January 18, 2017

Review: The Invasion of the Tearling

The Invasion of the Tearling

The Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

What happened to Kelsea's red crown? Or maybe it belongs to the Red Queen? That is one question left unanswered in The Invasion of The Tearling. Last we heard, Tyler the priest had it in his bag. I hope he doesn't die before he gets it to Queen Kelsea. I like his character. The Queen of the Tearling is accosted to clean up her Kingdom from the underground trades and slavery. Mace is charged with the task.

The Invasion of the Tearling begins with some background on a character named Hall who later becomes the General in Kelsea's army. Hall's brother gets captured and taken to Mortmesne in the Lottery aka Slave trade, but Hall fails to rescue him.

Ewan, the jailor, is a simple-minded "idiot" but very sweet and guards the prison cells in the Tearling. He does a great job and gets promoted to a Queen's Guard.

Queen Kelsea is a very fair and just Queen but is underestimated because of her age and because nobody knows the power she holds with her sapphire necklaces except for two mysterious beings: Felch and Rowland Finn and perhaps William Tear, but we don't get an in-depth character view of them.

In the Invasion of the Tearling Kelsea begins seeing visions and is taken back in time three centuries ago to America before William Tear and Lily, cross over to New London, where Kelsea now lives. I didn't mind the background story of Lily and her husband Gregg Mayhew, although I hate men like Gregg. What a prick! Lily is a victim of spouse abuse, and it gets pretty violent guys. I wanted Lily to leave or at least have a plan of escaping that monster. UGH! I don't know why women make excuses for people who do that. Fortunately, she was saved by Jonathan, her bodyguard, from a violent domestic situation but ends up badly hurt regardless. Lily's story is an excellent portrayal of domestic abuse, and that is all that I got from that other than I don't give a fuck about the details of this modern day world. William Tear sounds like an interesting character, though, which we will probably find out more about in conclusion to the series.

My thoughts about why Kelsea and Lily's life are crossed probably is because Kelsea had a temper and rape was a weapon of war in the Mort, and perhaps Kelsea needed to learn from the past to change her present and future if she wanted to reign as Queen, let alone control her powers. Lily was born in 2058 and the government was operating under martial law. In fact, I think it was the norm then. I hope that isn't something we have to look forward too. Gosh.

"The Emergency Powers Act! A lesson in creative naming! Honest legislation would have simply called itself martial law and been done with it. Remember this, too, Kelsea: the day you declare martial law is the day you've lost the game of government. You may as well simply take off your crown and sneak away into the night"
-pg.57 Carlin

"If we could be better people," she would say, "if we could care about each other as much as we do about ourselves, think about it, Lily! Think what the world would be!"
- pg.175 Maddy to her sister Lily

Looking back, I wish it wasn't such a clusterfuck of secrets and a relative who's who game, because, in the end, I don't even know who Evelyn Raleigh was to Kelsea :/
I'm sorry. (view spoiler)

The Queen of Mort is dangerous for Kelsea because she wants Kelsea's sapphire necklaces besides wanting to kill her but so does the Holy Father, her uncle, and Arlen Thorne.

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