I first heard of THE QUEEN OF THE TEARLING when I was online somewhere, reading that Emma Watson had loved it and then bought the movie rights. Or signed on to the movie. Okay, so I’m not one hundred percent sure what’s going down there, but the point of this story is that I bought THE QUEEN OF THE TEARLING because if Emma Watson, the actor who played the incredible Hermoine Granger, says it’s that good, then it probably is.
And boy oh boy, have I ever been sold on any future, indirect Emma Watson recos.
Because this was nutso good, guys and gals.
I whipped through the rough-unfinished edge pages in about a day, which isn’t unusual for me, but this whoppper was 448 pages so yeah, it kind of took over my life. And that was fine by me.
The main character’s name is Kelsea Glynn and she’s the sole heir to the throne of Tearling—a socialist society set waaaay in the future, although it seems like the past. All in all, Kelsea’s a pretty freaking cool nineteen-year-old for being raised by secret foster parents because her mother, Queen Elyssa, wasn’t the best ruler and was consequently murdered for ruining the kingdom. But once Kelsea turns nineteen, she has a chance to make it right by assuming the throne.
Unfortunately, the uncle who’d taken over the throne
soldiers secretly sought her out for years in order to kill her isn’t too
keen on the idea of stepping aside, but Kelsea kicks ass from the very beginning and
makes it all the way to the kingdom where she subsequently tells her uncle to
suck it because she’s there to stay. But in a far more eloquent way, obviously. She's a Queen, after all. Or, maybe Queen-in-Training is a better title, considering she's just started.
And seeing Kelsea come into her own was a primary component of this book, which I suspect will also be the case with the rest of the series. There’s a genuine tone to her nature that's very accessible, and she truly wants to do what’s best for her kingdom, only she doesn't know how. There’s so much going on behind her back, in addition to mistakes from the past that are set to destroy the kingdom, and it’s up to Kelsea to figure it all out while simultaneously trying to keep herself from being assassinated. As you can imagine, it's kind of like putting out seventeen forest fires with a misting machine.
Being a fantasy, there’s a dose of dark magic, but the part that really hooked me was the writing. It’s just so pretty, guys. And dark. And deep. Like slipping into a cool lake whilst being unaware of the six-headed eels that will eat your feet and suck out your blood if you disturb them. Granted, there are no such creatures in THE QUEEN, but there very well could be, because that’s the kind of intense undertone that each word brought forth. This may be classified as YA on Goodreads, but I think this is far more of an adult novel. The pace speaks to that as well, I think, because it was a gradual crescendo and I’m not sure it would be fast enough for the kids.
In sum, I can’t wait for the rest of the series! I’ll be forty by the time I’ve read them all, but good things come to those who wait, right? And at least now you know what to get me for my birthday for the next six years. Haha!
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