Title: The Fate of the Tearling
Author: Erika Johansen
Series: The Queen of the Tearling
Previous Books in the Series:
1. The Queen of the Tearling
2. The Invasion of the Tearling
Date Started: February 17
Date Finished: February 20
Format: Hardcover from local library
In less than a year, Kelsea Glynn has grown from an awkward teenager into a powerful monarch and a visionary leader. And as she has come into her own as the Queen of the Tearling, she has transformed her realm. But in her quest to end corruption and restore justice, she has made many enemies – chief among them the evil and feared Red Queen, who ordered the armies of Mortmesne to march against the Tear and crush them.
To protect her people from such a devastating invasion, Kelsea did the unthinkable – naming the Mace, the trusted head of her personal guards, Regent in her place, she surrendered herself and her magical sapphires to her enemy. But the Mace will not rest until he and his men rescue their sovereign from her prison in Mortmesne. So, the endgame has begun and the fate of Queen Kelsea – and the Tearling itself – will be revealed…
If you’ve followed my reviews for the previous two novels in this series, you’ll know that I was all over the place when it came to this trilogy. I didn’t really care for book one because it lagged and the court politics went over my head a lot of the time. Book two was slightly better with more action, but the whole ‘vision’ thing that Kelsea experienced was sort of trippy. Book 3 is the same. The constant back and forth between the members of Kelsea’s court, Kelsea herself, the Red Queen, and Kelsea’s visions of Katie from post-crossing gets a little crazy. While the action does pick up and there aren’t really any places where The Fate of the Tearling lags, I’m still a little bit mystified.
Kelsea seemed to have a friendship brewing with the Red Queen as she was held prisoner. The sapphires that she handed over to the Red Queen didn’t seem to work for the Red Queen, which was interesting. I still don’t know if I completely understand the reason why, but the same can be said for the last fifty pages of this book. Kelsea eventually meets up with the Queen’s Guard again, but the Holy Father of the Avath is attacking her kingdom with help from a pissed off Mort Guard and Row/the Orphan’s creatures are at her back on the verge of attacking her. But then she time travels back and rewrites it all? Gah. I hate time travel novels. I really do.
Final Rating: 3 out of 5 stars. Out of the three, this one took my the shortest time to read, but I maybe should have slowed down a bit. Maybe I would have understood things better. Then again, when time travel is involved, my brain explodes either way.
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