Happy Monday Savvy Readers! I’m here to get your week started right, with a book review of The Fate of the Tearling by Erika Johansen! On November 29th, the final book in The Queen of the Tearling series was finally released! Let us all rejoice!
The Fate of the Tearling starts right where Invasion of the Tearling left off. That cliffhanger at the end of the second book was killer so it’s great to know that we aren’t missing anything at the start of the book.
Kelsea is taken all the way back to Mortmesne and we see how she’s treated as she moves across her kingdom into the Red Queen’s kingdom (queendom?) where she’s kept in a cell. We also get to see how the Mace, or Lazarus, and the Queen’s Guards handle the kingdom without Kelsea.
As everything begins to slowly dissolve into chaos, we also get that look back into the past. This time, however, it’s post-Crossing and we experience the memories of someone not related to the Tears. As we watch the events unfold in the present, readers can finally appreciate how William Tear’s utopia dissolved into the corrupted kingdom it is now. The Fetch’s background story is fleshed out, as well as Row’s and the mystery surrounding Jonathan Tear’s murder.
The Red Queen’s secrets also become more exposed as the kingdom of Mortmesne is swallowed up by unrest. Some of her secrets remain that, but we can more fully appreciate just how broken she was and why she did what she did.
Johansen did a great job of building everything up in the first two books. All of those questions we readers have been asking are finally answered in such a graceful way. Johansen doesn’t answer them all at once and we have to fight to figure out some of them, but it’s all worth it.
There are so many different narratives that are happening at the same time, but they are all done so well that it’s easy to follow and enough time is spent on each narrative that you’re not left wanting to read more about one character than another. Johansen is clearly a master at keeping multiple threads of narratives going without getting it all tangled up in a confused mess.
The settings of the book also lend to the chaos that is ensuing throughout the story. From the disgusting rat-infested “streets” of The Gut, to the falsely ostentatious city of Demesne, to the burgeoning village of New London post-crossing. It all works to create such a brilliant atmosphere to the story that draws you in to the world of Kelsea and her friends and enemies.
The ending of the book was also perfect in absolutely every way.
The conclusion is so real and makes it seem as if this could actually happen. It’s not some “happily ever after” story where everything gets patched up and it’s all good. Not only do we see how the chaos and disaster that has been looming since the beginning of the story wrapped up and dissolved, but we also see what happens after that. I couldn’t believe it was actually happening!
If you’re excited to fangirl hard about a book, then join us in reading The Fate of the Tearling! I seriously recommend it for anyone who loves fantasy and adventure. But of course, it helps if you’ve read the first two books so if you haven’t yet, go out and read them so you can be part of the excitement! Let us know if you’ve read it, or are planning on reading it. I can’t wait to see what Erika Johansen does next!
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