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text 2017-07-19 22:37
My Fairy Librarian just downloaded this from the waitlist
The Fate of the Tearling: A Novel (The Queen of the Tearling Book 3) - Erika Johansen

Just in time for the 24in48 readathon this weekend.


Looks like I've gone and developed an unplanned reading list of booklikes bookclub books and library finds for the readathon.  Which I may lighten with some quicker books to clear book hangovers.


The Fate of the Tearling is the third book in The Queen of the Tearling which has hooked me completely even while sometimes losing all patience with the main character.

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review 2017-06-30 16:39
The Queen of the Tearling (Queen of the Tearling #1) - Erika Johansen
The Queen of the Tearling - Erika Johansen

I hope the second one is better, because this one wasn't that great. The bad things first: It really annoyed me how much beauty was an important element to Kelsey and how ugly and plain she says/thinks she is. It was constant and it was very weird too, considering she was raised in a far away home in the middle of the woods with only her foster parents as company. How did she know she was plain or ugly if she had ever seen anyone else? It makes no sense. Also, how come her guards travel with her back to the castle, in secret, hiding from the assassins that want to kill Kelsey and yet every night they light a fire, they get drunk out of their wits and leave her tent unattended? Another bad thing is that I listened to this as an audiobook and on important scenes the narrator started to yell and that was quite unpleasant. It is possible to convey action or emotions without yelling, and I really wish the narrator understood that.

But leaving that aside, I liked most of the other things. I did appreciate the story and the world that was presented to us. I liked that we don't have many answers as to what happened before the Crossing of how come things came to be this way. Maybe it will be explained in other books or maybe not, but either way, it's good not to have everything clear all the time. I liked how Kelsey starts to feel more comfortable in her role as Queen and how she discovers what she can do. I even liked that she has a crush, because after all, this is a nineteen year old girl and it's only natural to find someone you like, especially after being isolated all your life. Also, I do think there were too many unnecessary descriptions but it didn't bother me that much because since I listened to this as an audiobook it wasn't tedious. The narrator also did great men's voices, so that was good. 

I have the feeling the series gets better as it advances, so I'll go on to the next one. Three stars.

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review 2017-06-13 13:52
A fitting end to the Tearling trilogy but still a little disappointing.
The Fate of the Tearling - Erika Johansen

This novel brings the trilogy to a close, introducing more characters and producing some surprises. the author keeps us guessing at every corner and this works on the whole. The jump between the past and present can get tiresome as can all the introspection but otherwise I enjoyed this story on the whole.

The writing is impressive and engaging and I'd recommend this trilogy to all lovers of fantasy novels

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review 2017-06-02 16:41
Exciting and unexpected second volume ot this trilogy
The Invasion of the Tearling - Erika Johansen

Following on from "Queen of the Tearling", this second part of the trilogy hit me with quite a few surprises: Kelsea mind-travels back several generations to a pre-Crossing time and into the life of Lily and her encounter with William Tear, the "creator" of the Tearling. Meanwhile Mortmesne invades with interesting and expected consequences.


A worthwhile read, full of original thought, which makes this series stand out in many ways. Recommended to lovers of well-thought out fantasy.

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review 2017-05-23 19:09
Excellent first part of a fantasy trilogy
The Queen of the Tearling - Erika Johansen



I've been waiting to read this trilogy for a while, recommended by my wife. This first volume sets the scene as Kelsea, the heir to the Tearling throne, is brought back to the capital to take the throne, facing assassins and plots all along the way.


Nicely building up the action and bringing along the plot at a fair rate, this novel also includes a fair deal of good characterisation as well as exciting action.


Well recommended and the second volume will be high on my reading list in the next few weeks.



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