Review: The Fate of the Tearling, By Erika Johansen


Title: The Fate of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling #3)

Author: Erika Johanses

Genre: High Fantasy

Published: 2017

Pages: 528

My Rating: 4.5/5 stars

Synopsis from Goodreads:
In less than a year, Kelsea Glynn has transformed from a gawky teenager into a powerful monarch.
As she has come into her own as the Queen of the Tearling, the headstrong, visionary leader has also transformed her realm. In her quest to end corruption and restore justice, she has made many enemies – including the evil Red Queen, her fiercest rival, who has set her armies against the Tear.
To protect her people from a devastating invasion, Kelsea did the unthinkable – she surrendered herself and her magical sapphires to her enemy, and named the Mace, the trusted head of her personal guards, Regent in her place. But the Mace will not rest until he and his men rescue their sovereign from her prison in Mortmesne.
Now the endgame begins and the fate of Queen Kelsea – and the Tearling itself – will finally be revealed . . .

Hello Everyone,

welcome to my review of The Fate of the Tearling by Erika Johansen. I started this trilogy in February 2016, while in London for my semester abroad. A friend had thoroughly recommended these books, and after I read the first I could see why she loved it so much. However, it was not until the second installment of the series that I really did fall in love with it. After a year of reading Victorian literature, I finally had the time to read the third book of the trilogy. This book has received mixed reviews, and has produced a mixed reaction form its audience. Personally, I really enjoyed it, and I appreciated the ending of it. I ended up giving it 4.5/5 stars. Here are my thoughts on it.


  • Plot: In this last installment many questions readers had about the plot, the timeline, and the history behind the Tearling, are answered. Johansen said that it was extremely hard to write this book, and I can understand why. Centuries of history are compressed in 500 pages, and overall I think she did a very good job at explaining the world and providing the reader with a world that has a history.
  • Characters: The only complain I have (and the reason why this book did not receive 5 stars) is that some of the characters fell flat. We got some PoVs that were not needed for the sake of suspense, and this impeded the reader from becoming completely engrossed with those that are most important. Kelsea lost a bit of her characterization, she was more action-driven rather than personality-driven, however, Katie and the others were very well flashed out.
  • Writing: Overall, the writing was very good, and one thing Johansen excels at is describing grey areas. Nothing is morally clear, there is always a little bad in the good and vice versa, which is something I personally appreciate.

These are all my non-spoilery thoughts, and please, if you have read the trilogy let me know what you thought of this last book.

Until next time,


**SPOILER-ALERT** SECTION – Do not read further if you don’t want to be spoiled.

Alright, I understand that many people hated the ending. Kelsea going back and creating the  perfect world. However, as I was reading the last chapter, I was trying to put myself in Kelsea’s shoes and try and understand how awful and traumatic that must be. After going through everything she has gone through, and no one to talk to… that is a real sacrifice to me. You give up your sanity, your happiness, your wellbeing, for other’s people happiness. I don’t think she could have done anything more selfless.

Of course I would have liked to know more about Willian Tear and the portal in time, about the Crossing and the history of it. Alas, I don’t think there was enough space in the book for it. In any case, I have never read a trilogy so strange.

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