Book Banter: The Queen of Tearling by Erika Johansen

Title:  The Queen Of Tearling514XGcRc9SL.jpg

Author:  Erika Johansen

Genre:  Dystopian

Length:  643 pages

Where Stacie’s Copy Came From:  Oshkosh Public Library

Plot Basics:  The rightful queen was hidden away shortly after her birth to protect her life.  Kelsea Raleigh is now 19 years old and seeks to reclaim her throne.  Her journey reveals that the task is larger than she ever envisioned, if she survives the journey to her holdings.

Banter Points:  I know that this was a recommendation either from a Goodreads friend or a Facebook friend but my typically referrals haven’t read it.  This frustrates me because I’m enjoyed the book and have moved on to book two already,  It would be nice to tell them “thank you” and then ask what else they are reading.

I like the pseudo fairy tale feel to the telling of this story.  Rather than it being historical, it’s future.  Something has happened and the world has lost technology, gained magic, and The Church is an influence similar to medieval times.  Society has reverted in other ways too, losing advancements in equality and medicine.

The how and why of this world is fascinating to me.

Bummer Points:  By the end of the book, I was fascinated by the “why” of what happened.  How did the world step back from technology?  Why did they run to the new place?  What were they running from?  I tried to find some additional information, but wasn’t able to find an author website or book website outside of bookstores or the publisher.

Stacie’s Recommendation:  Read it.  I’m half way through book two and have high hopes for how this trilogy will end.

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