Kelsea Glynn is the Queen of the Tearling. Despite her youth, she has quickly asserted herself as a fair, just and powerful ruler.
However, power is a double-edged sword, and small actions can have grave consequences. In trying to do what is right - stopping a vile trade in humankind - Kelsea has crossed the Red Queen, a ruthless monarch whose rule is bound with dark magic and the spilling of blood. The Red Queen's armies are poised to invade the Tearling, and it seems nothing can stop them.
Yet there was a time before the Crossing, and there Kelsea finds a strange and possibly dangerous ally, someone who might hold the key to the fate of the Tearling, and indeed to Kelsea's own soul. But time is running out...(Summary and cover courtesy of goodreads.com)
The best part of this book is discovering the back-story of “The Crossing” and the logistics that pulled everything together. In this sequel to “Queen of the Tearling” Kelsea grows into an entirely different kind of ruler – and perhaps not the one she intended. The visions grow and as Kelsea learns more about her legacy with the gems, things also get more confusing at the same time.
This was a slower book at times as we spend almost equal amounts of time in the past as we do in the present. It was fascinating to see what steps Kelsea took first to consolidate her power and shape the new world in a better way. Of the new characters introduced, I really enjoyed Father Tyler’s perspectives. Yet there seems to be challenges from all corners and Kelsea will have to move quickly in order to save the kingdom. I found this book compelling in that I consistently wanted to find out what was happening next, but the ending left me in a lurch and feeling obligated to find out what happens next.
Warning: Contains repeated violence.
Rating: 5 stars!
Who should read it? Only folks who have read the first in the series, otherwise there is going to be a lot of complexity lost.
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