- Page Count: 496
- Release Date: November 29, 2016
- My Rating: 4.5 stars
The thrilling conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Tearling trilogy.
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 gave 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, imprisoned in Mortmesne.
Now, as the suspenseful endgame begins, the fate of Queen Kelsea—and the Tearling itself—will finally be revealed.
Oh wow. I’d totally give the first 85% of this book 5 stars! ALL the stars. It was so incredibly good. But then the last chapter made me want to chuck this series out a window and give it 2 stars. So I’m going with 4.5 stars overall.
This was by far the best book in this trilogy!!! I started this last night thinking I would just check out the first chapter… and then I was finished by 2 a.m.
There wasn’t a single part of the story or any character I didn’t care about — everyone was well developed and fascinating. I LOVED Aisa and Ewen’s parts again, and even liked the bits in the past with William Tear’s story this time. The pacing here was a lot stronger than the previous books and all of the action scenes were pretty intense. I’ll update my review closer to the release date with more about the story, but for now I’ll just say the first 3/4 of the book is SO good.
If you like romance or happy endings, this might not be the series for you. But I really wasn’t expecting a lot of relationships to go in the direction they did! Everything between Javel & Allie, the Red Queen & Kelsea, and Pen & Kelsea all unfolded differently than I was expecting, but it totally fit the tone of the story. And I really, really loved where the story went with the Red Queen and Keslea. Empathy was a major theme throughout.
In the end, there was a TON for this book to cover and I think it did a pretty impressive job of giving everyone a satisfying ending and tying up loose ends. I was never very big on the whole “doorway through time” plot that started in the second book, but I was still going with everything that came up…
UNTIL THAT ENDING.
Ok, I think a lot of people will like the ending, but it was NOT for me. It was super anticlimactic, depressing as hell, had a few plot holes, and really just didn’t work for me. But on the other hand it kind of fit the theme that the books had going and I totally admire that the author tried to do something like that.
Aside from the ending, this book was a really satisfying conclusion overall. I’m so glad people convinced me to finish the first book because this series just kept getting better as it went!
Thank you to the publisher for sending me an ARC!