Mini Reviews – The Queens of Innis Lear, Empire of Silence, Lost Gods

Title:The Queens of Innis Lear

Author: Tessa Gratton

Publisher: Harper Collins UK

Release Date: 17th May 2018

Number of Pages: 576

Genre: Adult, Fantasy, Retelling


Goodreads Synopsis

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 would like to thank Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review*

This is a retelling of Shakespeare’s King Lear and while overall I enjoyed the book it did fall a bit flat for me. This is a slow paced book and while at times I felt invested in the story at others I felt I was struggling to get through it. I also feel like nothing really happens at the beginning of the book and then everything seems to happen at the end. The characters are what really makes this story. the novel contains multiply POVs and I liked all of them especially those of the three sisters Gaela, Regan and Elia. I loved both their individual story arcs and also their relationship with each other.

Overall I didn’t love this book but I still enjoyed some aspects of this so I gave it 3 out of 5 stars.


Title: Empire of Silence

Author: Christopher Ruocchio

Publisher: Orion Publishing Group

Release Date: 5th July 2018

Number of Pages: 784

Genre: Adult, Science Fiction


Goodreads Synopsis

Hadrian Marlowe, a man revered as a hero and despised as a murderer, chronicles his tale in the galaxy-spanning debut of the Sun Eater series, merging the best of space opera and epic fantasy.

It was not his war.

On the wrong planet, at the right time, for the best reasons, Hadrian Marlowe started down a path that could only end in fire. The galaxy remembers him as a hero: the man who burned every last alien Cielcin from the sky. They remember him as a monster: the devil who destroyed a sun, casually annihilating four billion human lives–even the Emperor himself–against Imperial orders.

But Hadrian was not a hero. He was not a monster. He was not even a soldier.

Fleeing his father and a future as a torturer, Hadrian finds himself stranded on a strange, backwater world. Forced to fight as a gladiator and into the intrigues of a foreign planetary court, he will find himself fight a war he did not start, for an Empire he does not love, against an enemy he will never understand.

*I would like to thank Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review*

This book makes me wonder why I don’t read more sci-fi as I really enjoyed this. This story is written as a chronicle of Hadrian, our main character’s, life and this first book follows his early years before the events that become his legacy. This is a slower paced book but it works well for the story and I was invested right form the beginning. I really loved the world building, this is a very large world with a lot of history but it didn’t feel info dumpy at all (there is also a really good and in depth summary of the world at the end of the book). I really like the character of Hadrian at this point in the story he is quite naïve and just wants the make the world a better place I have a feeling his outlook on life is going to change in the coming books which I’m a little sad about but I’m also intrigued to see how this change will come about.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book and am looking forward to the release of the next book. I gave this 4 out of 5 stars.


Title:Lost Gods

Author: Micah Yongo

Publisher: Angry Robot

Release Date: 3rd July 2018

Number of Pages: 400

Genre: Adult, Fantasy


Goodreads Synopsis

In an epic fantasy kingdom inspired by African legends, a young assassin finds himself hunted by the brothers and sisters he has trained alongside since birth.

A teenaged assassin is hunted by his own Brotherhood as he seeks to uncover a supernatural conspiracy before it’s too late

Neythan is one of five adolescents trained and raised together by a mysterious brotherhood of assassins known as the Shedaím. When Neythan is framed for the murder of his closest friend, he pursues his betrayer, and in so doing learns there’s far more to the Brotherhood, and even the world itself, than he’d ever thought possible.

*I would like to thank Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review*

This book is an African high fantasy novel that follows the story of an assassin who has been betrayed by those he grew up with.

This book sounded like it had a lot of potential but sadly it fell short for me and I DNFed it at page 102 for a variety of reasons. Firstly this book is extremely slow paced to the point that I felt bored when reading. The writing in this was also quite dry and full of info dumps. This story has multiple POVs which normally I love but I just couldn’t connect with any of the characters and wasn’t invested in any of their stories.

On top of this at the beginning of the book we are introduced to a deaf character only to have them die as a way of furthering the development of one of the other characters which I was not okay with.

Overall, while this book had potential personally I couldn’t get into.

7 thoughts on “Mini Reviews – The Queens of Innis Lear, Empire of Silence, Lost Gods

  1. I’ve been considering picking up Queens Of Innie Lear but have seen so many mixed reviews, seems like it’s very character driven. I personally enjoy these stories most, may still give this one a go. Thank you for your thoughts, paints a better picture of what to expect 🖤

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