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 Knightssworn 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 rewardedor 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 bestbut 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 fatesLady Hotspur, the fiery and bold knight whose support will turn the tides of the coming war.
|Publisher:||Tom Doherty Associates|
|Product dimensions:||6.20(w) x 9.40(h) x 2.00(d)|
About the Author
TESSA GRATTON is the author of the Blood Journals duology, Gods of New Asgard series, and nonfiction books on writing fantasy for teen writers. She works for Serial Box Publishing as a lead writer on Tremontaine. She lived all over the world before returning to her prairie roots in Kansas with her wife. The Queens of Innis Lear was her debut adult fantasy novel.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
2.5 Stars The review I wrote on NetGalley is too long so here are my final thoughts on the book: This book wasn’t for me, there were parts I enjoyed, especially when the story was set in Innis Lear. The world building of Innis Lear is amazing, it’s what kept me reading the story and makes me consider reading The Queens of Innis Lear. This book will not be for everyone but it did have some bright spots in it. The story has prophecy, strong women, a lesbian love story and a straight one too. But for me it was all about the magic of Innis Lear, the rest of the story fell flat for me. The full review is here: http://pastmidnight.home.blog
I was provided with an ARC of this title by the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This was a compelling, feminist version of Shakespeare's Henry IV. It is a story about political manipulation, divided loyalties, unwavering courage, and hard-won wisdom. Hal's character is unforgettable- reckless yet endearing, a naive battlefield genius. Hotspur's character struggles with terrible choices, her heart and her mind pulled in different directions. The story unfolds slowly because the author lays a solid foundation for worldbuilding. I was invested hook, line and sinker after the first 100 pages, and loved every minute of it. Recommended for GoT and Wheel of Time fans.
Tessa Gratton’s latest novel, Lady Hotspur is an imaginative novel, one that is heavily inspired by Shakespeare's Henry IV. As you can imagine, that means that there will be plenty of politics and war. Oh, and did I mention that the novel has a very strong female focus? There are those meant to fight, and those meant to lead. Hal was a fighter, born and raised as a knight. Only to be stuffed into the role of Prince, one her mother took the throne. She fought and bled for her mother’s rise in power, but the change is still a strange one. Enter Lady Hotspur, another stunning warrior and a welcome distraction for Hal. She’s the Wolf of Aremoria – a violent and powerful warrior capable of taking on any foe. Lady Hotspur gladly shed her blood for the sake of this war – even while she questions its success. Banna Mora lived her life expecting to take on the throne. While she may have survived the war and overthrowing of her uncle, she certainly lost her crown and any path leading to it. Now all she can do is plot revenge and hope. One thing I would like to mention, before diving into this review; Lady Hotspur is the sequel to o Queens of Innis Lear. That’s a fact I missed when excitedly picking up this novel to read, so I want to help make it a bit more clear here. I do feel that I missed out on something, thanks to my lack of reading Queens of Innis Lear beforehand. “Never ignore the consequences of your actions, for such ignorance alone makes your actions unjust.” I was so insanely excited to start reading Lady Hotspur. I loved the cover, the description, the inspiration, everything. So perhaps I went into this book with an unfair set of expectations. I’m not sure. What I do know is that this was not quite the book that I was hoping it would be. Was it full of politics, war, and love? Yes, it absolutely was. Ultimately, it was the pacing that threw me off here. There was so much set up, which admittedly did create a beautiful world. But there is such a thing as too much, sometimes. Hal, Lady Hotspur, and Banna Mora were three undoubtedly powerful female characters, and I was very much looking forward to getting to know them. While I enjoyed reading about their feats and their plotting (and their falling in love), I did feel like there was a certain lack of connection between myself and them. Maybe it’s the mood I was in, but given other reviews out there, I’m not so certain that’s the case. I think what it all comes down to is that I didn’t read Queens of Innis Lear first – which I deeply regret. I’m hoping/assuming that there’s a stronger foundation there, one that would result in me feeling much more fondly towards these characters. In short: I adored the concept of Lady Hotspur. A gender-bent version of Henry IV sounds absolutely amazing. I also loved the cover, which caught my attention and is easily one of my favorites so far this year. I also loved the sense of power and confidence behind the female leads. This is not something I want to be overlooked, so I’m mentioning it again here. That being said, I didn’t end up loving Lady Hotspur nearly as much as I hoped. Actually, if I’m being brutally honest here, I struggled to finish this one. I don’t think I’d let this disappointment discourage me from reading more works from Tessa Gratton – in fact, I’d love to hear more about her other works (especially the predecessor for this novel).
I am truly sad to say I read approximately fifty percent of this book and stopped. Perhaps if I'd read books before this about Innis Lear but honestly I'm really not sure. I can say the three females who dominate this story are interesting but i just sadly didn't feel pulled in or engaged enough to continue at this time. I absolutely hate stopping a book before the completion so perhaps will revisit when time is not so pressured. Its well written and has a unique slant so definitely very interesting. This voluntary take is of a copy I requested from Netgalley and my thoughts and comments are honest and I believe fair