Review: Fate of the Tearling

December 2, 2016     erinthebooknut     Book review

Review: Fate of the TearlingThe Fate of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling, #3) by Erika Johansen
Published by Harper on November 29th 2016
Pages: 496

The thrilling conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Tearling trilogy.
In less than a year, Kelsea Glynn has transformed from a gawky teenager into a powerful monarch. As she has come into her own as the Queen of the Tearling, the headstrong, visionary leader has also transformed her realm. In her quest to end corruption and restore justice, she has made many enemies—including the evil Red Queen, her fiercest rival, who has set her armies against the Tear.
To protect her people from a devastating invasion, Kelsea did the unthinkable—she gave herself and her magical sapphires to her enemy—and named the Mace, the trusted head of her personal guards, Regent in her place. But the Mace will not rest until he and his men rescue their sovereign, imprisoned in Mortmesne.
Now, as the suspenseful endgame begins, the fate of Queen Kelsea—and the Tearling itself—will finally be revealed.


4 Nuts

After months of waiting it’s finally here. Back in the Spring I decided to marathon both Queen of the Tearling and Invasion of the Tearling and found myself impatient as there were months between me and Fate.

First I tried to get an arc. No dice. Then I saw how much Amazon was asking. Never gonna happen. So finally I preordered the Nook book which was much cheaper.

The morning the book came out I carried my Nook to work and started reading. I couldn’t put it down. I walked all the way to work, my nose buried in my tablet. It took me a day and a half to finish.

I love Kelsea. I love how flawed she is. Kelsea makes some monstrously bad decisions as Queen, but she tries. She works hard to do what’s right for her people, even when it causes her more trouble. She tries her damnedest to be a truly good Queen.

Mace is probably my other favorite character. The guy is screwed in the head but also somehow retains his own morality. Mostly. I always kind of hoped there would be something between him and Kelsea.

This book was very good about tying up all of the loose ends. I know I’m not the only one with a laundry list of questions:

Who’s the Fetch?

What’s the deal with Row?

How do the sapphires work?

On and on and on.

Really for the most part all of these questions (and more) got answers, and pretty good ones at that! Very few strings were left undone and i’m glad because there was a lot to tie up in one book. Between that and all of the big revelations and twists and turns this book had me hooked pretty soundly.

I’d have to say that of the three, this was probably my favorite of the books. Followed by Queen of the Tearling in second place and Invasion in last (Invasion was very hard to read in places). As series enders go, Fate was a solid read. I highly recommend it, and the rest of the series if you haven’t already started it.

So if you’re looking for a more adult fantasy series that’s bloody and a little weird in the middle, the Tearling Trilogy is an excellent choice.


What did you think of the Tearling books? Share your thoughts in the comments.


From my shelf to yours,

Erin @ The Book Nut


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