by Erika Johansen
narrated by Katherine Kellgren
19 years Kelsea has been in hiding, until the queen’s guard shows up at the door. Running to take her rightful place as queen she had many near death experiences. Once she arrives to the Tearling it is a fight for the crown. She is on a quest for justice driven by emotion with a sense of loyalty to a people that have been oppressed for too long. The Tearling has had a dark cloud hanging over it in the form of the neighboring kingdom ruled by the “Red Queen.” We get to see the struggle Kelsea goes through as she tries to adjust to her new role as queen, discovering things about herself that she did not even know were there, and her resolve earning her loyal allies that have strong reputations in the territory. She will be put to the test everywhere she turns. This is an excellent story, and the narrator is perfect. I can’t wait to listen to the sequel, Invasion of the Tearling, on its way to our shelves. Definitely recommend this one. Content warning: language and violence.