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The Queen of the Tearling: A Novel | [Erika Johansen]

The Queen of the Tearling: A Novel

Magic, adventure, mystery, and romance combine in this epic debut in which a young princess must reclaim her dead mother’s throne, learn to be a ruler - and defeat the Red Queen, a powerful and malevolent sorceress determined to destroy her. On her 19th birthday, Princess Kelsea Raleigh Glynn, raised in exile, sets out on a perilous journey back to the castle of her birth to ascend her rightful throne. Plain and serious, a girl who loves books and learning, Kelsea bears little resemblance to her mother, the vain and frivolous Queen Elyssa.
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Magic, adventure, mystery, and romance combine in this epic debut in which a young princess must reclaim her dead mother’s throne, learn to be a ruler - and defeat the Red Queen, a powerful and malevolent sorceress determined to destroy her.

On her 19th birthday, Princess Kelsea Raleigh Glynn, raised in exile, sets out on a perilous journey back to the castle of her birth to ascend her rightful throne. Plain and serious, a girl who loves books and learning, Kelsea bears little resemblance to her mother, the vain and frivolous Queen Elyssa. But though she may be inexperienced and sheltered, Kelsea is not defenseless: Around her neck hangs the Tearling sapphire, a jewel of immense magical power; and accompanying her is the Queen’s Guard, a cadre of brave knights led by the enigmatic and dedicated Lazarus. Kelsea will need them all to survive a cabal of enemies who will use every weapon - from crimson-caped assassins to the darkest blood magic - to prevent her from wearing the crown.

Despite her royal blood, Kelsea feels like nothing so much as an insecure girl, a child called upon to lead a people and a kingdom about which she knows almost nothing. But what she discovers in the capital will change everything, confronting her with horrors she never imagined. An act of singular daring will throw Kelsea’s kingdom into tumult, unleashing the vengeance of the tyrannical ruler of neighboring Mortmesne: the Red Queen, a sorceress possessed of the darkest magic. Now Kelsea will begin to discover whom among the servants, aristocracy, and her own guard she can trust.

But the quest to save her kingdom and meet her destiny has only just begun - a wondrous journey of self-discovery and a trial by fire that will make her a legend...if she can survive.

©2014 Erika Johansen (P)2014 HarperCollinsPublishers

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    "The voice of nails on a chalk board!!!!!"

    I will never get a book read by Kellgren. Her voice ruined sound itself for me. I couldnt even get through 10 minutes of her yelling. If you enjoy high pitched noises and treble at levels that break glass then get this book or any other read by this narater. My GOD!!!!!!

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    Nik 12-20-14
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    "Volume changed a lot"
    What disappointed you about The Queen of the Tearling?

    I've listened to this reader on other audiobooks and liked her, but this audiobook didn't work for me. She went from speaking normally to yelling in my ear every couple of minutes, which was very distracting.


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    C Orsini 12-07-14
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    "Can't wait for Book II!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Queen of the Tearling to be better than the print version?

    I didn't read the print version.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Kelsey was such a great, strong female lead.


    Which character – as performed by Katherine Kellgren – was your favorite?

    She did a great job with all the male voices.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


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