The Fate of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

The Fate of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling, #3)The Fate of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
Published by Harper

After feeling like the second book in this series was good but not fantastic (and I had a MAJOR issue with one particular element in that book), I went into the final installment in this series with a bit of trepidation. I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised – I liked this book better than the second and almost as much as the first in the trilogy.

One thing that I really liked about this book is that I felt like all of the characters really came into their own. Sure, some of the more important characters of the first two books are less so here, but others feature a more prominent role. Also, Kelsea gets inside the mind of yet another person from the past – only this time, it’s a teen girl who was born just a few years after The Crossing – and this peek into the Tearling twenty years post-Crossing was hugely transformative in Kelsea’s understanding of how the world became what it currently is and helped her shape her ideas of what it “should” be. I particularly liked these parts of the book, as the author uses this avenue into the past as a way to fill in gaps in understanding that she’d been keeping from the reader (and Kelsea) for the entire series.

One thing I feel that was missing was a better ending for the evil Queen – yes, she is evil, and no I don’t think she deserved a “happy” ending; but I felt that Johansen did an incredible job showing the humanity of this horrific woman, and there were still things about her that, even at the very end, I didn’t really understand. I felt that she did that particular character an injustice by having her story end the way it did.

Now the ending. Without giving away any spoilers I will say that I was VERY surprised by the ending. Not at all what I was expecting, or what I could have expected in my wildest dreams. However, I think I kind of liked it. It was unconventional, maybe a little too neat and convenient, maybe “easy” for the author, but I thought it was kind of cool. And again, totally unexpected.

So overall – a great series that I’m really happy I read. While not everything about all three of these books was perfect, and there was one particular element to them that enraged me, overall I seriously enjoyed the time I spent with these books and with Kelsea.

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8 thoughts on “The Fate of the Tearling by Erika Johansen”

  1. I too had a MAJOR issue with that thing to which you allude. Re the ending, I too was surprised but couldn’t decide if it was “easy” or “courageous” of the author. I enjoyed the series also, but would have enjoyed it way more if she had avoided doing THE THING she did after the first book, and took it in that direction.

    1. YUP. I hated that thing but overall I still really liked the series. The whole series would have been 5-stars for me I believe had she chosen not to focus so much on the beautiful/ugly thing.

  2. I think the ending is what causes people to either love the series or hate it. I personally loved it. I thought it was totally unique and somewhat perfect. I don’t know if it was the easy way to end the story or the only way it could end. Either way, I do think she took a risk, and luckily it worked out in our favor!

    1. I am totally with you. I liked the ending a lot, and I’m not sure what else she should have done except make everything awful? I didn’t see any other way out.

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