The Invasion of the Tearling: Now in trade paperback.

Publication Date: June 28th, 2016
Publisher: Harper Paperbacks
Series: The Queen of the Tearling #2
Format: Paperback, 544 pages
Source: Publisher

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 Kelsea and her realm.

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, she crossed the Red Queen, a brutal ruler whose power derives from dark magic, who is sending her fearsome army into the Tearling to take what is hers. And nothing can stop the invasion.

But as the Mort army draws ever closer, Kelsea develops a mysterious connection to a time before the Crossing, and 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. The fate of the Tearling —and that of Kelsea’s own soul—may rest with Lily and her story, but Kelsea may not have enough time to find out.

In this dazzling sequel, Erika Johansen brings back favorite characters, including the Mace and the Red Queen, and introduces unforgettable new players, adding exciting layers to her multidimensional tale of magic, mystery, and a fierce young heroine.

**I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. My opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review. **

I didn't think that Johansen would be able to top book one, but this one definitely did. The characters were more developed, the plot became intense, and we were finally given information on the Crossing. Because of the changes in setting and time period, it can get a little confusing.  

Kelsea grew up a lot in this book. Her kingdom is being invaded and she is running out of options on how to keep her people and land safe. She literally begins changing. Not only does her appearance drastically change, but her personality does as well. Kelsea becomes darker, more terrifying . She starts to see visions of the past pre-Crossing from the perspective of a woman named Lily Mayhew. Lily's story in the future America was heartbreaking because it forced me to think of a "what if" scenario. Lily is important to the history of the Tear, and we learn so much of what happened to cause the need for a Crossing. Terrible things happened to the world, and to the people. I did not like who Kelsea became as a person, but I can understand it. 

We also learn the real identity of the Red Queen. I felt sorry for her, because her backstory was not all rainbows and butterflies. Her mistreatment as a child led her to become the woman she is now. I'm glad I was able to empathize with her, because she does some really bad things to the people in her kingdom. 

Of course all of our favorites are still present. The brooding Mace is still my favorite. Kelsea's guards have a bigger role in this book, especially a certain younger one. I was sad that the Fetch didn't have a bigger presence, but considering the fact that he scares me, I guess that was an ok thing. I don't know if he's bad or good. The shadow creature was terrifying, and added a whole new level of crazy to this already twisted story. 

My only complaints are about Kelsea. She is facing invasion and she is still not sure that she is pretty enough. As I said about the first book, we all have confidence issues, but when you are a Queen, you need to toughen up! Also, she has these strange lustful tendencies towards the Fetch and the evil shadow creature, both of whom are hundreds of years old. That's a little odd, Queenie. 

Johansen's writing is wonderful. She was easily able to create this medieval world that had been started from the future, if that makes sense. 

The Invasion of The Tearling was a wonderful, fast paced journey filled with magic, darkness, and enough intrigue to fuel me for a long time. It ended on a few major cliffhangers, and all my questions from book one still have not gotten answered, like who the heck is Kelsea's father?! I am ready for the final installment in this series. It will definitely be a big one! 

Thanks to Haper for sending me a copy to read and review!


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