An untested young princess must claim her throne, learn to become a queen, and combat a malevolent sorceress in an epic battle between light and darkness in this spectacular debut—the first novel in a trilogy.
Young Kelsea Raleigh was raised in hiding after the death of her mother, Queen Elyssa, far from the intrigues of the royal Keep and in the care of two devoted servants who pledged their lives to protect her. Growing up in a cottage deep in the woods, Kelsea knows little of her kingdom’s haunted past . . . or that its fate will soon rest in her hands.
Long ago, Kelsea’s forefathers sailed away from a decaying world to establish a new land free of modern technology. Three hundred years later, this feudal society has divided into three fearful nations who pay duties to a fourth: the powerful Mortmesne, ruled by the cunning Red Queen. Now, on Kelsea’s nineteenth birthday, the tattered remnants of the Queen’s Guard—loyal soldiers who protect the throne—have appeared to escort the princess on a perilous journey to the capital to ascend to her rightful place as the new Queen of the Tearling.
Though born of royal blood and in possession of the Tear sapphire, a jewel of immense power and magic, Kelsea has never felt more uncertain of her ability to rule. But the shocking evil she discovers in the heart of her realm will precipitate an act of immense daring, throwing the entire kingdom into turmoil—and unleashing the Red Queen’s vengeance. A cabal of enemies with an array of deadly weapons, from crimson-caped assassins to the darkest blood magic, plots to destroy her. But Kelsea is growing in strength and stealth, her steely resolve earning her loyal allies, including the Queen’s Guard, led by the enigmatic Lazarus, and the intriguing outlaw known simply as “the Fetch.”
Kelsea’s quest to save her kingdom and meet her destiny has only just begun. Riddled with mysteries, betrayals, and treacherous battles, Kelsea’s journey is a trial by fire that will either forge a legend . . . or destroy her.
The unnaturally speedy reading pace that I managed to achieve in the first fortnight of the year has grinded almost completely to a halt these past few days. Thanks to Life starting to take over, I don’t think I’ll be able to clock in the same amount of books within the next few weeks as I did those first two.
Of course, it isn’t helped by the fact that the titles I blew through those fourteen days were meant for much younger readers and were thus short and simple. This book isn’t either. With its 400++ pages of tiny font that makes me feel so old, it’s going to take me a while to get through it.
Still, though, reading is meant to be enjoyable and so there really isn’t a need for me to rush through it (except maybe to beat the library due date). It’s been quite an enjoyable read, too. The pace is quick enough and so far it’s been quite action-packed. I’m only done with the first 50 pages or so, though, so here’s hoping it stays or gets even more awesome.
It’s one thing to learn to curtsy properly. It’s quite another to learn to curtsy and throw a knife at the same time. Welcome to Finishing School.
Fourteen-year-old Sophronia is a great trial to her poor mother. Sophronia is more interested in dismantling clocks and climbing trees than proper manners–and the family can only hope that company never sees her atrocious curtsy. Mrs. Temminnick is desperate for her daughter to become a proper lady. So she enrolls Sophronia in Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality.
But Sophronia soon realizes the school is not quite what her mother might have hoped. At Mademoiselle Geraldine’s, young ladies learn to finish…everything. Certainly, they learn the fine arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but they also learn to deal out death, diversion, and espionage–in the politest possible ways, of course. Sophronia and her friends are in for a rousing first year’s education.
On the audio side of things, I’m working my way through Etiquette & Espionage and I’m really loving it. I loved Carriger’s Parasol Protectorate series and this bears the same style – brimming with hilarious quips, ridiculous situations and the best over-the-top affect since, well, her last few books.
What makes the book really fantastic though, is the amazing narration done by Moira Quirk. She has such a wide repertoire of distinct voices and her delivery of aforementioned over-the-top affect is a delight to listen to.
Dear reader, what are you currently reading or listening to?