The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
Star rating: ★★★☆ ☆ 3/5 stars
Format: library eaudiobook
Summary: Kelsea is the heir to the Tearling throne but she has been raised in hiding until she came of age to take the throne. The road to the throne is dangerous, with the regent her uncle out for her blood, along with the queen from the neighboring kingdom.
Review: I’m so torn on this book, there are parts I really enjoy. I like the whole overarching plot but God– the main character is so obsessed with beauty that it drives me up a wall. I mean, sure I’ve despaired my looks more than once but this girl just never stops thinking about how plain she is. Or when she’s been laid up because of multiple attempts on her life she bemoans the weight she’s put on from bed rest. Dude, people are trying to kill you, maybe chill about the weight?
The premise for this is really cool. What you think is at first a medieval setting takes a surprising turn. I like the plot overall and I even don’t mind Kelsea when she’s not carrying on about how plain she is. Also there is this weird insta-love thing that I’m not sure I fully understand.
The politics of this is pretty interesting to me. How the kingdom is run and the connection to the church. I do want to know more about the early history of the country itself, some of it is slowly coming out but I’d love a whole chunk of it at once.
Usually when I rate books three stars, I don’t intend to continue the series. With this one though, I think I’d be willing to read the next book. I’m interested to see how the story progresses and I hope that the next book might have a little less of Kelsea thinking about her looks and focusing on idk maybe her country?
I do like how the book addresses on the loneliness of being a monarch. Everyone around her are servants, she doesn’t interact much with the nobles because they’re not really trustworthy. They don’t seem to like her very much but then she has little love for them either.
Recommendation: This book does have some good qualities to it, the plot is interesting but does drag in some parts. If you can stomach the constant obsession with beauty it’s pretty good.