The Invasion Of The Tearling: Book Review by Dinh.
With each passing day, Kelsea Glynn is growing into her new responsibilities as Queen of the Tearling. By stopping the shipments of slaves to the neighboring kingdom of Mortmesne, Kelsea has crossed the brutal Red Queen, who derives her power from dark magic and who is sending her fearsome army into the Tearling to take what she claims is hers. And nothing can stop the invasion.
But as the Mort army draws ever closer, Kelsea develops a mysterious connection to a time before the Crossing. She finds herself relying on a strange and possibly dangerous ally: a woman named Lily, fighting for her life in a world where being female can feel like a crime. Soon Kelsea herself begins to change; as he does not recognize either her reflection in the mirror or the extraordinary power she now commands. The fate of the Tearling- and that of Kelsea’s own soul- may rest with Lily and her story, but Queen Kelsea is running out of time.
Synopsis from hard cover version, 511 pages, copyright 2015, published by Harper Collins.
I enjoyed reading The Invasion of the Tearling, the sequel to The Queen of the Tearling. It is slightly better than the first book.
I still had some issues with the book, some of which were highlighted in The Queen of the Tearling (see review), but overall it was a bit more of an enjoyable read.
Here’s what I liked.
I like Johansen’s use of the same style of straight forward writing. It’s easy to read, with lots of conversation, so it’s a quicker read.
In this second volume, the story line is about the Tear Queen preparing for the imminent invasion by the Red Queen’s army.
It’s not just about the invasion, we get more info on the time before the Crossing and there are new revelations.
I enjoyed the focus on what happened in the pass and how the Tear people came about, more than what was happening with the invasion.
The plot does not really move. It seemed that Kelsea was just waiting for the invasion to happen, but the story had a nice pace because we switch back and forth between Kelsea’s time and Lily’s time with the Crossing.
There are a cast of new characters as the story goes back to a time before the Crossing as well as more details of the existing characters.
Lily story is interesting. It’s nice to see where she fits in with the history of the Tearling and her importance within the story.
Kelsea’s character is darker in this book. She is older and the jewels are making her look different; more beautiful. Due to the stress of the invasion, Kelsea has not been sleeping and has loss quite a bit of weight as a result.
Kelsea is still acting like a petulant teenager but she is focused on the task at hand dealing with the problems of impending invasion.
I enjoyed the ending. It’s left on a cliff-hanger so it does open up to more questions, even though some of the connections are made.
I also enjoyed the twist that I wasn’t expecting.
I loved the magic and more of the mystery yet to be explained. Hopefully the last book will tie up the loose ends.
What didn’t I like?
I didn’t like the implicit message that Johansen was setting with Kelsea’s appearance. What is she trying to say with our thinner more beautiful protagonist?
I liked that Kelsea was ordinary looking and had real insecurities as a teenager in the first book.
In the sequel, Kelsea’s appearance changes. She looks more beautiful and is thinner. Our heroine is no longer the same person we met in the first book.
Kelsea is always thinking about outward appearance. It’s all about how handsome this or that person is.
Warning: Although this book is in YA category, it should not be. It should be in the adult books because of the explicit domestic violence, rape, masturbation and swearing which is not appropriate for early teens.
My Final Thoughts
I enjoyed The Invasion of the Tearling. I liked the second book much more than the first book.
I enjoyed the story line and the cast of new and existing characters. The pace was good, and the book ended with a cliff-hanger. Some of the questions that were asked in the first book was answered in the second book.
The Fate of the Tearling is the last of the trilogy and I want to check it out just because the story line is interesting. Also, I want to know more about the jewels and what happened with the Crossing. What is going to happen to the Tearling?