This is the third book in the Tearling series. In the first, Kelsea became queen of the Tearling, stopped the human trafficking to their evil neighbouring queendom hence starting a war. In the second book she tries to work out how to win the war whilst having all-encompassing visions of a woman from the past – who managed to escape from a dystopia and establish the first civilisation in the new world and ends up handing herself over. In this third book, her visions continue in the new world, with all of the magic and strangeness in this new world. Can she figure out how to save everyone?
It took me a while to get into this one – in fact, the only way I could do it was to re-read the second book to remember what the world was all about, and then take it from there. And it got really strange, but I found the characters so compelling that I couldn’t put it down. And the end was somewhat strange, but yet somewhat perfect.
Having stopped the shipment of her people as slaves to the neighbouring kingdom of Mortmesne, Queen Kelsea turns her mind to her own kingdom. But there is something mysterious happening – perhaps through the power of her mysterious jewels, she is finding some connection to a woman from the past, and it is this connection may give her the answers that she does not realise she is searching for.
It’s so fabulous. It keeps the momentum and energy of the first book, but then this whole other story of another time comes in and wow. Still, I must say, I think I am going to avoid reading series that are not fully published. I cannot endure the wait for the final in the trilogy, due in June.
As she comes of age, Kelsea Raleigh Glynn, a plain but well-trained and extremely clever woman is taken from the remote home where she has been raised by her aunt and uncle. She knows she is to be queen. She knows that people are out to get her – including her uncle who has sat in temporary place on the throne since her mother died and until she rose to power.
Her first act is to stop the shipping of human slaves to the nearby, stronger country. Having won her Queen’s guard over, she acts and suddenly not only is her throne in peril, but the whole queendom. However she has two necklaces that she wears that give her power – a power that no-one, not even she, understands.
This book was introduced to me as the next big thing in fantasy fiction – a book that Emma Watson read and immediately signed up for the films. And it is really easy to get caught up in it. The protagonist is an educated women who makes considered decisions, and is not afraid to stand up to her guard despite her youth and gender. And then there is the fantasy part – the fact that she has mysterious necklaces, and that the queen across the way has some most strange powers… Oooh, it is exciting.