Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen - Book Review by Amy at YA Under My Skin
Author: Erika Johansen
Hardcover: 528 pages
Publisher: Harper Collins (9th June 2015)
Series: Sequel to
the Queen of the Tearling
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 (who I met at a signing, and she is awesome!)