Friday, July 4, 2014

Friday Memes: The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

Happy Friday everybody!
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I am spotlighting a book that I read back in April. The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen was one of my March Amazon Vine picks. It is a fantasy by a debut author and the first book in a planned trilogy.

Here is the description:
Magic, adventure, mystery, and romance combine in this epic debut in which a young princess must reclaim her dead mother’s throne, learn to be a ruler—and defeat the Red Queen, a powerful and malevolent sorceress determined to destroy her.

On her nineteenth birthday, Princess Kelsea Raleigh Glynn, raised in exile, sets out on a perilous journey back to the castle of her birth to ascend her rightful throne. Plain and serious, a girl who loves books and learning, Kelsea bears little resemblance to her mother, the vain and frivolous Queen Elyssa. But though she may be inexperienced and sheltered, Kelsea is not defenseless: Around her neck hangs the Tearling sapphire, a jewel of immense magical power; and accompanying her is the Queen’s Guard, a cadre of brave knights led by the enigmatic and dedicated Lazarus. Kelsea will need them all to survive a cabal of enemies who will use every weapon—from crimson-caped assassins to the darkest blood magic—to prevent her from wearing the crown.

Despite her royal blood, Kelsea feels like nothing so much as an insecure girl, a child called upon to lead a people and a kingdom about which she knows almost nothing. But what she discovers in the capital will change everything, confronting her with horrors she never imagined. An act of singular daring will throw Kelsea’s kingdom into tumult, unleashing the vengeance of the tyrannical ruler of neighboring Mortmesne: the Red Queen, a sorceress possessed of the darkest magic. Now Kelsea will begin to discover whom among the servants, aristocracy, and her own guard she can trust.

But the quest to save her kingdom and meet her destiny has only just begun—a wondrous journey of self-discovery and a trial by fire that will make her a legend . . . if she can survive.
Kelsea Glynn sat very still, watching the troop approach her homestead. The men rode as a military company, with outliers on the corners, all dressed in the grey of the Tearling royal guard.
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Mace's dark eyes brightened with understanding. "You're young and reckless, Lady, It's a desirable quality in a warrior, but not in a queen."


  1. I've heard so many good things about this book. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Sounds like it will be epic. I've not heard of this one before. It's so fun to do these posts. Go from blog to blog and see who's reading what. A great way to make friends and discover new authors.
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  3. Love the excerpts! I've heard a lot of good things about this book and am definitely interested in reading it. Looking forward to seeing what you think!

  4. This is on my TBR list and am so excited about its release.
    My Friday 56

  5. Sounds like a good story. The opening makes me wonder -- are they friend or foe? Sounds like something important is about to happen.
    Here's the link to my Friday post: SIX MONTHS IN MONTANA.

  6. Oh what a pretty cover, thank you for bringing this one to my attention :D

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  7. The cover alone makes the book seem promising.
    I am so very intrigued!!

    Happy weekend!

  8. I would worry to death if I had a "young and reckless," daughter. I guess guys like young and reckless girls like some of us use to like bad boys.

  9. I love this cover and the book's title, but I don't think I would like the content THANKS for sharing, and I hope you enjoy it.

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