The Fate of the Tearling by Erika Johansen — Review

book cover of the fate of the tearling by erika johansenSummary:

In less than a year, Kelsea Glynn has grown from an awkward teenager into a powerful monarch and a visionary leader.

And as she has come into her own as the Queen of the Tearling, she has transformed her realm. But in her quest to end corruption and restore justice, she has made many enemies – chief among them the evil and feared Red Queen, who ordered the armies of Mortmesne to march against the Tear and crush them.

To protect her people from such a devastating invasion, Kelsea did the unthinkable – naming the Mace, the trusted head of her personal guards, Regent in her place, she surrendered herself and her magical sapphires to her enemy. But the Mace will not rest until he and his men rescue their sovereign from her prison in Mortmesne.

So, the endgame has begun and the fate of Queen Kelsea – and the Tearling itself – will be revealed…

With The Fate of the Tearling, Erika Johansen draws her unforgettable story full of magic and adventure to a thrilling close.

Review: 3 Stars

I’ve really enjoyed reading this series, but I’m sad to say that this final installment was a bit disappointing to me. Overall this has been such a fantastic fantasy series, but I didn’t enjoy this concluding book the same way I enjoyed the previous two. After I liked The Invasion of the Tearling more than I liked the first book my expectations for this book were pretty high. The Queen of the Tearling was predominately a fantasy novel and The Invasion of the Tearling was more of a blend of fantasy and dystopian with some sci-fi elements. I expected The Fate of the Tearling to be more like The Invasion of the Tearling, but there were more sci-fi elements than I liked.

The Fate of the Tearling struggled from slow pacing in the first third and the last third of the book. I found it relatively easy to set down. I don’t know if I struggled with the pace more because I read all three books back to back, but when I finally finished the book I was relieved that it was over. Towards the end of the book I just wanted to stop reading. I was extremely disappointed in the ending. Once I realized the direction that the end was going in I found reasons to put off reading and it took me three days just to finish the last chapter.

Despite all of these issues I still enjoyed a good majority of the book. The middle of the book was pretty great. I really loved that we got more of the history of the Tearling and got to know the original Tearling settlers well. I didn’t feel like the plot taking place in the past was as strong in this novel as it was in the previous book, but I still felt like it made the book more interesting. I had mixed feelings about the plot line that took place in the present day. For a decent chunk of the book there wasn’t much happening, but then there were other parts that were filled with action. I just feel like this book was more inconsistent than book two.

While I really loved this series I feel that The Fate of the Tearling was a disappointing ending. I struggled a lot with the pacing of the novel and hated the way it ended. I did like getting more history of the original Tearling settlers and I felt like we got to know all of the characters even better. I especially loved that we got to see more of the Queen of Mort. I felt that by the end of the book I really understood her and I felt like she was a really well written villain. While I was disappointed in the way that the series ended I am really intrigued to check out the new spin off, especially since it is a prequel.

Check out my reviews of The Queen of the Tearling and The Invasion of the Tearling!

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  1. This is one of the series that’s sitting unfinished on my shelf but I think that I have subconsciously made the decision to DNF (the series) cos I’m just not interested in it anymore. Doesn’t sound like I made the wrong decision. Sad to hear that the final instalment was disappointing but great review!

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    1. I enjoyed the first 2 books but would have preferred a totally different ending for book 3. I would recommend reading the prequel Beneath the Keep though! Since it is about the previous generation it really adds some context to the series. I just hated the way the series ended. I dont regret reading the series, I really liked the first two books and some of book 3 but ugh I wish it ended differently!!


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