(The Tearling Trilogy 1)
Combining the sinuous drama of Game of Thrones, the narrative drive of The Hunger Games and a brilliantly imagined and engaging young central protagonist, The Queen of the Tearling is the thrilling opening chapter in a dazzling, daringly original new fantasy adventure.
Kelsea Glynn is the sole heir to the throne of Tearling but has been raised in secret after her mother – a monarch as vain as she was foolish – was murdered for ruining her kingdom. For 18 years, the Tearling has been ruled by Kelsea’s uncle in the role of Regent however he is but the debauched puppet of the Red Queen, the sorceress-tyrant of neighbouring realm of Mortmesme. On Kelsea’s nineteenth birthday, the tattered remnants of her mother’s guard - each pledged to defend the queen to the death - arrive to bring this most un-regal young woman out of hiding...
And so begins her journey back to her kingdom’s heart, to claim the throne, win the loyalty of her people, overturn her mother’s legacy and redeem the Tearling from the forces of corruption and dark magic that are threatening to destroy it. But Kelsea's story is not just about her learning the true nature of her inheritance - it's about a heroine who must learn to acknowledge and live with the realities of coming of age in all its insecurities and attractions, alongside the ethical dilemmas of ruling justly and fairly while simply trying to stay alive...
“I couldn’t put the bloody thing down. It would be fair to say I became obsessed with the role and the book”
“Did you love The Hunger Games? Partial to an episode of Game of Thrones? Then you’re going to want to dive straight in to this new fantasy . . . brilliantly imagined and captivatingly written”
“An assured and confident debut . . . featuring a strong female lead and a well-realised far-future post-apocalyptic world”
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“Like Game of Thrones and The Hunger Games meets Pulp Fiction”
“Destined to be a fantasy classic. Johansen’s writing is assured, confident and thrilling. I can’t wait for the next book.”
AMY McCULLOCH, author of The Oathbreaker’s Shadow
“Enjoyable, fast-paced read. Kelsea is a strong female lead...and she heads a list of well-drawn characters who feature in some haunting, tear-jerking moments that leave you desperate to read the next instalment...A top summer read.”
“This book worked on me with all the subtle power of an addiction: by the time I realized I was hooked, it was far too late to stop.”
LAUREN OLIVER, author of Before I Fall
“Erika Johansen does not disappoint. Hers is a debut that shines bright like the magic in her book . . . exciting and fuelled by adventure – this is what all fantasy novels should be like”
“The Queen of the Tearling is a gripping read with an enchanting heroine. Erika Johansen has created a wonderful world and I can’t wait to read more.”
“A fast-paced and original fantasy, written with a confident and accomplished style, with plenty of intrigue and mystery.”
ADRIAN TCHAIKOVSKY, author of the bestselling ‘Shadows of the Apt’
“A page-turner full of adventure, sorcery, swords, and politics - not to mention a clever heroine with guts and conviction to spare. The Queen of the Tearling kept me up way past my bedtime and left me wanting more!”
HELENE WECKER, author of The Golem and the Jinni