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.
In this dazzling sequel, Erika Johansen brings back favorite characters, including the Mace and the Red Queen, and introduces unforgettable new players, adding exciting layers to her multidimensional tale of magic, mystery, and a fierce young heroine.
I absolutely loved Queen of the Tearling, so when Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read the sequel, I absolutely jumped on it. I think I knew that this series was dystopian, but with the first book I thought it was fantasy. The sequel really jumps into the dystopian aspects of the story.
Kelsea keeps having visions, flashbacks of a woman named Lily Mayhew; a woman who lived before the Crossing. She knows that Lily has something to do with how she is supposed to keep the Mort from taking over the Tearling.
There are so many aspects to this story. Kelsea is changing, in appearance and in her personality. We learn more about the Red Queen and why she wants the Tearling and the sapphires. We learn a bit about Andalie and her children. And the ending, cliffhanger! Ugh!! I hate cliffhangers! I'm a terrible reviewer. Im no good about going into the details of a book. I'm just going to say.. WOW. Happy Reading!