The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

queen of the tearlingThree hundred years ago, a group of Americans and British left their decaying world behind and set out to find a new land across the sea.  After overcoming great peril, the sinking of the White Ship and the loss of all the medical knowledge with it, William Tear and his small band of refugees came to rest on the shores of a new land – a land they came to call the Tear.

Nineteen years ago, the infant princess and heir to the Tearling throne was smuggled to the cottage of Barty and Carlin Glynn by the Queen’s Guard.  Raised in exile and secrecy, Kelsea Raleigh is only now coming into her birthright – a kingdom gone rotten with corruption under the rule of her uncle the Regent, its people beaten down with poverty and fear of the powerful dark magic of the witch queen of neighboring kingdom Mortmesme.  On her nineteenth birthday, Kelsea is not yet a queen, just a girl loathe to leave her home, her forest, her books and her foster parents behind to face an unknown future of darkness and peril.

Still, when Lazarus the Mace and the other soldiers of the Queen’s Guard appear to escort her to the castle Keep to claim the silver throne, Kelsea knows she has no choice but to take the crown and bring her kingdom back from the brink.  With only the sapphire necklace she has worn as long as she can remember and Carlin’s last note to her - Careful – to call her own, Kelsea sets off on the long road to the Keep.  Stalked by assassins sent by her uncle, trailed by a mysterious outlaw known only as the Fetch, and with the murderous hawks of the Red witch Queen of Mortmesme shadowing her every move, only one thing is certain – there are not many who want the young queen to survive long enough to sit the throne.  But Kelsea is not who her enemies – or her allies – believe her to be.  Power lives inside her, if only she can see her way through the darkness and into the light.

Dystopia, sword fights, outlaws, magic and sorcery, dark secrets, political intrigue, a touch of romance, a surprising heroine, and a deep mystery all work together to make debut author Erika Johansen’s novel a fun summer fantasy you’ll devour in an afternoon.  If you’re looking for something to distract you from your Game of Thrones withdrawal, look no further!


On Thursday, July 24th, the library will be offering a free showing of The Notebook at 6:30 pm in the Foot Room.  Based on the best-selling book by Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook is an emotionally evocative love story that will leave viewers touched by the story line.  Whether you’ve seen it before or will be viewing it for the first time, The Notebook is a romance with a twist that is well worth your time.

Red Rising by Pierce Brown

Picture of book cover for Red RisingDarrow is a Red, a member of society’s lowest caste, working under brutal conditions as a miner on Mars. Early in the book, he suffers a devastating loss and becomes a revolutionary, determined to overthrow the ruling Gold caste. Aided by the underground group the Sons of Ares, he infiltrates the Institute, the school where the future leaders of the Gold caste are chosen. The Institute is not your typical school – no classes and the only curriculum is actual war between groups of students. The average annual mortality rate is at least 50% – and this year’s class may be the deadliest of all…
The first volume in a projected trilogy, Red Rising is dark and violent, but along with the action there are nicely drawn characters and a well thought out and and conceived world. Great for science fiction fans and those who love their dystopian novels (Hunger Games fans, rejoice!)

Author and speaker Tasha Schuh coming to the library on Saturday, July 19

Tasha SchuhTasha Schuh, inspirational Speaker and author from Ellsworth, Wisconsin, will share her  message of “Little is Huge” Saturday, July 19, 2014, at 10:00 AM.  This event will be held at the Red Wing Public Library, 225 East Avenue, Red Wing, MN.  She will also autograph her book “My Last Step Backward”.  For more information, call (651) 385-3673

After showcasing her talent as the lead in her high school’s production of

Grease, Tasha began to dream of a career in theater. No one knew that the stage itself would steal her dream—and almost her life—during a rehearsal for the next big show.

Just days before her opening night performance in The Wizard of Oz, sixteen year-old Tasha took one step backward and fell sixteen feet through a trap door. On that day, Nov. 11, 1997, she landed on the concrete floor of the historic Sheldon Theater, breaking her neck, crushing her spinal cord, and fracturing her skull. She would never walk again.

For the next three days, Tasha prepared for a surgery that would at best leave her a C-5 quadriplegic. Post-op complications turned Tasha’s struggle and ultimate triumph into an unbelievable journey. From loss and grief to self-discovery and achievement, Tasha’s faith, resilience, and honesty have allowed her to leave the old Tasha behind while she confronts the new Tasha’s life from a state of the art wheelchair. She was the recipient of the 2012 National Rehabilitation Champion Award and was Ms. Wheelchair USA 2012-13. Tasha travels and shares her story of resilience and triumph over tragedy.  She lives in Ellsworth, WI with her husband Doug Michaels, former Eau Claire TV meteorologist.