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The Queen of the Tearling
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Kelsea Raleigh Glynn (Female), Princess, Raised in exile; sets out on a journey back to the castle of her birth to reclaim her dead mother's throne and defeat the Red Queen, a powerful sorceress; loves books and learning; around her neck she wears the Tearling sapphire, a jewel of immense magical power
Coming of age
Magic gemstones
Magical powers
Assassination attempts
Dark magic
Post-apocalyptic society
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  Library Journal Review

Starred Review. In this promising series opener from debut author Johansen, Princess Kelsea was raised in hiding after her mother, Queen Elyssa, died prematurely. Now, on her 19th birthday, it's time for Kelsea to take up the mantle of leadership. The Tearling, originally founded as a low-tech utopian society after the "Crossing" from modern Europe, is a struggling kingdom with few resources. With the assistance of the Queen's Guard and her knowledge of Tear history, Kelsea must evade assassination to claim her crown and begin to right the wrongs of the previous decades. In the distance looms the kingdom of Mortmesne and the threat of the seemingly ageless Red Queen, to whom the Tearling has been paying a terrible price. Katherine Kellgren expertly narrates this broad fantasy, the first in a projected trilogy. VERDICT An essential audiobook for libraries, poised to become the next big thing. ["Johansen's debut is a solid fantasy that doesn't stray very far from the traditional playbook," read the review of the Harper hc, LJ 6/15/14.]-Anna Mickelsen, Springfield City Lib., MA (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

  Publishers Weekly Review

Johansen makes an impressive debut with this ambitious fantasy adventure, which takes place several centuries from now following the collapse of civilization and mass migration to a newly discovered continent. The resultant society resembles medieval Europe, with modern technology all but forgotten, and magic is subtly present. Finally come of age, 19-year-old Kelsea Glynn must evade assassins and her uncle's nefarious plans in order to take her place as rightful queen of the nation known as the Tearling. Her first acts as ruler break a treaty with neighboring Mortmense and anger the unaging sorceress called the Red Queen; Kelsea rallies her allies and prepares for war. Johansen starts strongly, with a forceful, memorable heroine immediately thrust into a series of intense situations and forced to make dynamic, if overly idealistic, decisions. While the setting and backstory could stand further explanation and exploration, and many elements fall apart under closer scrutiny, this trilogy launch is still an engaging page-turner. Agent: Dorian Karchmar, William Morris Endeavor. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
<p>A #1 Indie Next Pick and LibraryReads Selection</p> <p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>This book will be a beautifully designed package with illustrated endpapers, a map of the Tearling, and a ribbon marker.</p>
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