Synopses & Reviews
"Katniss Everdeen, you have competition."—Entertainment Weekly
The thrilling conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Tearling trilogy.
In 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.
“Johansen’s vision—a society tearing itself apart amid the effort to redefine itself—is ambitious, and the conflict is fleshed out through myriad character arcs.... wraps up the story quite nicely.” Publishers Weekly
“Johansen has consistently taken huge narrative risks with this series.... With richly developed characters who are never boring black and white, and villains who are as fascinating as the heroes, the finale of this outstanding series will be talked about by readers.” Library Journal, Pick of the Month
"In this centuries spanning epic adventure Johansen concludes the Tearling trilogy (after The Invasion of the Tearling) with Queen Kelsea Glynn risking everything to save her beloved beleaguered homeland from troubles both internal and external. Beset by visions of the time after the Tear’s founding some 300 years ago she struggles to understand how the past defines the present and what part the malevolent Orphan the enigmatic Fetch and the ruthless Red Queen of Mortmesne have yet to play in the destiny of their world. Numerous stories play out against a wide backdrop with the death of a dream creating hope for the future. Johansen’s vision—a society tearing itself apart amid the effort to redefine itself—is ambitious and the conflict is fleshed out through myriad character arcs some more compelling than others. However the bittersweet resolution which wraps up the story quite nicely undermines much of what transpires here. The historical scenes carry more weight and significance than the chaos of the present though Johansen adeptly describes the destruction and despair. This is a solid if not entirely satisfying end to the series. Agent: Dorian Karchmar William Morris Endeavor. (Nov.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Erika Johansen grew up 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.