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The Queen of the Tearling #2

The Invasion of the Tearling

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Nominee for Best Fantasy (2015)
Kelsea Glynn is the Queen of the Tearling. Despite her youth, she has quickly asserted herself as a fair, just and powerful ruler.

However, power is a double-edged sword, and small actions can have grave consequences. In trying to do what is right - stopping a vile trade in humankind - Kelsea has crossed the Red Queen, a ruthless monarch whose rule is bound with dark magic and the spilling of blood. The Red Queen's armies are poised to invade the Tearling, and it seems nothing can stop them.

Yet there was a time before the Crossing, and there Kelsea finds a strange and possibly dangerous ally, someone who might hold the key to the fate of the Tearling, and indeed to Kelsea's own soul. But time is running out...

Erika Johansen's fierce and unforgettable young heroine returns in this dazzling new novel of magic and adventure, set in the beguiling world of the Tearling.

547 pages, Kindle Edition

First published June 9, 2015

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November 19, 2016
{insert weird fangirl noises here}


This one has been on my radar since I read (and loved!) the first book last year. I was so freaked out that this one wasn't going to live up to the hype in my head, I couldn't even crack it open for 2 days after I got it.
Yes, I'm being totally serious. Yes, I know that's incredibly weird!


But once I finally grabbed my nuts and plunged in, I could tell pretty quickly that Queen of Tearling wasn't a fluke. This is a nice sized book at 551 pages, but I flew through it in a couple of days like it was nothing. Nothing!
{insert more weird fangirl noises here}


Ok, ok. I'll stop.
One more? No? Fine.

Ok, so if you didn't like the first book, then don't waste your time with this one. I know this was a hit-or-miss book with a lot of my friends, and I doubt that anything that happens in this second book will make someone who hated the original change their mind about these characters. So.
Wow. This is harder to write than thought it would be...
How can I describe why I loved it without spoiling anything? Hmmm. Ok, I'm really going to try my hardest not to let anything slip, but if you're super-freaky about not knowing ANYTHING, then feel free to stop now. I don't want anyone getting upset with me...


Well, the best thing would have to be the Big Reveal about The Crossing!
Why's that, you ask?
Well, I've read several books with this It-Looks-Like-Medieval-Times-But-There's-All-These-Hints-That-Really-Everything-Just-Collapsed-At-Some-Point-And-It's-Actually-Taking-Place-In-The-Distant-Future...thing. So, while it's not a totally overdone concept, I wasn't flipping out over the originality of it by the time I picked up this book.
Ermahgard! There's a twisty-twist!


I'm not going to tell you what the twist is, but it's awesome!
Not to mention, the addition of Lily really threw me for a loop. I'm pretty sure my mouth dropped open when she started describing what her life was like, and what was going on around her. It was insane! Her story was heartbreaking and more than just a little scary to read. Plus, (and this is in the blurb, so I don't think it's a spoiler) when the lines between Lily & Kelsea start to blur, it got really interesting. By the end, I was totally freaking out on Lily's behalf!


Kelsea still had that unyielding badass attitude that I loved in the first book. She may not always be right, but she always does what she believes is the right thing. And when the General or some of the other men try to handle her & her crazy 'save the people of her kingdom' ideals?


Ok, her looks also change in this one. Why? Unsure! One more mystery of the stones, I guess.


But does it actually help her to become more beautiful? Shockingly, the answer is no. The people who already loved her, still love her, and the people who didn't...well, let's just say she finds that maybe beauty isn't everything she thought it would be.


Kelsea's my hero! Yes, even after everything that happens in this book. I love her! She's the perfect imperfect heroine, and I can't WAIT to see where the next book is going to take us!
I know not everyone is going to love this one as much as I did, but I absolutely did. This will be the second year in a row that Erika Johansen's book makes my top ten list!
{insert weird fangirl noises...again}


Ouch! Jesbus! Frick, that hurt!
*rubs head*
Anyway, it was everything I hoped for and more.


I do feel the need to point out, once again, that these books have some pretty graphic stuff in them. They are not Young Adult, and some people probably might not feel comfy handing this subject matter over to younger teens. Seriously. Lots of abuse, rape, torture, etc..
Have fun!

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3,471 reviews9,637 followers
October 19, 2016
UPDATE: 10-19-2016 THIS IS ON SALE ON KINDLE FOR $1.99 ! It doesn't say for how long though



Okay so I loved the hell out of this book and I was confused about certain things!

Queen Kelsea takes a little walk on the dark side in this book, but that's okay, she's going to rock it. I just know it.... NEED NEXT BOOK!!!!!

Everyone that has read the first book knows that Kelsea sees things. Well she sees a lot of things that have to do with the Crossing! Every damn time she went there and here's this other world so to speak, this my face....


I loved Lily's story, but I'm still stumped. My poor ole head, because it went right over it!

That stupid jerk Anders became the new Holy Father and he did some bad things to people. I so wanted to see someone end him. He was cruel to sweet Father Tyler too!!


I will give a little spoiler and say he didn't get killed but he got a good beat down and trust me, he deserved it when you read some of the stuff he did. I was disgusted and well.. lets just leave it at that!!!!

There is finally the meeting of armies and the meeting of the Queens. Holy crow, we find out so much about the Queens and oh I forgot to mention there was some evil dude appearing to Kelsea, but that's a whole other story.

I don't want to wait until next year for the new book!! :( Gaaaahhhhhh, I want to know what is going on!


Because I'm confused in a way at the end and what the Crossing is....... help!

I loved the book regardless of my stupidity and I think the cover is awesome! Fin!

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December 14, 2016
23 Feb. '15
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Disclaimer: An advanced reader copy was provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

As before, folks. Come prepared with fries and your favourite condiment. Long and bitter review up ahead.

If ever I could use half-star ratings on goodreads, it would be now. Actual rating would be 2.5 but I decided to be generous and round up.

I gave it a go, and it passed. Barely. Enough to convince me to read the third book once it's out? Absolutely. The writing style is simplistic and yet remarkably fluid, absorbing, and just keeps you turning the pages. I urge you to also take a look at the more glowing reviews, as I doubt reading mine would actually tempt you to read this book. But really, The Invasion of the Tearling deserves a fair shake and it may just be your cuppa tea.

But all that said, I have to warn some of you (potential[?]) readers -- this book should come with its own trigger warning for rape, sexual assault/harrassment, and self-harm. To give credit where credit is due though, I did not find these topics to be used in a romanticized way or gratuitously (although it teetered there in some ways -- which I will get to in the meat of my review later).

Speaking of my review. Please do not click the "spoiler" tags unless you are in fact prepared to be spoiled.

And not in the brush-your-hair-feed-you-grapes sort of way.

I did not enjoy this book nearly as much as I'd like to; and for very similar reasons that I expounded in my review of The Queen of the Tearling, which you can find >>here<< should you be interested. As I've detailed them in my previous review, I'll not repeat them here.
The reason I enjoyed The Invasion marginally better than its predecessor is simply because at least it managed to answer some much-needed questions. Unfortunately this came at the expense of more questions, albeit little details, and so my enjoyment of it was really constrained.

My biggest peeve of this book in particular, and the whole series in general, would have to be Kelsea's inexplicably powered necklace, which so happens to be a deus ex machina. Nearing the end of the novel we're given a tease of the first sighting of the necklace. Yet by the time we close the book, we still know absolute Jack Schmidt about it -- where it came from, how it got its powers, what exactly were its powers and how did it function ..... Kelsea's deus ex machina necklace remains the novel's greatest mystery still.

This wouldn't be so much of a problem if literally everything weren't solved by it. Indeed, all Kelsea needs to do is twirl around at her new-found prettiness and let her jewelry do its job.
With this kind of unknown force, we have no idea what its limits are and how it operates. It effectively remains open as a miracle solve-all for indeed anything and everything until the author decides it inconvenient for her plot progression to use the necklace as an answer.

Kelsea could have been substituted for any other character for all the effective agency she had. Everything was solved away by the magical mystery of her necklace, and her -- or its -- powers seemed to suddenly blossom during the last few chapters of the book.
Powers that we had never even seen before or heard mention of, suddenly were mastered and -- just when I thought I couldn't possibly dislike Kelsea even more -- came to save the day in a final battle that could only be described as mind-rape.

Again, I've gone through enough detail regarding Kelsea's character in my first review, so I'll only brush it briefly here. Suffice to say, her choices were so foolish, stupid, and made for no valid reason. It seemed extremely out of character for her to make, which makes it painfully obvious that it's all a huge set-up and foreshadowing for the third book.

I suppose Kelsea was frequently "out of character", though. I call it puberty, or the Red Queen's libido somehow transferred on to her. It must be all that darkness brewing up in her soul. Funny, though, that the "darker" Kelsea grew, the more horny she became? I thought we were all pro-lust, here?
Speaking of puberty -- it did wonders for Kelsea, and not just on her hormones. Forget the author's rather extensive article on the "need for ugly heroines" -- she may as well take that back.

All of our protagonist's preoccupations on beauty in the previous book were not for nothing. Here, Kelsea transforms from an ugly duckling -- into Emma Watson. And by gosh you guessed it, that process involved losing weight.

I will just pause right there as we all take a collective gnashing of teeth.

But enough about Kelsea, and on to the world. You'll all be relieved to hear that we get a lot more info on the world's history -- although keep in mind, it all still needs to be taken with a mountain-high suspension of disbelief.

A plus point of this book were the glimpses we saw of Earth's future, leading up to the Crossing. These scenes I found to be interesting and a breath of fresh air between Kelsea's ..... hormonal woes. The depiction of women is very disconcerting, however -- as if with the sheer amount of women's rights movements and feminists nowadays, we could ever revert back to those dark, dark ages.
But never mind how plausible Johansen's future earth is. She needed it that way to show dissatisfaction and how low mankind have become. I'll let you decide for your own whether it was necessary for the author to use scenes of domestic violence and rape to illustrate just how despicable Lily's husband is. Just like I'll let you decide whether it was necessary or added any value to the story/characterization to have Kelsea self-harm.

Personally, I found it odd -- but only because there seems to be so much going on. It gives me the impression, and the first book gave me the same impression, that Johansen is trying to cramp her book full of contemporary issues that we all should be concerned about.
Self-harm, rape and sexual assault, religious intolerance, homosexuality -- it's all in there. Right next to allusions of child sex trade, deathrings ...
As admirable as it is to bring up these issues, the whole jumble of them makes it unfocused and actually cheapens the effect. As if the author has overreached herself and is trying to swipe at what is most likely to appeal to her audience.

Add to it that our protagonist, of course, falls on the "right" side of these issues. It's such a cheap way of making readers feel guilty and "wrong" should we dislike our heroine.

Unfortunately, I'm not one to feel much guilt. I detest you, Kelsea. You and your mind-rape and stupid decisions and hypocrisy.

Despite the overall tone of my review, I did not, however, detest this book.

my review of The Queen of the Tearling.
my review of The Fate of the Tearling.

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7 Feb. '15
Interesting article written by the author about "ugly" heroines, which I actually agree with. Enough with this preoccupation with beautiful female leads and a plot that centralizes on her romantic affairs!

Too bad her "ugly" heroine doesn't translate on screen though. Don't get me wrong, I love Emma Watson, but one of the points of Kelsea was that she wasn't attractive by any traditional standards. But like Hermione, Emma just doesn't capture that aspect of the character, and it kind of diminishes the point the author was trying to make.

Or, I don't know, I could be wrong. Perhaps they've found a way to dress Emma down (if she really does end up playing Kelsea on film).

PS. I personally like this cover better:

18 Oct. '14
How does this have ratings? Is there an ARC out already???
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492 reviews2,116 followers
July 11, 2015
Loved the first book but... this was a clusterfuck. In a really, really, Dali-trippy kind of way.

Like, seriously, those flashbacks?! Migraine. MIGRAAAAAINE.

Me, when I finished the book:

Ugh, so disappointed.
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1,172 reviews98.2k followers
November 29, 2016
1.) The Queen of the Tearling ★★★

I didn't enjoy this book more than The Queen of the Tearling. This book felt like it dragged way too much in some parts and I'm not a huge fan Kelsea seeing memories from the past. I understand her necklace(s) is very powerful and helpful, but I just didn't enjoy this concept as much as I hoped.

Yes, Kelsea can now see memories from a girl named Lily, who lived in pre-crossing America. Even though Lily is rich and married to a powerful man, while most the population lives in terrible conditions, she isn't safe and lives a very sad life. As much as I really loved Lily's story line, it just felt too abrupt and jarring switching back and forth from her past and Kelsea's present.

Kelsea has her own major problems going on - The Mort army is getting closer to her kingdom every day. The Red Queen wants her sapphires and will do anything to get them. All hope seems lost to Kelsea, but her kingdom believes in her and she will go to dangerous lengths to prove them right.

This book has many important and thought provoking topics that need more discussion in our world:
-Women are not alive to just get married and bear their husband children.
-Woman can be raped by their husbands.
-Men do get raped, not just women.
-Sometimes it's hard to get out of abusive relationships.

This being said, this book has many triggers for abuse, rape, and self harm, so please use caution while reading.

This book also deals with body image in a weird way, which I'm not sure I liked. In The Queen of the Tearling Kelsea is stated as being chubby and plain constantly. Well, in The Invasion of the Tearling Kelsea is subconsciously using her powers to be more attractive. People comment on the change of her looks a lot, and it sort of feels bad to read. Kelsea herself has inner monologues where she understands that men should like her regardless of the way she looks, but she obviously prefers being thinner and more beautiful. I mean, I know most of us would, which is why it feels weird. I don't know how I feel about this part of the story, but, regardless, use caution if you feel this might be something that would upset or trigger you.

“This, I think, is the crux of evil in this world, Majesty: those who feel entitled to whatever they want, whatever they can grab. Such people never ask themselves if they have the right. They consider no cost to anyone but themselves.”

There isn't much romance in this book, and what romance is in this book is pretty weak. I'm totally team Pen all the way, without question, but let me just say, for the record, the Fetch is so annoying and lame. Why does Kelsea even have a crush on his circle-talking-ass? Oh yeah, he's so dreamy looking.

Again, I feel like this story is so unique because of how it is set in the future while also being medieval feeling. This second book helps you understand the history of the Tearling and the events that took place that made the Tearling what it was and what it is currently.

I really think Erika Johansen writes phenomenally and I very much appreciate her take on what could happen to the world we live in today. Her feministic views shine brightly in this book, and I loved every difficult point she brings up. These difficult discussions are so powerful and so needed, and for that alone I would recommend this series.

Overall, I did enjoy this book and will for sure continue on with The Fate of the Tearling when it is released later this year. This book does end on a HUGE cliffhanger, while we also discover an equally as HUGE twist/revelation. I'm not sure if I could ever resist The Fate of the Tearling if I tried just based on those two factors alone.

“There's a better world out there, so close we can almost touch it.”

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674 reviews530 followers
November 22, 2016
Reread November 2016: flawless are always. Finally ready for FATE. #dyingggg

Full video review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5rfLM...

This arc was sent to me from Harper in exchange for an honest review*


First impressions:
Five glorious stars - this was a fantastic sequel, maybe the best I've ever read. I wasn't sure how I was to like the new character and perspective that was added to this book but I LOVED it so much. This book outdid the first one and I am so excited for the third book!!!
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892 reviews2,985 followers
February 7, 2017

“I have news for you, Arlen. We're on my chessboard now.”

•This series is the umpteenth proof of the fact that the most deserving books are very often the less known and hyped. This series deserves to have her praises sung for the whole world to hear. I have no words and I'm in love with such perfection -save for one tiny thing that annoys me to no end, which I'll explain in a minute.

•First things first, they say, and the first thing here can only be her: Kelsea Glynn.

“Even I won't defy her. She is terrible.”
“Let me tell you a secret, General. I am worse.”

And she is. Good God, she is.

I've already applauded her in my review of The Queen of the Tearling, and now I confirm everything I said there: she's unflinching, unshakeable in her resolve to protect her kingdom, while inwardly feeling lonely and at a loss. I loved her contradictions and I loved her courage; I even loved that she gave in to the darkness of her powers before finding in herself the will to stand and walk only on her own legs.

“Always she had been a child of the light [...]. But the world was also full of darkness, a cold gulf that beckoned. The people hungered for violence, and suddenly Kelsea wanted, more than anything, to give it to them.”

Her struggles felt poignantly real, the difficulty of her task exacerbated by the fact that in spite of being surrounded by people ready to help her and stand by her every step of the way, she basically is profoundly alone, and hopelessly isolated from everyone. She's too powerful, too intelligent and too burdened to keep up any pretence of normality. She'd rather give it up altogether. I can't express the sadness, the empathy I felt for her character.

•Blessed be the Queen's Guard, all of them, without exception. But you'll forgive me if I feel that the Mace deserves a special mention.

“Are you my father, Lazarus?”

•Unpopular as it may be, I also adored Lily's chapters, though it's true that, at first, they seem to be rather unconnected to the main story. And in this regard, let me say that this is not a young-adult novel. It contains violence, domestic abuse, and contents I would never feed a twelve or thirteen-year-old kid. I don't honestly know why it's labelled as a YA, but trust me, it's not.

•There is one great little thing that truly bothered me in the whole book, or rather, in the whole series, and that's is a thing concerning the world building. Lily's chapters were fundamental in understanding what the Crossing is and the reasons why it took place, and I was very satisfied and happy with the explanation. But one crucial doubt is still there: where does the magic come from? Basically, it popped up out of thin air. We're given no explanation for it and the characters are not even close to being dumb enough to justify their being apparently okay with the inexplicableness of this thing. It wasn't even necessary to provide the full explanation now: I think that, for it to be realistic, an attempt on the characters' part to formulate some hypothesis would have sufficed, since what clashes here is the fact that they roll with it as if it were perfectly normal.

•Also, why do Kelsea's features change so as to look like Lily's? I was confused.

➽ Needless to say, I've got high expectations for the conclusion to this series, and I don't want to let go. Couldn't it just go on forever? I'm not sure I'll ever be ready to say goodbye to Kelsea and the Mace, or this world. And if The Fate of the Tearling turns out to be a disappointment, I think I'll die of heartbreak.
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9,566 reviews56.6k followers
April 3, 2021
The Invasion of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling, #2), Erika Johansen

The Invasion of the Tearling is the second novel of a fantasy trilogy. Princess Kelsea Raleigh Glynn must defeat the powers of the Red Queen, who is out to destroy her. She must journey to the royal castle to claim her throne, and is accompanied only by the loyal Queen's Guard which is led Carroll and the mysterious Lazarus. Along the way she must earn the respect of her people and fix the broken shambles of the Kingdom of Tear.

Kelsea Glynn is the Queen of the Tearling. Despite her youth, she has quickly asserted herself as a fair, just and powerful ruler. However, power is a double-edged sword, and small actions can have grave consequences. In trying to do what is right - stopping a vile trade in humankind - Kelsea has crossed the Red Queen, a ruthless monarch whose rule is bound with dark magic and the spilling of blood. The Red Queen's armies are poised to invade the Tearling, and it seems nothing can stop them.

تاریخ نخستین خوانش روز شانزدهم ماه مارس 2019میلادی

عنوان: سه گانه ملکه اشک ها (ملکه تیرلینگ) کتاب دوم: هجوم اشک ها (تیرلینگ)؛ نویسنده: اریکا یوهانسون؛ موضوع داستانهای نویسندگان ایالات متحده آمریکا - سده 21م

سه گانه ی «اریکا یوهانسون» خوانشگران خویش را به سیصد سال پس از نابودی دنیای مدرن توسط تغییرات محیط زیستی میبرد، زمانی که در آینده جامعه ای، همانند سده های میانی میلادی پدید آمده، و پرنسس «کلسیا رالی گلین» باید از تبعید باز گردد، و تاج و تخت مادر خویش را زنده کند؛ در نتیجه قلمروی برای خود میسازد، و ملکه شیطانی سرخ را نیز شکست میدهد؛

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735 reviews449 followers
October 29, 2016

“Even small gestures of kindness have the potential to reap enormous rewards. Only the shortsighted man believes otherwise.”

This book took me months to finish. I just couldn't seem to get into it, while I absolutely loved the first book in this series. (Although, after reading my review on that one, it appears that The Queen of the Tearling also took me quite some time to get into lol).
A few days ago I made up my mind about finally pushing forward since the last book in this trilogy gets published next month, and I read the remaining 300 pages of this book in 2 days... 2 DAMN DAYS! While the first half took me 6 months!
And boy, after that initial slow start, this was really good, so very very good!

What I didn't understand and found completely unnecessary about this book at first were the seemingly random visions that Kelsea started having about a woman from another world and another time called Lily. I just seriously couldn't wrap my head around that, but in the end it all started making sense and now I think it was absolutely brilliant! The way everything came together nicely, kudos to Erika Johansen!

Also, I love how this book doesn't involve a lot of romance. I do love Pen and the Fetch (who didn't have nearly enough appearances in this book imo) ofcourse, but I love the fact that this book focuses more on politics and strategy! It kind of reminds me of Game of Thrones in some ways, which can only be good!

Let's talk about Kelsea next! I really love her as main character! She went through some major character (and physical) development throughout these 2 books. I love that her strength doesn't come from the body, I don't think she even knows how to fight, but from the mind! Her magic is pretty awesome and she's so smart, I really have nothing but respect for her.

What I didn't really like were the endlessly lengthy chapters! Some of those even went on for over 50 pages and that's a little too much, even for me. I sometimes even found my attention wavering and then I started skipping forward just to see how many pages I still had left to read until the end of the chapter.

Overall, this book was really enjoyable once you get through the first chapters and I would recommend it to everyone!
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568 reviews717 followers
March 24, 2022
The problem with reading series is that unless I read them back to back I literally forget everything. I don't remember anything that happened in the first book bu that didn't take anything away from this one. I really like when I can just pick up a book that is part of a series and it can be read mostly as a stand alone.

I enjoyed this one and I found it held my attention, so much so that I kept looking forward to when I would get to read again. A lot of people were saying they didn't really enjoy Lily but I found that part of the book to be stronger for some reason. I actually kept getting annoyed when it wouldn't get back to what happened to her. I think mostly I was just anxious about her situation and how it would get resolved.

I did however find the whole premise of how the Tearling came to be weird honestly, not sure why but I felt like the contrast between Lily's time and then Kelsea's didn't work well enough for me personally. I wish I could articulate it better but I don't even know what specifically about it didn't work for me.

Maybe I'll try to get around to reading the last book this year before I forget this one.
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May 21, 2015
Review originally posted @ www.whatkarareads.com

*Please note I received an advanced copy of this novel. It does not effect my review.

Let me just start by saying that this next installment of the Tearling series is abso-flippin-lutely brilliant. Haters of Queen be damned because here in Invasion of the Tearling we begin to get some answers about the history of this world. This is where I get in the faces of every single hater sippin on the haterade, proving you all wrong, wrong, wrong!

Invasion of the Tearling is a slightly different book than we would expect of this series. The point of view shifts back and forth between Queen Kelsea preparing for the invasion of her country, and Lily, a seemingly insignificant woman living in Pre-Crossing Connecticut. I thought it was absolutely brilliant that we got to see the world of the Pre-Crossing, a place where America is pretty much a giant flippin’ mess. You’re either uber rich, or shit poor, and women’s rights? Yeah we got set back quite a few decades in that department. It’s actually quite scary to think that, with the way our society is, we could wind up there sometime in the near future. I also thought that it was pretty sweet that we actually see the Crossing. And guess what–it’s not what you would think! (Awesome shock #857402 of this novel).

Another thing I love about Invasion is that Kelsea gets darker. She fights inner battles and has urges that we all have and deal with, making her that much more realistic. She literally doesn’t give a F what anyone else thinks in this novel and it’s amazing.

Iffy issues are not glossed over, and I admire Erika greatly for this. There’s sex, there’s violence, there’s rape, there’s assault. But they make sense to the story. You see much worse on the news every day, so I don’t want to see any whining from reviewers. If you don’t like a book with real topics, go back to reading 50 Shades of Grey (I'm not even going to justify that title with italics) and leave the good books to people who actually want to read something of substance.

I can not express my love for this series enough and how much you need to read this. If you didn’t like Queen for the lack of information, I recommend you give it another shot. Read Queen immediately followed by Invasion. You might just be surprised and change your mind about it. Erika is an amazing writer and I’m officially a fan for life. This book isn’t due to be released until June, and I’m already itching for the next!
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1,377 reviews1,438 followers
October 28, 2017
The Invasion of the Tearling picked up where the last book left off. The Mort army is invading the Tear because of the actions of Kelsea, their new queen.

I won't say what exactly those actions were, in case you didn't read the last book. Let's just say: she's breaking with tradition in more ways than one.

Kelsea has started to embrace her power in this book. It suits her.

The girl who had been raised by Carlin Glynn would never have trusted in visions, but Kelsea's world had broadened well beyond the width of Carlin's library. The Mort would come, and the Tear army wouldn't be able to stop them. All they could hope to do was slow them down." pg 33, ebook.

I remember being rather unimpressed by the first book in this series. It felt cliched to me and predictable, except for the shadow creature and the introduction of the magic of the gems.

This book has more of both of those things. I approved.

Trigger warning in The Invasion of the Tearling for anyone who has had issues with cutting.

"Just the skin," Kelsea whispered, staring at her arm, focusing all of her will on a tiny inch of flesh. She had borne worse; surely she could handle this. "Just a scratch." A shallow line of red appeared on her forearm. Kelsea bore down, watching the line deepen, her breath hissing through her teeth as the skin parted with a sting, allowing a thin line of blood to well up and hold." pg 117, ebook.

There's also domestic violence, rape, non-graphic torture and some hints of sexual abuse. I suppose a young adult could read this, depending on their maturity level. 16+ may be appropriate. I would hesitate to go any younger.

Queen Kelsea has a lot on her plate: "My people are starving and uneducated. We have no true medicine. On the eastern border is an army that will crush us into dust. These are real problems, and so for a time I've let the others lie." pg 208, ebook.

Will she be able to save everybody?

"And Kelsea wondered suddenly whether humanity ever actually changed. Did people grow and learn at all as the centuries passed? Or was humanity merely like the tide, enlightenment advancing and then retreating as circumstances shifted?" pg 381, ebook.

I wonder that sometimes too.

Recommended for readers who enjoy their fantasies on the gritty side. I don't feel like it ever veers into the truly "dark" but there are some disturbing elements to The Invasion of the Tearling.
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195 reviews140 followers
July 9, 2018
Real rating: 3.5

Full Review
Interesting but not as much as the first book.

What I liked
- This book is mostly about the past and the people that contributed to the creation of the new society. It was interesting reading about that, especially since the goal was to build a utopian society which clearly did not work out.

- We get to know more information about the red queen, specifically, her past which I enjoyed

- We also got more information about the dark thing that can only be summoned through fire. I find him really intriguing

- I enjoyed Father Tyler and a new character, Ewen’s POV.

What I did not like
- This book went back and forth between the past and present. Like I said before, it was interesting to learn about the past, but it sometimes got boring.

- I felt that the violence in this were sometimes too extra and unnecessary. I don’t mind violence, but it should have a point. For instance, there was this woman that was being abused by her husband. At first I was like ‘yeah okay, that’s bad�� but then he became worse and worse and it got to a point that I was losing interesting/feeling about the situation and was waiting for the point of all the abuse. Plus, why are the majority of the guys in this so overtly sexist/violent. It didn’t seem believable to me.

- Kelsea made some bad decisions that were either weird or disappointing and no one seemed to be able to challenge her because she was queen.

Overall, I liked it and there are still a few questions I have that I hope the last book would answer.
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538 reviews400 followers
October 31, 2018
Band 2 hat mir besser gefallen als Band 1. Wo mir im ersten Teil noch Tempo und Plot fehlten brilliert Teil 2 mit gutem Pacing und einer spannenden Story. Man taucht noch viel mehr in die Welt ein und erfährt einige sehr interessante Hintergrundinfos und Zusammenhänge.
Das größte Manko war in diesem Buch für mich einfach unsere Protagonistin. Kelsea war doch im ersten Band nicht so krass unsympathisch, oder?! Mann, die Alte ging mir etappenweise echt gehörig auf den Senkel.
Nichtsdestotrotz ein starker zweiter Band der Trilogie, der Lust auf das große Finale macht! 👌🏻
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220 reviews994 followers
September 24, 2017
Am Anfang ist es mir wirklich unheimlich schwer gefallen, in das Buch hineinzukommen. Ab dem 2. drittel konnte ich das Buch allerdings nicht mehr aus der Hand legen und finde die Entwicklung der Geschichte wirklich super! Ich freue mich schon wahnsinnig auf den dritten Band und bin unheimlich froh, diesen bereits in meinem Regal stehen zu haben!
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222 reviews86 followers
January 22, 2018
without a doubt, this book deserves all the stars in the universe.

“You can defend your kingdom, or you can defend your people, Majesty. You don’t have the manpower to do both at once.”
“People are more important than land.”

Holy shit, this book may have taken me 57 years to read(okay, maybe 5 days) thanks to my lingering and unwanted flu, but this had me hooked from the very first page and I never wanted to put this down!
Someone save my soul because I'm low key dying right now.

I absolutely adored where this story was heading and the split stories between the past and present was just so damn good.
Like holy shit that ending like what the fuccckkk. I legitimately read that last sentence and felt utterly shooketh.
I'm still having heart palpitations right now and my palms are still perspiring profusely.

If you're yet to pick this book up, I highly suggest you do so, but please be mindful that this book depicts mental & physical abuse and rape. Although I thought those parts of the book were very important, it's also quite confronting and real.

Those topics aside, I think Queen Kelsea, the main protagonist is an utter ruthless bad-ass and I would give my left arm to meet her. Seriously.
I cannot wait to pick up The Fate of the Tearling and consume every inch of that story.

I love this series. It has become my very existence.
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143 reviews232 followers
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September 30, 2016

The book hasn't even been written yet and here you have them: 5 idiots rating it.

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We know you take an immodest amount of pleasure in deleting stuff concerning users' books and such, am I right?
So, what's stopping you now?
How would you like to start deleting people and fake ratings to prove your worth.
Make us proud.
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837 reviews137 followers
August 3, 2022
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐ ½
Genre: Fantasy

Kelsea Glynn is acclimating to her new duties as Queen of the Tearling as each day goes by. She disobeyed the Red Queen, the cruel monarch whose authority is derived from evil magic. The Red Queen is sending her formidable army into the Tearling to seize what she thinks is hers. The invasion of the Tearling has started! When the Mort army gets closer to the Kingdom, Queen Kelsea decides to form an alliance with a woman called Lily in order to protect her kingdom.

I liked the first book more than this one. I think it was more entertaining. I feel the biggest problem with book two is that it has more Lily than Kelsea. Even when Kelsea was there, she did not feel the same vibrant and determined Kelsea to me. That spark was not inside her. I’m not sure if this was an intentional thing by the author in turning her that way since now she has the fate of the kingdom in her hands. Maybe she wanted her to be more reserved as a character to make the reader more convinced about her new position.

The new character in this installment is Lily. Her life was not an easy one as she was the victim of domestic abuse. I don’t want to say more because I feel it will be a spoiler. However, you still need to check the trigger warnings related to this main character. Many times I felt this book was more about her than about Kelsea. In general, this is not a bad thing but if you got attached to the main character, you will want more of her and less of the others, especially with new characters in the middle of a series. The author’s writing style is simple yet very engaging. Despite being an entertaining sequel, I think the book could have been a little shorter. It would’ve made a big difference.
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1,013 reviews1,889 followers
May 31, 2015
As someone who enjoyed The Queen of the Tearling more than I could possibly put into words, I waited with bated breath for the continuation of Kelsea’s story. There was so much left to resolve and so many obvious dangers ahead of this simple yet sharply intelligent heroine. To say that I jumped at the chance to read The Invasion of the Tearling early is somewhat of an understatement. I begged for it and was more than ready to sell some small portion of my soul for it. Unfortunately, I would have paid much more than the book actually deserves.

Most of the criticism for the first book was aimed at its weak worldbuilding. The world we were given was well-built, but the details on how it all came to be were flimsy at best. Tearling may be a fantasy world, but it’s firmly rooted in our own; however, the connection between the two was never properly explained. In The Invasion, Erika Johansen overcompensates by giving us two stories, one in Tearling, and one in a futuristic dystopian version of our own world. The entire novel jumps back and forth between the two, usually at the most inconvenient of times, successfully distancing the readers from both main characters and making the narrative seem choppy and disconnected.

In addition to the extra storyline, Kelsea herself undergoes some serious changes. In The Invasion, she turns into a despicable person, giving us only brief glimpses of that sharp intelligence I admired so much. She becomes a rash, vain girl with only one goal in mind – proving to herself and to others that she’s all grown up. To say that I dislike seeing my heroines so thoroughly and senselessly ruined simply isn’t enough. Everything else that was wrong with this book was forgivable, but the utter ruin of this character was not.

However, at the end of the day, this is a simple truth we need to face: power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. We followed a simple forest girl as she turned into a sharp and honest queen, and then into a vain and powerful creature. We haven’t actually seen her redeemed, only partly, but even when she does find her path, I fear that she’s already done some unforgivable mistakes.

Finally, The Invasion of the Tearling wasn’t what I’d hoped it would be, but it deserves some credit for its originality and creativity in worldbuilding. Johansen’s writing is fairly simplistic, but impressively clever as well. Not all is lost, the third book might bring us a once again changed Kelsea and a differently constructed narrative. Let’s hope that it does.

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1,057 reviews908 followers
March 31, 2016
An Electronic Advanced Reader Copy was provided by the publisher via Edelweiss for review.

Warning: Includes violence and rape.

Lots of backstory added..this was definitely a book that suffered from second book syndrome. Though I enjoyed the intense character development for Kelsea.. Her insecurities from the previous book is still evident though. I ultimately loved seeing her slow descent into madness. You see her change as soon as she meets the Dark Thing (He gave me the creeps.) And I also like how this book isn't focused on romance. I just hated how women are treated here.. Like second-class citizens.. Raped or beaten, you name it was included. *shivers* So many questions about the past are finally answered and even though we get to see a glimpse into the Crossing, it still doesn't explain what happened with all the magic and how the sapphires became to be. It felt like it was just plopped into the story as a way to call it fantasy?

As for the characters, we see through the eyes from pretty much everyone including the Red Queen, the guards, and the Jailer. One of the most despicable characters had to be The Holy Father. He is evil and violent. Disgusting. What he does is in the name of God, yet it's so far removed from what God really wants. The scene in Father Tyler's room and afterwards was heart breaking..The brutality against him was just terrible.

There is dual point of views from the past to the present, and ultimately by the end, you get to see both converge...During the Crossing was a time where the very wealthy held lands and built a massive wall to keep the poor out. The story of Lily and Greg really made me angry. Here is a husband that thinks his wife is his property. Raped by her violent abusive husband. Painted as a criminal but also treated like a whore. It made me cringe every time Greg appeared. This book does not treat women well and I pretty much want to throw it at the wall every time.

Even though there wasn't much development, and it took FOREVER to get to the end, I still liked the writing and how it gripped me to the last page. I just needed to know what happened in the final showdown and there is a showdown all right. I was just expecting this huge fight but there wasn't. Overall, I'm still very much interested in what's to come in the last book so I can finally mark this series as read in my list. On that final note, I just have to say..THE COVER..GAHH it doesn't feel as memorable as the first one did. This is just too dark for my taste.



"Those who feel entitled to whatever they want, whatever they can grab. Such people never ask themselves if they have the right. They consider no cost to anyone but themselves." (99)

"Cruelty is in everyone. It only takes the tight application of pressure to coax it out." (124)

"You only judge because you can't see the whole picture." (177)

"Picture a world where there are no rich and poor. No luxury, but everyone is fed and clothed and educated and cared for. God controls nothing. Books aren't forbidden. Women aren't the lower class. The colour of your skin, the circumstances of your birth, these things don't matter. Kindness and humanity are everything. There are no guns, no surveillance, no drugs, no debt, and greed holds no sway at all." (182)

"It does no good to dwell on the past. The future, now…that's everything." (229)

"You only got one moment, and when it came, you had to jump, no matter the cost." (327)

"He thought that one good deed could make up a lifetime of terrible acts." (449)

"How easy and pleasant it was, to punish those who deserves punishment." (477)

"I simply see, where other people might notice nothing." (486)
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1,695 reviews875 followers
July 29, 2015
gimme gimme gimme

for all those who love this series ---

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if you don't like this series, Awkward Jaime sez BYE

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So for a while there I wasn't sold on Lily's connection to the main story from book number one (which totally holds up on a reread btw) but then shit went down and wow and Jonathan you badass and Aisa you and Arya would be besties and then MAJOR stuff happens and omg Pen and I have feels again and what are you DOING Kelsea and holy shit Red Queen is the worst but also kinda the best?
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229 reviews21 followers
July 23, 2015
4.5 stars

Kelsea Glynn has fast become one of my favourite characters and The Queen of the Tearling one of my favourite series. It is quite common for sequels, particularly when there is still another to come, to be a bridge between book one and three without much action or revelation. The Invasion of the Tearling doesn't suffer from this problem and is one of the best sequels I have read.

One of the biggest issues with The Queen of the Tearling was the confusing world-building. It was quite difficult to determine what the time period actually was and what kind of genre it was supposed to be. This is somewhat resolved in this book through the use of flashbacks/visions. Kelsea's sapphires cause her to have visions to a time pre-crossing. She experiences the life of Lily Mayhew who lives in a futuristic dystopian America where the rich are living a life of luxury and the poor are, literally, walled off. Technology has advanced but security and surveillance have increased tenfold and every movement you make is tracked via an implanted device in the shoulder. Socially, the country is in a mess and has returned to a time where women are constantly degraded and abused and backstreet clinics for contraception and abortions are the norm again. It is in this world that we meet William Tear; the man responsible for creating the "New World" and we begin to discover how the world that Kelsea inhabits came to be. There is still a mix of genres as we have fantasy, dystopian and a little bit of science fiction, but the world-building is vastly improved. There are still some mysteries, I feel like we've only scratched the surface, but it was interesting and I'm excited to learn more. I wasn't sure about the alternating timelines at first, and I did find myself more eager to get back to Kelsea's world, but it was a nice way of introducing us to the history.

Kelsea isn't always a likeable character and you know what? I think that's good. She does make some questionable decisions but ultimately she tries to do what she thinks is right for her people. She was still coming in to her own in the first book, still getting used to being a queen, and now she just doesn't give a fuck and I love her for it. I could have done without her appearance changing (*sigh*) but given that it appears to be related to something bigger I'm willing to let it slide and see what happens with that next.

I still love having viewpoints from other characters too. The guards are one of my favourite parts of this series. I love their protectiveness and loyalty. Mace is still an excellent fatherly figure and I am now even more in love with Pen than I was in book one. I approve of the Pen/Kelsea relationship a lot and can't wait to see where that goes next. The Holy Father is one sick and twisted man and I love Father Tyler (his story is left hanging a bit though.. where did he go?!)

This is absolutely one of the best series I've read in a while.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley.
All reviews are also posted to my blog: Nicola Reads YA
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Author 6 books3,978 followers
July 8, 2015
Time and Flesh, they work wonders on a novel, don't they?

Enough of being cryptic. I really enjoyed this second novel; but to be honest, I wasn't sure I would. At least, this was true during the first third of it. The introduction of Lily was rather a vindication of my many suspicions that these books were, indeed, science fiction. Of course, magic is still a primary focus, but by the end I felt joyous that I got two quite different novels in one package, Kelsea and Lily tied in each other's orbits and endlessly circling each other delightfully. The viewshifts were slightly abrupt and made me wonder if I had fallen into a completely different novel, but hell, that's all right. It didn't take too long before I regained my patience and started enjoying the future of the past. The dance between the queen and the housewife grew organically and became ultimately and satisfyingly clear by the end. I can't give that part more praise, and don't mistake me on this. It is high praise.

As for the additional viewpoint characters, I tend to only tolerate the extras. The novel added two more, in addition to Lily, to the list. I'm suspending judgement as long as the little knife-girl and the deceptive-jailor have increased parts to play in the next novel, but they really didn't have much to do with the core of this book, except to prop up the recurring themes and main characters. They weren't uninteresting. They grew on me as the novel progressed, but neither of them had more than an oblique touch on the main plot.

The plot was a straight line, but there was a ton of consequence and a lot of character building. Many questions that were teased at in the first novel were answered in this one; happily and at length. As for how the book made me feel, I felt the populace's terror, but more importantly, I felt the interpersonal horror more. I was rooting for Lily almost the entire time, and like her, I thought her situation was hopeless. I suppose there's a lot to be said about hitting the reader close to home. Men can be such pricks.

After reading this novel, I'm sitting with this bittersweet empty spot in my heart that can't be filled until I get to the third book. Snatching it up is not going to be a difficult decision at all. I was moved.
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685 reviews3,641 followers
September 12, 2015
This is a great fantasy series with a lot of interesting elements to it. I love how Erika Johansen combines a fantasy world with our modern world, and in this book we finally get an answer as to how this is possible.
However, while I really enjoy the story and its creativity, I was slightly underwhelmed by this sequel, and that's because it undervalues the things that I loved about book one. Namely Kelsea and her extraordinary and kick-ass journey was a favourite of mine in book one, but in book two we barely hear about her in the first half of the book, and when we do you don't get the same feeling of her being a kick-ass protagonist. Actually, it's the opposite: Kelsea is insecure and somewhat indecisive and I was a bit disappointed.
Another thing that I loved about book one was that even though it wasn't action-packed, it was hugely entertaining because it dealt with fascinating elements and characters, and everything played out very well. However, this sequel is even less action-packed than the first one, so if you didn't like the lack of action in "The Queen of the Tearling", then I don't think you'll want to pick up this book.
But it has to be pointed out that I really find this story fascinating, despite the weaknesses which I've just pointed out. This is an original fantasy story because it mixes two worlds in a beautiful way. It's hard to know where things are going, and that definitely maintains my interest in the books and Kelsea's journey.
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908 reviews164 followers
September 11, 2017
Really fascinating! I was engrossed more towards the end of the book and did struggle with some of the books every now and then. This installment sets up for what I am hoping is going to be an amazing final book. Hopefully I can read a little of the third book tonight before bed!

Was nice to get more information on who the Red Queen is and about he Tears. I didn't warm up to Lily much though. Will see how these new and old characters play out in book three!
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1,241 reviews296 followers
June 5, 2018
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