Sometimes you find a book that immediately grips you, pulls you into its pages and will not release you until you have explored every last sentence. The Queen of the Tearling is one such book. This is Erika Johnasen’s debut novel and she really came out swinging; she has since written a sequel, The Invasion of the Tearling, and we expect a third book soon.
The Queen of the Tearling is set in our future, however it is a future with a regressed society. There is little to no science, no printing press, and poverty is rife. This is the society that nineteen year old Kelsea is supposed to rule, provided she lives long enough to take the throne. She is being hunted. It is in the best interests of both the Regent (her uncle) and the Red Queen (ruler of the neighbouring kingdom) to keep Kelsea from becoming Queen and taking control of her kingdom, Tear.