Title: The Invasion of the Tearling
Author: Erika Johansen
Series: The Queen of the Tearling Trilogy
Previous Book in the Series:
1. The Queen of the Tearling
Date Started: February 23
Date Finished: March 6
Format: Hardcover from local library
The Invasion of the Tearling is a countless bunch of tales told in 511 pages. But there are only three tales that you really need to pay attention to. First, there’s Queen Kelsea of the Tearling. Despite everything that she has accomplished since book 1 her throne is still threatened. Not only by the Red Queen, but by people who desperately want her off the throne for the good of the kingdom including the wonderful Holy Father of the Arvath. While dealing with coups she also has to deal with the Mortemsene army that is amassing on her border and looks to invade all because she refuses to send the shipment of slaves that was promised in the treaty her mother signed. The Tearling has no chance of winning and Kelsea knows that but that still doesn’t stop her from hoping. Especially when a dark stranger shows up at her fireplace one night and tells her that he can help her. But like with everything, his help comes with a price and she isn’t sure she wants to pay it.
Second, there’s Lily a woman from the pre-Crossing that Kelsea travels back in time to and witnesses her life before September first. Lily is married to a liaison of the Department of Defense. At first, she thought he was sweet, but after a few years he turns out not to be. He beats her and rapes her and she just goes on and smiles because there is nothing that she can do. However, he wants to have a baby and there is something she can do about that despite it being illegal for her to do so. Her whole life changes when a prisoner falls over her garden wall and she decides to help.
Finally, there’s the Red Queen. The Red Queen is living in fear of the creature she deals with. She refuses to light a fireplace because she knows that if she does he will come for her because she went against his wishes of not going after the Tear Queen. But what else can she do? She wants the Tear Queen’s jewels and she can’t let the Tear get away with not holding up their end of the bargain. So she sends her men to the Tear borders and prays that she can avoid the evil creature who she struck a bargain with so many years ago.
So, in my review for book 1 I said that the reason I didn’t like the book was because it was really slow and I wasn’t sure if I was going to continue on. I bit the bullet and continued on and my complaint for book 1 still stands with book 2, BUT this book was more enjoyable than the first. The intrigue of court politics and the power of Kelsea’s stones kept me flipping pages. I also was intrigued with the tale of Lily and the time before the pre-Crossing. I now kind of understand what kind of world is being explored with Johansen’s narrative and I loved the information. At first, it felt a little out of place and a little WTF moment, but as the story progressed it got really interesting.
The character of the Fetch is still a mystery and I want to know more about him. What exactly did he do that he knows Row Finn? And what is his aversion to Kelsea? I have my theory, but I’m really hoping I’m wrong. Father Tyler also surprised me in this book. He was really weak back in the last one, but in this one he was really strong and really helped the Queen. I want to know what happened to him? I thought for sure that once he ran from the Arvath he would have gone straight to the Queen for asylum.
The ending left my mystified and breathless and I can honestly say that I can’t wait until book 3 comes out in November.
Final Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. The book’s plot is still a little slow to build up to, but with good reason. The characters are more interesting and firmer plot is set into motion. The climax was perfect and the cliffhanger of an ending left me on the edge of my seat.
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