The Fate of the Tearling: (The Tearling Trilogy 3) (Queen of the Tearling 3) (Paperback) by Erika Johansen

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List Price: £7.99

Paperback: 528 Pages.

Published: 29 June 2017 by Bantam

ISBN: 0857502492

EAN: 9780857502490

Review by Anne

2.0 Stars2.0 Stars (2 from a possible 5)

Frustrating and disappointing

I enjoyed "Queen of the Tearling" which was the first book in this series although in many ways it was a rather predictable fantasy novel with a young woman coming into her powers and having to save her nation. I liked the minor characters particularly and thought that they were strong and that the author was obviously going to develop them further in succeeding books. Book two - "Invasion of the Tearling" was a bit of a surprise as the series veered towards science fiction with a connection through time. I thought it was unusual and actually better than the first. The third book, however, was a huge disappointment and the ending of the trilogy was very unsatisfying.

In this book the author has a past narrative again but also returns to Kelsea and her struggle with the Red Queen. The book attempts to tie together the past and present and characters we thought we knew are shown to be very different (although I liked the extra information we got about the Red Queen). Now, all we thought we were told at the beginning of the first book turns out to be untrue and Kelsea has to rethink her life and its meaning because of what she now knows.

Suddenly, in the final third of the book the author takes the story in a whole new direction, dumps a lot of information on us and then ends the story so abruptly that I wasn't at all sure what was going on. It was all very flat and the end sort of faded away rather than ended decisively. The minor characters who had been given stories and who we had invested time in just disappeared from the story and others such as the Fetch seemed to entirely change their character. I have to say that whatever the author intended what she created was a huge anticlimax which left me frustrated and unsatisfied.

A lot of what happened in this third book wasn't even hinted at in the first two volumes and it left me feeling confused. The trilogy as a whole has some good ideas in it but ultimately it fails because they are not brought together well and the ending is unsatisfactory. I liked the first two books and anticipated the third but I was very disappointed. I really can't recommend that anyone starts this trilogy because the ending makes the rest of the story rather pointless.

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