The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

Fantasy fans eager for a new series to delve into should definitely take note of Erika Johansen’s debut novel, The Queen of the Tearling.  Though some of the story elements included in the novel have garnered it comparisons to A Song of Ice and Fire (Game of Thrones for HBO watchers), Johansen carves her own path by establishing a unique cast of characters whose motivations, for the most part, are clearly aligned on the side of good or evil.  In fact, some of Johansen’s supporting characters are written well enough to merit their own spinoff tales as there are plenty of unanswered questions and secrets concerning their origins in this first book of a planned trilogy.  The novel chronicles nineteen-year-old Kelsea Raleigh Glynn’s adventures as she is brought out of hiding to take her mother’s throne and rescue her people from the suffering that they have endured under the rule of her greed-driven uncle and the abuses of power that he has granted to their neighboring enemies.   Filled with courtly intrigue, betrayals, plenty of action, and hints at future romance, Johansen has set the stage for what promises to be an exciting new series to watch for and whose next installment will be eagerly anticipated by any reader willing to step into the world that Johansen has established.  Emma Watson of Harry Potter and The Perks of Being a Wallflower fame is set to executive produce and star in the film adaptation of the first book.

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