On the jacket:
Kelsea Glynn is the sole heir to the throne of Tearling but has been raised in secret by foster parents after her mother - Queen Elyssa, as vain as she was stupid - was murdered for ruining her kingdom. For 18 years, the Tearling has been ruled by Kelsea's uncle in the role of Regent however he is but the debauched puppet of the Red Queen, the sorceress-tyrant of neighbouring realm of Mortmesme. On Kelsea's 19th birthday, the tattered remnants of her mother's guard - each pledged to defend the queen to the death - arrive to bring this most un-regal young woman out of hiding... And so begins her journey back to her kingdom's heart, to claim the throne, earn the loyalty of her people, overturn her mother's legacy and redeem the Tearling from the forces of corruption and dark magic that are threatening to destroy it. But Kelsea's story is not just about her learning the true nature of her inheritance - it's about a heroine who must learn to acknowledge and live with the realities of coming of age in all its insecurities and attractions, alongside the ethical dilemmas of ruling justly and fairly while simply trying to stay alive...
A book I was curious about since the time I had heard about it, The Queen of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling #1) by Erika Johansen didn't let me down. In a very fairy tale-ish manner, our protagonst Kelsea Glynn was sent to live away, and returns to her kingdom only when she is nineteen. Along with Lazarus, she saves her people, her countrymen from the evil clutches of the Red Queen. Life isn't as easy as it sounds, for Kelsea.
Kelsea got on my nerves many a times. She is real, born to be a queen but is your average teenager full of herself.
The cast is fairly large and the author has done a good job in maintaining them all, and their plots.
The main antagonist, the Red Queen of Mortmesne, is could hve been more developed. One doesnt really understand her point of view until the very end.
[This review is for Random House India. The opinions are strictly my own and not been written under any obligation.]