The Invasion of the Tearling_ Erika Johansen

2015 Dec. 22  70

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The Invasion of the Tearling

Erika Johansen

Bantam Press

「’What better world?’ […] ‘Picture a world where there are no rich and poor. No luxury, but everyone is fed and clothed. Women aren’t the lower class. The color of your skin, the circumstances of our birth, these things don’t matter. Kindness and humanity are everything. There are no guns, no surveillance, no drugs, no debt, and greed holds no sway at all.’」

*spoiler alert

The Invasion of the Tearling is the second book in the Queen of the Tearling trilogy. By the end of the first book, Kelsea announced that Tearling would stop providing slaves for the Mortmesne. This act irritated the Red Queen, the brutal ruler of the Mortmesne. A bloody invasion was approaching. As a young, new queen, Kelsea had no experience, no army, no weapon, and no alliance. Worst of all, she passed out constantly. Whilst being unconscious, she seemed to be sharing the vision of Lily, a woman lived before the Crossing. Who is she? Why is Kelsea seeing her? And how is Kelsea going to get her kingdom ready for the invasion?

If you know me well, you’ll know that I have a second-book-is-mostly-the-worst theory. The Invasion of the Tearling is very likely to be of this kind. Unlike the first book, there is a lot of world building going on in this one. And I personally think there’s too much. This book is called ‘The Invasion of the Tearling’, but the invasion itself does not come until the very end. In fact, that is not even a real invasion. I am kind of disappointed because I was so eager to know what would happen next when I finished reading the first book. But the fact is, nothing really happened. The pace is just too slow.

However, it is still an enjoyable read. With the shifting narrators, we know a lot more about the history of the kingdom. I particularly like Lily’s voice, and her side of story. It’s intense and exciting. I also find the shared vision between Kelsea and Lily a brilliant way of storytelling. After all, world building can be dry sometimes. Experiencing the history makes it fresh, interesting, and everything makes more sense. In addition, every story nowadays needs some sort of romance in it. The romantic element in this one is just perfect. It doesn’t overshadow the main plot; instead, it makes Kelsea more human-like, more approachable. But most importantly, I love Pen.

Finally, base on the slow progress of this book, I can totally foresee how intense the final book will be. It is certainly going to be super exciting, and tons of things are going to happen. I simply cannot wait to read it as soon as it comes out in 2016!


p.28 Anger was the indulgence of a child, not a queen.

p.118 Corruption begins with a single moment of weakness.

p.124 Cruelty is in everyone, Tear heir. It takes only the right application of pressure to coax it out.

p.219 If he wanted salvation, he would have to save himself.

p.275 She hadn’t cried in months, and tears were a relief, easing some strand inside her that had been stretched tight.

p.282 But though you may wish for an ordinary life, you will not have it. You are the Queen of the Tearling. There are some things you cannot choose.






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