We gave it a B+
In the final book of Erika Johansen’s excellent Tearling trilogy, Queen Kelsea Glynn is struggling to save her besieged kingdom from a physical foe, the Red Queen, as well as from a strange supernatural force that has begun gaining power in the neighboring countryside. As always, Johansen grants her female characters—both major and minor ones—many avenues of empowerment. In addition, she isn’t afraid to conclude on a not-entirely-happy note, something that fits with the series’ general tone. If there’s a quibble, it’s that the ending does feel a little rushed, especially considering the epic-length yarn that Johansen’s been spinning.