The Invasion of the Tearling is the second in the Tearling series.
Kelsea made a few changes during the first book in taking over her Kingdom that brought on serious repercussions. The Invasion of the Tearling is where we see those repercussions come into play. We know from the first book that war is inevitable. As you can likely gather from the name of the book, that war comes into play in this book. Overall, it was a good book. There was a lot of build-ups and in a slight way, I feel it was a bit anti-climatic.
There was a good bit of character development throughout this book and I thoroughly enjoyed seeing Kelsea's internal conflict with accepting herself and the woman she is becoming. It was done in a very relatable way. There are two storylines going on in this book and we learn a lot about the pre-Crossing era. I think this part of the story was the most interesting because it was done in a way that was very believable. The things that led to the downfall of humanity and in turn led to the Crossing in search of a fresh start are all things we see in the world today. Greed, debt, desire for power, disrespect, and hate towards people that are different or we don't understand. It was eye-opening to think of the very things we see day-to-day in this world being what destroys us and sparks a hatred and bigotry that infects every fiber of the world.
Overall, I would give this book 4 dragonflies. It was enjoyable and I look forward to reading the last book of the series, The Fate of the Tearling. I would consider this book a 18+, there is language as well as some "closed door" sexual relations. *Trigger Warning* There are rape and a battle scenes.
If you'd like a copy of the book, click the image above. The series also includes The Queen of the Tearling (book 1 my review here) and The Fate of the Tearling (book 3, my review here.)
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