Wednesday, August 5, 2015

The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

The Queen of the Tearling
by Erika Johansen
434 pages


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 19th birthday, Princess Kelsea Raleigh Glynn sets out on a perilous journey back to the castle of her birth to ascend her rightful throne. Plain and serious 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 Queen's Gurad, 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 to prevent her from wearing the crown. Now Kelsea will begin to discover whom among the servants, aristocracy and her own guard she can trust.
The quest to save her kingdom and meet her destiny has only just begun....if she can survive.

I enjoyed listening to this story so much because of the reader, Katherine Kellgren. She made the story come alive for me while I listened. Her voices for each character were so distinct that you knew who was speaking without being told. She did an excellent job and I hope she continues to read the rest of the books in this series!

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