Book Review: The Fate of the Tearling

Thursday, December 29, 2016

The Fate of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

From the publisher:
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.

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As with many books in series, I'll keep this review brief in order to avoid spoilers for those who have yet to read the previous books. This final installment did not disappoint. The previous book was a huge work to live up to, and this one wasn't quite as excellent, but I'm not surprised by that.

Johansen's writing never deviates from quality and gorgeous diction. Her ideas are consistently impressive and unexpected, and she makes authorial decisions that I may not have made myself, but that work well with the world and series she has created.

By this final Tearling novel, the characters are all incredibly well developed, and I truly enjoyed them all. Even in an extremely well-written book, a cast of unlikable characters is much more of a turnoff for me than many other things. The characters in these books feel so real and conflicted, and I loved following all of their development and unique stories with plenty of directions I didn't see coming.

This book continues with the trend of excellent action scenes and complex strategizing that I loved in the previous two books. The ending may not be for everyone, but that doesn't make it any less worth picking up this series. A wonderful conclusion to an incredible series. I look forward to seeing what Johansen writes next.

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1 comment:

  1. I'm glad you enjoyed the conclusion of this fabulous trilogy! Thanks for being a part of the tour.