The Queen of the Tearling

The Queen of the Tearling

By Erika Johansen

  • Release Date: 2014-07-08
  • Genre: Epic
Score: 4.5
From 318 Ratings
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A #1 Indie Next Pick and LibraryReads Selection

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 Queen’s 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.


  • Strong, believable, relatable

    By MusicwithK9s
    Finally! A female heroine who's not perfect, (perhaps a bit plump, not beautiful, gets scared, etc.) but who uses her head and her heart to lead her people. Can't wait to read more!
  • Amazing

    By ANTM 09
    Erika knows how to weave a tale! Great series.
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    By Lee lee468988654
    This book is slow-paced. I usually don't like slow paced books because they become boring but I LOVED ❤ this book. This book HOOKED 👀 me in and it wasn't letting me go. This book is REAL it never sugarcoated anything. It never skirt around risqué topics it told you that this happened and it made me see the world more clearly. I also love the characters and how there was elements of mystery put throughout the story !! 💖
  • An excellent work

    By EvilSOB
    This is an outstanding story from beginning to end.
  • Woah.

    By RRCWB
    I really think this is one of the best series I've ever read. I didn't read these books I lived them.... Well that's at least what it felt like;)
  • A blockbuster

    By gb0923
    This book is so good I'm going through it a second and then probably a third time right now. The story is gripping and suspenseful. It's about a queen raised in exile for protection and claiming the thrown upon her 19th birthday though she is hunted. I found myself cheering for Kelsey and Mase is one of a kind. Very impressive - this movie had a movie deal prior to even being published with David Yates directing and Emma Watson starring as the queen. We will have to wait until November 29, 2016 for the Fate of the Tearling (author announced on Facebook). A must read!
  • Not Bad

    By phinsbama
    The story becomes pretty predictable but is laid out nicely and easy to read. The characters are straight forward with not a lot of information to keep up with and looking forward to the second book.
  • Outstanding Story

    By MippyMoo
    I purchased this book on a whim, not expecting much. I'm happy to say I was very pleasantly surprised at what a wonderful book this turned out to be! The story is excellent and the characters very well written. I finished the book over a day and a half, begrudging every moment I had to put it down to attend to other matters. I look forward to reading the next book in the series.
  • Holy crap, what a great book!

    By MatrixVoom
    Entertainment Weekly raved about this book, but frankly I was not excited about the description. But the magazine continued to rave about it so much, I thought, shoot it's only 350 pages, I'll give it a go. Wow, so glad I did. Fantastic! The story is familiar, derivative of a true life figure, set in a fantasy-sci-fi world. But what struck me was the depth of character, not cliche, genuinely surprising turns in how I thought they would react; and surprisingly good prose. I found myself highlighting genuinely great descriptions, passages, and funny lines. I loved it and already pre-ordered the next book.
  • Riveting book

    By FamousClover
    Great plot and characters! I love the strong Heroine. I hope we see more of the Fetch next book!