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The fate of the Tearling : a novel
2016
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Kelsea Raleigh Glynn (Female), Princess, Powerful monarch; 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, Queen of the evil kingdom of Mortmesne; uses dark magic; sending an army to Tearling;
Genre
Fiction
Fantasy
Apocalyptic
Science fiction
Coming of age
Topics
Dystopias
Princesses
Magical powers
Magic gemstones
Sorcerers
Threat of war
Dark magic
Time Period
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  Library Journal Review

At the end of The Invasion of the Tearling, Kelsea, Queen of the Tearling, turned herself and the sapphires she controls over to her enemy, the Red Queen of Mortmesne. She named the head of her guard, Mace, as regent in her absence and obtained a guarantee from the Red Queen that the Tear would be safe for three years. Even imprisoned and without the sapphires, Kelsea is still seeing visions of the past, this time through the eyes of Katie, a young woman living in the early days after the Crossing. In Kelsea's time Mace works to recover Kelsea from the Red Queen's dungeons, while in Katie's time the seeds for the downfall of Tear's utopian dream are sown. Johansen has consistently taken huge narrative risks with this series, which started as a traditional fantasy and then began incorporating glimpses of a dystopian alternate world. VERDICT With richly developed characters who are never boring black and white, and villains who are as fascinating as the heroes, the finale of this outstanding series will be talked about by readers. [See Prepub Alert, 11/30/15.]-MM © Copyright 2016. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

  Publishers Weekly Review

In this centuries-spanning epic adventure, Johansen concludes the Tearling trilogy (after The Invasion of the Tearling) with Queen Kelsea Glynn risking everything to save her beloved, beleaguered homeland from troubles both internal and external. Beset by visions of the time after the Tear's founding some 300 years ago, she struggles to understand how the past defines the present and what part the malevolent Orphan, the enigmatic Fetch, and the ruthless Red Queen of Mortmesne have yet to play in the destiny of their world. Numerous stories play out against a wide backdrop, with the death of a dream creating hope for the future. Johansen's vision-a society tearing itself apart amid the effort to redefine itself-is ambitious, and the conflict is fleshed out through myriad character arcs, some more compelling than others. However, the bittersweet resolution, which wraps up the story quite nicely, undermines much of what transpires here. The historical scenes carry more weight and significance than the chaos of the present, though Johansen adeptly describes the destruction and despair. This is a solid, if not entirely satisfying, end to the series. Agent: Dorian Karchmar, William Morris Endeavor. (Nov.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Summary
<p>"Katniss Everdeen, you have competition."--Entertainment Weekly</p> <p>The thrilling conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Tearling trilogy.</p> <p>In less than a year, Kelsea Glynn has transformed from a gawky teenager into a powerful monarch. As she has come into her own as the Queen of the Tearling, the headstrong, visionary leader has also transformed her realm. In her quest to end corruption and restore justice, she has made many enemies--including the evil Red Queen, her fiercest rival, who has set her armies against the Tear.</p> <p>To protect her people from a devastating invasion, Kelsea did the unthinkable--she gave herself and her magical sapphires to her enemy--and named the Mace, the trusted head of her personal guards, regent in her place. But the Mace will not rest until he and his men rescue their sovereign, imprisoned in Mortmesne.</p> <p>Now, as the suspenseful endgame begins, the fate of Queen Kelsea--and the Tearling itself--will finally be revealed.</p>
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