After Kelsea’s mother, the Queen died she was taken into hiding and raised by two loyal servants. On Kelsea’s 19th birthday the Royal Guard come to escort her to the throne so that she can become Queen of the Tearling. There are many that wish to harm Kelsea especially the Red Queen of Mortmesne. Kelsea must protect her kingdom with the help of her Royal Guard and ensure that she remains safe.
I had heard this book mentioned before but it wasn’t a top priority for me as I had other books to read but when my mum bought it to read for herself I decided to pick it up and see what it was like. I ended up really enjoying this book and I would highly recommend it if you are a fan of fantasy or dystopian novels. This book has a very vast world and I found that at the start the story was quite slow as the we were being introduced to the world. We got a lot of information dumps at the start which was necessary to establish the world and the plot but it did make the pacing a little slow. This book is told from multiple perspectives which as first I really didn’t like but towards the end I had gotten used to it and I began to enjoy seeing the different characters points of view. I found the world quite interesting, it is set in the future but the world has a medieval feel to it. Despite being marketed as a young adult novel this book actually has quite a lot of more intense topics such as rape so I would suggest it is more for mature young adults. There were some quite graphic descriptions and a lot of bad language which I wasn’t expecting. However, despite this, I still enjoyed the story. I am really interested to see what will happen in the next book. This is going to be a trilogy and the third book is coming out in November this year and I hope to have read the second book by then. There were a few similarities to Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard so if you enjoyed that book I’d suggest you check this one out.