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Erika Johansen

Author of The Queen of the Tearling

8 Works 5,546 Members 295 Reviews 2 Favorited

About the Author

Erika Johansen was educated at Swarthmore College and received an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. She is the Author of The Invasion of the Tearling, and The Queen of the Tearling, the first two novels of The Queen of the Tearling Trilogy. (Bowker Author Biography)

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Birthdate
1978
Gender
female
Nationality
USA
Places of residence
San Francisco, California, USA
Education
Swarthmore College
Iowa Writers' Workshop
Occupations
fantasy writer
attorney
Short biography
Erika Johansen grew up and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. She went to Swarthmore College, earned an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop, and eventually became an attorney, but she never stopped writing.

She is a debut author who graduated from the celebrated Iowa Writers' Workshop. Johansen claims she heard then-Senator Obama give a speech in 2007 and was inspired to create the series' idealistic heroine, 19-year-old Kelsea Glynn. The author completed the novel over a four-year period while finishing law school as well.

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If the Nutcracker went to the dark side...
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bookczuk | 6 other reviews | Jan 30, 2024 |
I liked that book was a bit darker and gothic than the original nutcracker story. I enjoyed the magic elements and the use of dark and light. I would have like to seen more inside the world of the Kingdom of sweets. A good book if a fan of the ballet or original story.
 
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Frogiekins04 | 6 other reviews | Jan 27, 2024 |
I enjoyed the first book in this series but this second book....is annoying. I'm almost sorry I read it instead of waiting until Book 3 was ready to read so I could have powered through all of them. As it stands now I am irked enough with what happened that I might not even bother with the finale.

My major problem is that I can't accept the magic sapphires. The entire plot revolves around them and there is not even a hint of explanation of what they do, what their origin is, why they are important.

I would be OK with magic, I think, if they explained that this is a world where magic existed but they try to pretend that it doesn't yet have it as the central part of so much of the story. Irritating.

I also really can't stand the weird baby-making obsession of the old world and the weird corrupt church. I don't understand why it exists in the story or how it happened with how specific Tear was about the crossing.

I will grant that this is a page turner but it never paid off for me and it made the heroine a lot less likable than she was in the beginning.
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hmonkeyreads | 72 other reviews | Jan 25, 2024 |
Interesting world that seems old but is really far future Earth. Mysterious magic that isn't fully explained yet. Powerful teenaged Queen but refreshingly not beautiful and good at everything. Lots of gruff soldiers with hearts of gold. Super evil bad guys and girls. Mysterious dashing bad guy or is he a good guy?

Not perfect but I'm in for book 2.
 
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Works
8
Members
5,546
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Rating
3.8
Reviews
295
ISBNs
132
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