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The Queen of the Tearling

A Queen of the Tearling Novel

by Erika Johansen

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Magic, adventure, mystery, and romance combine in this epic debut in which a young princess must reclaim her dead mother's throne, learn to be a ruler—and defeat the Red Queen, a powerful and malevolent sorceress determined to destroy her.

On her nineteenth birthday, Princess Kelsea Raleigh Glynn, raised in exile, sets out on a perilous journey back to the castle of her birth to ascend her rightful throne. Plain and serious, a girl who loves books and learning, Kelsea bears little resemblance to her mother, the vain and frivolous Queen Elyssa. But though she may be inexperienced and sheltered, Kelsea is not defenseless: Around her neck hangs the Tearling sapphire, a jewel of immense magical power; and accompanying her is the Queen's Guard, a cadre of brave knights led by the enigmatic and dedicated Lazarus. Kelsea will need them all to survive a cabal of enemies who will use every weapon—from crimson-caped assassins to the darkest blood magic—to prevent her from wearing the crown.

Despite her royal blood, Kelsea feels like nothing so much as an insecure girl, a child called upon to lead a people and a kingdom about which she knows almost nothing. But what she discovers in the capital will change everything, confronting her with horrors she never imagined. An act of singular daring will throw Kelsea's kingdom into tumult, unleashing the vengeance of the tyrannical ruler of neighboring Mortmesne: the Red Queen, a sorceress possessed of the darkest magic. Now Kelsea will begin to discover whom among the servants, aristocracy, and her own guard she can trust.

But the quest to save her kingdom and meet her destiny has only just begun—a wondrous journey of self-discovery and a trial by fire that will make her a legend ... if she can survive.

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"Johansen makes an impressive debut with this ambitious fantasy adventure, which takes place several centuries from now following the collapse of civilization and mass migration to a newly discovered continent ... An engaging page-turner." - Publishers Weekly

"Starred Review. In an impressive start to a series, Johansen expertly incorporates magic necklaces, political intrigue, questions of honor, well-drawn characters, and a bit of mystery into a compelling and empowering story." - Booklist

"Johansen's debut is a solid fantasy that doesn't stray very far from the traditional playbook ... The novel does have a strong heroine, but the publicity campaign describing this as Game of Thrones meets Hunger Games is misguided." - Library Journal

"A middling Middle Earth–ian yarn, then, that seems destined to be the next big thing among the Game of Thrones set." - Kirkus Reviews

"Queen Kelsea is the most compelling badass heroine since Katniss Everdeen in this fantasy epic set in a neo-feudal future." - San Francisco Chronicle

"A gripping read... Johansen spins an engaging story with plenty of action ... and intriguing characters." - New York Post

"Johansen's dark, dizzying time machine is what made this book impossible to put down. You're in the twenty-fourth century, but also the Middle Ages? The implications made us see our world today--particularly technology and education--in a new light." - Glamour

"Quite possibly the highlight of one's vacation ... This spectacular debut is the first novel in a trilogy that is sure to entertain readers everywhere." - Wall Street Journal

"Johansen's strong, efficient prose convincingly conveys the pressures and inevitabilities facing a determined young woman confronting the dangers of a violent era." - Seattle Times

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Erika Johansen Author Biography

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Erika Johansen grew up and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. She went to Swarthmore College, earned an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop, and eventually became an attorney, but she never stopped writing.

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