The Invasion of the Tearling

The Invasion of the Tearling

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In this riveting sequel to the national bestseller The Queen of the Tearling, the evil kingdom of Mortmesne invades the Tearling, with dire consequences for Queen 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, Kelsea has crossed the brutal Red Queen, who derives her power from dark magic and who is sending her fearsome army into the Tearling to take what she claims 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. 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. Soon Kelsea herself begins to change; she does not recognize either her reflection in the mirror or the extraordinary power she now commands. The fate of the Tearling and that of Kelsea's own soul may rest with Lily and her story, but Queen Kelsea is running out of time.

In this second volume of the compelling trilogy begun with her bestselling The Queen of the Tearling, Erika Johansen brings back favorite characters and introduces unforgettable new players, adding exciting layers to her multidimensional tale of magic, mystery, and a fierce young heroine.

Publisher: New York : Harper, 2015.
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780062290397
Branch Call Number: FANTASY JOHANSEN
Characteristics: 514 pages : map ; 24 cm.


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PimaLib_ChristineR Apr 06, 2019

Well, I have to say I didn't see that one coming! I don't know how well I can review this without spoilers, but here we go...

This book was a terrific build on the first one. The action is amazing, the plot is AMAZING, and I loved that Kelsea is not very nice. Now that she's on the throne she is dealing with the question of whether she is a "good" person and whether she can be "good" and still lead her country. If she's bad, how bad can she get and not turn into her nemesis, the Red Queen?

Problems: in the first book the author harped on Kelsey not being attractive. Evidently that is no longer a problem, but that's a problem. Second, there are some pieces of magic here that move huge plot points forward, but we are given no background on how they came to be or how they work. It's to the author's credit that I had no problem just suspending my disbelief and rolling with it. Sometimes a magic necklace is just a magic necklace.

May 07, 2018

Kelsea is literally such an idol. She is strong in a way that female teens should look up to as a role model. Her strong sense of justice and lack of that "steryotypical" brashness that female characters must have to be strong, really tops her off. The plot thickens as politics and warfare come into the picture, and as a new queen Kelsea must pick her battles wisely. With the help of her Guard, she must appease the rest of the Tearling, all while dealing with the aftermath of her actions. Definitely comparable in quality to the first!
- @Siri of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

Jul 16, 2017

Excellent writer, sophisticated style with plenty of plot. Would like to have given it 5 stars but the use of the past that links to a very modern day society too disparate to the current current time which has a very historical flavour. It tries to draw a strong link between the main heroine of each erea which doen't work very well.

Jan 11, 2017

Not sure I cared for the flashbacks to her alter ego or whoever that is - I found it disruptive and unnecessary. Still an interesting protagonist but the book didn't hold me like the first one did.

Sep 28, 2016

This was not as good as the first one. I didn't enjoy Lily's story and I find this world is getting more and more confusing. It's also a brutal story where there are trigger warning for cutting, domestic violence and rape. None of which I was aware of so it was quite a shock. But it's still a good story and I'm going to pick up the third...I just might need a bit of a break.

Aug 10, 2016

Totally hooked on this series.

amandarobinson Mar 19, 2016

This book was just as good, if not better, than the first. Awesome world-building, truly engaging characters, and the storytelling is brilliant. I loved this book. Can't wait for book 3, coming out at the end of 2016!

Mar 11, 2016

I think the author must have been traumatized by a right winger...sheesh. I enjoyed the first book, eagerly dove into this one, then realized it's a bunch of tired old tropes. It's medieval living and post apocalyptic as a number of these fantasies are. Mean old hypocritical clergy abound who do everything but tie widows to railroad tracks. In this book we learn.that-gasp!- there were wars for oil (boo! Hiss!) and awful patriarchal yet modern and corporate society many years before this society in the book was founded. Yes, corporations are eevil and corporate drones all want to abuse and dominate women. Oh noes! I know a writer doesn't necessarily have the same opinions as her characters but I suspect that in this case, we have a frustrated lefty here with very little understanding of how anything works. The best thing about the books is/are their relatively skilled dialogue and character portrayals, albeit stereotyped.

samdog123 Mar 02, 2016

The sequel is every bit as good as the first book in the series! Queen Kelsea learns more and more about the power of the sapphires and meets the 'dark thing' that plagues the Red Queen. A character named Lily seems to haunt Kelsea, giving her glimpses into the world before the crossing. I really can't wait for the third and last title in the series.

Aug 11, 2015

I struggled to keep interested with the book through out the earlier chapters but that is most likely due to the fact that I'm not big on war or politics. To my surprise..about half way through I found myself not able to put it down! The book seemed to get better and better as I read. Definitely worth reading. So sad that I have to wait another year for the third book but I'm sure it will be worth the wait!

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