In a nutshell, the story follows a young girl named Kelsea who is destined to rule as Queen of the Tearling (most literal book title ever!). However, she faces many obstacles not only from within her borders, with most of the Tearling having fallen into disrepair and poverty after the Mort invasion, but also from enemies along her borders looking to overthrow the Tearling Queen and conquer the Tearling once and for all.
This book had everything I look for in a fantasy book:
– A strong female protagonist
– Amazing world building
– An interesting magic system
– Dystopian elements
– Relatable, yet mysterious characters.
– And a cool cover (shallow I know)
Now to be honest it took me awhile to get into this books, simply because the world building takes up a major part of the storyline and I found the world within which the story is based difficult to initially understand.But boy, once I got myself situated, I couldn’t put it down.
One of the major contributing factors to my enjoyment of the book was Kelsea the main character (turns out I was saying her name wrong in my head the whole time I was reading the book). I absolutely adored the fact that she was such a strong female protagonist who fully embraces her larger body tape and “average” looks. She also consistently proves her strength of character throughout the book, and believe what she has to go through in the book is not for the faint hearted.
I also really enjoyed how Erika gave each character a mysteriousness about them that makes me want to learn more, this for me is quite a feat because very often I find myself not really paying attention to side characters, because all my focus is on the main character ( It’s really bad I know).
I also found the magic system within this world to be quite intriguing, not much information is given to us in the book and I am looking forward to learning more about,especially the darker aspects of it.
However, I am really hoping more romantic aspects within the next two books. Not saying that every series needs to have a romance, buuuut I like romance 🙂
After all of that (can you tell I enjoyed the book?), I just suggest that if you pick this book up, have a bit of patience with it, it isn’t fast paced by any means but it is worth the time it takes to read.
Let me know your thoughts on the book and whether you think a romantic element is necessary in the comments.