Book Review: The Invasion of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling #2) by Erika Johansen

22698568Title: The Invasion of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling #2) by Erika Johansen
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Harper Collins Publishers
Page count: 378
Format: EPUB (Edelweiss)
Publication Date: June 9, 2015
Rating – 5/5

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.

In this dazzling sequel, Erika Johansen brings back favorite characters, including the Mace and the Red Queen, and introduces unforgettable new players, adding exciting layers to her multidimensional tale of magic, mystery, and a fierce young heroine.

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I received an advance readers copy of this book from the publisher through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review!

When I saw this book on offer for review I immediately jumped at the chance to review it since I reviewed (and loved) the first book in this series. You can read that review here: The Queen of the Tearling. If you haven’t yet read the first book in this series, I highly recommend picking it up. Trust me, you won’t be sorry. Since this book isn’t published until June I will try not to give any spoilers!!

This second book The Invasion of the Tearling picks up right where we left off at the end of book one with the impending Mort invasion. A large portion of the book deals with the Tearling people and Queen gearing up for this invasion but even though that’s the singular event hanging over the kingdom ALOT happens throughout  the story leading up to the events that we have been waiting for.

Kelsea herself is still the awesome heroine that I fell in love with in the first book but she is far more flawed, yet more powerful in this book. She is definitely alot more dark and unforgiving which I sometimes loved and sometimes felt bad about. I think she was more just and wise in the first book, but her situation seems pretty hopeless at times.

One thing that I loved about this book that was different from the first is we receive the story from yet another perspective aside from Kelse and teh Red Queen. I won’t divulge any information as to whose perspective we receive some of the story from but it lends another dimension to the story that was very surprising to me and ties in nicely to the overall plot. I cannot wait to see how else this develops and impacts the story in book three.

I’m definitely a fan of Johansen’s writing which is wonderfully descriptive and absorbing creating a world that is entirely real for me. Her worldbuilding abilities are entirely fabulous in ways not all authors can claim. I love the scope of this book. Through reading it we uncover more details about the history of the crossing, the Tearling and of the Red Queen giving us a better understanding of the characters and events that have been mentioned in the first book. I will say though, that I do miss Kelsea just being a normal plain jane like she was in the first book. Let’s just say she’s a little more attractive in this book and that kind of plays with her head sometimes.

While I did love this book, the first one still stands out to me. I think this is a great sequel, it went places I would never have expected and kept me engrossed in the world. I’m definitely planning on purchasing a copy on release, five stars from me! I can’t wait for the third book (and I want to see more of the romance(s) in the series)!!

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