My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This novel is such a satisfying read for me. In a dystopian era bombarded by corruption, treachery and infuriating sexism, Queen Kelsea is Feminism personified, as her character delineates that one’s femininity shouldn’t be determined nor controlled by the surrounding patriarchal environment.
Furthermore, Kelsea, in all her physical “plainness,” was certainly more fit to rule the Tearling than her patronizing male peers, possessing an outstanding combination of stubborn will and keen intuition, which can only be naturally attributed to the supposedly inferior female.
In the end, after all my musings, I really wonder why this novel has been classified as YA. Queen Kelsea, despite her youth, is significantly more mature (adult-like) and empowered than a lot of the rising females stars of today’s YA Literature.