Book Review – Queens of Innis Lear by Tessa Gratton

queens.jpgThe 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.


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I nearly didn’t finish this book, I’d read about 100 pages and was really struggling. It’s only a friend suggesting I’d find the audio book easy that I persevered.

I was expecting it to be more YA and it definitely isn’t. And I haven’t read King Lear, though I’m not sure that’s really an issue, as it definitely conveys the story without me feeling that anything was missing.

It is beautifully written, very evocative of Shakespeare without using his language. However it’s too descriptive in places, and the same things are described multiple times. It’s almost flowery, but that’s not the right word for it – again it’s in the same lovely language, but it’s just overkill.

There are also a hundred million flash back scenes most of which aren’t really needed (a few definitely are, but the rest you glean the context from the rest of the book). Between them and the descriptions if you got rid of some you could easily cut the book down to half the size at which point I would have enjoyed it more!

The ironic thing is that I didn’t *not* enjoy the book – as I said it’s well written – I just didn’t care about any of them. I was going to give it two stars until about 60% through when ALL of the men became even more problematic and I just gave up and only finished it because I’d already lost so much time to it 😂

So I give it 1.5 for language and Elia and Aefa, who we’re pretty good throughout and certainly the least problematic. Everyone else deserved their fate pretty much. Every single man was just UGH, and even those who were sort of okay turned out wrong. Regan and Gaela were horrible sisters, even if I understood a lot of their decisions and reasoning. It’s hard not to feel for Regan especially, but omg it’s all so harped in about.

Ugh. Sorry, this is just not the book for me. If you like long historicalish fantasyish epics then it’s well done and you’ll probably love it, but there wasn’t enough going on for me, the fantasy wasn’t strong enough, the characters were all ugh and it was so repetitive.


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8 thoughts on “Book Review – Queens of Innis Lear by Tessa Gratton

    1. 😂😂 I had one on GR but did wonder about copying it over, as this is mostly positive reviews. However I felt that this wasn’t too awful even if it’s a one star. Also it’s a book box club book and I want to have them all here. Plus if you think this is bad wait til you see my review for the lost Witch. 😂😂😈

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  1. I am reading this book currently (I’ve read nearly 200 pages), and am so glad I’m not the only one who feels like the prose is lovely, but everything else is just…dry. It’s the first book I’ve read in a long time where it feels like a chore to open and continue reading; I think I may end up DNFing it. 😐 I had such high hopes!

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