Review: The Invasion of the Tearling

22698568Title: The Invasion of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling #2)

Author: Erika Johansen

Rating: ★★★

Provided Synopsis: With each passing day, Kelsea Glynn is growing into her new responsibilities as Queen of the Tearling. By stopping the shipments of slaves to the neighboring kingdom of Mortmesne, she crossed the Red Queen, a brutal ruler whose power derives from dark magic, who is sending her fearsome army into the Tearling to take what is hers. And nothing can stop the invasion.

But as the Mort army draws ever closer, Kelsea develops a mysterious connection to a time before the Crossing, and she finds herself relying on a strange and possibly dangerous ally: a woman named Lily, fighting for her life in a world where being female can feel like a crime. The fate of the Tearling —and that of Kelsea’s own soul—may rest with Lily and her story, but Kelsea may not have enough time to find out.

Review: Due to her actions in The Queen of the Tearling, Kelsea Glynn’s kingdom is now on the verge of entering a war. The Mort continue to threaten to cross over the border; the Tearling people need to be evacuated to safety. Kelsea needs a plan to save her people from the plundering and certain death to be delivered by her foe, but what can she do to stop The Red Queen?

Truth be told, with a title such as The Invasion of the Tearling, I expected to receive a lot more action than I did. The Tearling can clearly not hold off the Mort for very long, therefore I was surprised when the end of the book was something that I would have placed towards the beginning or the middle of the story. Because of the languid manner in which it took to reach the actual stand off at the walls, I’ve come to think of this book as less of a sequel and more of an addition of the first book. By this I mean that there is not much here to stand on its own…

Rather than progress the war, Invasion has Kelsea looking back on the past through portraits and people of the present world she lives in, and through visions of a woman named Lily. For those readers who were confused in book one about the dystopian placement of the Tearling in reflection to the world of 2015, Lily’s life holds many answers. But was this enough? Didn’t readers need more than answers in this installment? Didn’t we deserve to receive forward action as well? I have no doubt the next book will deliver in terms of action (due to how things ended) and hopefully character development, but I really do wish I could have received those two things here to invest me in this series much more.

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