“When it fails, they do call it madness, Lazarus. But when it succeeds, they call it genius.”
This review will not contain spoilers for either book in the series.
Oh my! Wow. What a great sequel! There was a lot riding on this sequel to The Queen of the Tearling (see my review here). With these books being set in such a bizarre world, it would have been so easy for this to all fall flat on its face. But It really didn’t. We get to know a lot more in this book about The Crossing, and I think Erika put this very unconventional world together incredibly well.
We are back in the kingdom of the Tearling, with the queen, Kelsea, having to deal with some pretty disastrous (but completely right) decisions made in the previous book. I wont go into more detail because I don’t want to spoil anything, so this will probably be a fairly short review.
This book is quite different to the first book in the series, mainly in that it involves multiple POVs, including one of a pre-crossing woman named Lily. I loved Lily, I could have read an entire book about Lily. I never felt disappointed at having to switch from one character to another, which was actually fairly unusual for me. I usually always have a favourite. I feel like Erika Johansen’s writing and story-telling has also improved by leaps and bounds.
“If we could be better people,” she would say, “if we could care about each other as much as we do about ourselves, think about it, Lily! Think what the world would be!”
This series is a really great and unique take on fantasy. It has a great cast of characters, and explores a lot of issues of modern society in a really interesting way. This is an extremely grisly book with a lot of violence, and is definitely considered adult fantasy and not YA. So if you are unable to stomach violence, this book might not be for you.
I absolutely loved this book, even more than the first in the series. I cannot wait until the third book is released.
I rate it 4.5/5 stars
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Thank you to Random House UK for providing me with a copy of this book for review.