Invasion of the Tearling
By Erika Johansen
Series: Queen of the Tearling, Book 2
My Rating: 5 Stars
Invasion of the Tearling is Erika Johansen’s second book in her spellbinding Queen of the Tearling series. I loved Queen of the Tearling so I was a bit hesitant going into the second book because so often bridge books lack action, drama and frankly often do little to propel the story forward. That is absolutely not the case with Invasion of the Tearling. Johansen has once again blown it out of the park and given the reader what just might be better than the first book in this amazing and intriguing series.
Queen Kelsea Glynn is becoming more and more comfortable with her responsibilities in governing her kingdom. By stopping the slave shipments to Mortmense, she has most assuredly brought war on her people. The Red Queen will have her pound of flesh for breaking the treaty between their two nations. Kelsea knows she cannot win a battle against the Red Queen. Her army is too small, ill-prepared and lacking the necessary training to even begin to hope for a different outcome. But she continues to believe that stopping the shipments was the right action, war or not, the Tearling will have to find a way to persevere and survive.
As the Mort army moves ever closer, the Tearling retreat behind the boundaries of New London and The Keep, Kelsea continues to urge her army to hold them back as long as possible in the hopes that a solution will present itself. But as the danger grows with each passing day, Kelsea’s trusted advisors can’t help but wonder if their Queen may be turning into something foreign and there are rumblings that she may be using magic. For each day, as Kelsea grows into her responsibilities as queen, her physical appearance seems to be changing and with it she begins to suffer from mysterious fits where she seems to be having visions. Those closest to her can’t help but wonder if they should fear their new queen the way they fear the Mort Queen.
Kelsea is just as confused and concerned about these mysterious visions she’s having of a woman from the past who lived before the Crossing. She knows this mysterious Lily has significance but she doesn’t know how or why. Their lives are intertwined but the purpose is hidden. Regardless, Kelsea and the Tearling are running out of time as danger looms nearer each day.
Wow, just wow!!!! Books don’t get much better than this. This book is a complete and total mind trip. Fading back and forth between the present and the past but in complete odds with how current society works, it’s a strange little mind game that Johansen is doing to the readers. It’s so hard to fathom going from being completely and utterly dependent on technology to having no dependence at all. It’s one of the facets of this story that I love so much.
Invasion of the Tearling is sure to answer a huge portion of the questions you asked yourself when you read Queen of the Tearling. But be warned, it’s also going to create a whole new set of questions. Questions I hope will be answered in the third and final installment for this series.
Erika Johnasen continues to intrique readers with Invasion of the Tearling and her Queen of the Tearling series. If you haven’t checked out this series yet you are definitely missing out. It’s sure to be a favorite read if you are a big fan of fantasy fiction but even if you aren’t, I’m convinced you’ll love it, even if it’s because you enjoy great reads. It’s well written, amazingly unique and vastly different from anything you’ve ever read. Go out and give it a try. I don’t think you will be disappointed.