The Queen of the Tearling is not a book that I would normally choose. After hearing a glowing review from a friend, I gave it a try and ended up loving it! It will be a long wait for the second and third installments of this pending trilogy. The book reads like an adult fairy tale. It has a taste of magic and is set in a time similar to the middle ages although it actually takes place in the future.
The story begins when a young girl named Kelsea turns 19 and is returned to the keep to be coronated as Queen. She has been groomed for this leadership role her whole life. She grew up in an isolated cottage with her caretakers who were responsible for preparing her for the throne. As she grows into her role, she discovers significant challenges in the kingdom and must make choices for the greater good while learning of past mistakes by her mother and uncle.
While being a fairy tale, strong leadership skills are evident. Kelsea considers other’s safety and well being as her first priority. She has goals of restoring education and reading in the kingdom in a post-modern world where there are no longer the technologies that we dependent on today. She prepares herself by listening to others and learning the skills of handling a sword so that she can be prepared in every eventuality as she slowly builds respect and followers.
If it were not for blunt and often crass sexual references and inappropriate words, this would be great for a younger audience as well. It is unfortunate that the author felt the need to sprinkle these bits in the story as they did not add to the narrative and reduce the possible readers. Overall, this was an enjoyable read and I look forward to continuing this tale!