The Queens of Innis Lear

The Queens of Innis Lear

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Tessa Gratton's debut epic adult fantasy, The Queens of Innis Lear, brings to life a world that hums with ancient magic and characters as ruthless as the tides.

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, star blessed Elia - know the realm's only chance of resurrection is to crown a new sovereign, proving a strong hand can resurrect magic and defend itself. But their father will not choose an heir until the longest night of the year, when prophecies align and a poison ritual can be enacted.

Refusing to leave their future in the hands of blind faith, the daughters of Innis Lear prepare for war - but regardless of who wins the crown, the shores of Innis will weep the blood of a house divided.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 576 pages
  • 155 x 236 x 40mm | 771.11g
  • Tor Books
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0765392461
  • 9780765392466
  • 551,262

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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 the Blood Journals duology, Gods of New Asgard series, and books on writing fantasy for teen writers. She currently works for Serial Box Publishing as a lead writer on Tremontaine. She's lived all over the world before returning to her prairie roots in Kansas with her wife. The Queens of Innis Lear is her debut adult fantasy novel.
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3,170 ratings
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4 36% (1,145)
3 26% (826)
2 12% (373)
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