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The Invasion of the Tearling: A Novel (The Queen of the Tearling) by [Johansen, Erika]
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Book 2 of 3 in The Queen of the Tearling (3 Book Series)

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This sequel to The Queen of the Tearling (2014) continues Kelsea's story and provides the history that created Tear. At the border, Mort soldiers are restlessly awaiting orders to move forward into Tear territory. The ragtag Tear army is outnumbered and definitely under-armed. The Red Queen and her army want nothing more than to reach Tear, demolish the city, kill the new Tear Queen Kelsea, and plunder all. Kelsea desires to bring freedom to Tear. Her first act as queen was to stop the slave shipments into Mort. While this brought her the loyalty and admiration of her people, it increased the danger from the more powerful Mort, and now Tear is facing the consequences of that action with the coming invasion. The protagonist has much to learn, and in order to defeat the Red Queen, she must understand her own power, which comes from a past that began many centuries before. While the sapphires she wears on a chain around her throat link Kelsea with Lily—an important player in the Crossing, which created the Tear civilization—they are also the keys linking her to a growing awareness of who she is and where her destiny lies. As the Mort army moves forward, Kelsea prepares to parlay what she has learned to save Tear's future. But deals she made with shadow men, actions taken by others, and the Red Queen herself may change the outcome of Kelsea's hopes. VERDICT Teens need to have read the first volume in order to understand and appreciate this sequel; both books should be at hand for fantasy fans.—Connie Williams, Petaluma High School, CA

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“Meet the next Katniss Everdeen. If you missed last year’s The Queen of the Tearling, run, don’t walk, to get it.” (Entertainment Weekly)

“Get caught up with Kelsea, a heroine so badass, Emma Watson’s already signed up to play her.” (Cosmopolitan)

“Katniss Everdeen, you have competition. . . . A thrilling sequel.” (Entertainment Weekly, The 10 Must-Reads of Summer)

“A bold storytelling choice makes this so much more fascinating than just a saga of warring kingdoms. . . . Completely gripping . . . It’s satisfying while leaving readers desperate for the next volume.” (Library Journal (starred review))

“Gritty, gruesome, and enthrallingly magical fantasy.” (Booklist)

The Invasion of the Tearling glides over the sophomore slump, carrying the series upward with it. . . . The new Tearling characters are fascinating, and Johansen introduces them so smoothly, we care for them almost the instant we learn their names.” (Entertainment Weekly, A)

“All hail Queen Kelsea! In the series’ second action-packed book, the teen saves her throne from a power-hungry neighbor.” (Us Weekly)

“An intoxicating brew of dystopian fiction, high fantasy, science fiction, and a bit of horror. . . . A thrilling and thought-provoking read that takes this trilogy to even greater heights.” (Buzzfeed)

“Genre-bending . . . So good . . . Gripping.” (Buzzfeed)

“Johansen is a skillful maker of fantasy worlds, weaving medieval and modern themes together with the comprehensiveness of a George R.R. Martin. . . . A satisfying, well-crafted sequel that will leave readers looking forward to what might happen next. (Kirkus Reviews)

“A dazzling and gripping followup. . . . Expertly combining modern and medieval themes, Johansen ratchets up suspense as she weaves a magical story that crosses time . . . one of the most original and well-written series in recent memory.” (USA Today.com)

“Readers — Watson included — can’t seem to put down the novels, in large part because of the Queen of the Tearling herself: spunky, complex, tough-as-nails Kelsea Glynn.” (Bustle)

“The Mort are coming! Johansen introduces new characters and enticing bits of history, with the second volume of her intriguing tale of fantasy, mystery and royal politics...Readers will be eager for the final volume in the Tearling saga.” (LibraryReads)

“This compelling, intriguing read is hard to put down as the ultimate connection between the two women is revealed. {A} unique take on traditional fantasy.” (Statesman Journal (Oregon))

“THE INVASION OF THE TEARLING sets itself apart from every other middle volume in a fantasy trilogy because of its brutal portrayal of politics and all its consequences.” (Bookish)

“Spend long enough with this piece of fiction, and you’ll emerge more keenly aware of our own pontificating pundits, our tides of refugees. Any sense of distance is quite imaginary.” (Locus Magazine)

“Will keep everyone on tenterhooks until the next book is released...a thought-provoking and finely tuned flight of fancy.” (The Examiner.com)

“the protagonist was a real ass-kicker with unwavering strength and fierceness (but not without realistic self-doubt), and there’s just the right combination of believable politics and fantasy realm magic.” (Bookriot)

“[A] thrilling sequel.” (Bookish)

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  • File Size: 1730 KB
  • Print Length: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Harper; Reprint edition (June 9, 2015)
  • Publication Date: June 9, 2015
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00PFX5S3G
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,142 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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