The last time I borrowed a book from the library, I discovered a gem called The Queen of the Tearling, book one of the Tearling trilogy, by Erika Johansen.
The book is set in the future, where a group of people, hoping to be rid of a decaying world and free of modern technology, set off to find a new world. But the intended new beginnings didn’t last long.
In Erika’s debut novel, three hundred years have passed since this crossing. A feudal society has arisen with the land split into three fearful nations who pay tribute to a fourth: the powerful Mortmense, ruled by the cunning Red Queen. Kelsea Raleigh, the next queen of the Tearling, hidden away until her nineteenth birthday even thought to be long dead, must return to claim her throne.
With an escort to return her to New London, Kelsea finds herself taken from the people who raised her, to never return. The journey is perilous and there are those who do not wish her to be crowned. In an epic battle between light and darkness, Kelsea must claim her throne, learn to become a queen, and combat a malevolent sorceress.
This book was like a breath of fresh air for me. The first thing that caught my attention before was the intriguing plot. The idea of the modern world crumbling isn’t very original, but the thought that life might be capable of going backwards to a time of feudalistic ideals is very creative.
Erika’s way with words and storytelling kept me riveted to the book. The story is in third person, looking through Kelsea’s eyes, but the author took some moments to stray and make account of transpirings among other characters. This concept is not always in the best interest of the author, but Erika made it work, giving the reader a broader view of the story and the other people who live amongst the pages.
I would recommend this book to anyone, and since the story is in the production of becoming a movie, to be produced and starred by the amazing Emma Watson, we shall see if it lives up to the praise.