This novel appears to take place in the Medieval period of Earth but actually is 300 years after our way of life ended and the world has reverted back to the time before electricity. It does have magic, political intrigue and The Court in it, so it's not apocalyptic but more King Author in nature.
Film rights have been grabbed and Emma Watson attached to said possible film.
The next book in the series, The Invasion of the Tearling, will be out in June, 2015.
Now in Paperback
April 14, 2015
Magic, adventure, mystery, and romance combine in this epic debut in
which a young princess must reclaim her dead mother’s throne, learn to
be a ruler—and defeat the Red Queen, a powerful and malevolent sorceress
determined to destroy her.
On her nineteenth birthday, Princess
Kelsea Raleigh Glynn, raised in exile, sets out on a perilous journey
back to the castle of her birth to ascend her rightful throne. Plain and
serious, a girl who loves books and learning, Kelsea bears little
resemblance to her mother, the vain and frivolous Queen Elyssa. But
though she may be inexperienced and sheltered, Kelsea is not
defenseless: Around her neck hangs the Tearling sapphire, a jewel of
immense magical power; and accompanying her is the Queen’s Guard, a
cadre of brave knights led by the enigmatic and dedicated Lazarus.
Kelsea will need them all to survive a cabal of enemies who will use
every weapon—from crimson-caped assassins to the darkest blood magic—to
prevent her from wearing the crown.
Despite her royal blood,
Kelsea feels like nothing so much as an insecure girl, a child called
upon to lead a people and a kingdom about which she knows almost
nothing. But what she discovers in the capital will change everything,
confronting her with horrors she never imagined. An act of singular
daring will throw Kelsea’s kingdom into tumult, unleashing the vengeance
of the tyrannical ruler of neighboring Mortmesne: the Red Queen, a
sorceress possessed of the darkest magic. Now Kelsea will begin to
discover whom among the servants, aristocracy, and her own guard she can
But the quest to save her kingdom and meet her destiny has
only just begun—a wondrous journey of self-discovery and a trial by
fire that will make her a legend . . . if she can survive.