Review: The Invasion of the Tearling (#2, The Queen of the Tearling) by Erika Johansen - Vilma Iris | Lifestyle Blogger

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Review: The Invasion of the Tearling (#2, The Queen of the Tearling) by Erika Johansen

My Thoughts

Fantastically imaginative and thrilling.
It’s a sequel that should not be missed!

5stars

Synopsis

The Invasion of the Tearling by Erika JohansenIn 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.

My Review

As first published on USA Today

Erika Johansen delivers a dazzling and gripping follow up to her bestselling debut The Queen of the Tearling. Expertly combining modern and medieval themes, Johansen ratchets up suspense as she weaves a magical story that crosses time. In addition, thrilling action spikes addictive anxiety as the story draws nearer to an epic showdown between the Tear and Mort armies. Between the Tear Queen and the Red Queen.

The Tear army wasn’t ready for war, but now it was upon them, all the same.

In The Invasion of the Tearling, Queen Kelsea Glynn bravely soldiers on, after infuriating the brutal Red Queen by stopping the slave shipments. Chaos has erupted in the Tearling and Kelsea must quell the tumult and continue to earn respect among her people. But beyond growing into her crown, Kelsea must also figure out how to combat the Mort army, who advances on them with the sharp intent to kill and destroy.

We see Kelsea struggle with the dire situation she’s in, see how the pressure begins to affect her. Unknowingly at first, Kelsea begins to change. Emotionally and physically. Her forgettable plainness morphs into a striking beauty. At the same time, however, a caged darkness and fury threatens to consume her.

Corruption didn’t happen all at once; it was a gradual, insidious process. Kelsea neither felt nor saw anything occurring, but change had crept up on her back.

As the changes take hold and evolves, the Tearling queen also finds herself connected to a woman from another time—Lily. When falling into unexpected fugues, Kelsea finds a kindred connection with this woman who strains against her own, violent confines. Secrets twine around their connection, but as the story continues to unravel, time is running out for her to find the answers she seeks.

Written in multiple points of views, Johansen weaves a multifaceted and intriguing narrative. Characters and situations come to life richly and vividly, as a consuming dread invades. Every page, every felled plan, every character and their insidious agendas, bring us closer to how everything will converge when the Red Queen makes a play for Kelsea and her kingdom.

Johansen boldly raises the stakes in this fantastically imaginative and thrilling sequel. Magic and madness, sacrifice and greed, hope and resignation, so many gripping themes are explored in one of the most original and well-written series in recent memory.

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There is one more book to come in the trilogy.

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    1. VBB Post author said:

      Ahhh!!! It was bothering my OCD brain too! lol I will edit my post to make sure it’s the official cover, although I am happy you did this 🙂

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