Tessa Gratton's Lady Hotspur is a sweeping, heart-stopping Shakespearean novel of betrayal and battlefields and destiny.
STRIKE FAST, LOVE HARD, LIVE FOREVER
This is the motto of the Lady Knights—sworn to fealty under a struggling kingdom, promised to defend the prospective heir, Banna Mora.
But when a fearsome rebellion overthrows the throne, Mora is faced with an agonizing choice: give up everything she's been raised to love, and allow a king-killer to be rewarded—or retake the throne, and take up arms against the newest heir, Hal Bolingbrooke, Mora's own childhood best friend and sworn head of the Lady Knights.
Hal loathes being a Prince; she's much more comfortable instated on the Throne of Misrule, a raucous underground nether-court where passion rules all. She yearns to live up to the wishes of everyone she loves best—but that means sacrificing her own heart, and so she will disappoint everyone until the moment she can rise to prove those expectations wrong.
And between these two fierce Princes is the woman who will decide all their fates—Lady Hotspur, the fiery and bold knight whose support will turn the tides of the coming war.
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“Gratton takes Shakespeare to the sharpest, darkest, and most beautiful edge, perhaps where it should've existed all along.” —Dhonielle Clayton, New York Times Bestselling author of The Belles
“Thrilling, heartwarming, and original, LADY HOTSPUR is a glorious epic.” —Karen Lord, author of Redemption in Indigo
“Any Game of Thrones fans should add this to their TBR right away!” –The Nerd Daily
“The types of women we need to see more of in the fantasy genre.” —Culturess
“The wondrous worldbuilding, strong female leads, and plot filled with regicide, regrets, prophecies, and magic create an intricate and layered story of honor, family, and love.” –Library Journal (starred review)
“A tale about love, family, and creating space for your own story.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“This epic fantasy will delight readers, especially those looking for LGBTQ representation in the genre.” —Booklist
“Gratton’s lush world is full of magic, mischievous spirits, and otherworldly rituals.” —Publishers Weekly
Praise for The Queens of Innis Lear:
“Thoroughly engaging.” —New York Times
“I adore this—rich, epic, blood-soaked—a glorious and grand sweeping fantasy.” —Kate Elliott, author of The Poisoned Blade
“Gratton's first novel for adults is a force to be reckoned with...A darkly rendered epic of old magic, hard hearts, and complicated choices.” —Booklist, starred review
“Enthralling...something fresh, with a suitably tragic yet satisfying ending.” —Publishers Weekly
“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.” —Karen Lord, author of Redemption in Indigo
"The Queens of Innis Lear is a spectacular book. This is a story about family and love, jealousy and destiny, with its roots in the earth and stretching to the stars. Beautifully written, it's full of complex characters who will break your heart and heal it again. An instant favorite, this is a book I'll return to again and again." —Kat Howard, author of An Unkindness of Magicians
"A welcome sight in the genre [and an] epic tale...Gratton achieves the rare feat of a Shakespeare adaptation that earns the right to exist." —Kirkus Reviews
"Messy, beautiful, and dark, darker than Shakespeare could have dreamed." —E. K. Johnston, author of Star Wars: Ahsoka