Published by Harper Collins on July 8th 2014
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
An untested young princess must claim her throne, learn to become a queen, and combat a malevolent sorceress in an epic battle between light and darkness in this spectacular debut—the first novel in a trilogy.
Young Kelsea Raleigh was raised in hiding after the death of her mother, Queen Elyssa, far from the intrigues of the royal Keep and in the care of two devoted servants who pledged their lives to protect her. Growing up in a cottage deep in the woods, Kelsea knows little of her kingdom's haunted past . . . or that its fate will soon rest in her hands.
Long ago, Kelsea's forefathers sailed away from a decaying world to establish a new land free of modern technology. Three hundred years later, this feudal society has divided into three fearful nations who pay duties to a fourth: the powerful Mortmesne, ruled by the cunning Red Queen. Now, on Kelsea's nineteenth birthday, the tattered remnants of the Queen's Guard—loyal soldiers who protect the throne—have appeared to escort the princess on a perilous journey to the capital to ascend to her rightful place as the new Queen of the Tearling.
Though born of royal blood and in possession of the Tear sapphire, a jewel of immense power and magic, Kelsea has never felt more uncertain of her ability to rule. But the shocking evil she discovers in the heart of her realm will precipitate an act of immense daring, throwing the entire kingdom into turmoil—and unleashing the Red Queen's vengeance. A cabal of enemies with an array of deadly weapons, from crimson-caped assassins to the darkest blood magic, plots to destroy her. But Kelsea is growing in strength and stealth, her steely resolve earning her loyal allies, including the Queen's Guard, led by the enigmatic Lazarus, and the intriguing outlaw known simply as "the Fetch."
Kelsea's quest to save her kingdom and meet her destiny has only just begun. Riddled with mysteries, betrayals, and treacherous battles, Kelsea's journey is a trial by fire that will either forge a legend . . . or destroy her.
Oh. My. God. This book is so…… AAAAAAH. *hugs book to chest tightly*
HEHE, okay this book is just freaking amazing. But despite it all, I’m saddened to say that I will only be giving it 4 stars. If I used half stars in my ratings (which unfortunately, I don’t), I would’ve given it 4.5 stars. Because it really deserves full stars, except for one little problem. But I’ll get to that later.
One thing I definitely LOVE about this book? The main character, Kelsea. She was hot-headed, strong and definitely a reader. And not just any other reader. She’s a freaking avid reader. She demands there to be books, at no matter what cost. Yep, my kind of girl. She’s only nineteen and she already has people trying to kill her because she’s a Queen. What amazes me was that she’s NINETEEN and she acts her age. She’s not flawless, she’s not perfect. But she tries hard to be. I mean, guys, honestly. She’s honest, and yeah, like I said, she’s hot tempered. There were times when she had to act like a queen, and because of her still being a teen, of course there were also times when she thought she knew everything. She wasn’t whiny, though. I don’t know why, but I honestly cannot stop spazzing about her. She’s just….. AMAZING.
The world in this book was quite detailed, and there was a map at the start, so I find it really easy to understand the different worlds (or rather, countries?) HEHE. Also, there were glimpses into the enemy’s views, and even some other minor characters’ views, who in the end, played major roles.
There wasn’t much romance in this book. It only holds like 10% of this book? So, if you’re someone who’s always looking for romance genres, you’ll be pretty disappointed if you read this book HAHA. But yeah those little hints of romance, man, I treasure them like crazy, because a part of me thinks that hey, Kelsea deserves a bit of happiness for herself too.
And then, here’s the tiny disadvantage about this book: it degrades people who are not deemed pretty or attractive. I don’t know why, honestly. Does the author have something against pretty people? But yeah. Kelsea was deemed as unattractive and there was a particular line that stood up to me. ” How could a woman who looked so old still place so much importance on being attractive? Kelsea saw now that there was something far worse than being ugly: being ugly and thinking you were beautiful.” When I read that, I was like OUCH MAN. So no, I don’t like the fact that beauty is being used in this context as something demeaning. I hope this will change in the second book.
But other than that, oh, I absolutely love love this book.