harry Potter. And that’s saying something. I again recommend it to everyone. And those that have read it, I will gladly talk to you about my theories and what yours are.

I can’t wait until the 3rd book comes out, and honestly I am hoping she decides to write more then 3.

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