I read The Queen of Tearling almost by accident. I had asked Kaitlyn to send me over a few suggestions for my next read. Being the awesome person that she is, she sent over three books: two I had asked for and one that I did not. With the three books she sent a note, reminding me that there was “no pressure” to read The Queen of Tearling, but she hoped I would give it a chance. Neither of us are huge fans of Fantasy as a genre but she promised me that I would not regret picking up this book. I trust Kaiti immensely when it comes to book suggestions so right after I finished Darling, You Can’t Do Both and We Were Liars, I decided to pick it up. At age nineteen, Kelsea Glynn is coming out of hiding. Raised in secret by foster parents while her mother-the beautiful Queen Elyssa, as vain as she was stupid-mysteriously died after bankrupting the coffers and soul of her kingdom, The Tearling. For eighteen years, the Tearling has been ruled by Kelsea”s uncle the Regent, a puppet of The Red Queen, the sorceress-tyrant of neighboring Mortmesme. Today is Kelsea”s nineteenth birthday, and the tattered remnants of her mother”s guard-nine men, ten horses-have arrived at Kelsea’s cottage to bring this most un-Queenly young woman to reclaim her throne.
So, what can I say about The Queen of Tearling other than IT WAS AMAZING!!!!!!???? I have to admit that it was so much more than I thought it was going to be. I was pulled into a completely different world every single time I picked up the book and I didn’t want to put it down. What I found most interesting about this book was how imperfect Kelsea is. She’s simply plain and describes her rolls and pudginess as a fact rather than an embarrassment (for the most part). She knows that her job as Queen is more than just looking pretty, it’s building up her Kingdom, making it a better place to live for her subjects. It’s about protecting them while seated on her throne, as well as, on the battlefield. She has her wits about her and even though there’s some kind of magic helping her along, the reader knows how strong and powerful she really is. I found my heart racing throughout the novel and really enjoyed how powerful the simplicity of the writing was. I enjoyed reading about Kelsea’s guards, especially Mace and Pen. I loved the way Kelsea stood her ground with them and took her role as Queen seriously. I loved the bantering she did with Mace and Fetch. I hope to see more of them in the second book and look forward to seeing Kelsea grow as a woman and as a Queen. What I loved most of all about Kelsea was the way she took on her role as Queen without hesitation. How she genuinely wants to make her kingdom a better place in spite of all circumstances and bets against her.
“We don’t always choose, Majesty. We simply make the best choices we can once the deed is done.” (pg 352)
Mystery, corruption, magic, love, regret, all combine in a whirlwind adventure that spans over 400 pages. It doesn’t end there, apparently this book is just the first in the trilogy AND Warner Brothers has already acquired the rights to the book! Emma Watson is set to star in the film AND she’s also executive-producing it with David Heyman. I cannot wait until the release of the second book and, obviously for the film to come out. The Queen of Tearling hit the shelves yesterday, get ready for your next obsession!