Tessa Gratton's Lady Hotspur is a sweeping, heart-stopping Shakespearean novel of betrayal and battlefields and destiny.
STRIKE FAST, LOVE HARD, LIVE FOREVER
This is the motto of the Lady Knights—sworn to fealty under a struggling kingdom, promised to defend the prospective heir, Banna Mora.
But when a fearsome rebellion overthrows the throne, Mora is faced with an ag...more
DNF at 15%
I was attracted to the idea of a feminist epic fantasy. However, the reality fell WAY short of my expectation. I was turned off almost from the beginning and just kept thinking 'when is it acceptable for me to throw this out?'
👎 WHAT I DISLIKED 👎
Incoherent: Perhaps this is because I have never read another of Gratton's books, but I found the beginning so confusing and incoherent with way too many people and places being strewn around that I couldn't g ...more
Thank you so much for the eARC to Macmillan Tor/Forge books, I just honestly struggled and struggled through almost every page of it, and probably should have DNFd without giving feedback.
It was so long and gave so many minute, slow burning details into every single character's life, and I didn't find myself caring about any of it. Even after enjoying The Queens of Innis Lear at least a little bit, I could never get into Lad ...more
I've tried reading this book so many times but honestly, I made it till 43% and then I gave up.
So yes I DNF-ed Lady Hotspur at 43% ...more
Slow, deliberate, deeply character-driven, and definitively queer, Lady Hotspur is a follow-up to The Queens of Innis Lear, with events occurring a few generations later. I would definitely recommend reading Queens of Innis Lear first, as I think this would be very confusing without that context. While I personally connected more to the characters in Queens (an all-time favorite for me), I think Lady Hotspur will be an important book for some readers. I especially recomme ...more
The weird thing is that I was enjoying it, but not enough to invest 15 hours. I'm in a weird reading mood—I need light and fluffy, not something that will make me think and untangle. ...more
DNF at 51%
The long and the short of this book is that it felt like a poor Henry IV retelling.
The characters are all genderbent and most are queer. But it's a queer story that's full of angst about not being allowed to be who they are. Important story and themes to look at, but it felt tiring for me because that's how a lot of queer stories are. That kept annoying me and pulling me out of the story. I prefer reading h ...more
Lady Hotspur is a genderbent retelling of Henry IV, mostly focused on Part I. It’s set in the same world as The Queens of Innis Lear, but in the kingdom of Aremoria, where a rebellion put Prince Hal’s mother on the throne and left Banna Mora, the previous heir, without a cr ...more
"If I take a true thing, and dance pretty words around it, the prettiness doesn't ruin the truth. A good story isn't a lie."
For starters, my recommendation for Lady Hotspur would be to read The Queens of Innis Lear first because then you can truly enjoy the foreshadowing and references to past characters/ relationships. It’s a whole different experience with that background, and I can’t recommend it enough. Plus, you then have this background on the world, lore, and politics, so you’re unders ...more
This is a really dense fantasy novel. The writing is lyrical and gives Lady Hotspur a very other-worldly feeling to it.
It’s worth mentioning that I have no experience with Shakespeare’s Henry VI so I can’t speak to how well this adapts that source material.
Lady Hotspur uses numerous POVs, which felt like it was slowing down the pace of the story. There are tons of characters with very similar names and I had a hard time keeping track of who held what position and why we should care a ...more
This is a sort of continuation of Queens of Innis Lear and I think that it would be rather impossible to follow some of the plot points without having read (or listened to) Queens first.
While I was listening I had so many discording opinions on the novel that I really did not know whether I was going to end up liking it or not. In the end I did. The audio was excellent and I think added to the story.
Loosely based ...more
I love Shakespeare retellings, and I really wanted to love this so much. The pacing on this novel didn't work for me. Some parts were rushed, and others were absolutely torturous. The audiobook helped me not feel cofused in the beginning, as I feel you are literally just dropped into the story in the middle of a battle.
All in all, I'm just sad this didn't work for me. The whole concept of the novel was great, but the execution did ...more
I found the writing quite difficult, I know it's a fantasy but I think the author could have written and explained better.
The beginning of the book is very complicated,we are thrown into the story and the information is being thrown around, which made me very confused.
This book has A LOT of characters, which I honestly didn't like, because it makes everything more confusing and it just seems like names are being thrown around witho ...more
I've been trying to read this book for a month now and I just cannot get into it at all. I've tried, gave it a hundred pages, and nothing about the story is gripping me or keeping me interested. Maybe it's because I haven't read the first book (although they are companions, centuries apart and aren't even categorized as the same series), but this just was not for me. I think Gratton's writing style is great, I enjoyed Strange Grace by her, but ...more
I very quickly returned to Tessa Gratton’s Shakespeare retellings with this queer take on Henry IV (which of course, I have not read). In this companion to Queens of Innis Lear, we follow the exploits of Lady Hotspur, Prince Hal, and Banna Mora as they seek to bring political peace to Eremoria and reunite with the magic of Innis Lear.
This book is so deeply character-driven. No political decision had been made without the influence of any of the characters, which made the ...more
But I just don't have the bandwidth for it right now. This is some high level epic fantasy with political subplots and intricate worldbuilding, and I just can't process it.
Definitely do give it a try. ...more