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A KINGDOM AT RISK, A CROWN DIVIDED, A FAMILY DRENCHED IN BLOOD
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, starblessed 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.
576 pages, Kindle Edition
First published March 27, 2018
“In Innis Lear it was believed that the reign of the last queen had been predicted by the stars--and had ended, too, because of them.”
“I will wear the crown, and I will get it like a king. Not as a mother and wife, but as the firstborn child, as the strongest.”
“The crown of Innis Lear is not made of love […] it is made of dying stars, and lying mouths.”
“You’re not the sum of your birth and stars.”
“Maybe all three of us are cursed. Maybe this is the end of the kingdom of Lear, and the island will become something new. Maybe we never did belong here after all.”
It begins when a wizard cleaves an island from the mainland, in response to the king destroying her temple.
“The storm was not his father. It owed him nothing.”
“I don’t want to be chosen above all things, one thing most of all. I want to be a part of someone’s whole.”
"He has always loved Astore rather more than Connley."
"I thought the King had more affected the Duke of Albany than Cornwall."
"Nothing will come from nothing. Try again, daughter."
"Nothing can come of nothing. Speak again."
"I cannot heave my heart into my mouth, Father. I love you... as I should love you, being your daughter, and always have. You know this."
"Unhappy that I am, I cannot heave/ My heart into my mouth. I love your Majesty/ According to my bond; no more nor less."
"It is only a note from my brother, and I've not finished reading it. What I've read so far makes me think it's not fit for you to see."
"I beseech you sir, pardon me. It is a letter from my brother that I have not all o'er-read; and for so much as I have perus'd, I find it not fit for your o'erlooking."
Title: The Queen Of Innis Lear
Author: Tessa Gratton
Genre: Fantasy, YA
Publication date: March 27,2018