Teasers and 'The Queen of the Tearling' by Erika Johansen

The Queen of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling, #1)Me being unable to finish a book within time seems to be a constant factor I'm struggling with as my life outside book blogging gets more hectic. But once again I have an example of a book for you that I'm now finally starting despite being excited for it for more than a year. Why do I do this to myself? Especially when I found out that they would adapt it into a film with Emma Watson in it?! Ok, enough of me, more of The Queen of the Tearling!

Update: I just read the whole of this book in one sitting last night...
An untested young princess must claim her throne, learn to become a queen, and combat a malevolent sorceress in an epic battle between light and darkness in this spectacular debut—the first novel in a trilogy.
Young Kelsea Raleigh was raised in hiding after the death of her mother, Queen Elyssa, far from the intrigues of the royal Keep and in the care of two devoted servants who pledged their lives to protect her. Growing up in a cottage deep in the woods, Kelsea knows little of her kingdom's haunted past . . . or that its fate will soon rest in her hands.
Long ago, Kelsea's forefathers sailed away from a decaying world to establish a new land free of modern technology. Three hundred years later, this feudal society has divided into three fearful nations who pay duties to a fourth: the powerful Mortmesne, ruled by the cunning Red Queen. Now, on Kelsea's nineteenth birthday, the tattered remnants of the Queen's Guard—loyal soldiers who protect the throne—have appeared to escort the princess on a perilous journey to the capital to ascend to her rightful place as the new Queen of the Tearling.
Though born of royal blood and in possession of the Tear sapphire, a jewel of immense power and magic, Kelsea has never felt more uncertain of her ability to rule. But the shocking evil she discovers in the heart of her realm will precipitate an act of immense daring, throwing the entire kingdom into turmoil—and unleashing the Red Queen's vengeance. A cabal of enemies with an array of deadly weapons, from crimson-caped assassins to the darkest blood magic, plots to destroy her. But Kelsea is growing in strength and stealth, her steely resolve earning her loyal allies, including the Queen's Guard, led by the enigmatic Lazarus, and the intriguing outlaw known simply as "the Fetch."
Kelsea's quest to save her kingdom and meet her destiny has only just begun. Riddled with mysteries, betrayals, and treacherous battles, Kelsea's journey is a trial by fire that will either forge a legend . . . or destroy her.
Tuesday Intros and Teaser Tuesdays are hosted by Diane over at Bibliophile by the Sea and MizB over at A Daily Rhythm respectively.

'Kelsea Glynn sat very still, watching the troop approach her homestead. The men rode as a military company, with outliers on the corners, all dressed in the grey of the Tearling royal guard. The riders' cloaks swayed as they rode, revealing their costly weapons: swords and short knives, all of them of Mortmesne steel. One man even had a mace; Kelsea could see its spiked head protruding from his saddle. The sullen way they guided their hoses toward the cottage made things very clear: they didn't want to be here.' 1%
This isn't the most gripping of beginnings, I'll admit! But I do like what it tells us about Kelsea, because we now know that she's perceptive, smart and the kind of girl who gets herself into trouble. Basically, I like her already!

'Dinner was an unexpectedly lavish affair.' 17%
You always know a book will be good if it has time for dinner, especially if dinner is good. It's one of my favourite things about The Lord of the Rings, the constant willingness to take out some time for dinner!

So, have you read The Queen of the Tearling? And are you excited for when they turn it into a film?


  1. I love good fantasy. I hope they don't botch the movie. Before Peter Jackson showed them how it was done they always botched fantasy movies.

  2. Oh, yes, enjoying dinner is a necessity! And what can motivate a young girl more than the discovery of evil? It must have been a good book if you read it all in one sitting. Thanks for sharing.

    Here's mine:

  3. This one's on my to-read list... I need to get to it sometime soon!

    My teaser is from Viola Carr's The Diabolical Miss Hyde:

  4. I hadn't known this was being made into a movie. I guess now I'll have to read it too! I do want to read this one and have for awhile, but like you, it's impossible to get to every book I want to read given how hectic life can be.

    Piggybacking on Suzie's comment, Peter Jackson really set the bar high in terms of fantasy movies. It makes me wary of new ones coming out when they don't have him behind them.

  5. I agree about that not being a gripping intro, but sounds like the book worked for you overall! It's not my general kind of read, but I know tons of people loved this one!

  6. Must have been a good book for you to read it all in one sitting. Lavish dinners can be the setting for imparting so much information. My Teaser is from Christopher Golden's Dead Ringers.

  7. I love the cover, but I might wait for the movie (not I big reader of fantasy). I'll have to see if my niece has read it as it sounds like her kind of book. Girl Who Reads

  8. I adore the cover. So foreboding. I liked the opening. And I'd be nervous if a troop of soldiers armed with costly weapons were coming up to my house and weren't happy about it. EEK!

    I'm featuring Pale Highway this week.

  9. So good to hear that this book helped you get your reading mojo back! Thanks for sharing.

  10. One sitting? Great! Teaser is really cool. Here's mine: http://wp.me/p4DMf0-11y

  11. I've seen this around but never really knew what it was about. Now I do, and I like your intro. I may actually pick this one up, I've had a hard time finding good fantasy I like lately (too picky I guess). Thank for sharing!

  12. Juli, I hadn't heard of this one, but I'm not sure it would be for me either. I do hope you enjoy this one.

  13. I enjoyed this one. I'll be eager to hear more about the movie. Thanks for visiting my blogs. Happy reading!

  14. Ooh nice! I still need to read this one myself!!

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  15. Wow, that's a pretty long read for one sitting! This one does seem to be very popular right now. I haven't read much of the recent fantasy -- I'm still reading fantasy books from my childhood! Thanks for sharing, and happy reading!

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  16. I love to hear about books that were read in one sitting!

  17. I remember reading it! Sadly, I had to stop halfway >< Hope you enjoy it though!

  18. I cannot wait to read this book! Your teasers are so descriptive. Just like I imagined this book would be like. <3


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