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The Queen Of The Tearling Review

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.
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    Fiendish Review

    So, I just finished reading Fiendish by Brenna Yovanoff. You can find a summary here. Personally, I was not a huge fan of the book. The reason that I was not a huge fan of the book was not because it was poorly written or anything like that. It was that there were so many questions in the plot that were not answered. I’m going to put those questions here. All I can say that based on this book, I don’t know if I would want to read possible sequels. What I’m afraid of is that the author won’t be able to answer any of the questions that I have.

  • How is it that Clementine is able to recognize magic? Did her mom teach her anything about magic? Or is magical knowledge innate?
  • Why exactly did Isola lock up Clementine in the cellar? And why Isola did sew Clementine’s eyes shut? Why didn’t Isola do anything about Davenport, Rae, Shiny, and Fisher as well if the entire group was such a threat? Or if it only took “getting rid” of one to resolve the issue, why didn’t Isola just do something more than just locking Clementine up in the cellar, putting some spell or hex on her, and sewing her eyes shut? And why was Clementine chosen? Why not choose any of the other children?
  • How is it that Clementine didn’t die from starvation from being in the cellar for 10 years with no access to food or water?
  • Why is it that everybody but Shiney, Davenport, Rae, Fisher, and Isola not remember who Clementine was?
  • How is that Clementine is able to adjust so quickly to the current world after spending 10 years stuck in a cellar, especially when it comes to social interaction? And what about the physical changes after 10 years, such as puberty? And why isn’t she talking like an 8-year-old?
  • How is it that Clementine and Fisher hooked up so quickly?
  • What is the reckoning, exactly?
  • Who or what is the Coalition of Purity? Is it an outside group that is anti-magic that somehow found out about the reckoning? Or is it just a group of town people who got together to get rid of magic? Why did the Coalition of Purity get together in the first place? Did they form just in response to this specific reckoning?
  • Why are the “townies” so afraid of magic if everybody grew up around it, whether or not they practiced it?
  • What exactly are the fiends? How did they come into being? Were they always around? Or were they created by some kind of magic?
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