Review: The Fate of the Tearling – Erika Johansen

Happy publication day to The Fate of the Tearling! 

With this publication day, I have to admit I’ve been a bit naughty.

I was pursuing my local book shop on Nov. 22, and the shop I was in put out this book a week early. Now, I did tell the cashier that the store had put out the book early, but there was no way I was giving back my copy…

I pretty much left the shop, sped home (or not depending on whose reading this…) and devoured the concluding story to The Queen of the Tearling.

As this was one of my most anticipated reads of 2016, did it live up to my expectations? Keep on reading to find out my thoughts and opinions.

The Book 

20161128 Book Blog November 3 SLV 0019.jpgIn 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.

The Review

Wow. What a conclusion to a series that has reignited my love for the fantasy genre.

The action. The adventure. The characters. The romance. Bravo Johansen, bravo.

IMG_0320.JPGWithout giving too much away, given that this review is going out on release day, I have to say the relationship between The Red Queen and Kelsea was by far my favourite of this book.

It would have been the Mace and Kelsea, but the characters really didn’t get the interaction time that they had in previous books, so it has to go to the Queen of the Tearling versus the Queen of Mortmesne.

Everything about their relationship, from where it started to where it ends in this book shows that fantasy writers can write amazing female characters.

I also loved reading about the fate of Brenna, who scared the bejesus out of me in the previous instalments.

I have to also say that I loved the flashback scenes in this book compared to The Invasion of the Tearling. Katie was an interesting perspective to read from, and finally understanding the beginnings of The Fetch and Rowan Finn, as well as how William and Johnathan Tear passed the ‘crown’ along made me crave the flashback chapters.

Now, I have to be honest, the only reason I couldn’t give this book 5 stars is because I had hoped for a different ending.

Not that I don’t understand why Johansen chose to conclude Kelsea’s story the way she did, I was just hoping that everyone would get a happy ending, though such is the nature of fantasy *Cough, Game of Thrones, Cough*

Also, I was kind of hoping for a redesign on the cover because it seems a tad out of place with the previous two books, but that’s just my own preference.

I can’t wait to see what Johansen comes up with next.

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. 

Purchase Links

Harper CollinsAmazon | Barnes & NobleIndigo

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