The Queen of the Tearling follows the story of a young princesses path to claim her throne from the coruption that plagues her country. She must not o...moreThe Queen of the Tearling follows the story of a young princesses path to claim her throne from the coruption that plagues her country. She must not only claim her right but become the queen her people need and protect them from an evil sorceress who threatens the destruction of her country. It takes place in the future but after society has lost all modern technology and knowledge. Some knowledge of science, medicine, and history still exist but for all intents and purposes it's the middle ages with magic.
First of all I would like to say that I don't think the marketing for this book is right. I think it may have done better if Harper hadn't tried to compare it to other popular series and just marketed it as an original series. There also seems to be a lot of confusion on time frames which probably has a lot to do with it being marketed as fiction instead of fantasy so those who are not familiar with this fantasy theme of "so far in the future we've reverted to the past" are picking it up and getting frustrated.
Other than poor marketing I think this book was phenomenal. I enjoyed reading about a heroine who actually deserved the title. One who is educated, independent, thoughtful, and strong. I appreciated the fact that there was no romance for our heroine. She isn't some silly stupid teen girl obsessing over her looks and boys. The politics were well written but easy enough to follow. The characters are dimensional and you begin to have feelings for some you wouldn't expect. The characters also show growth throughout the book which is a must for any good writing. Johansen's writing is beautifuly descriptive and emotional leaving me teary eyed a few times. I can't wait for the next book!
As one little side note to address the rumors of Emma Watson playing our heroine I would just like to say I think Watson would be terrible for this role. Our heroine, Kelsea, is described as very plain and curvy and even over weight at one point. This description is nothing like Emma Watson and even though she is a fine actress lacks the presence our queen of tearling demands.(less)
I just don't think I have it in me to finish this book. I made it about 200 pages in, I usually only give a book 100 pages, and I really wanted to lov...moreI just don't think I have it in me to finish this book. I made it about 200 pages in, I usually only give a book 100 pages, and I really wanted to love it because I love her other series so much. I just found that so many parts dragged and a few scenes were really great but for the most part it was boring and I didn't care enough about most of the characters to continue. I know that comparing this book to her other series in unfair but it's really hard not to once you know what an author is capable of. Hopefully I will pick it up again when I don't have so many other books I want to read. (less)
Everyone has been comparing this novel to Harry Potter and I don’t believe that comparison is quite accurate. Quentin, the main character, is going to...moreEveryone has been comparing this novel to Harry Potter and I don’t believe that comparison is quite accurate. Quentin, the main character, is going to school, college in this case, to be a magician and that is where the similarities end. This novel contains sex, drugs, and booze. None of these will you find in Harry Potter.
As a fantasy reader I was thrilled when this hit the bestseller list cause let’s be honest it doesn’t happen often. At first I was disappointed because The Magician’s wasn’t true fantasy. It was a coming of age story that just happened to intertwine magic. Then in the last section of the book my faith was redeemed when Quentin and his friends journey into Fillory. That was the wonderful fantasy novel I was expecting. I am looking forward for to the next in the series because it will continue in the world of Fillory. (less)
Who fears death takes place in post-apocalyptic Africa. Two different races exist the Okeke who are enslaved by the Nuru. The Nuru follow the Great Bo...moreWho fears death takes place in post-apocalyptic Africa. Two different races exist the Okeke who are enslaved by the Nuru. The Nuru follow the Great Book as their gospel and plan to exterminate the Okeke. A third race called Ewu has been fromed who are the children of Okeke and Nuru. Love between the Okeke and Nuru is forbidden so these children are labeled as children of rape.
We follow the story of Onyesonwu who is Ewu. Her mother was raped by a Nuru man who invaded her village. She is raised first as a child of the desert and a nomad but soon her mother moves them to a village where she soon learns that she is a social outcast. She is labled as a child of violence because of the circumstances that surround her conception. She is a rejected by both sides beacuse she is a female and Ewu. Onye is not just an average Ewu girl though she is gifted with the power of magic. As she grows so does her power and soon she is being hunted by a powerful socerer. Onye must learn to control her anger and power to defend herself and her people.
This book is beautifully written and inspired by a reality that many woman face in Africa today. It is a wonderful blend of culture, history, tradition, and fantasy. (less)