The Fate of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling #3)

“Hell? Hell is a fairy tale for the gullible, for what punishment could be worse than that we inflict upon ourselves? We burn so badly in this life that there can be nothing left.” 


After letting herself be captured by her enemies to protect her country, Kelsea left the fate of the Tearling in the hands of Mace. Now he has to carry the burden of protecting the nation, while trying to rescue his queen from the certain death.

The writing is the same as it was in the previous two books. Beautiful, but simple.

I love the development of characters in this book. It feels very natural. Definitely my favourite character arc is Aisha’s. I couldn’t get enough of her chapters.

Sadly, I also think that a couple of the characters didn’t live up to their full potential. Especially The Fetch. I was very disappointed by him. I was intrigued by his character from the very first time he appeared in this series, but the truth about him was… underwhelming.

P.S. I want a spin off series about Mace, please and thank you.

I was pretty satisfied with the plot until the last 10% of the book. The rest of the story wasn’t as good as the previous 2 books, but it was enjoyable. BUT THE ENDING WAS AWFUL.

Basically, the author chose to pick an easy way out. At the end everything was so complicated that instead of coming up with something interesting, shocking and exciting, she made me hate the entire trilogy. I am sure I am never going to re-read those books again because the ending made me so mad. I feel cheated. I feel like I wasted my time with this series. It’s heartbreaking.

If you started this series, do yourself a favour and stay away from this book. And if you already started it, stop reading before you reach the end. Let yourself enjoy a world in which this book series hasn’t been brutally murdered by the author.


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  1. Make that 3 of us! I read that Johansen had trouble deciding on an ending. I really enjoyed the series but the last 1/3 of ‘Fate’ felt like a different book and the characters deserved better. Although, I did find the final ‘price’ to be an interesting, if heartbreaking, twist. Overall the mix of sci-fi, dystopia, horror and fantasy was great – but there are so few series that end really well anyway. I would read more of Johansen’s writing, I just hope the endings are given as much time as the rest of the plot.

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