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For 19 years, Kelsea has lived in the forest, watched over by an older couple. But the time has come for her to be crowned as the realm's queen. Kelsea must learn how to rule her kingdom and find people she can trust to guide her.
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Magic, adventure, mystery, and romance combine in this epic debut in which a young princess must reclaim her dead mother's throne, learn to be a ruler — and defeat the Red Queen, a powerful and malevolent sorceress determined to destroy her.

On her nineteenth birthday, Princess Kelsea Raleigh Glynn, raised in exile, sets out on a perilous journey back to the castle of her birth to ascend her rightful throne. Plain and serious, a girl who loves books and learning, Kelsea bears little resemblance to her mother, the vain and frivolous Queen Elyssa. But though she may be inexperienced and sheltered, Kelsea is not defenseless: Around her neck hangs the Tearling sapphire, a jewel of immense magical power; and accompanying her is the Queens Guard, a cadre of brave knights led by the enigmatic and dedicated Lazarus. Kelsea will need them all to survive a cabal of enemies who will use every weapon — from crimson-caped assassins to the darkest blood magic — to prevent her from wearing the crown.

Despite her royal blood, Kelsea feels like nothing so much as an insecure girl, a child called upon to lead a people and a kingdom about which she knows almost nothing. But what she discovers in the capital will change everything, confronting her with horrors she never imagined. An act of singular daring will throw Kelsea's kingdom into tumult, unleashing the vengeance of the tyrannical ruler of neighboring Mortmesne: the Red Queen, a sorceress possessed of the darkest magic. Now Kelsea will begin to discover whom among the servants, aristocracy, and her own guard she can trust.

But the quest to save her kingdom and meet her destiny has only just begun — a wondrous journey of self-discovery and a trial by fire that will make her a legend... if she can survive.

This book will be a beautifully designed package with illustrated endpapers, a map of the Tearling, and a ribbon marker.

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"Johansen makes an impressive debut with this ambitious fantasy adventure, which takes place several centuries from now following the collapse of civilization and mass migration to a newly discovered continent. The resultant society resembles medieval Europe, with modern technology all but forgotten, and magic is subtly present. Finally come of age, 19-year-old Kelsea Glynn must evade assassins and her uncle's nefarious plans in order to take her place as rightful queen of the nation known as the Tearling. Her first acts as ruler break a treaty with neighboring Mortmense and anger the unaging sorceress called the Red Queen; Kelsea rallies her allies and prepares for war. Johansen starts strongly, with a forceful, memorable heroine immediately thrust into a series of intense situations and forced to make dynamic, if overly idealistic, decisions. While the setting and backstory could stand further explanation and exploration, and many elements fall apart under closer scrutiny, this trilogy launch is still an engaging page-turner. Agent: Dorian Karchmar, William Morris Endeavor. (July) " Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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The Queen of the Tearling is a gripping read with an enchanting heroine. Erika Johansen has created a wonderful world and I cant wait to read more.” Bernard Cornwell, New York Times bestselling author of The Pagan Lord

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The Queen of the Tearling is destined to be a fantasy classic. Johansen's writing is assured, confident and thrilling. I can't wait for the next book.” Amy McCulloch, author of The Oathbreaker's Shadow

Review:

“Erika Johansen bursts onto the fantasy scene with a page-turner full of adventure, sorcery, swords, and politics — not to mention a clever heroine with guts and conviction to spare. The Queen of the Tearling kept me up way past my bedtime, and left me wanting more!” Helene Wecker, New York Times bestselling author of The Golem and the Jinni

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“This book worked on me with all the subtle power of an addiction: by the time I realized I was hooked, it was far too late to stop.” Lauren Oliver, New York Times bestselling author of the Delirium trilogy and Panic

Review:

“An impressive start to a series, Johansen expertly incorporates magic necklaces, political intrigue, questions of honor, well-drawn characters, and a bit of mystery into a compelling and empowering story.” Booklist (starred review)

About the Author

Erika Johansen grew up and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. She went to Swarthmore College, earned an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop, and eventually became an attorney, but she never stopped writing.

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tevanmichelle, August 12, 2014 (view all comments by tevanmichelle)
Finished The Queen of the Tearling.
My Review:
Very well done book. Some have commented that the book is "slow", but I see it as the beginning of an epic trilogy! And couldn't disagree with those people more. Much like the Fellowship of the Ring, Erika Johnson has set up just the beginning of a wonderful journey for us. She has such detail and paints such a vast picture, I felt like I was inside each character'a mind. I was on the edge of my seat the entire book. She did an excellent job of putting a strong political aspect in this book, much like it would be in The Dark Ages and times of Kings and Queens. Showing us ruling a kingdom is much harder than it sounds. With a touch of magic and mystery, betrayal and brushing past the clutches of death, I'm sure you will like this book as much as I did. Very good read. I recommend to pick it up at Costco. Can't wait for this sequel as well! This is only the beginning!!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780062290366
Author:
Johansen, Erika
Publisher:
Harper
Subject:
Fantasy - General
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-Fantasy
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Queen of the Tearling, The
Series Volume:
1
Publication Date:
20140708
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Pages:
448
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1.37 in 22.8 oz

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"Staff Pick" by ,

For 19 years, Kelsea has lived in the forest, watched over by an older couple. But the time has come for her to be crowned as the realm's queen. Kelsea must learn how to rule her kingdom and find people she can trust to guide her.

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Johansen makes an impressive debut with this ambitious fantasy adventure, which takes place several centuries from now following the collapse of civilization and mass migration to a newly discovered continent. The resultant society resembles medieval Europe, with modern technology all but forgotten, and magic is subtly present. Finally come of age, 19-year-old Kelsea Glynn must evade assassins and her uncle's nefarious plans in order to take her place as rightful queen of the nation known as the Tearling. Her first acts as ruler break a treaty with neighboring Mortmense and anger the unaging sorceress called the Red Queen; Kelsea rallies her allies and prepares for war. Johansen starts strongly, with a forceful, memorable heroine immediately thrust into a series of intense situations and forced to make dynamic, if overly idealistic, decisions. While the setting and backstory could stand further explanation and exploration, and many elements fall apart under closer scrutiny, this trilogy launch is still an engaging page-turner. Agent: Dorian Karchmar, William Morris Endeavor. (July) " Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Review" by , The Queen of the Tearling is a gripping read with an enchanting heroine. Erika Johansen has created a wonderful world and I cant wait to read more.”
"Review" by , The Queen of the Tearling is destined to be a fantasy classic. Johansen's writing is assured, confident and thrilling. I can't wait for the next book.”
"Review" by , “Erika Johansen bursts onto the fantasy scene with a page-turner full of adventure, sorcery, swords, and politics — not to mention a clever heroine with guts and conviction to spare. The Queen of the Tearling kept me up way past my bedtime, and left me wanting more!”
"Review" by , “This book worked on me with all the subtle power of an addiction: by the time I realized I was hooked, it was far too late to stop.”
"Review" by , “An impressive start to a series, Johansen expertly incorporates magic necklaces, political intrigue, questions of honor, well-drawn characters, and a bit of mystery into a compelling and empowering story.”
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