I received a free copy of The Invasion of the Tearling from the publisher in return for an honest review.
There was a lot I liked in book two and a lot I disliked. As before the author does a wonderful job of characterization, each character was strong and stood out as an individual with more of their back story and motives being revealed. What I didn't like was how quickly Kelsea changed in part two. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed seeing her grow bolder, more confident and a little darker in nature. What I didn't like was how her character went from being the average sweet naive girl next-door to a stunning beauty with a mean streak trying to fight it's way out. The way it was done didn't sit right with me, she loses a lot of weight, becomes more ruthless and now all of a sudden she's seen as more attractive? That's giving the wrong message.
Book one in the Tearling trilogy left me rather confused about the time period the story was set in. Even though the story line takes place in the future, the world the author created was medieval and there wasn't much of an explanation of the how and why everything had changed so much. Book two explains the reasons behind this change and gives us a glance into both the past and the present(future). I enjoyed both the stories from the different timelines despite them being so different from each other but the time hopping did get a little bit much at times. The author seemed to switch at the most tense moments of the plot line or just as I was getting back into the swing of the era the story was in. It got rather frustrating at times, especially when it happened during an important part of the plot, the temptation to skim quickly to get back to where it picked up again was hard to resist at times.
Despite the above I still enjoyed the book. I enjoy the writing style of this author and the rich characters and worlds that she creates. The plot held my attention and it answered a lot of the questions that I had from book one. I'm looking forwards to the final book in the trilogy.