The Queen of the Tearling

The Queen of the Tearling

A Novel

Book - 2014
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Coming out of exile to ascend her rightful throne, Princess Kelsea Raleigh Glynn, with a cadre of soldiers and the magical Tear sapphire to protect her, makes a daring decision that evokes the wrath of the evil Red Queen.
Publisher: New York :, Harper,, 2014
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062290366
0062290363
Characteristics: 434 pages :,map

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catherineband
Jul 17, 2018

There are few books I've hated as much as this one. The flaws in this book, the characters, the plot, the world, etc. were all too severe, but mostly this intense dislike stems from the book claiming to be everything it is not. It's advertised as having a smart heroine (like Hermione), political intrigue in a fantasy setting (Game of Thrones), dystopian (some Hunger Games comparisons). It is none of these things. Even putting aside the misbranding, the irrationally created characters, wandering and nonsensical plot, and inability to commit to an idea make this a poorly written book.

You learn from the book cover, or at least the first few pages, that Kelsea has spent her entire life in the woods, in complete isolation. Despite this, you're supposed to believe that she's socially capable, and is ready to lead the world, despite only ever meeting three people. She's supposed to be smart, guys, because she READ A LOT OF BOOKS. That's not what makes a person smart, and throughout the novel Kelsea makes no smart decisions but lets others make them for her, and she's heralded as a genius. She gets to make some idealistic leadership moves, and the author misses every opportunity for character development by forcing the character to work through something ethically ambiguous. Kelsea self-describes herself as plain and ugly, and complains all the time about vain women, but frequently criticizes and describes other women as ugly and vain. In fact, none of the characters really have any depth. They're all shallowly written and unlikable, ,and we're just supposed to trust them because... magic?

The world makes no sense. Nothing is adequately explained. I know the author wants to set up for sequels, but there needs to be a foundation in the first book. It feels like fleshing out a universe was too hard for the author, who was trying to do too many things, so she just decided not to do it.

The plot isn't really interesting. The intrigue is predictable, the villain doesn't have any credible reason for why they're bad, and the dialog doesn't flow naturally.

The author's use of words, and the writing itself, was fine.

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EllieBlueHanson
Jun 26, 2018

These books are amazing! Well written and a great story. You should read them.

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LM87
May 03, 2018

The writing in this novel (and the series) is fantastic. The world building is detailed and vivid. What's amazing about this series is you think you know exactly what is going on, and you're surprised to find out it's not what you expected at all.

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Cjcarson622
Apr 10, 2018

I very much enjoyed reading Queen of the Tearling. It had a very interesting plot with lots of tough decisions and character developement. I couldn't help but get attached to Kelsea as she embarked on her journey and set out to make her kingdom a good place for everyone to live in.

LoganLib_Kirra Feb 19, 2018

The story follows Kelsea Glynn, the Queen of the Tearling that has been in hiding since her mother sent her away days before her assassination. Her adoptive parents Carlin and Barty have raised her strictly and studiously to ensure she becomes a fine ruler but now that she's reached the age of nineteen she must make the journey back to her kingdom and take the throne from her uncle, the regent.

Kelsea truly becomes a different person throughout her journey that had many ups and downs and though I became slightly distracted in the middle I enjoyed the full story because it was paced well with plenty of detail and information. There were several points of view but I enjoyed Kelsea's the most as I found the other ones could be drawn out at times. As for other favourite characters, Lazarus was amazing, Pen is the sweet and loveable type (Kelsea's personal guard) but The Fetch has the incredible allure of the mysterious man with danger and secrets.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Jan 23, 2018

The audience this book is intended for is adults, or very very mature teens. I found out the hard way, with a lot more thrown at me than I was anticipating. However, I got through it and found it worth more than the "mature" stuff could label it. The plot is thorough and exquisite, written with more dynamic characters and twists than the typical fantasy stories. There was a nice depth to it as the protagonist, Kelsea Raleigh, matured from beginning to end with the burden of queen-hood. Anyone who loved "Stardust," by Neil Gaiman (book) will surely enjoy this read.
- @Siri of The Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

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happycanuck
Jul 16, 2017

Looking forward to the rest of the series and am glad it is completed so I don't have to wait a year for each installment. Really liked the writer's capability to use her well developed style to spin an interesting plot with good character development,

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abcedmillered
Apr 17, 2017

If you grew up reading Tamora Pierce's Alanna series, you're gonna love this fierce, brutally intelligent teen queen main character.

ArapahoeCatherine Jan 15, 2017

Amid a sea of recent dystopian novels, this fantasy dystopian stands out! I completely lost myself in the world and the characters. Kelsea is exactly the kind of underdog that I love to cheer on! I can't wait to read more!

ArapahoeTiegan Jan 12, 2017

A dystopian fantasy that does not read like a typical dystopian novel.

Kelsea has been living in hiding all her life, preparing for the day when she will claim her throne. While she may know many things about how to be a good ruler, she still has a lot more to learn. She has to win over her guards and people to show them she is unlike her vain and frivolous mother, who cared little about running her country.

There is a war on the horizon, because Kelsea will not stand for picking her people out of a lottery and sending them to be slaves to the neighboring country. She does not care how powerful the neighboring queen is said to be. In order to protect her people, she intends to prepare her people for war, while also working to stay alive, despite assassinations attempts.

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julia_sedai
Jul 28, 2014

Frightening or Intense Scenes: There is one scene where a child is involved and it is not pleasant.

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julia_sedai
Jul 28, 2014

Coarse Language: Mostly f-bombs.

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julia_sedai
Jul 28, 2014

Violence: Some, but it's not gory.

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julia_sedai
Jul 28, 2014

Sexual Content: Multiple mentions of rape, abuse, pedophilia.

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