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Review: The Fate of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

Review: The Fate of the Tearling by Erika JohansenThe Fate of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
Series: The Queen of the Tearling #3
Published by Transworld on December 1st 2016
Genres: Fiction, Fantasy, Epic, General
Pages: 380
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
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In less than a year, Kelsea Glynn has transformed from a gawky teenager into a powerful monarch.

As she has come into her own as the Queen of the Tearling, the headstrong, visionary leader has also transformed her realm. In her quest to end corruption and restore justice, she has made many enemies - including the evil Red Queen, her fiercest rival, who has set her armies against the Tear.

To protect her people from a devastating invasion, Kelsea did the unthinkable - she surrendered herself and her magical sapphires to her enemy, and named the Mace, the trusted head of her personal guards, Regent in her place. But the Mace will not rest until he and his men rescue their sovereign from her prison in Mortmesne.

Now the endgame begins and the fate of Queen Kelsea - and the Tearling itself - will finally be revealed . . .

 

ARC received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

 
The Fate of The Tearling is the final instalment to the series which left me both satisfied and unsatisfied. Satisfying until the 85% mark when suddenly shit hit the fan and I wanted to throw the book right out the window. Instead, I gently lay my iPad down on the table wondering what the bloody hell I just spent the good part of 3 days reading. It truly was an experience. Johansen’s ending is one that will either leave a bitter taste in your mouth or have you commending her on such a bold choice (and remain a key talking point amongst fans). I, for one, can say it left me very bitter (whilst also a little stunned).
 
I felt that Johansen left far too many unanswered questions. One minute we’re in the heart of your typical final battle scene in a young adult fantasy novel and then…. nothing. That ending, again. It felt empty. Other than that, I treasured every scene with Mace in and he never got the ending he deserved. For a large majority of the book, the plotlines of Lily Mayhew & co were (for once) far more interesting than the main events taking place in the “present” time. I did, however, kind of start to love the relationship between Kaley and the Red Queen
 
Overall, this book was too slow at the start and far too empty at the finish. One thing I know for sure is that I would love to see a prequel novella about Mace.

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