A kingdom at risk, a crown divided, a family drenched in blood.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 daughtersbattle-hungry Gaela, master manipulator Reagan, and restrained, starblessed Eliaknow 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 warbut regardless of who wins the crown, the shores of Innis will weep the blood of a house divided....
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The Queens of Innis Lear Reviews
4.5 (maybe it’s an actual 5, I just struggle so much with star ratings right now)
This book isn’t for everyone (which can be said for all books, but it does apply to this more than others, imho). It’s a political, atmospheric, fantasy retelling of King Lear. It’s slow and actually kind of hard to get through: you can’t read it in one sitting, trust me on that. So yes, this book takes time. And the characters are not exactly what I would call likable people (then again who is likable in King Lear? ...more
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It was initially a 3.5 review, but I’m rounding it up to 4 because it deserves it.
Before I begin with the review, can we appreciate the cover? Both the UK and US edition are as beautiful as they are mysterious.
I got into the story with a little knowledge of what it was about. I must admit that I read the book without being very familiarized with the King Lear’s story, I had some background knowledge but that was it. Maybe that’s the main reason ...more
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It’s rare when I DNF a book, but this was too long and, for me, too boring to continue with.
I loved the concept. A retelling of the Shakespearean tragedy King Lear, told in a high fantasy setting, but by 300 pages in....nothing of interest had happened, and I felt litte to no emotional connection to any of the characters. I also found the writing overly flowery and stilted, making it difficult to wade through. In fact, it took me ...more
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It's been awhile since I've really challenged myself with a proper adult high fantasy novel, and I can proudly say that I'm glad it was this one that I took a chance on. A retelling of Shakespeare's King Lear, The Queens of Innis Lear faithfully draws on the same interpersonal conflicts between complex, morally gray characters found in the original play, but also infuses their world and societies with a breath of magic that serves to ...more
im quite conflicted with how i feel about this book. the prose was gorgeous and the character development was extraordinary, but this was exhausting to get through. i found myself often skimming through paragraphs, or simply setting down the book periodically as i couldnt read this in large doses. but there was enough love for the story to get me to finish, even if it was laborious. and honestly, i didnt hate the book overall!?! which is why im conflicted and why goodreads needs half star rating ...more
Thoughts to come.
Approximate re-telling of Shakespeare’s King Lear in the form of an adult fantasy with women in many of the central and supporting roles. The writing was elegant, with lush descriptions creating an atmospheric setting for this fantasy world. I could picture the jagged cliffs of this island country, the ships from faraway lands docking at port, and the majestic castles. It seemed like a story set in medieval times, with no invented creatures, where the island, trees, and wind are sentient. The ma ...more
I had high hopes for THE QUEENS OF INNIS LEAR and, although I did very much enjoy it, it didn't blow me away. I had added it to my Goodreads TO BE READ pile long before I found it available on NetGalley. I wish to thank the publisher for allowing me to read a copy before its publication.
At first, it was desperately slow and I was pretty sure that I was going to DNF it. However, I continued, and i'm glad that I did as after the scene setting it started to pick up pace and I begun to appreciate it ...more