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The invasion of the Tearling
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Kelsea Raleigh Glynn (Female), Princess, Reclaimed her dead mother's throne; loves books and learning; wears jewel of immense magical power, the Tearling sapphire; crosses the evil and powerful Red Queen
Lily (Female), Mysterious psychic connection with Kelsea; could help save the Tearling
Red Queen (Female), Sorceress, Evil, Queen of the evil kingdom of Mortmesne; uses dark magic; sending an army to Tearling;
Coming of age
Magical powers
Magic gemstones
Dark magic
Threat of war
Psychic abilities
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  Library Journal Review

In this novel that picks up where Johansen's debut, Queen of the Tearling, left off, things are not looking good for Kelsea or her realm, as the armies of the Queen of Mortmense amass on her borders. But then this seemingly standard epic fantasy has an interesting twist. Kelsea, through the power of the sapphires she inherited with the crown, begins to connect to the life of a woman living in a modern, brutal, near-future New England. She sees Lily Mayhew suffer the abuse of her husband and watches as Lily learns of a resistance group that wants to find a better future, one that just might be in Kelsea's own Tearling. -VERDICT A bold storytelling choice makes this so much more fascinating than just a saga of warring kingdoms. Both Kelsea's struggles in the Tear to protect her people and Lily's narrative are completely gripping, and the anticipation of a revelation of how these two women are linked will keep readers turning the pages. It's satisfying while leaving readers desperate for the next volume. [See Prepub Alert, 11/25/14.] © Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

  Publishers Weekly Review

After the events of 2014's The Queen of the Tearling, Kelsea Glynn is still settling into her role as the ruler of the titular land, which feels more like a fantasy realm than a distant planet populated by the descendants of people who fled Earth in search of a better life. Kelsea must juggle politics, war, and her own growing magical abilities as she faces an unstoppable opponent, the malevolent Red Queen. She is also having visions of the past, in which a young woman named Lily Mayhew gets caught up in William Tear's exodus from 21st-century America to a new world. As Lily struggles to free herself from an abusive relationship, Kelsea finds the key to dealing with the Red Queen. Johansen's vision of a dystopian near-future America is chilling and sadly plausible, but Kelsea's far-future world remains vague and ill-defined, and the magic is always precisely as powerful and versatile as the plot demands. While many questions are answered, many more arise, leading to a cliffhanger ending. Readers enticed by strong female characters who seize control of their own destiny will forgive the story's flaws. Agent: Dorian Karchmar, William Morris Endeavor. (June) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
<p>In this riveting sequel to the national bestseller The Queen of the Tearling, the evil kingdom of Mortmesne invades the Tearling, with dire consequences for Queen Kelsea and her realm.</p> <p>With each passing day, Kelsea Glynn is growing into her new responsibilities as Queen of the Tearling. By stopping the shipments of slaves to the neighboring kingdom of Mortmesne, Kelsea has crossed the brutal Red Queen, who derives her power from dark magic and who is sending her fearsome army into the Tearling to take what she claims is hers. And nothing can stop the invasion.</p> <p>But as the Mort army draws ever closer, Kelsea develops a mysterious connection to a time before the Crossing. She finds herself relying on a strange and possibly dangerous ally: a woman named Lily, fighting for her life in a world where being female can feel like a crime. Soon Kelsea herself begins to change; she does not recognize either her reflection in the mirror or the extraordinary power she now commands. The fate of the Tearling and that of Kelsea's own soul may rest with Lily and her story, but Queen Kelsea is running out of time.</p> <p>In this second volume of the compelling trilogy begun with her bestselling The Queen of the Tearling, Erika Johansen brings back favorite characters and introduces unforgettable new players, adding exciting layers to her multidimensional tale of magic, mystery, and a fierce young heroine.</p>
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