The Queen Of The Tearling by Erika Johanson ~ Review

queen of the tearling

Summery: Princess Kelsea Raleigh Glynn was raised away from her kingdom, in order to protect her from those after the throne. On her 19th birthday, after her mother dies, the queens guards come to take her back to the castle so she can finally become queen. But it’s not an easy journey, as the kingdom she has inherited is under threat from the neighbouring kingdom, whose queen wants to rule over all the lands.

Publisher: Bantam Press

Pages: 432

Goodreads Average Rating: 3.91

My Rating: 4 Stars

The Queen Of The Tearling is a book that was kind of spur of the moment thing. I heard about it once from a youtuber called Tanya Burr and then Booksplosion (a online book club) decided to make it their book of the month, so I just kind of thought ‘what the heck?’ and bought it immediately. Normally when I do this sort of thing, it would take me months to finally read it, but then I heard the exciting news that this book is being made into a movie, with Emma Watson being the star. Soo… I ended up starting it the day it came. What an amazing decision that was.

This has the usual elements you would expect from an Epic Fantasy novel set in a world similar to medieval times. Such as an evil sorceress queen who want to rule the world, strange magical sources that nobody understands, a conniving rich uncle who thinks the throne is rightfully his, and a few hot, rough and rugged knights. Oh, and how could I forget, the bad ass female heroine with brains and pretty neat knife skills.

While reading this I did pick up on some noticable flaws. The first one is something I expected, with it being the first book in a fantasy series (although the length of the series is still unknown,) which is that much of the book was world building and character building. While both of these were done impressively and interestingly, if you’re not into slow readings and little action, I would say be hesitant when  starting this one. While the world building did slow it down for me, I also found it very interesting as this world has so many elements, it’s impressive to think how much time the author must have taken to conger up this world which has a history of wars and disasters and even a hint of magic.

To review this as a book itself I would have to say it was lacking a lot of things. To me, the author wasn’t really aiming to please the reader, but rather the people who bought the film rights. Multiple times the POV would all of a sudden change and it would take me a while to realise that is was no longer Kelsea talking. This is something easily represented in a movie, but not so much in a book. The author was also overly descriptive of the characters but tried to do it subtly. For example Kelsea was constantly trying to guess peoples ages, I’m pretty sure the line ‘He couldn’t be much older then I am’ was used about 5 times, probably so the directors know what age the actors who play their roles should be.

So overall I did love the characters and the world, and I’m hoping in the next book there is a lot more action and a lot more answers to the secrets that are still kept from us. I can not wait for the movie, as I am sure it will be a huge hit, I mean let;s be honest, the director would have to be terrible to make a movie with Emma Watson in it bad

Thank you for reading.