The Queen of the Tearling
By Erika Johansen
Harper, 2014. 448 pgs. Fiction.
Erika Johansen has taken an interesting turn in end of the world fiction, as this book is very much written like a historical fiction. The few mentions of technology made me remember that this book takes place far in the future after the Crossing, where royalty has left the world that is falling apart and the three nations pay duties to a fourth that creates a life of fear. Kelsea Raleigh has been raised in hiding and on her 19th birthday is supposed to take over her kingdom. She has to take the worn out Queen's guard and travel to her kingdom, and develop authority and trust among her people.
The book was fascinating to me because it had the historical appeal of kingdoms and guards on horses and taxes paid to evil men with some sword fighting and magic. There are misfits and liars as Kelsea's guards and the mystical fear of the Mortmesne ruler made me nervous for her journey. There is a lot packed in to this book and the battles and trials were exciting. This has been picked up to be a movie with Emma Watson, so read it now! The audio was great, but be warned there is swearing.