The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

Queen of the TearlingRaised in exile by foster parents, Princess Kelsea Glynn always knew that on her nineteenth birthday, the Queen’s Guard would come and take her to the Keep, where should would then assume the role of her deceased mother as Queen of the Tearling. The years leading up to Princess Kelsea’s birthday have not been kind to the people of the Tearling. Princess Kelsea’s uncle has been ruler since her mother’s death and has made alliances with the evil Red Queen of Mortmesne. Neither her uncle nor the Red Queen want to see Kelsea become queen, but both have been unsuccessful at finding her. From the time the Queen’s Guard arrive at her doorstep on her birthday, Princess Kelsea must fight to be the kind of queen she wants to be so she can save the people of the Tearling.

The Queen of the Tearling is book one of the trilogy by debut author Erika Johansen. It is set in a post-apocalyptic world 300 years after a major disaster, with a setting that reads like the Middle Ages.  Kelsea is a veritable Robin Hood, exemplifying benevolence in the face of hardship.  I can’t wait to read book two!

As cinematic as the book feels, it’s not surprising that Warner Brothers has bought the rights to The Queen of the Tearling. They will collaborate with David Heyman, producer of Harry Potter films, and Emma Watson is set to star as Princess Kelsea.

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