The Fate of the Tearling

Erika Johansen

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Publisher: Random House
Pages: 528


Kelsea Glynn returns as this unforgettable trilogy full of magic and adventure is drawn to a thrilling close. Since ascending to the throne, Kelsea Glynn has grown into a powerful monarch and a visionary leader. But in her quest to end corruption and restore justice within the Tearling, she has made many enemies. Chief amongst them is the evil and feared Red Queen, who now holds Kelsea – and her magical sapphires – captive in her castle in Mortmesne, a deal brokered to protect the Tearling from...

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Eleanor Cooper

This series has been fascinating and is definitely one I will return to over the years. It introduced me to so many concepts and ways of thinking, and while at times it could seem a tad pretentious to some, I felt like they were handled extremely well. This one did feel a little slower than the first two, and is probably my least favourite of the three, but I still enjoyed it immensely.

The ending chapter definitely threw me. It was vastly different from most endings and did not go at all the way I had expected it to go, but that has been a consistent theme throughout the trilogy. I'm not certain on how I feel about that change, but I don't think it was bad, just interesting.

I think this series is one about the failures of humanity. Nobody is perfect, some people's flaws are greater than others. Rowan Finn was corrupted by his own ambition, Gavin by his need to be acknowledged, Kelsea by her moral certainties in justice without necessarily considering the repercussions, her fury too. Even William Tear should've educated the new generation on the faults on the old world so that they didn't relieve them.

I know that apparently, Erika Johansen has stated that she wants to write more in this world, but I'm not sure how she'd go about it and what strand to follow. The ending in some ways felt empty as it didn't tie up all the strings as most novels do (something that I always find very satisfying), but in this book, it worked. Even if she doesn't write in the world of the Tearling again, I hope she does write more in general because I love these books so much.


Bookaxe Characteristics for The Fate of the Tearling

Character and Plot:

Characters in depth

Fast-paced plot

Language and Style:

Straight to the point

Language and style central

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Pure entertainment

Introduces you to new ideas


Explores the darker side of life
Light-hearted and optimistic


No swearing or violence etc
Frequent swearing and violence etc

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