Beneath the Keep (The Queen of the Tearling #0) by Erika Johansen
Published by Dutton on Febrary 2, 2021
my rating: 3.5 stars
Goodreads avg: 3.96 (as of 2022-07-27)
disclaimer: I received an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for review consideration. Quotes have been taken from the advanced copy and may differ from the final publication.
I have to say I definitely enjoyed this and found it very compelling, but it was missing a little… something for me. Getting the backstory of the Mace was interesting but I found Christian a little boring at times. While I understood the inclusion of Aislinn, it didn’t feel like her story fully meshed with the rest. Following Elyssa was heartbreaking though. My biggest issue was that this felt like it was building toward something that never happened, but I guess that’s the problem with prequels. This did make me super excited to re-read the Tearling series! I’m hoping to pick up the Queen of the Tearling again asap.