So, I recently finished reading The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen, and all I can is that it reminds me of Deborah Harkness’ A Discovery of Witches. The reason The Queen of the Tearling reminds me of A Discovery of Witches is that I found both books a bit hard to get through and both also had interesting premises that left so many questions unanswered. By the way, I will list my questions and issues after this. Anyway, I feel like the author didn’t put much work into building a backstory and filling out the characters in a consistent manner. Personally, I wouldn’t recommend reading the book, and I definitely am not planning on reading any sequels.When is this story set? Because it makes references to current things, such as computers and modern science, but yet the world seems to be set in medieval times.
Does this world have magic or not? If it does, what kind of magic is it? Can magic be wielded by everybody, or by a select few?
How does the world, as Kelsea knows it, come to be? Is it something along the lines of The Hunger Games and the Divergent series, where it is a dystopian post-apocalyptic society? If not, then how?
Why was Kelsea hidden away in the forest under the guardianship of Barty and Callin? Was it to get Kelsea away from the political intrigues of courtly life? And why Barty and Callin? Why choose them to raise Kelsea?
How is it that most of the Queen’s Guards were loyal to Kelsea’s mother and knew her secrets, are loyal to Kelsea (about 20 years later), and be in their forties, and still be active guards? Because I would think that in order for the Queen’s Guards to build that loyalty to Kelsea’s mother, they would have to have served under her for years, thus pushing their ages to be in their really late forties to early fifties on the young end.
Why were Barty, Callin, and the Queen’s Guards sworn to secrecy about Kelsea’s mother’s reign as Queen? Was there a reason why Kelsea’s mother didn’t want Kelsea to know about her reign, besides the treaty between Tearling and Mort?
Who is the Fetch? Is he supposed to be a Robin Hood/Man in Black type of character? Why does he test Kelsea? Is he trying to make sure that history doesn’t repeat itself?
What is the significance of the jewels? I can understand the one that Kelsea had from birth; it would help prove her identity. But what is the significance of the second jewel? And why do both jewels work better together, rather than apart?
How does the passing of the throne work? Is this world in which the throne passes through the mother, because the mother is certain?
Why is Kelsea’s paternity so important and so secret? Because it seems that the throne passes through the mother, and not the father.