Author: Erika Johansen
Source: TLC Book Tours
Links: Amazon|Indiebound |Goodreads
Summary: As with the previous book, I enjoyed the character growth and world building, but I had mixed feelings about the ending.
“In less than a year, Kelsea Glynn has transformed from a gawky teenager into a powerful monarch. As she has come into her own as the Queen of the Tearling, the headstrong, visionary leader has also transformed her realm. In her quest to end corruption and restore justice, she has made many enemies—including the evil Red Queen, her fiercest rival, who has set her armies against the Tear. To protect her people from a devastating invasion, Kelsea did the unthinkable—she gave herself and her magical sapphires to her enemy—and named the Mace, the trusted head of her personal guards, Regent in her place. But the Mace will not rest until he and his men rescue their sovereign, imprisoned in Mortmesne. Now, as the suspenseful endgame begins, the fate of Queen Kelsea—and the Tearling itself—will finally be revealed.” (Source)
There will be some vague spoilers in the following review, regarding how I felt about the ending, but with no specifics.
I had such a great time reading this series. The author has tracked a good half dozen minor characters through all three books of the series. All have been fun to follow. I enjoyed every storyline and particularly liked the character growth each individual experienced. I also have loved the slow reveal of world building information, although I think this might have driven me crazy if I hadn’t had all three books to read at one. The feel of this book and its strengths were consistent with the first two. I don’t think anyone who enjoyed the previous two books would find this one disappointing.
The ending of this book was the only thing that struck me as very different from the rest of the series. It made sense, but still felt disconnected to me. It was incredibly unique, which I appreciated, but involved a twist that, for me, made what came before feel less significant. I’m not going to say anything more specific, but I wanted to mention it, because I actually think a more traditional ending would have made me love this series more. That’s just my personal preference though and if you’re looking for something new in the fantasy genre, I think this could be a great series for you to pick up. I’d particularly recommend it if you also enjoy sci-fi, since I think that the elements that strike me as surprising in a fantasy novel would be at home in sci-fi.