Thursday, 23 July 2015

The Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

From Goodreads: 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.

Ahhhh this book! The Invasion of the Tearling, start to finish, was amazing. Just, amazing. I loved the dual narrative, although it was kind of confusing as to why this connection to Lily had only started now and not earlier when she had received both the sapphires. BUT it was still great to get the backstory on the Crossing. 

It was kind of sad to see Kelsea becoming something darker than the young innocent she was when she first became queen. It was good to see her struggle though and try to figure out what type of queen she would be. I think that this made her a much more relatable main character and a much more likeable one as well.

I loved her relationship with Pen. They are so perfect for each other and I totally called this when I read The Queen of the Tearling, but I don't mind at all! It's a slow relationship and you can see Kelsea trying to experience love and life as a regular woman of her time. It was great to see her experimenting, but also beginning to fall for Pen. I'm really excited to see where this relationship will lead in the next book!

Lily's narrative was intense. Like, scary/dark intense. It really makes you hope the world doesn't come to that in thirty or forty years, but then I don't live in America so I don't think the America of The Invasion of the Tearling would affect Canada. I like that Johansen made spousal rape and the dark secretive world of the rich so blatant. Stuff like that happens now, and the world that Lily lives in would definitely have those actions as the norm. It was great to see how far, technologically, we could come in Johansen's mind, but it also showed how far we regressed as a society. The Crossing became something that I cheered for and wanted Lily to be a part of because her life was just getting to be so terrible. 

It was also good to see the potential for how Lily and Kelsea's lives could be linked. It really makes me excited for the next book! I seriously hope they reveal who Kelsea's father is because it's getting to be something important.

Overall this book was amazing and I would recommend it to anyone who likes fantasy/historical novels. I definitely give it a five out of five stars!

Quote of the day: And Kelsea wondered suddenly whether humanity ever actually changed. Did people grow and learn at all as the centuries past? Or was humanity merely like the tide, enlightenment advancing and then retreating as circumstances shifted? The most defining characteristic of the species might be lapse. - Erika Johansen, The Invasion of the Tearling