Sampler Saturday: The Queens of Innis Lear

I saw this book quite a bit when it was first released, but never quite fancied it. However I recently found my sampler of it and thought that I would give it a shot and review it. Here are my thoughts on the start of the Queens of Innis Lear.

The Queens of Innis Lear by Tessa Gratton

Published: 17th May 2018


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 Thoughts:

I really struggled with this sampler. It is quite long (72 pages) and the text was quite small. What I also didn’t particularly like was the fact that the story itself was very dense with a lot of this fantasy world thrown at me in the first few pages. I found it hard to understand what was going on, with complex religion and magic/prophecy systems being used quite quickly. What I also found hard to follow was that the prologue was paragraphs of different people doing ordinary things in fantasy lands that I think are supposed to be important.

Read It or Leave It?

I ended up giving up on this sampler 1/3 of the way through so I think the answer is fairly obvious. I will be leaving this book on the shelves.

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