With each passing day, Kelsea Glynn is growing into her new responsibilities as Queen of the Tearling. By stopping the shipments of slaves to the neighbouring kingdom of Mortmesne, she crossed the Red Queen, a brutal ruler whose power derives from dark magic, who is sending her fearsome army into the Tearling to take what is hers. And nothing can stop the invasion.
But as the Mort army draws ever closer, Kelsea develops a mysterious connection to a time before the Crossing, and she finds herself relying on a strange and possibly dangerous ally: a woman named Lily, fighting for her life in a world where being female can feel like a crime. The fate of the Tearling – and that of Kelsea’s own soul – may rest with Lily and her story, but Kelsea may not have enough time to find out.
In this dazzling sequel to her bestselling debut The Queen of the Tearling, Erika Johansen brings back favourite characters, including the Mace and the Red Queen, and introduces unforgettable new players, adding exciting layers to her multidimensional tale of magic, mystery and a fierce young heroine.
"Builds to a no-holds-barred, pulsating climax . . . Johansen juggles fantasy, sci-fi and weighty issues of good and evil with brilliant ease, and leaves us eagerly awaiting the next instalment."
"An intoxicating brew of dystopian fiction, high fantasy, science fiction, and a bit of horror — and in The Invasion of the Tearling, Johansen takes those elements and turns them up to eleven, making for a thrilling and thought-provoking read that takes this trilogy to even greater heights."
"A dazzling and gripping follow up. . . . Expertly combining modern and medieval themes, Johansen ratchets up suspense as she weaves a magical story that crosses time . . . one of the most original and well-written series in recent memory."
"Meet the next Katniss Everdeen. If you missed last year’s The Queen of the Tearling, run, don’t walk, to get it."
"Get caught up with Kelsea, a heroine so badass, Emma Watson’s already signed up to play her."