- Paperback: 576 pages
- Publisher: Bantam (12 May 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0857502484
- ISBN-13: 978-0857502483
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 3.6 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #59,976 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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)
The breathtaking sequel to the international bestseller The Queen of the Tearling - that was hailed by the Daily Mail as 'like Game of Thrones and The Hunger Games meets Pulp Fiction' . . .See all Product description
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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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The Queen of the Tearling: At first I thought it was set in midieval times, but then I understood. What a wonderful imagination Johansen has. I liked the heroism of the main characters, and especially was struck by her sense, right from the start, that she needed to earn the trust of the soldiers and her people. The dramatic tension kept me in suspense, and I couldn't wait to see what happened next. When halfway through this book, I ordered the second, to ensure I could keep right on reading.
The Fate of the Tearling: Still wonderful, but the pace is slowing, due to all the fugue-state visits to a parallel reality that is critical to the story. I loved the magic, and Queen Kelsea's temper and how she deployed it.
The Invasion of the Tearling: I've heard it said that a writer should put her characters up in a tree and then set the tree on fire; i.e., there should be plenty of obstacles to overcome. In this book, the obstacles seemed insurmountable, but the characters overcome them. However, the ending wasn't satisfying for me. It was like one of those books where the whole story ends up being a dream, that none of it really happened. The kingdom in which I was invested was simply erased and redrawn.
Second, it was unsatisfying to understand that Kelsea would have to begin her life over again as a 19-year-old in a whitebread utopia, where she knew no one and none of her former comrades-in-arms recognized her. A person would die of grief if that happened. Not happy with the ending at all. I would rather have had a fourth book, where Kelsea does some magic, conquers the problems of the kingdom we came to know. I would have liked to have seen the problems resolved, not just erased. So, a mixed review.
In "The Invasion of the Tearling", we see Kelsea growing into her Queenship. We see her growing more beautiful, darker, taking control of her own life, and not seeking the approval of others (as much). We see her sacrificing herself for others, thinking beyond herself, and having some of the best one-liners I've ever had the pleasure to read!
When it comes to plot, this book was engaging, but there was one aspect that threw me for a loop!
* STOP HERE IF YOU DON'T WANT TO READ SPOILERS *
The time traveling, if that's what it is, in this book was really confusing...at first. I didn't understand how we went from a society that used torches for light to a Lexus. I honestly thought a mistake had been made in the book. Not to mention, Kelsea so easily accepts this time traveling that I was further confused. I understand this serves a greater purpose, especially when it comes to the true story of the crossing, but it was a bit much.
One other problem that kept me from rating this book 5 stars was the last 100 pages. I absolutely loved the intrigue with the new Holy Father, Father Tyler, Row Finn, and the Fetch; when Lily's story kept taking the front seat and those plot threads were pretty much abandoned, I was annoyed. Other than that, I just loved this book!
I highly recommend this book!
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