This book took me over 100 pages to get into due to all the world building, but once I did I flew through it. The world building is well done, the ploThis book took me over 100 pages to get into due to all the world building, but once I did I flew through it. The world building is well done, the plot is interesting and the characters are well developed. There is a lot of grey area in Bennett's world and it's interesting to contemplate Saypur vs the Continent and their long history, present and future.
I recommend this fast paced plot (once you get into it) to fantasy fans, especially thriller/fantasy fans....more
The first 3/4 of this book made this my favorite in the trilogy. By this point I'd gotten attached to all the characters in #2 and I really enjoyed GrThe first 3/4 of this book made this my favorite in the trilogy. By this point I'd gotten attached to all the characters in #2 and I really enjoyed Grossman giving even more back stories in #3. The plot was interesting (minus the somewhat unsatisfying ending) and I couldn't wait to pick it up every day.
#1 was a little slow going and I grew frustrated with the characters' lack of drive. #2 sucked me in and #3 made me truly a fan of this wonderful series. I look forward to reading it in a few years when I've forgotten the details.
Actually, after reading #3 I wouldn't mind re-reading #1 again already....
This series is especially enjoyable for fans of magic worlds, especially the Narnia and Harry Potter series....more
I enjoyed book 1 but found the characters' unwillingness to take charge of their lives (instead of drinking and moping) really annoying.
Book 2 startsI enjoyed book 1 but found the characters' unwillingness to take charge of their lives (instead of drinking and moping) really annoying.
Book 2 starts off a little slow but once I got about 150 pages in, I was completely hooked. You get Julia's back story and Quentin finally coming into himself and getting past the book 1 moping/drinking.
I can't wait for book 3!
Re-read 2016: Great audio narration. I think I'll only listen to these in the future....more
I absolutely loved the perspective of this book. It is told from the point of view of 19 year old Kelsea. She was raised in secrecy in the forest by hI absolutely loved the perspective of this book. It is told from the point of view of 19 year old Kelsea. She was raised in secrecy in the forest by her two foster parents when her mother, the Queen of Tearling, sent her away in fear for Kelsea's life. Her mother died years ago and her uncle ruled as Regeant. At 19 the Queen's Guard returns for Kelsea and brings her to the Keep to claim her crown. Her uncle and a neighboring Queen want her dead, and danger abounds.
Kelsea is intelligent and at first completely in the dark about what has been going on in her kingdom. I was completely immersed in her life as she travels to her kingdom while trying to avoid assassination. She is a strong female main character.
The book follows only a brief part of her reign and leaves off with room for a sequel, which I will happily read (after re-reading this one to help me remember the details) when it comes out.
Tearling itself is also interesting. Generations before this book there was "the Crossing" where people crossed from corrupt America back to Europe, similar to the Puritans but reversed. They purposefully left behind most technology and during the Crossing the boat holding medical personnel capsized, leading to a loss of medical expertise. Tearling was thrown into a dark age, schooling was abandoned and most of the books were destroyed. People stopped learning how to read and write, and new books were not created. Additionally, ebooks had destroyed the value of physical books before the Crossing, but the technology to view ebooks was lost. Books are therefore a precious commodity.
So what at first feels like a medieval setting, is actually a future setting with an extreme loss of technology and knowledge.
This book is by no means perfect. It is pretty idealistic and the magic is a bit weird (there's a sapphire that communicates with Kelsea). There's also a part where Kelsea is being held captive and yet is attracted to her captor, which is unrealistic and disturbing, even if the Fetch turns out to be pretty awesome. Luckily this is the extent of romance in the book, which I found refreshing.
The fantasy elements are fairly light in this book (magic sapphire, evil neighboring Queen.) Read it for the strong female narrator trying to find her way as a new Queen....more