Series: Queen of the Tearling, The (Book 1)
Hardcover: 448 pages
Publisher: Harper; 1St Edition edition (July 8, 2014)
Rating: 2 stars
Cover Rating: <3 <3 <3 <3
Magic, adventure, mystery, and romance combine in this epic debut in which a young princess must reclaim her dead mother’s throne, learn to be a ruler—and defeat the Red Queen, a powerful and malevolent sorceress determined to destroy her.
On her nineteenth birthday, Princess Kelsea Raleigh Glynn, raised in exile, sets out on a perilous journey back to the castle of her birth to ascend her rightful throne. Plain and serious, a girl who loves books and learning, Kelsea bears little resemblance to her mother, the vain and frivolous Queen Elyssa. But though she may be inexperienced and sheltered, Kelsea is not defenseless: Around her neck hangs the Tearling sapphire, a jewel of immense magical power; and accompanying her is the Queen’s Guard, a cadre of brave knights led by the enigmatic and dedicated Lazarus. Kelsea will need them all to survive a cabal of enemies who will use every weapon—from crimson-caped assassins to the darkest blood magic—to prevent her from wearing the crown.
Despite her royal blood, Kelsea feels like nothing so much as an insecure girl, a child called upon to lead a people and a kingdom about which she knows almost nothing. But what she discovers in the capital will change everything, confronting her with horrors she never imagined. An act of singular daring will throw Kelsea’s kingdom into tumult, unleashing the vengeance of the tyrannical ruler of neighboring Mortmesne: the Red Queen, a sorceress possessed of the darkest magic. Now Kelsea will begin to discover whom among the servants, aristocracy, and her own guard she can trust.
But the quest to save her kingdom and meet her destiny has only just begun—a wondrous journey of self-discovery and a trial by fire that will make her a legend . . . if she can survive.
You beautiful, beautiful, gorgeous stupid book. You even came with your very own bookmark thingy. I had high hopes for you. Yes I did. I’m so disappointed that I once again got sucked into the beauty of a book. I thought you would be high fantasy at it’s greatest instead your were a disappointing bore. The Queen of the Tearling is one boring ass book. And that is my main problem. Along with the cliche caricatures of characters that are in this book.
You have the lost princess.
You have the curmudgeon soldier.
That one family member that wants the throne for themselves.
Lots and lots of horseback riding.
And lets not forget the Wicked Witch of the West.
Okay there’s no Wicked Witch of the West but you get my point.
Only thing that was missing was a tad bit more romance.
Seriously, I think the writer took every aspect of fantasy and threw into the book and hope for the best. Unfortunately this books failed miserably. And let’s not forget how many time the Wicked Witch of the West was fucking throughout the book. I thought the point was for you to find the damn missing princess instead she was fucking the help.
Speaking of said princess–Kelsea was born in isolation so I don’t know how she could read people and their intentions. She just knows whether they are good or evil. Okay.Just not buying it. Secondly, how the hell is she suppose to win over her people and rule from the throne when you were barely around people. To know the ends and out of running a kingdom. You just want to be placed on the throne because that is what everybody said you’re suppose to be on the throne. It called asking question. Well she asked questions but nobody gave the answers and it was like okay. I asked once, I tried. Plus, if that girl blush one more time I swear I’m going to scream to the high heavens.
I don’t need a Queen who blushes every 5 second because the men are handsome.
That’s another thing that bothered me with this story. Everybody was handsome. From the guards to the thieves. I don’t know but I guess her mother was an airhead. You had to be handsome in order to be a queens guard. Whatever.
Finally, the last thing that bothered me to no end was the setting. It was confusing as hell. I thought I was reading something in the medieval setting but nope we are in the future people. I believe future Europe or some shit. Yeah something bad happen that pretty much destroyed the world and we reverted back to ye olden times. Or that is what you’re meant to believe.
Just know I didn’t like it. I wish the author would have picked a setting and stuck with it instead of confusing the hell out of her readers.
Like I said before this is the last time that I get sucked in by the beauty of a book.
Still if fantasy is your genre by all means give The Queen of the Tearling a shot. Besides I think I’m in the minority in here since it’s getting turned into a movies starting Emma Watson.
I do hope The Queen of the Tearling movie is better than the book.