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In this riveting, New York Times-bestselling sequel to The Queen of the Tearling, the evil kingdom of Mortmesne invades the Tearling, with dire consequences for Kelsea and her realm.

With each passing day, Kelsea Glynn is growing into her new responsibilities as Queen of the Tearling. By stopping the shipments of slaves to the neighboring kingdom of Mortmesne, she crossed the Red Queen, a brutal ruler whose power derives from dark magic, who is sending her fearsome army into the Tearling to take what is hers. And nothing can stop the invasion.

But as the Mort army draws ever closer, Kelsea develops a mysterious connection to a time before the Crossing, and she finds herself relying on a strange and possibly dangerous ally: a woman named Lily, fighting for her life in a world where being female can feel like a crime. The fate of the Tearling —and that of Kelsea’s own soul—may rest with Lily and her story, but Kelsea may not have enough time to find out.

In this dazzling sequel, Erika Johansen brings back favorite characters, including the Mace and the Red Queen, and introduces unforgettable new players, adding exciting layers to her multidimensional tale of magic, mystery, and a fierce young heroine. 

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“Meet the next Katniss Everdeen. If you missed last year’s The Queen of the Tearling, run, don’t walk, to get it.” -- Entertainment Weekly

“Get caught up with Kelsea, a heroine so badass, Emma Watson’s already signed up to play her.” -- Cosmopolitan

“Katniss Everdeen, you have competition. . . . A thrilling sequel.” -- Entertainment Weekly, The 10 Must-Reads of Summer

“A bold storytelling choice makes this so much more fascinating than just a saga of warring kingdoms. . . . Completely gripping . . . It’s satisfying while leaving readers desperate for the next volume.” -- Library Journal (starred review)

“Gritty, gruesome, and enthrallingly magical fantasy.” -- Booklist

The Invasion of the Tearling glides over the sophomore slump, carrying the series upward with it. . . . The new Tearling characters are fascinating, and Johansen introduces them so smoothly, we care for them almost the instant we learn their names.” -- Entertainment Weekly, A

“All hail Queen Kelsea! In the series’ second action-packed book, the teen saves her throne from a power-hungry neighbor.” -- Us Weekly

“An intoxicating brew of dystopian fiction, high fantasy, science fiction, and a bit of horror. . . . A thrilling and thought-provoking read that takes this trilogy to even greater heights.” -- Buzzfeed

“Genre-bending . . . So good . . . Gripping.” -- Buzzfeed

“Johansen is a skillful maker of fantasy worlds, weaving medieval and modern themes together with the comprehensiveness of a George R.R. Martin. . . . A satisfying, well-crafted sequel that will leave readers looking forward to what might happen next. -- Kirkus Reviews

“A dazzling and gripping followup. . . . Expertly combining modern and medieval themes, Johansen ratchets up suspense as she weaves a magical story that crosses time . . . one of the most original and well-written series in recent memory.” -- USA Today.com

“Readers ― Watson included ― can’t seem to put down the novels, in large part because of the Queen of the Tearling herself: spunky, complex, tough-as-nails Kelsea Glynn.” -- Bustle

“The Mort are coming! Johansen introduces new characters and enticing bits of history, with the second volume of her intriguing tale of fantasy, mystery and royal politics...Readers will be eager for the final volume in the Tearling saga.” -- LibraryReads

“This compelling, intriguing read is hard to put down as the ultimate connection between the two women is revealed. {A} unique take on traditional fantasy.” -- Statesman Journal (Oregon)

“THE INVASION OF THE TEARLING sets itself apart from every other middle volume in a fantasy trilogy because of its brutal portrayal of politics and all its consequences.” -- Bookish

“Spend long enough with this piece of fiction, and you’ll emerge more keenly aware of our own pontificating pundits, our tides of refugees. Any sense of distance is quite imaginary.” -- Locus Magazine

“Will keep everyone on tenterhooks until the next book is released...a thought-provoking and finely tuned flight of fancy.” -- The Examiner.com

“the protagonist was a real ass-kicker with unwavering strength and fierceness (but not without realistic self-doubt), and there’s just the right combination of believable politics and fantasy realm magic.” -- Bookriot

“[A] thrilling sequel.” -- Bookish

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With each passing day, Kelsea Glynn is growing into her new responsibilities as Queen of the Tearling. By stopping the shipments of slaves to the neighboring kingdom of Mortmesne, Kelsea has crossed the brutal Red Queen, who derives her power from dark magic and who is sending her fearsome army into the Tearling to take what she claims is hers. And nothing can stop the invasion.

But as the Mort army draws ever closer, Kelsea develops a mysterious connection to a time before the Crossing. She finds herself relying on a strange and possibly dangerous ally: a woman named Lily, fighting for her life in a world where being female can feel like a crime. Soon Kelsea herself begins to change; she does not recognize either her reflection in the mirror or the extraordinary power she now commands. The fate of the Tearling—and that of Kelsea’s own soul—may rest with Lily and her story, but Queen Kelsea is running out of time.

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.

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Suchafan
3.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Mixed feelings
Reviewed in the United States on June 18, 2015
I loved QUEEN OF TEARLING and have been recommending it right and left. I''m hoping this book is just the ''sophomore'' slump you see with many middle books of trilogies, and perhaps the concluding book will make the second book more relevant in retrospect. In interviews,... See more
I loved QUEEN OF TEARLING and have been recommending it right and left. I''m hoping this book is just the ''sophomore'' slump you see with many middle books of trilogies, and perhaps the concluding book will make the second book more relevant in retrospect. In interviews, Johansen said she really wanted to explore the pre-Crossing world more. The Lily chapters do this, but I found them incredibly boring. If you''ve read THE HANDMAID''S TALE and some dystopian YA of late, you''ve read that story already- and it''s better told elsewhere. After a while, I skipped right over the Lily chapters so I could return to the Tearling world. I''m also very disappointed in some choices Johansen made in regards to Kelsea''s appearance; in her interviews after the first book she stressed the importance of having a plain heroine. I really hope she hasn''t jettisoned that perspective. I would give the Tearling chapters 4.5 stars and the Lily chapters 1 star, so I''m averaging it out to a 3. I look forward to a more-Tearling-focused final book!
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QueenKatieMae
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A fantastic second novel in a great trilogy. Highly recommended.
Reviewed in the United States on June 15, 2015
When it comes to trilogies, it is rare to read a second book that truly is better than the first. I loved Erika Johansen''s debut novel The Queen of the Tearling. To me, the main character, Queen Kelsea, while not without her flaws, was a strong and principled young woman.... See more
When it comes to trilogies, it is rare to read a second book that truly is better than the first. I loved Erika Johansen''s debut novel The Queen of the Tearling. To me, the main character, Queen Kelsea, while not without her flaws, was a strong and principled young woman. When faced with the shambles her Queen mother and regent uncle had made of the Tear, she bravely made decisions that made her unpopular with the neighboring country of Mortmesne. It also started a war.

Her second book, The Invasion of the Tearling, picks up immediately after the first. The army of the Red Queen of Mortmesne is advancing on Tear. They outnumber the Tear and their weapons are deadlier. As the book covers the days leading up to the invasion, there is a second story that I initially found jarring and unusual and, at first, did not like. As the reader learned in Queen of the Tearling, the countries of Tear and Mortmesne are the worlds created when people escaped the unknown horrors of our future. Using the story of a woman named Lily, the author takes the reader back to the time called the "Pre-Crossing"; when people drove cars, relied on computers, and women were considered property of men. At first, the juxtaposition of the two stories felt wonky but the more I read of Lily''s story the more fascinating it became. It clearly spelled out what happened to make people want to take the Crossing from the modern age into medieval times. And, by the end of the book the reader will know why the story of Lily would be so important to Kelsea.

While Queen Kelsea prepares her country for the inevitable invasion, she still must deal with painful lessons that come to the nineteen year-old queen. She may have arrived in New London book-ready to rule, her previous life experiences left her ill prepared for the colossal undertaking of governing a country. Fortunately she has the superb right hand man, Lazarus; a character that I adore. He''s stoic and irascible. His advice is spot on. His relationship with Kelsea is like that of a protective father who must still let his charge make her own decisions. And mistakes. And she does make some doozies.

I loved the flow of the story with the intertwining narratives. As the situation grows darker for the Tear, Lily''s story grows dire as well. Both women need to make decisions that will affect the rest of their lives. Both grow courageous in adverse circumstances. And while I love how the author has painted the teenage Kelsea to be a strong character I could not help but notice how much Kelsea fretted about her appearance. Many women dwell on their looks, for good or bad, but in Kelsea''s case, I wanted her to not care what others thought. There are extenuating circumstances within the book that make Kelsea''s appearance important but I felt it dwelled too much on them. I was also startled when Kelsea started to cut herself; again, extenuating circumstances but still disappointing.

It''s a great series and I cannot wait for the third book. There are some unanswered questions and a reasonably survivable cliffhanger that promises to make the next book an epic finish. I cannot wait.
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Katame
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Spoliers! Also veers from the feel of the first book a lot
Reviewed in the United States on January 15, 2018
Spoliers: This is a good sequel to the first novel, but the whole part with Lilly Mayhew was a little too much for me and I wanted to stay in the future/Tearling. I like most of the parts with Kelsa and they are what carried me though most of the book. It is not light... See more
Spoliers: This is a good sequel to the first novel, but the whole part with Lilly Mayhew was a little too much for me and I wanted to stay in the future/Tearling. I like most of the parts with Kelsa and they are what carried me though most of the book. It is not light hearted, and the rape scenes can be harsh to read. It also seems to kinda hit a little too close to home lately with Lilly in the political atmosphere as well. While I do recommend this book, it is not a light read or a happy read. It is a lets sit down and talk about where our country is going read. Lets sit down and talk about relationships read. This would make for a great college class book to read about how history repeats itself and more. As a recreational read this is a downer for a good chunk of the book and Lilly hits you out of nowhere, but again I feel I should be discussing it with a group of people. Maybe even a book club to sit down and discuss would be just as good as a college class. It doesn''t have the same feel as the first book. Though I still want to read the final book. It didn''t take that much away. :D
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Ingrid
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This book does a lot of teasing and not a lot of satisfying
Reviewed in the United States on June 16, 2015
I had a hard time putting my thoughts about this book into words. I rolled my eyes when someone claimed that the Fetch was too much like V from V for Vendetta in the last book, but I take it back. Nearly half the book is spent learning about Lily Mayhew''s life rather than... See more
I had a hard time putting my thoughts about this book into words. I rolled my eyes when someone claimed that the Fetch was too much like V from V for Vendetta in the last book, but I take it back. Nearly half the book is spent learning about Lily Mayhew''s life rather than continuing the story with Kelsea. Lily is a "pre-crossing" woman from a modern authoritarian hellscape, and her story feels a lot like V for Vendetta.

At first I was annoyed by these digressions from the main story line. Eventually I got into Lily''s story, but Johansen simple does not deliver on enough of her promises-- namely that Lily''s story will be extremely important to Kelsea''s predicament, that Kelsea or the audience will learn some deeper moral lesson from Lily etc. She just does not deliver.

I don''t like graphic rape for shock value. Lily wasn''t just being used by her husband, she was being used by this book. She is the perfect victim that William Tear saved, after he allowed her to be tortured as a "test," of course (just like in V for Vendetta.) I don''t like how Kelsea, a virgin at the time, has no reaction whatsoever to living through these experiences. Even though it is well written, I wish that this "pre-corssing" stuff would just go away. It makes a story full of hard choices and grey morals into a rigid and shallow instrument, bludgeoning the audience over the head with the theme "RICH PEOPLE ARE PURE EVIL, (except for Kelsea, of course.) Does no one grasp that she is an absolute monarch? Capable abusing anyone, with no repercussions? But no, characters like William Tear and Kelsea are entitled to pass absolute judgment on everyone, and they have a monopoly on morality. Everyone else is either evil, or too simple minded or weak.

The moral center in this book is just lacking all nuance and subtlety when it comes to Lily''s world. Which is sad because Kelsea actually spends time wondering if she is doing the right thing, if she is becoming vain or cruel, and if her self-righteous decision to stop the shipment is really for the good of her people. Speaking of vanity, I take back what I said about Kelsea''s appearance too. She is now beautiful, because magic. So much for having a heroine who isn''t gorgeous.

I think Kelsea''s story suffered because of Lily''s. Her romantic relationship is shallow and dull (because the author has already established that she will end up with the Fetch in what, chapter 1 of book 1?) Speaking of the Fetch, he isn''t developed further at all (and we hardly knew him in the first book.)

In summation, it''s a very well written book that keeps you turning pages. I just hope that I''m not being set up for a big let down, because this book does a lot of teasing and not a lot of satisfying. Very few of the mysteries from the first book are solved, and the information you do get is anti-climactic. It would have been more interesting for the Red Queen to be from a poor or slave background, rather than a princess (a princess becoming queen? Ill gasp!), but everything in this book has to relate back to William Tear. It hurts the book rather than helps it. I still don''t care about William Tear and his perfect world, which looks exactly like the Medieval Europe from every fantasy book ever.
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FTLOE
4.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Not as good as Queen of the Tearling, but not bad!
Reviewed in the United States on December 27, 2016
When I read "The Queen of the Tearling", I remember being so blown away that I cried every time I thought about it (and still choke up months after reading it). It was a book I''d seen before it came out and bought a year after it released; something told me to get... See more
When I read "The Queen of the Tearling", I remember being so blown away that I cried every time I thought about it (and still choke up months after reading it). It was a book I''d seen before it came out and bought a year after it released; something told me to get it when I first saw it, but I never did, so when I finally got it and read it, I was upset that I waited so long to read it!

In "The Invasion of the Tearling", we see Kelsea growing into her Queenship. We see her growing more beautiful, darker, taking control of her own life, and not seeking the approval of others (as much). We see her sacrificing herself for others, thinking beyond herself, and having some of the best one-liners I''ve ever had the pleasure to read!

When it comes to plot, this book was engaging, but there was one aspect that threw me for a loop!

* STOP HERE IF YOU DON''T WANT TO READ SPOILERS *

The time traveling, if that''s what it is, in this book was really confusing...at first. I didn''t understand how we went from a society that used torches for light to a Lexus. I honestly thought a mistake had been made in the book. Not to mention, Kelsea so easily accepts this time traveling that I was further confused. I understand this serves a greater purpose, especially when it comes to the true story of the crossing, but it was a bit much.

One other problem that kept me from rating this book 5 stars was the last 100 pages. I absolutely loved the intrigue with the new Holy Father, Father Tyler, Row Finn, and the Fetch; when Lily''s story kept taking the front seat and those plot threads were pretty much abandoned, I was annoyed. Other than that, I just loved this book!

I highly recommend this book!
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M&M and Me
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
The Plots Thicken
Reviewed in the United States on January 7, 2018
So much revealed here in Book Two, including much of what I was working to figure out as I finished Book One. The Invasion of the Tearling picks up exactly where The Queen of the Tearling left off - no years going by in a twinkle, nothing solved or shoved aside. Queen... See more
So much revealed here in Book Two, including much of what I was working to figure out as I finished Book One. The Invasion of the Tearling picks up exactly where The Queen of the Tearling left off - no years going by in a twinkle, nothing solved or shoved aside. Queen Kelsea remains on the throne, but it’s a precarious perch, to be sure: the invasion of the Tearling by the Mortmesne Army is close at hand. As war beckons and breaks, however, the Glynn Queen’s own power grows. Her transformation from child to Queen dominates the book’s narrative arc, of course. But other important stories swell alongside Kelsea’s own, and more than a few characters - some already well established, others new - become essential, lively, complicated. This book offers a much darker vision than the first, but don’t let that scare you away, because there’s still room for wonder, and second chances abound.
Erika Johansen is a marvelous talent. I thought I’d made good time reading through Book One - I couldn’t put it down - but I *blazed* through Book Two. I’m afraid to even open Book Three, because I really need to go to bed...but a little peek, just at the first chapter won’t take long, right? Just a couple of pages...
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Lynne M. Spreen
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A Review of the 3-Book Series
Reviewed in the United States on December 24, 2016
Spoiler alert! This is a review of all three books, and spoilers are involved, so if you haven''t read it all, stop now. I don''t normally read this genre, but I enjoyed the entire series, although the books were progressively less successful. So in summary, I have mixed... See more
Spoiler alert! This is a review of all three books, and spoilers are involved, so if you haven''t read it all, stop now. I don''t normally read this genre, but I enjoyed the entire series, although the books were progressively less successful. So in summary, I have mixed feelings.

The Queen of the Tearling: At first I thought it was set in midieval times, but then I understood. What a wonderful imagination Johansen has. I liked the heroism of the main characters, and especially was struck by her sense, right from the start, that she needed to earn the trust of the soldiers and her people. The dramatic tension kept me in suspense, and I couldn''t wait to see what happened next. When halfway through this book, I ordered the second, to ensure I could keep right on reading.

The Fate of the Tearling: Still wonderful, but the pace is slowing, due to all the fugue-state visits to a parallel reality that is critical to the story. I loved the magic, and Queen Kelsea''s temper and how she deployed it.

The Invasion of the Tearling: I''ve heard it said that a writer should put her characters up in a tree and then set the tree on fire; i.e., there should be plenty of obstacles to overcome. In this book, the obstacles seemed insurmountable, but the characters overcome them. However, the ending wasn''t satisfying for me. It was like one of those books where the whole story ends up being a dream, that none of it really happened. The kingdom in which I was invested was simply erased and redrawn.

Second, it was unsatisfying to understand that Kelsea would have to begin her life over again as a 19-year-old in a whitebread utopia, where she knew no one and none of her former comrades-in-arms recognized her. A person would die of grief if that happened. Not happy with the ending at all. I would rather have had a fourth book, where Kelsea does some magic, conquers the problems of the kingdom we came to know. I would have liked to have seen the problems resolved, not just erased. So, a mixed review.
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Sally Pink Reviews
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Riveting Storytelling!
Reviewed in the United States on May 23, 2016
ohansen pens an enthralling sequel with "The Invasion of the Tearling." Kelsea''s kingdom is invaded by the Mort, and she must master her power and secrets or the Tear will die. Picking up where book one leaves off, Kelsea is preparing for invasion. While... See more
ohansen pens an enthralling sequel with "The Invasion of the Tearling." Kelsea''s kingdom is invaded by the Mort, and she must master her power and secrets or the Tear will die.

Picking up where book one leaves off, Kelsea is preparing for invasion. While this is heavy on her mind so are other matters - the Arvath and their greed, her emotional growing pains, and her struggles to teach herself the power of her sapphires. Secrets, too, threaten to undermine her. Who really is the red queen? What is the Fetch trying to atone for, and why does Row Finn need forgiveness?

Johansen''s writing is easy to read and she''s a master at dropping clues. It''s the reader''s job to put them together. The plot pushes forward like a locomotive, unable to hold back.

The characterization is spot on, depicting Kelsea''s triumphs, and emotional struggles with the darkness from the stones that threatens to engulf her. The supporting cast each have stories that tug on the reader''s heartstrings.

Invasion of the Tearling is a fictional fantasy novel that I would recommend for 18 years old and up for strong language, drug use, and sexual situations. It''s a fantastic read, completely riveting, and will leave the reader breathless. I couldn''t stop turning the pages!
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lucky star
3.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Not quite what the first book promised...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 4, 2016
WELL. I absolutely loved the first in this trilogy, so much so I will definitely read the third book when it comes out. The overall concept is absolutely brilliant, and the writing is so compelling: a truly powerful, intelligent, relatable heroine, and a startlingly...See more
WELL. I absolutely loved the first in this trilogy, so much so I will definitely read the third book when it comes out. The overall concept is absolutely brilliant, and the writing is so compelling: a truly powerful, intelligent, relatable heroine, and a startlingly original premise and wonderfully worked-out world. However this second in the series didn''t really follow through, for me. The main focus was on the very early part of the founding of the world we know from book 1, so it was set in the ''modern world'' (really a futuristic dystopia, but not so very far removed from our own world today), and not in Kelsea''s world. It''s a very clever idea but I didn''t love it in the same way I did the Tearling, and I was impatient to get back to what''s happening in the Tearling, to be honest. It didn''t feel like the stuff inside matched what was on the tin, which I know is sometimes just the case. I also found this very violent and really a lot of focus on the violence, particularly sexual violence, which I felt pretty uncomfortable with, and this comment comes from someone who has watched and loved ever series of Game of Thrones so I''m no Mary Whitehouse! Still amazingly written though, and I will definitely be buying book 3 and reading it in one gulp, when it comes out!
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Kelsea and Lily
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 5, 2016
Second volume in the series of fantasy novels entitled ''The Tearling.'' First book was ''Queen of the Tearling.'' This isn''t a jumping on point, as there''s very little exposition in here as to what happened in that, and so new readers should do that book first to get the most...See more
Second volume in the series of fantasy novels entitled ''The Tearling.'' First book was ''Queen of the Tearling.'' This isn''t a jumping on point, as there''s very little exposition in here as to what happened in that, and so new readers should do that book first to get the most from this. Those who have read it, read on. This volume runs for five hundred and seventy pages. It''s divided into two parts. Further into fourteen chapters and an epilogue. There''s a map of the setting at the start. It contains violence, some strong language, and adult moments, so this isn''t young adult fantasy. Following on from the end of book one, Kelsea is now Queen. Those who plotted against her are being dealt with. But her army have a hopeless battle ahead of them in fighting off the Red Queen''s. And she has all the problems a Monarch can expect to face also. Plus she''s still got some growing up to do. On top of all this, she starts having strange dreams. Which might show how her world came to be... This gets off to a superb start by using two supporting characters as viewpoint ones. It is very good indeed at remembering to show things exactly as they would perceive them as well. Kelsea, once she starts getting chapters, remains quite a sympathetic creation. It does then flick between her world and the visions, which are of something very different indeed. These sections of the book are quite dark and don''t pull any punches. But they always know exactly where they are going. And do have a sympathetic character to guide you through them. Whilst very much a mid book in a series, in addition to the above mentioned sections, it doesn''t feel like things have advanced too much at points, but by the end you see that it has done some very good plotting and has pulled so much together, over the course of this and the opener. You do find yourself admiring some of the plotting as well. There are some excellent revelations. And it has another thing that is common to middle books. It ends on a huge cliffhanger that will leave you desperately wanting to know what comes next. That can be found in book three ''The Fate of the Tearling.'' Book two, though, is a very good read in a good series and well worth four out of five.
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T. M.
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Powerful, page-turning fantasy
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 23, 2015
The Invasion of the Tearling, the second in Erika Johansen’s planned trilogy, took me completely by surprise. I read and loved The Queen of the Tearling a couple of weeks ago and couldn’t wait to get my hands on this sequel. At first I was surprised – the plot you expect,...See more
The Invasion of the Tearling, the second in Erika Johansen’s planned trilogy, took me completely by surprise. I read and loved The Queen of the Tearling a couple of weeks ago and couldn’t wait to get my hands on this sequel. At first I was surprised – the plot you expect, continuing Kelsea’s troubled reign and battling with the Red Queen, continues, but it’s spliced with another, 21st-century-dystopia strand. I didn’t want the focus drawn from the thrilling central plot, but it soon became apparent that Johansen writes her troubled heroines so well that the introduction of Lily Mayhew’s tale is just as good as the Tearling one. Lily’s strand starts to explain pre-Crossing America’s dissolving morality and society, and soon it becomes clear that Lily and Kelsea share a mysterious connection. Lily’s struggles against an oppressive society are beautifully compared to the free world that the Tearling was intended to be, before human nature had its way and created a new dystopia for Kelsea to inherit. This is another powerful, page-turning fantasy from Johansen and far from simply bridging the difficult stage between introduction and glorious finale, the second book in the series draws out the deeper conflicts in Kelsea’s personality and her association with the magical sapphires of her inheritance, whilst it builds on the Red Queen’s own inner turmoil. The back story of the Tearling is elegantly revealed through Lily, whilst the wartime troubles Kelsea faces tease out the sort of Queen she wants to be versus the one that she must become. The pace never lags and the flawed but loveable heroines have you emotionally invested from the first page to the last. This book grabs you and won’t let you go. *I was given a review copy of this book by NetGalley and thanks to the publisher and author. The views in this post are my own.*
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 30, 2019
After reading the first book (almost not finishing it) loved the ending and couldn’t wait to start the next book. I LOVE THESE BOOKS SO MUCH. the dark and twisted world they live in was so sickening but I loved how the MC dealt with it all. Characters like the Mace, Throne,...See more
After reading the first book (almost not finishing it) loved the ending and couldn’t wait to start the next book. I LOVE THESE BOOKS SO MUCH. the dark and twisted world they live in was so sickening but I loved how the MC dealt with it all. Characters like the Mace, Throne, Pen, Ewan.. I enjoyed every point of view. I also loved the flashbacks and the element of time travel. Would implore anyone to read this book and the full series I will never shut up about it
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The Invasion of the Tearling - exciting, inventive YA along the lines of ''Game of Thrones''
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 14, 2015
If you haven’t read the first book in this series, you really should! It’s a very original story with a great cast of characters, and it follows Kelsea Glynn’s journey to take her place as Queen. Now that Kelsey is the Queen of the Tearling, she has to deal with the...See more
If you haven’t read the first book in this series, you really should! It’s a very original story with a great cast of characters, and it follows Kelsea Glynn’s journey to take her place as Queen. Now that Kelsey is the Queen of the Tearling, she has to deal with the aftermath of her decision to stop shipping slaves to the kingdom of Mortmesne. This has caused their frighteningly powerful queen to invade the Tearling. The Mort army is approaching, when Kelsey somehow becomes connected to a woman called Lily, who lives in a previous time period. Kelsey must try to save her people, and work out how Lily’s story from the past may impact on their future. I was a huge fan of ‘The Queen of the Tearling’, so I started this with that subtle mixture of anticipation and really hoping this would be good! Fortunately, Erika Johansen has crafted another amazing and utterly engrossing novel. For me, there was a lot to like about this book: three strong female narrators, an array of mysterious and handsome potential love interests and plenty of action. Lily’s new narrative in particular was a great way to flesh out the history of the time period. Kelsea also continued to be an interesting, realistically flawed character, whose impossible situation as ruler made me really feel for her! Without giving too much away, the ending of was very satisfying, tying up the key threads of this story but leaving enough trailing for an exciting sequel. A slight issue I had with this book was the beginning. It started with an extended description of the history, which I found myself skipping over (even though it was probably really important). Then we followed the third person perspectives of two new characters. I grew really attached to both of them, but would have preferred to become reacquainted with familiar faces before getting to grips with new ones. That being said, I would definitely recommend this book. Erika Johansen has created a rich, captivating fantasy world, with a riveting historical element developed in this instalment. I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next! If you like the sound of this, now try: -The Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard -The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury -The Chemical Garden Trilogy by Lauren DeStefano Read more reviews at www.yaundermyskin.co.uk
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