Publisher: Harper Collins
Series: The Queen of the Tearling #3
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.
The Mace is given a new rule and with little Aisa always watching, it was a fantastic set of new rules for the characters. The character development is jaw-dropping. Even after a break between books, I'm still in awe with how real, and warm these characters are to the series, the book, and to me. I adore all of them.
We are introduced to new villains and old ones. The old ones begin to take on a new shape, something we may not have expected, but I thought the growth of each character to be well done. I couldn't wait to find out what would happen next; be it with Kelsea's capture, the Red Queen's reveal and past, or Katie Rice's work in the past. In the end, I was utterly disappointed. My heart sank, my shoulders sagged and I kept waiting for the punch-line. This had to be a joke, right? A series I've been bragging out for years, a group of characters that I grew to love were disintegrated to this? As you can tell, I wasn't a fan of the ending. Everything leading up to it was beautiful. The ending was kind of spontaneous. There was some foreshadowing, but I figured it would be silly to even consider it because it made no sense, but it went ahead anyway.
What should have been a triumph and a rebuild of a nation for the Tearling as is, was reduced to a fart. Technology was advancing, mistakes in the past were learned, Kelsea's character arc to becoming a great queen was established, the people around her are built up from being good to amazing, then there's the people she saved, the brutality and reality of history all mashing up with fantasy and magic -- in the end (and without spoilers) we got Disney, in my opinion. It was utterly disappointing.