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

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 was 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 sti...
  • 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...
  • Zoraida
    Thoughts to come.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Sami
    My favorite Shakespeare inspired work maybe EVER. It's exquisite and breathtaking in every way. The writing is poetic and lyrical, the use of magic is astounding, and THE SISTERS AND BAN...I love them all so much and the Gaela/Regan/Elia relationship and then their relationships with Ban. UGH I could go on forever.
  • 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 ...
  • Julia
    I received this via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. It was a long preview excerpt - very long actually, I didn't even realize it was an excerpt at first! I don't think this adult fantasy is a standalone novel, although I couldn't find any information on how many more books are planned. It's a retelling of King Lear, although I never read the original material so I can't comment on that.The story is told from several different point of...
  • kerrycat
    I hold Gratton to a near impossibly high standard so I fell into Innis Lear hopeful but unsure, excited but worried that my expectations were setting me up for disappointment. I should not have worried; this is Gratton, after all. While this is as devastating and intense as the play upon which it is based, there are some differences that make it more tragic and then again, a very tiny bit more hopeful (and I mean tiny). The last few pages left me...
  • Vicky
    Shakespeare, plus fantasy, plus a Game-of-Thrones-style take on one of history’s greatest- and most tragic- plays? Good god, this book this book this book had a lot to live up to, but it passed with flying colours. Unique, exciting and brutal, Tessa Gratton has done an amazing job putting her on twist on this, and I’m now officially a convert.I’m normally a little nervous about Shakespeare adaptations, which is entirely unjustified- because...
  • Amy • A Magical World of Words
    PLEASE NOTE: I only read a sampler of this book - precisely 193 pages - so my opinions/review is based on that alone.From the pages I got to read, this book was an absolute treat. Think Three Dark Crowns meets Caraval meets Game of Thrones. The characters are riveting, twisty, compelling, damaged, and ruthless. It's a big cast, but everyone is vivid and layered. The plot is achingly romantic and heartbreaking. It's a bit confusing, but otherwise ...
  • A.R. Hellbender
    3.5 stars. I did enjoy this book, and I loved Gaela especially. She’s everything I wanted to be when I grew up, when I was a teenager. However, I feel like she was the only character we really got to know throughout this story. Elia, despite being the sister around whom the plot mostly revolved, has very little screen time and even less personality. Regan is barely in it and has one hell of a one-track mind. I also felt like the story presented...