The Queens of Innis Lear by Tessa Gratton

The Queens of Innis Lear

A kingdom at risk, a crown divided, a family drenched in blood.The erratic decisions of a prophecy-obsessed king have drained Innis Lear of its wild magic, leaving behind a trail of barren crops and despondent subjects. Enemy nations circle the once-bountiful isle, sensing its growing vulnerability, hungry to control the ideal port for all trade routes.The king's three daughters—battle-hungry Gaela, master manipulator Reagan, and restrained, st...

Details The Queens of Innis Lear

TitleThe Queens of Innis Lear
Release DateMar 27th, 2018
GenreFantasy, Retellings, Adult, Young Adult

Reviews The Queens of Innis Lear

  • Cait • A Page with a View
    This book was basically everything I've been looking for. If this doesn't end up being one of my top 10 reads of 2018 I will be shocked because it's SO GOOD. It's an epic high fantasy novel with feminist, diverse characters who are mostly in their twenties. The story itself feels like Game of Thrones meets Shakespeare... except that really doesn't even begin to describe how incredible it is! I've been sitting on this review for 2 months and still...
  • Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads
    When I started reading this, I made assumptions. I assumed that certain characters had been recast, given an alternate path, one that didn’t inevitably lead to betrayal . . . It was hubris.Tackling Shakespeare is a challenging endeavor. B/c it’s freaking Shakespeare. How do you retell a story written a master? The master?To attempt it requires more courage than the average writer can muster. But to attempt it AND rewrite it to suit your purpo...
  • Benjamin
    I received ARC in exchange for an honest review.It was initially a 3.5 review, but I’m rounding it up to 4 because it deserves it.Before I begin with the review, can we appreciate the cover? Both the UK and US edition are as beautiful as they are mysterious. I got into the story with a little knowledge of what it was about. I must admit that I read the book without being very familiarized with the King Lear’s story, I had some background kno...
  • Carolyn
    This review is for a 'preview excerpt' I received from Netgalley. I didn't realise that it wasn't the full book and was puzzled when the book stopped abruptly. So this is a review of only the first section of the book (around 1/2 judging by the full length of the book).This is fantasy retelling of "King Lear" on an island that has it's flow of earth and water magic blocked by a king who prefers to read portents in the stars. He fails to see that ...
  • Acqua
    The Queens of Innis Lear is a fantasy retelling of King Lear.It begins with the birth of an island, with one of the most breathtaking prologues I've read in a while. It draws you in, and you'll need that, because this may be a well-written story with multilayered characters and intricate political dynamics, but it's also a very slow tome of almost 600 pages and the retelling of a tragedy.I decided to read this because I loved Tessa Gratton's Befo...
  • Hiu Gregg
    I received an e-ARC from the publisher, HarperVoyager, through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.What to say about The Queens of Innis Lear?This is a book based on Shakespeare's famous tragedy, King Lear, though it is not a book that is defined by that play. I must admit that I haven't an intimate knowledge of King Lear, but I know enough about the play to recognise some departures from the "source material" — and I use that term very...
  • Faith (BookSelf ~ You Are What You Read)
    I received this eARC from Tor on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of this book in any way.Disclaimer: I just discovered that I might have just read a veeeeery long excerpt and not actually the whole book. I have put the real book on hold so that when my library gets it, I will be able to confirm this. If it is true, this review may be subject to change....Was that it? Was that the end of the book? Was th...
  • Judy Lesley
    Thank you to NetGalley and Macmillan - Tor/Forge for a digital galley of this novel.This is a retelling of the Shakespeare play King Lear mainly identifiable by the leading characters of Lear and his three daughters along with his decision to carve up his kingdom to benefit the daughters who can express their love for him better than her sisters. The main problem is that you have to read way, way into the book before you get to that pithy bit of ...
  • Roman Clodia
    Having been severely disappointed with Nesbo's eagerly-awaited Macbeth a few days ago, I approached this fantasy retelling of King Lear with some trepidation - but, you know what, it's wonderful! Gratton shows her deep understanding of the original in so many ways even while she contests and subverts it. Rather than this being a Lear via Game of Thrones, it serves to reveal how much GoT is already indebted to Lear (and others). The writing is gor...
  • Jemima
    Title: The Queen Of Innis Lear Author: Tessa Gratton Genre: Fantasy, YA Publication date: March 27,2018 OK, I am going to be totally honest with you here and say that initially this book is what you'd say is a cover buy.Now, This is literally what happened "Oooo Cool Cover! Ohhh I love the synopsis... but look at that cover!"Now that that picture is going of the way, I'll honestly say that this book, The Queen Of Innis Lear is a dream to read. I...
  • Zoraida
    Thoughts to come.
  • Sarah Marie
    The Queens of Innis Lear by Tessa Gratton3 stars DNFI read an excerpt, an incredibly long and misleading excerpt that must have been around 200 pages, of this novel. If I had known that I was reading an excerpt and not the full novel I would have DNFed it. However, I will be considering this novel read because I have no desire to pick up the entire novel. I’m massively peeved about this and I feel like I wasted a large chunk of my time reading ...
  • Megan Lyons
    3 1/2 starsI enjoyed this book, but I didn’t love it. It was well written, and the author did a great job of adding depth to the story of King Lear, while staying fairly true to the overall story. It is not an exact retelling; new connections are created between characters, and some of the story lines and plot elements have been adjusted, but the author does a good job of expanding on the original play, while staying true to themes. I was charm...
  • Joy D
    Approximate re-telling of Shakespeare’s King Lear in the form of an adult fantasy with women in many of the central and supporting roles. The writing was elegant, with lush descriptions creating an atmospheric setting for this fantasy world. I could picture the jagged cliffs of this island country, the ships from faraway lands docking at port, and the majestic castles. It seemed like a story set in medieval times, with no invented creatures, wh...
  • Victoria Rose
    OK I'm not joking, I need to know if I read the whole thing. Can someone else who's read it or has it tell me the last line??Honestly, if I have read all of it then the ending is the kind of open ending leading into the next book that I really enjoy and am not at all mad about, but it did seem a little too open / anti-climatic for an ending. Nevertheless, I would definitely buy the follow-up.On to review the actual bulk of the book - I haven't re...
  • Procrastinating Slytherin
    It begins when a wizard cleaves an island from the mainland, because the king destroys her temple. (…) It begins far away from the furious land, in a place so different in name and air that the one could not recognize the other as being born both from the same earth. (…) It begins on the day two bright hearts are born to the island, one just past dawn as a crescent moon rises, and the other when the sun is brightest, obscuring the glow of sta...
  • Kelly
    Review is up on B&N!:
  • Kate (BloggingwithDragons)
    To be honest, this book is plain “meh” for me. From the description of the novel, which heralded The Queens of Innis Lear as the next Game of Thrones, I was expecting a mature fantasy novel with complex political problems and fascinating lore. Instead, I felt like I was reading a young adult fantasy novel that stuck to all the popular tropes of the genre—love triangles, helpless main female character who needs everyone to do everything for ...
  • Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
    First of all, this is a massively ginormous book-- it is over 700 pages. So don't expect to fly through this instantaneously, but it's well worth the read.Someone compared this book to Mists of Avalon, and I think it's a worthy comparison. It's written in third person from multiple perspectives of the key players. This is a fantasy retelling of the Shakespearean tragedy King Lear. The three sister vying for the throne include Elia, the youngest a...