Every Wednesday I will be posting Wonder Crush Wednesday which will be dedicated to non-cis het white males. These posts will be for my amazing ladies, my amazing poc, my amazing lgtbqai+ community, my amazing authors/characters/other that were not born with the same privilege white men were…
And today I want to highlight The Queen of The Tearling by beautiful poster made my ammmanda over on Deviantart!
Goodreads summarise the first book like this:
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 reason I want to bring this book to everyone’s attention is because the release for the third and final book of the trilogy is going to be released in a month! And I’m so incredibly excited for it!
The Queen of the Tearling is an incredibly feministic book and that makes a point in describing and scrutinising families with abusive men. It is so moving to finally find a YA fantasy for young girls where this is spoken about. Kelsea and very many other characters in the book are also very free in their sexuality. I read these books last year but one thing I remember clearly is loving how sex and sexuality is dealt with. Not everyone loses their virginity with *THE ONE* and sex can be separate from a relationship. And it also mentions contraceptives and talks about how both women and men are responsible when going into these kind of relationships. It’s very satisfying to read such a free book where sexual relationships aren’t necessarily between the couple. It brings me great joy when I realise that young girls AREN’T just bombarded by problematic narratives in literature.
Another reason is that Emma Watson has been rumoured to be playing Kelsea Raleigh in the upcoming films based on the books! And I’m so excited for that to be a reality because I had been picturing Emma Watson as Kelsea even before I had heard the rumours.
So please go on Amazon, Bookdepository, Bokus, Bookoutlet, the library, or whatever source of books you have and read it!! READ IT NOW!!!!!!