“Here is Tearling, here is Mortmesne,
One of black and the other red,
One of light and one of darkness,
One of living, the other dead.
Here is the Glynn Queen, here is Red,
One to perish, one to rise,
The Lady moves, the Witch despairs,
Glynn Queen triumph and Red Queen fail.”
“Queen, an ominous word, foretelling a grim future.” Young, naive and facing an unknown road that will either lead to her destiny or to her death, nineteen year old Kelsea Glynn is at the age of ascension – an heiress to a kingdom she’s never seen and an ongoing war that is not her own.
Sent away by her mother, Queen Elyssa, at the age of 7, Kelsea’s childhood is spent sheltered in a hidden cottage on the outskirts of the realm. Raised to be a “thinking queen,” Kelsea is anything but regal. She’s inexperienced, insecure and aveugle to the proverbial road she is traveling.
A child sent to be queen of a realm she’s never seen. The Tearling Sapphire glistens from her neck, but does she know the magic held within? Nineteen. The age of fear, the cusp of adulthood, a kingdom to be won. How could this girl evoke the loyalty of her people? How will she fight, much less win a war?
I am a man who has known bloodshed, who has shed blood when the situation warranted it. I am the ruler of my men, the lord of my traveling banditry, the owner of the shifting sands and nomadic terra where we temporarily rest our heads, plotting our next steps, mapping our next move. And yet, I would not want the job laid before such a young girl. After mere minutes spent in her presence, I see her for the queen she hides within, for the logic guiding her decisions, for the woman she will become.
“Tear Queen, you’ll either be dead within a week or you’ll be the most fearsome ruler this kingdom has ever known. I see no middle ground.”
The Red Queen
Beautiful. Dominant. Cutthroat. “No one knew who she was, or where she came from, but she has become a powerful monarch, presiding over a long and bloody reign.”
The Tear Queen
Young and reckless. “A desirable quality in a warrior, but not in a queen.” Perhaps I should be a warrior queen? “This was a charge for someone else. Someone brave. Anyone but me.” Just as these questions crossed my mind, the Tear Sapphire shimmers in the darkness, reminding me of the tests to come, of unknown possibilities. I am Kelsea Raleigh Glynn, Queen of the Tearling. This is the first page in my history. I will make it count.
The first book in the Tearling trilogy calls for a rustic recipe of traveling journals and campfire tales. When Kelsea stops at the Fetch’s camp, the scent of meat smoking on a spit and wet leaves hangs in the air. This is the journey of a lifetime, the last days Kelsea’s life will be her own. With hints of lemony citrus melting in a sugary crust, this stovetop smoked salmon is the perfect choice to accompany horseback journeys, magical dreams and royal queens.
- 1 (6oz) center cut Atlantic salmon fillet, washed and dried
- 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon dark brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon lemon zest
- Sea salt and fresh cracked pepper
- 3/4 cup mesquite wood chips
- At least 2 hours before the expected dinner bell, wash and dry the salmon fillet. Generously season with sea salt and fresh cracked pepper and place in a quart sized ziploc bag, skin side down.
- Next, whisk the caster sugar, dark brown sugar and lemon zest together. Coat the salmon with the citrus sugar glaze, using the ziplog bag to ensure the glaze rests on top of the salmon. Seal and refrigerate.
- Next, soak 3/4 cup mesquite wood chips in water for at least 2 hours.
- Place the salmon, along with the marinade, skin side down, marinade side up, on the hot baker's rack opposite side of the chips.
- Cover with a lid and wrap the lid with the excess aluminum foil.
- Turn on your oven's vent! Venting is always a good idea when things are smokin' hot. Trust me!
- Smoke for 15-20 minutes or until the salmon is fork tender.
- I'm hungry! How about you?
- This recipe was tested on a gas stove top to mimic a campfire set up.
- This pairs really well with Ensalada Verde! and Shot Glass Irish Soda Bread with Sugared Cranberries .