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The Invasion of the Tearling (The Tearling Trilogy) Paperback – 12 May 2016
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"Builds to a no-holds-barred, pulsating climax . . . Johansen juggles fantasy, sci-fi and weighty issues of good and evil with brilliant ease, and leaves us eagerly awaiting the next instalment." (DAILY MAIL)
"An intoxicating brew of dystopian fiction, high fantasy, science fiction, and a bit of horror ― and in The Invasion of the Tearling, Johansen takes those elements and turns them up to eleven, making for a thrilling and thought-provoking read that takes this trilogy to even greater heights." (BUZZFEED '5 great books to read in August')
"A dazzling and gripping follow up. . . . Expertly combining modern and medieval themes, Johansen ratchets up suspense as she weaves a magical story that crosses time . . . one of the most original and well-written series in recent memory." (USA TODAY)
"Meet the next Katniss Everdeen. If you missed last year’s The Queen of the Tearling, run, don’t walk, to get it." (ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY)
"Get caught up with Kelsea, a heroine so badass, Emma Watson’s already signed up to play her." (COSMOPOLITAN)
About the Author
ERIKA JOHANSEN grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. She went to Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania before attending the celebrated Iowa Writers Workshop, where she earned a Master of Fine Arts degree. She eventually became an attorney but she never stopped writing. Her debut was the international bestseller, The Queen of the Tearling - the first novel in a remarkable trilogy. This was followed by the acclaimed The Invasion of the Tearling and The Fate of the Tearling. Erika now lives in England.
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The journey of a young girl, maturing into a rightful queen and leading her people is what the book celebrates. If you're a Harry Potter fan and you are looking for more of similar adventured then you should definitely pick this one up.
Overall, it leaves up to a more than satisfactory read.
The wait for the last book will totally be worth it.
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Her second book, The Invasion of the Tearling, picks up immediately after the first. The army of the Red Queen of Mortmesne is advancing on Tear. They outnumber the Tear and their weapons are deadlier. As the book covers the days leading up to the invasion, there is a second story that I initially found jarring and unusual and, at first, did not like. As the reader learned in Queen of the Tearling, the countries of Tear and Mortmesne are the worlds created when people escaped the unknown horrors of our future. Using the story of a woman named Lily, the author takes the reader back to the time called the "Pre-Crossing"; when people drove cars, relied on computers, and women were considered property of men. At first, the juxtaposition of the two stories felt wonky but the more I read of Lily's story the more fascinating it became. It clearly spelled out what happened to make people want to take the Crossing from the modern age into medieval times. And, by the end of the book the reader will know why the story of Lily would be so important to Kelsea.
While Queen Kelsea prepares her country for the inevitable invasion, she still must deal with painful lessons that come to the nineteen year-old queen. She may have arrived in New London book-ready to rule, her previous life experiences left her ill prepared for the colossal undertaking of governing a country. Fortunately she has the superb right hand man, Lazarus; a character that I adore. He's stoic and irascible. His advice is spot on. His relationship with Kelsea is like that of a protective father who must still let his charge make her own decisions. And mistakes. And she does make some doozies.
I loved the flow of the story with the intertwining narratives. As the situation grows darker for the Tear, Lily's story grows dire as well. Both women need to make decisions that will affect the rest of their lives. Both grow courageous in adverse circumstances. And while I love how the author has painted the teenage Kelsea to be a strong character I could not help but notice how much Kelsea fretted about her appearance. Many women dwell on their looks, for good or bad, but in Kelsea's case, I wanted her to not care what others thought. There are extenuating circumstances within the book that make Kelsea's appearance important but I felt it dwelled too much on them. I was also startled when Kelsea started to cut herself; again, extenuating circumstances but still disappointing.
It's a great series and I cannot wait for the third book. There are some unanswered questions and a reasonably survivable cliffhanger that promises to make the next book an epic finish. I cannot wait.