Review: The Fate of the Tearling. Tearling Trilogy 3 by Erika Johansen

tearling3In less than a year, Kelsea Glynn has transformed from a gawky teenager into a powerful monarch. As she has come into her own as the Queen of the Tearling, the headstrong, visionary leader has also transformed her realm. In her quest to end corruption and restore justice, she has made many enemies—including the evil Red Queen, her fiercest rival, who has set her armies against the Tear.

To protect her people from a devastating invasion, Kelsea did the unthinkable—she gave herself and her magical sapphires to her enemy—and named the Mace, the trusted head of her personal guards, regent in her place. But the Mace will not rest until he and his men rescue their sovereign, imprisoned in Mortmesne.

Now, as the suspenseful endgame begins, the fate of Queen Kelsea—and the Tearling itself—will finally be revealed.

  • 496 pages
  • Harper
  • Published in 2016
  1. The Queen of the Tearling
  2. The Invasion of the Tearling
  3. The Fate of the Tearling

I keep this review short and won’t go into much detail about the plot, as it’s the conclusion of the trilogy and I don’t want to give anything away.

I already prepared for a bad ending, as I read a couple of negative reviews. But I still wasn’t prepared for this load of rubbish.

Let’s start with the positive. I thought 60-70% of the book were great. It was just like the first 2 books which I loved. I liked the different dynamics between the characters, all of the POV characters were interesting.. I immediately liked the flashback perspective we are getting here and was excited for the revelations of different secrets & mysteries. Some of which I have been wondering about since book 1.

They were all underwhelming in the end. Most disappointed I was actually in the Fetch. What happened there? For me, he was the most interesting and mysterious character and I couldn’t wait to find out what happened to him. Only for him to be turned into a whining idiot. No, that’s not what I wanted..

The last 20% were just a mess. From Deus ex Machina to confusion and lazy writing. That’s what it was for me – a lazy conclusion. The build-up was great, but it seemed like the author didn’t know how to solve it all. So we bring in a mysterious artifact with the help of which we can just finish the whole thing off. And that in a not very satisfying way.

Seriously, that scene at the church??

I didn’t feel like there was closure with any of the characters.

And the last pages just made me depressed. Until the action suddenly stopped. I thought there were a couple of pages missing but apparently that’s it.

The end really was a big let down to a trilogy that was so much better than that.



  1. Why did Erika give up? Frank Baum gave us Dorothy’s return to Kansas years ago, but Erika put far more effort into Kelsea’s development. Then she threw it away. Betrayed Mace, Pen, Tyler, and Arliss; let the Fetch fall to disappointment; shredded the Red Queen’s civilization and personal sacrifice. For what? A fantasy restart that had already realized Kelsea’s goals? With no sacrifice or further effort? I realize this rant sounds one-sided, but it’s hard to find any resolution in that ending.

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