Monday, August 27, 2018

DNF Review - The Queens of Innis Lear by Tessa Gratton

Title: The Queens of Innis Lear
Author: Tessa Gratton
Pages: 576
Publisher: HarperVoyager
Release Date: 27th March 2018

Blurb from Goodreads: 


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.

My Review:

*I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to HarperVoyager and NetGalley*

DNF @19%

The island of Innis Lear is ruled by a king who is obsessed with the prophecies of the stars.
Lear summons his three daughters, intending to name his heir.
The eldest, Gaela, has no love for her father and is hungry for war. Reagan supports Gaela who intends to name Reagan's future children as her own heirs. They both dislike their youngest sister, Elia, who Lear loves best. Elia has no intention of becoming Queen, content to watch the stars instead.
Who will Lear name as his heir?

I was so looking forward to reading this - the cover is gorgeous and the blurb intrigued me.
However, I struggled to get into The Queens of Innis Lear from the start. The main problem for me was that there was a lot of description and not much action. I can read slow books with lots of description, but the writing style just didn't hold my attention. It got to the point where I was skim-reading and I couldn't read any more.
I might revisit this at some point in the future.
I'm disappointed that I didn't like this more.  


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