Title: The Fate of the Tearling
Author: Erika Johansen
Publish Date: November 29, 2016 (Today!)
Source: TLC Book Tours and HarperCollins
What's the Story?:
From Goodreads.com: "
The thrilling conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Tearling trilogy.
less than a year, Kelsea Glynn has transformed from a gawky teenager
into a powerful monarch. As she has come into her own as the Queen of
the Tearling, the headstrong, visionary leader has also transformed her
realm. In her quest to end corruption and restore justice, she has made
many enemies—including the evil Red Queen, her fiercest rival, who has
set her armies against the Tear.
To protect her people from a
devastating invasion, Kelsea did the unthinkable—she gave herself and
her magical sapphires to her enemy—and named the Mace, the trusted head
of her personal guards, Regent in her place. But the Mace will not rest
until he and his men rescue their sovereign, imprisoned in Mortmesne.
Now, as the suspenseful endgame begins, the fate of Queen Kelsea—and the Tearling itself—will finally be revealed."
My Two Cents:
What a ride! "The Fate of the Tearling" is the conclusion to the Queen of the Tearling trilogy. I have really enjoyed this trilogy and was torn between wanting to see how the author ended the trilogy as the books have taken so many interesting turns and not wanting to get to the end because I was enjoying the ride so much. This book will thrill followers of the trilogy and I found it utterly satisfying!
First things first, you NEED to read the first two books in the series in order to understand this book and get the most out of it you can. The world building in this book is as great as the other books but gets even more intricate in this book. We understand more about what Kelsea is up against and how she has to grow and change in order to meet the challenges in her world. We also get to understand more about how her world came to be. I can't say very much without giving parts of the other books away but the explanation of the past was fascinating to me and I loved the way the author explained why Kelsea's world is the way that it is.
The characters in the book are great. I continued to be enthralled with the way Kelsea has changed since the first book. This is the book where she really comes into her own! The secondary characters are fantastic as well. I was especially interested in the parts of the book with the Red Queen. Her story takes some interesting turns throughout the book that kept me engaged.
Now, there was a lot going on in this series and I had some trepidation surrounding whether or not the author was able to neatly tie up the various story strands throughout the book. I am happy to report that she is able to do it. The very ending felt slightly rushed to me but still worked just fine overall.
This whole series is an exciting ride and this last book is a great capstone!