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Friday, April 24, 2015

The Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

Putting her foot down and refusing to send shipments of slaves to the Mort was Queen Kelsea's first decision as a Queen, and it might be the one that will destroy her Kingdom. The Mort won't take no for an answer and they are marching on the Tearling to take by force what they think is their due, and Kelsea will have to push them back or die trying.

The Invasion of the Tearling was a great installment and I am happy to say it is not suffering from the second novel curse. The mood of this novel is different, Kelsea is a Queen and has to take decisions as such and stop being a child. She also has to understand and control the power coming from her Sapphires, deal with a new found sexuality and some weird visions/sleepwalking she's been experiencing. To say her plate is full would be putting it mildly, but I really enjoyed watching her struggle and try her best to come out on top. I love that she is now taking her own decisions instead of simply relying on Mace and that she is trying really hard to play it smart. She seeks wisdom that will help her make the best choices and try to control her impulses. She's growing up!

One of my favorite aspect of this novel is Kelsea's visions of Lily. Lily lives in pre-crossing America and we witness her life in first-person narration. We get to see the kind of struggle the pre-crossing people faced, how it came to be so bad, and how some people actually crossed. I found her story really engrossing and I was avidly awaiting Kelsea's next vision. I also love how their stories tied up at the end.

This novel is not action pack. Their are some tense scenes, some violence, but mostly it's a psychological game. All the chess piece progress throughout the novel and we anxiously wait while both Queens play their moves. Also, if you've been anxious to know the Red Queen's real identity, you will be pleased to know that it is revealed in this novel.

The conclusion really is a game-changer and I am anxious for the next installment (no title nor tentative release date yet). I can't wait to see what will happen to certain key characters and I really hope we will see more of Lily!


Tynga is a 32 years old mom of two, from Montreal, working as a lab technician in an hospital specialized in heart disease. In her free time, she enjoys reading all things Paranormal and photography.

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6 People left their mark' :

  1. I'm so excited to read the first book. It's been on my Kindle for too long, and I must remedy that. Glad you enjoyed this!!

  2. thank you! take your time, this one only releases in June ^^

  3. I can't wait to read this! I read the first book a couple weeks ago and the whole Crossing topic as well as the Red Queen's identity (and more importantly, why she doesn't want anyone to know who she is) intrigued me. I'm glad you liked it!

    Laura @BlueEyeBooks

  4. I'm sure you will be pleased then! As this novel answers your questions ^^

  5. I'm really looking forward to this one. I loved the first book and now June can't come soon enough!

  6. You could try request it on edelweiss :)