The Fate of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
I wanted to love this series, and I did, until the very end of this book.....
I thoroughly enjoyed books 1 & 2 of the Tearling Series. I thought the writing and story was very well done. I felt the same for the majority of the final book as well.
Most of the Fate of the Tearling is done as a history revealing what led to the crisis the Tearling now finds itself in. The story was good, though I will admit it was slower paced than I expected. This series did a lot of switching between fast and slow-paced pieces of the story. Given the way book 2 ended, however, I had expected the finale to be a face paced, action-packed story, and it wasn't.
Without giving away too much information, because you know I do my best to keep my reviews spoiler free, I will simply say that the ending killed the entire series for me. I had a suspicion for the better part of reading this book that it was going to end the way it did and I was sourly disappointed to find my suspicion correct. It's disheartening, to say the least, to follow a series (especially one as long as this one) for the ending to leave you feeling it was all a waste of time.
Overall, I would have to give this book a rating of 3 dragonflies. The first 75% of the book is good, but the ending really destroyed it all for me. Content rating would be 18+ in my opinion. I will also put out a trigger warning for a borderline sexual assault/rape scene.
If you want to read Fate of the Tearling, click here or on the cover photo above. You can also get book 1 here, and book 2 here. I've reviewed book 1 here and book 2 here if you'd like to check those out as well.
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