10 Things to Know About the Magic of Innis Lear... The Queens of Innis Lear by Tessa Gratton (Tens List & #Giveaway)

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The Queens of Innis Lear
by Tessa Gratton
Adult Fantasy
Hardcover, Paperback & ebook, 576 Pages
March 27th 2018 by Tor


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 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. 


“I adore this—rich, epic, blood-soaked—a glorious and grand sweeping fantasy.” —Kate Elliott, author of The Poisoned Blade

“A gloriously symphonic, thematically rich variation on the story of the daughters of Lear. The danger of seeking certainty makes this a tale for our time; the power of truth and mercy makes it a tale for all times. Prepare to devour every word, for Innis Lear will consume you.” —Karen Lord, author of Redemption in Indigo

"Messy, beautiful, and dark, darker than Shakespeare could have dreamed." —E. K. Johnston, author of Star Wars: Ahsoka

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Tens List

Ten Things to Know About the Magic of Innis Lear 

1. Innis Lear was created generations ago by a wizard who used magic to cleave the island from the mainland of Aremoria because she was furious that the king of Aremoria destroyed her temple. 

2. Long ago, people of Innis Lear sacrificed one of their children to the island: sometimes the island let the child die, sometimes the island transformed the child into water or wind, and sometimes it created the child into a wizard.

3. The trees and wind of Innis Lear speak their own language, and it sounds like the whisper of wind through winter branches, or the rustle of long-dead leaves against the forest floor, or a soft trickling stream. 

4. Anyone can learn to speak the language of trees, but the trees and wind choose with whom they prefer to speak. 

5. Creatures known as earth saints once lived and danced on Innis Lear, but they retreated to their under-root palaces, leaving nothing but legends and mushroom circles behind.

6. The magic works best when a wizard understands the will of the island and also can read the patterns in the stars above: together, stars and wind and roots are more powerful than they are separate. 

7. Magic is sometimes called wormwork, and those who practice are wormworkers, wizards, and witches. One character says the only difference between wizards and witches is fear: he is called a wizard when he is respected, but a witch when he is feared. 

8. The current king of Innis Lear outlawed wormwork and closed the wells that give wizards access to the purifying rootwaters. He’s fanatically devoted to star prophecies, and believes prophecy alone to be the most true form of magic. 

9. Two of the king’s daughters are wormworkers, though only the middle daughter, Regan, practices regularly. The youngest, Elia, has allowed her father to convince her that star prophecy is stronger and more valuable to the island. 

10. Innis Lear, through its magic, has a will of its own, and it will not submit to the king’s harsh rule any longer.

About the Author

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Tessa Gratton is the Associate Director of Madcap Retreats and the author of the Blood Journals Series and Gods of New Asgard Series, co-author of YA writing books The Curiosities and The Anatomy of Curiosity, as well as dozens of short stories available in anthologies and on merryfates.com. Though she’s lived all over the world, she’s finally returned to her prairie roots in Kansas with her wife. Her current projects include Tremontaineat Serial Box Publishing, YA Fantasy Strange Grace coming in 2018, and her adult fantasy debut, The Queens of Innis Lear, from Tor March 27, 2018. Visit her at tessagratton.com.

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- 5 Winners will receive a Copy of THE QUEENS OF INNIS LEAR by Tessa Gratton.
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