Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Review: The Queen of the Tearling - Erika Johansen

Written by: Erika Johansen
Published by: Bantam Books
Pages: 512
Purchase from: Amazon  |  Book Depository

It was on her nineteenth birthday that the soldiers came for Kelsea Glynn.
They came to escort her back to the place of her birth - and to ensure she survives long enough to take possession of what is rightfully hers.
But like many nineteen-year-olds, Kelsea is unruly, has high principles and believes she knows better than her elders.

Unlike most nineteen-year-olds, she is about to inherit a kingdom that is on its knees - corrupt, debauched ad very dangerous. Kelsea will either become the most fearsome ruler the knigdom has ever known...or be dead within the week.

If there would be one word to sum up this book in it's entirety that would undoubtedly be..Intense. The Queen of the Tearling is the edge of your seat, biting your nails in a panicked state, reading. It literally takes off running and you feel so caught up in the ride that it takes you days to resurface and just reflect on what you have just read. Well that was definitely my experience anyway. 
"Even a book can be dangerous in the wrong hands, and when that happens, you blame the hands, but you also read the book."
I started off going into this book a little wary because, no doubt about it, it just screams high expectations. The high fantasy world took me a little time to get used to, and I'm still not quite so sure as to where/when it was set. It might be because I tend to stay clear of high fantasy stories as their worlds confuse me a little, so this type of genre is still pretty new to me, yet I still couldn't stop myself from gorging on this books contents. It is just so stunningly written and developed that I couldn't help get consumed by the story.
"The future was only disasters of the past, waiting to happen anew."
If I even begin to go into the characters in depth then this review would be pages long. I loved them, to put it simply, I loved each and every character within this book whether they were good or evil. Simply because they were just beautifully developed. I couldn't find a single flaw in their development which I just couldn't get my head around them. If they were evil, they had an in depth back-story hidden within the pages that sneakily peaked out from time to time. The same thing for the good sub characters, they may not have taken centre stage but there was always some mystery that kept me obsessing until a little clue would pop out from the story and all would be explained. They were all just simply fantastic and stunningly written.
"I am Death. I come quickly, I come slowly, but I am not cheated."
So overall, I thought The Queen of the Tearling was gorgeously written with stunningly developed characters and a beautiful storyline. To me, the only slight downside would be how confused I got with world in which the book was set in and in some cases the politics that was woven in. But even so, there was not one little part of me that wasn't totally and completely invested in this story. It was just riveting and the characters were just phenomenal. I loved every second of it, even with my confusion, it was simply awesome.

The Queen Of The Tearling