The Queens of Innis Lear

The Queens of Innis Lear

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Dynasties battle for the crown in Tessa Gratton's debut adult epic fantasy, The Queens of Innis Lear.

Three Queens. One crown. All out war. Gaela. Ruthless Commander.
I am the rightful heir of Innis Lear. No more will I wait in the shadows and watch my mother's murderer bleed my island dry. The King's hold on the crown must end--willingly or at the edge of my sword. Regan. Master Manipulator.
To secure my place on the throne, I must produce an heir. Countless times I have fed the island's forests my blood. Yet, my ambition is cursed. No matter what or whom I must destroy, I will wield the magic of Innis Lear. Elia. Star-blessed Priest.
My sisters hide in the shadows like serpents, waiting to strike our ailing king. I must protect my father, even if it means marrying a stranger. We all have to make sacrifices. Love and freedom will be mine.

Amazing. Just Amazing.--Robin McKinley
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Product details

  • Paperback | 576 pages
  • 157 x 234 x 41mm | 590g
  • New York
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 076539247X
  • 9780765392473
  • 1,749,527

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Praise for The Queens of Innis Lear Amazing. --Robin McKinley The Queens of Innis Lear is a spectacular book. This is a story about family and love, jealousy and destiny, with its roots in the earth and stretching to the stars. Beautifully written, it's full of complex characters who will break your heart and heal it again. An instant favorite, this is a book I'll return to again and again.--Kat Howard, author of An Unkindness of Magicians

Gratton takes Shakespeare's Lear to the sharpest, darkest, and most beautiful edge, perhaps where it should've existed all along. --Dhonielle Clayton, New York Times bestselling author of The Belles "I adore this--rich, epic, blood-soaked--a glorious and grand sweeping fantasy." --Kate Elliott, author of The Poisoned Blade "A gloriously symphonic, thematically rich variation on the story of the daughters of Lear. The danger of seeking certainty makes this a tale for our time; the power of truth and mercy makes it a tale for all times. Prepare to devour every word, for Innis Lear will consume you." --Karen Lord, author of Redemption in Indigo

Messy, beautiful, and dark, darker than Shakespeare could have dreamed. --E. K. Johnston, author of Star Wars: Ahsoka A darkly rendered epic of old magic, hardened hearts, and complicated choices--Booklist, starred review "Enthralling."--Publishers Weekly

"Engrossing and magical adult debut."--Library Journal "A welcome sight in the genre." --Kirkus Reviews

"[An] extraordinary and epic tale of family tragedy."-- RT Book Reviews
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About Tessa Gratton

TESSA GRATTON is the author of adult SFF titles The Queens of Innis Lear and Lady Hotspur from Tor Books, as well as the original fairy tales Strange Grace and Night Shine from McElderry Books. Her YA series and short stories have been translated into twenty-two languages. Though she has lived all over the world, she currently resides alongside the Kansas prairie with her wife.
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2,829 ratings
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3 26% (726)
2 12% (329)
1 5% (136)
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