DATE PUBLISHED: 8th July 2014
An untested young princess must claim her throne, learn to become a queen, and combat a malevolent sorceress in an epic battle between light and darkness in this spectacular debut—the first novel in a trilogy.
Young Kelsea Raleigh was raised in hiding after the death of her mother, Queen Elyssa, far from the intrigues of the royal Keep and in the care of two devoted servants who pledged their lives to protect her. Growing up in a cottage deep in the woods, Kelsea knows little of her kingdom’s haunted past . . . or that its fate will soon rest in her hands.
Long ago, Kelsea’s forefathers sailed away from a decaying world to establish a new land free of modern technology. Three hundred years later, this feudal society has divided into three fearful nations who pay duties to a fourth: the powerful Mortmesne, ruled by the cunning Red Queen. Now, on Kelsea’s nineteenth birthday, the tattered remnants of the Queen’s Guard—loyal soldiers who protect the throne—have appeared to escort the princess on a perilous journey to the capital to ascend to her rightful place as the new Queen of the Tearling.
Though born of royal blood and in possession of the Tear sapphire, a jewel of immense power and magic, Kelsea has never felt more uncertain of her ability to rule. But the shocking evil she discovers in the heart of her realm will precipitate an act of immense daring, throwing the entire kingdom into turmoil—and unleashing the Red Queen’s vengeance. A cabal of enemies with an array of deadly weapons, from crimson-caped assassins to the darkest blood magic, plots to destroy her. But Kelsea is growing in strength and stealth, her steely resolve earning her loyal allies, including the Queen’s Guard, led by the enigmatic Lazarus, and the intriguing outlaw known simply as “the Fetch.”
Kelsea’s quest to save her kingdom and meet her destiny has only just begun. Riddled with mysteries, betrayals, and treacherous battles, Kelsea’s journey is a trial by fire that will either forge a legend . . . or destroy her.
I am in awe of this book. I did not know what to expect as I had heard a lot of positive feedback about the book. Being a High Fantasy I had to read it as I am a huge fan of the Fantasy genre.
Kelsea is an amazing character and one that I loved reading about. From the very beginning Kelsea was slated for death. Her love of books, inner strength and morals set her out. She must fight her way onto the throne and continue to fight to stay on the throne and right her kingdom. Through the book Kelsea is disillusioned from assumptions she made in her childhood and learn about her kingdom.
I found the concept of slave trade and peoples attitude towards it was explored well within this book. In a modern first world country it is difficult to imagine the concept of save trade even though it is a part of the history of many countries today. Taking this concept and commenting on it within a book was really interesting to read.
Each of the characters in this book felt necessary to the story and so many of them were amazing to read about. Even when the plot slowed between action scenes it did not lag but gave the reader a chance to digest everything that had happened up to that point.
There is action, adventure, politics, magic and a touch of romance, this is an amazing book. Now I see why this book was optioned for a movie and it will be epic. I must finish this series.
Keep Calm and Read On,