It is time for a book review! I finished this book over the weekend and I did enjoy this read. See below for a full review!
Synopsis as written on the back of the Book:
With the arrival of her nineteenth birthday, Princess Kelsea Raleigh Glynn is ascending to her rightful place as the new Queen of the Tearling. Surrounded by enemies, including an evil sorceress possessed of dark magic, the young ruler stands little chance of success. But Kelsey possesses fearsome weapons of her own, including the Tear sapphire, a jewel of immense power and magic. As an epic war draws near, Kelsea’s quest to save her kingdom and meet her destiny begins – a wondrous journey of self-discovery and a trial by fire that will make her a legend…if she can survive.
I would classify it as a YA (young adult) fantasy/mystery read. It has more of a political drama/thriller storyline and is, on the whole, very interesting. The heroine is a 19 year old child who has moments of sullen temper tantrums and can be prone to immaturity. But hey, who of us at 19 can say we haven’t? Kelsea starts off as the naive child who has not been socialized with many other people and by the end of the book possesses an adult outlook on life and has calmly made surprising and tough decisions. I liked watching her character change and grow, albeit it was a little unsurprising at times. As far as other characters in the story, there wasn’t a lot of development of them in my opinion. They seemed to plateau in the “roles” that they were given at the start of the story. One other character seriously changed and it definitely surprised me!
The author only gives information about a character when it is absolutely necessary. She gives hints and drops clues, but does not give an entire answer until there is no other option. This literally puts the reader in the same shoes as the heroine and makes the reader fall into the story and world even more. This type of approach not only allows the reader to be in the story as it happens, but allows an “obvious” storyline still hold surprises.
Much of the story line is expected and the reader can figure out what will happen either by the characters stating it or just how the storyline falls. The first half of the book tends to be a little slow reading as it is mostly traveling, but I enjoyed the second half of the book as it gets into the more nitty-gritty of the story and reads better.
The author introduced other character viewpoints into the storyline at various times. Now, typically I actually really like delving into other characters and seeing what is happening from their eyes, however in this particular book it doesn’t fit with the story. It is done in the correct places, but not enough to really work for the story. The author only had a handful of moments that were viewed from another characters “eyes” and I don’t think it added to the story and actually could have confused the reader. I would have liked to see more of these chapters because I do think that in this type of story it would have worked really well and actually added to the story.
Overall, I rate this book a 4/5 stars as I did really enjoy reading it. There is another book out (as this is a series) and while I will more than likely read the next book, it is not a book that I am going to read next.