The Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen | Book Review #46


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, she crossed the Red Queen, a brutal ruler whose power derives from dark magic, who is sending her fearsome army into the Tearling to take what 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, and 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. The fate of the Tearling —and that of Kelsea’s own soul—may rest with Lily and her story, but Kelsea may not have enough time to find out.

**Trigger warning!! Rape & self harm happen in this book.**

There are a few things that I had predicted while reading this book and they came out to be true. So I found this book to be a smidgen predictable, but other than that, I didn’t really know what to expect of this story and kept my mind open to all of the possibilities. 

A lot of points of view that happen in this sequel. And while there are so many points of view, I really enjoyed reading everyone’s parts. I liked having that feeling where I knew what was happening in the playing field (aka, the story) but also not knowing what was around the corner.

What I enjoyed most about The Invasion of the Tearling is that we actually get a history of Before. We learn a little  about the history of the tearling and how it all came to be. We learn so many things about this story, it’s actually pretty crazy, and we only learn so much because of all the points of view that are told.

In this novel, Kelsea changes. Not only physically, but mentally and emotionally as well. She seems to grow as a person but there’s more at stake here than what Johansen lets on. Kelsea actually become brutal at times, and distant. I didn’t actually see this happening until this change in Kelsea was right in my face.

There’s just so much that happens in this book!

I didn’t tab this book as nearly as much as I did in the last book (The Queen of the Tearling) but that’s alright! I focused more on the story this time, and because of that, I enjoyed the book more than I thought I would.

I took a few days to read The Invasion of the Tearling because not only is it really busy this time of year, but I was busy baking goods for the family and such. While I was baking though I had a lot of time to think out the plots and schemes of this book. I was so taken away near the end! I didn’t expect that to happen at all, and if I remember correctly, this move that Kelsea did was more of the Old Kelsea before the New Kelsea.

The writing in The Invasion of the Tearling is still great. The descriptions, actions and everything that takes place is described really well. And while reading the book I actually learned two new words! I feel really dumb saying that, but it’s true. I learned two words, and I feel smarter already, haha.

Have you read The Invasion of the Tearling yet?? If you haven’t you can check out The Invasion of the Tearling on Goodreads!

Thanks for reading!! I really appreciate it!

Until next time,

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