The Fate of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

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…

Rating: ⋆ ⋆ ⋆ ⋆ 

The title of the final book in the Tearling trilogy at first didn’t make sense, but now having finished the book I can understand why Ms. Johansen chose to name the book, The Fate of the Tearling. Now I’ll try to review this last book without any spoilers, however, I cannot make any guarantees so let’s just say now THAT THIS IS A BLANKET WARNING THAT THERE MIGHT BE SPOILERS.

That being said, in the last book, we left off with Kelsea trading herself and her Sapphires to the Red Queen in exchange for leaving her kingdom in peace for 3 years. Certainly not the best of deals, but more bearable than the deal that her mother, Elyssa. Besides, despite giving the Tear Sapphires to the Red Queen, the Red Queen is unable to use them. So Kelsea is taken back to Mortmesne as a prisoner of war; while her time there isn’t a walk in the park, because hey she’s a Queen being held by an enemy nation, her suffering isn’t as bad in relation to others before her; I really like how you see Kelsea realize that; she doesn’t dismiss that she has suffered, but she realizes that it could have been hell of a lot worse and let the situation make her a victim.

And despite not having the Sapphires, Kelsea still seems to have visions of the past, however her time with Lily (who if you’ve read the books know was William Tear’s common law wife as he never formally married her and a woman who came over in the Crossing) and now she experiences the time of Katie Rice, the daughter of Dorian who is born of the generation of children that were born after the Crossing. We learn that the children of the Crossing (or in the womb during the time) have special gifts and that one of Katie’s friends is Row Finn (yep Dark Lord himself) who has the ability to control fire which explains why he does so later after being cursed. And… yep I’m dropping spoilers left and right so I’m rather glad that I forewarned yall of the possibility.

At first, like Kelsea one does not understand why she’s experiencing Katie’s life or Lily’s before her, although with both women, Kelsea is impatient to learn what happens because she does understand that the past is important because it can impact the present and future. Meanwhile, while she’s learning of the past the Red Queen, aka Evelyn Raliegh the bastard child of the Beautiful Queen of the Tearling is losing control of everything she’s built because her kingdom’s livelihood is based on the slave trade and the slave trade of the Tear has ended for three years and her army’s pissed that they didn’t get to be nasty twats who plundered, raped, and killed their way through the tear. Not to mention she’s on Row Finn’s shitlist because she invaded the Tear when he said not to.

Anyways, I’m going to stop myself before I totally bust open in the entire plot. I’ll just say that in the end that Kelsea makes a great sacrifice to create the world that William Tear dreamed of. However, the best thing from this book and in this series is a reminder that human beings should never forget their history (because I’ll say that part of the problem of the world was that William Tear refused to tell about pre-Crossing days to the new generation or make the old generation remember) because we will repeat our past mistakes if we don’t. Humans should work to help each other. We’re imperfect beings and we can’t escape our flaws, however, if we are vigilant about our selves to keep them in check the world would be a better place. We also need to watch out for the evils in others, because great evils must be weeded out before the foul the entire garden. And finally organized religion that feels the need to control everyone is a form of evil. Personal faith is okay, but it shouldn’t be expected that our personal faiths be forced on others. Basically, this trilogy is a great fantasy that examines humans and points out that is possible for us to create a better world, but only if we are kind, compassionate, as well as logical and reasonable.

P.S. Also having read this series, I can see why Emma Watson fell in love with it and why she would want to star in a film franchise about it because the meaning behind the story would appeal to the type of young woman that Emma is. I can’t wait for the day that I get to watch this story on the silverscreen.

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