Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #1 - The Queen of the Tearling

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted on Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection by me is:




The Queen of the Tearling

Author: Erika Johansen

Publication Date: 8th July 2014

Publisher: Harper

Page Count (Hardcover): 448 Pages

Summary from Goodreads: 

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.

The Queen of the Tearling introduces readers to a world as fully imagined and terrifying as that of The Hunger Games, with characters as vivid and intriguing as those of The Game of Thrones, and a wholly original heroine. Combining thrilling action and twisting plot turns, it is a magnificent debut from the talented Erika Johansen.

In Actual fact, The Queen of the Tearling is one of my top 15 want to reads of 2014. Originally, yes I know, I had wanted to read it because I knew Emma Watson was going to be in it. However, soon after, I read the summary, I realised that regardless of whether Emma Watson was in it, I would still love to read this. It was my kind of book. I adore Princess/Royalty kind of books. And the fact that it compares itself to the Hunger Games and Game of Thrones makes me even more intrigued! Therefore, this is one of my most anticipated books of 2014!


  1. Seems like an interesting book. Thanks for sharing :)

  2. Thanks so much for commenting! :)

  3. Great pick! This is the first that I've heard of this one so thanks for bringing it to my attention.
    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian


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