Short Take: The Invasion of the Tearling – Erika Johansen

This is the second installment in Johansen’s bestselling Tearling saga (after The Queen of the Tearling.) I don’t always point out continuing books in a series—but this one keeps getting good reviews, booksellers adore it, and both books landed on the Indie Next land LibraryReads lists.

“Johansen is a skillful maker of fantasy worlds, weaving medieval and modern themes together with the comprehensiveness of a George R.R. Martin….She does both battle scenes and quiet conversations equally well, though, with all the requisite plotting, regal self-doubt, and good-vs.-evil grappling required of the genre. A satisfying, well-crafted sequel that will leave readers looking forward to what might happen next to ‘that fantastic vision inside Tear’s jewel’ and those who treasure it.”
— Kirkus Reviews

A bold storytelling choice makes this so much more fascinating than just a saga of warring kingdoms. Both Kelsea’s struggles in the Tear to protect her people and Lily’s narrative are completely gripping, and the anticipation of a revelation of how these two women are linked will keep readers turning the pages. It’s satisfying while leaving readers desperate for the next volume.”
Library Journal, (starred review)

“Johansen knows how to funnel all her character development and world building into long stretches of truly gripping scenes. That in itself inspires confidence that this dual-genre story thread will culminate in a spectacular payoff before this series ends.”

“[Queen] Kelsea must juggle politics, war, and her own growing magical abilities as she faces an unstoppable opponent, the malevolent Red Queen. She is also having visions of the past, in which a young woman named Lily Mayhew gets caught up in William Tear’s exodus from 21st-century America to a new world. As Lily struggles to free herself from an abusive relationship, Kelsea finds the key to dealing with the Red Queen. Johansen’s vision of a dystopian near-future America is chilling and sadly plausible….”
 Publishers Weekly

I really think this series has a LOT going for it. At first glance it seems a very well written mild political fantasy, but there are some really fantastic plot developments that take this story arc on a wild ride. It moves beyond the usual machinations and political intrigues and into some new and fascinating territory. If you haven’t started this series yet, you are missing out on something new and wonderful.”
—  Liesl Freudenstein, Boulder Book Store, Boulder, CO

“I recently finished Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen, and I enjoyed it so much!  A second book is difficult to write, especially when the first book of a series is amazing-but Johansen knocked it out of the park.  The new character she introduced and the story line of moving back and forth in time was exceptionally well done.  I sat down to read this, and barely put it down until I was done.  I am so happy with this sequel and I would love to see it on Indie Next.”
— Colleen Schultz, Joseph-Beth, Lexington, KY

The Invasion of the Tearling (9780062290397) by Erika Johansen. $24.99 hardcover. 6/9/15 on sale.

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