This week, I'm waiting for The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen. It's coming out on the 17th of July this year. I heard a rumour that apparently they want to make it into a movie with Emma Watson, whch I'm totally up for.
Kelsea Glynn is the sole heir to the throne of Tearling but has been raised in secret by foster parents after her mother – Queen Elyssa, as vain as she was stupid – was murdered for ruining her kingdom. For 18 years, the Tearling has been ruled by Kelsea’s uncle in the role of Regent however he is but the debauched puppet of the Red Queen, the sorceress-tyrant of neighbouring realm of Mortmesme. On Kelsea’s 19th birthday, the tattered remnants of her mother’s guard - each pledged to defend the queen to the death - arrive to bring this most un-regal young woman out of hiding...
And so begins her journey back to her kingdom’s heart, to claim the throne, earn the loyalty of her people, overturn her mother’s legacy and redeem the Tearling from the forces of corruption and dark magic that are threatening to destroy it. But Kelsea's story is not just about her learning the true nature of her inheritance - it's about a heroine who must learn to acknowledge and live with the realities of coming of age in all its insecurities and attractions, alongside the ethical dilemmas of ruling justly and fairly while simply trying to stay alive...I like how the blurb doesn't shirk from calling her mother vain and stupid. Some people need to be called out for their actions. I just hope that the fantasy world will be properly built up and will make sense. And please, please, let it be a narrative in which a 19-year old doesn't know everything and turn out to be a natural at ruling, because no 19-year old is! Also, love the cover.
So, what are you waiting for?