The Fate of the Tearling

The Fate of the Tearling

A Novel

Book - 2016
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In less than a year, Kelsea Glynn has transformed from a gawky teenager into a powerful monarch. As she has come into her own as the Queen of the Tearling, the headstrong, visionary leader has also transformed her realm. In her quest to end corruption and restore justice, she has made many enemies, including the evil Red Queen, her fiercest rival, who has set her armies against the Tear. To protect her people from a devastating invasion, Kelsea did the unthinkable, she surrendered herself and her magical sapphires to her enemy, and named the Mace, the trusted head of her personal guards, Regent in her place. But the Mace will not rest until he and his men rescue their sovereign from her prison in Mortmesne. Now the endgame begins and the fate of Queen Kelsea, and the Tearling itself, will finally be revealed ...
Publisher: New York : Harper, 2016
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780062290427
Characteristics: 478 p. : ill., map ; 24 cm


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Jan 20, 2020

Book 3

Jan 12, 2020

I was disappointed in this final book of the trilogy. The first two books I found were exciting and more detailed but this was predictable and less complex. The ending was weak and a cop out. It was like the author had 5 minutes to complete it. 😒

PimaLib_ChristineR Apr 17, 2019

*This review includes spoilers for the previous two books.*

I totally did not see that coming! Wow, what a way to wrap up this series. The ending is probably pretty divisive; you're either going to love it or be completely disappointed. But the more I think about it, the more I wonder if this is really the end....

Kelsea is a prisoner of the Mort Red Queen; her regent, the Mace, has abandoned his post to rescue her, the religious leader of the Tearling is making a power grab; and Row Finn is out for blood. With all that going on, there's actually not that much action. We hear about all the things going on but a good portion of the book is given to Kelsea's visions and discovering more about the past. And the past becomes not just a way to understand her present, but helps us understand what the sapphires do (not necessarily why). Everything culminates in a bloody denouement that had me turning the pages as quickly as I could.

Maybe it's that I recently finished the Remnant Chronicles, a trilogy with a similar backstory, but with less than satisfying characters, so this shines in comparison, but I really felt like it asked all the right questions. Johansen is obviously talking politics and religion (politics of religion) in this book and it may turn off some fans, but she wasn't heavy-handed. I'd recommend the series if only to get to this book.

CMLibrary_khunter Aug 07, 2018

From Volunteen Cathy at South County Regional: "Overall, the series is very plot driven and captivating, thoroughly drawing the reader into a complex, twisted world. Like the first two books, Fate of the Tearling creates a compelling reality, intertwining parts of its past and present to create a comprehensive history of the Tearling. The flashbacks Kelsea has are some of the best parts of the book, answering many of the readers’ questions. Johansen throws in multiple plot twists that jostle the reader, but they’re well-planned and allow the plot to continue smoothly. The first book was better paced but this novel flows just as well, seamlessly working from one point in the plot to another.
The biggest thing about this series was the ending. Though unconventional, the ending was dynamic (or anticlimactic, depending on how you view it) and strikes itself as something completely distinct from other books. I was satisfied with the ending and thoroughly enjoyed it, but some people might find it dissatisfying and not having tied up enough loose ends. The book ends with a more open note that allows for the reader to fill in the gaps, choosing to imagine whatever ending they wish. I applaud Johansen for ending the series like so, knowing that it’d annoy lots of fans."

Jun 26, 2018

All 3 of these books are well worth reading. Well written and an engaging story line that keeps you wanting more. Highly recommended.

May 07, 2018

And, alas, we have reached the last of this phenomenal trilogy. After what happened in the second book, Kelsea finds an unlikely ally in the dark, dark times. A true friend or foe? We can only wait to see... Something tells us readers that the story is not quite finished. As Kelsea starts having visions, now of a different girl from before the decay of the Tearling, she starts wondering. Is "the Better World" truly what she believes it to be? And unsurprisingly, this ending broke me in too many ways. I would almost refuse to believe it because it leaves a sense that there isn't enough closure, but in a good way. So, please read this trilogy!!
- @Siri of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

Apr 30, 2018

The author spent the first two books and 80% of the last one on developing the characters you bonded with. And there's the ending. BOOM: the total deus-ex-machina. It felt very rushed and incomplete. Especially, if you love a happy, fully-closed ending, please do yourself a favour. Don't read the last one. It will leave you heart-broken, furious, frustrated and hopeless.

Aha! Even according to the 'Ask the author' from goodreads, Johansen said the final chapters were rushed:

"I always intended the ending to be bittersweet; Kelsea's no happily-ever-after girl. But I had a different plan until I started the third book. At that point I took a look at the previous two and realized that since Kelsea had always been prepared to give up everything for her kingdom, there wasn't much sacrifice in having her lay down her life or her crown or any of the the other options I was contemplating. I needed to think of something that she wasn't really prepared to lose, and this is the route I chose. While I wish I had executed the ending much better (I was rushing under a hard deadline and it certainly shows in the final chapters) I'm still convinced it was the right ending for this particular trilogy"

... I just hope she comes back with more Tearling series.

Jul 16, 2017

Again admired the quality of the writing style but thought the plot got a bit out of hand with so much movement between eras. Was disappointed with the last page as it left the reader hanging a little, especially as this is the last book of the series.

Jul 04, 2017

As someone who doesn't usually like the fantasy genre, I really loved this series! Bit sad now it's all over...

samdog123 Mar 10, 2017

A terrific last novel in this trilogy that does an excellent job wrapping up the series. I loved each and every book. Great character development and a world that you really become involved in.

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Feb 07, 2017

By handing over the Tear sapphires to the Red Queen, Kelsea has bought a reprieve in the war with Mortmesne, but at a terrible price. She is taken captive, and imprisoned in a dungeon beneath the Palais in Desmesne. With her hold on her kingdom slipping, the Red Queen is desperate to master the magic of the sapphires before the dark threat from the Fairwitch sweeps her off her throne. The Mace is left in charge of New London, torn between his duty to rescue Kelsea as head of the Queen’s Guard, and his responsibility to rule Tear as her Regent. He cannot leave Kelsea imprisoned, but sensing an opportunity, the Arvath is attempting to wrest power from the crown, and Lazarus must move on two fronts. The fate of the Tearling hangs in the balance.


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Feb 07, 2017

For three long centuries the Fetch had watched William Tear’s dream sink further and further into the mire. No one in the Tearling could even see Tear’s better world any longer, let alone muster the courage to dig for it


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