Lady Hotspur (Hardcover)

By Tessa Gratton

Tor Books, 9780765392497, 592pp.

Publication Date: January 7, 2020

Other Editions of This Title:
Digital Audiobook (1/6/2020)
Paperback (1/5/2021)

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Tessa Gratton's Lady Hotspur is a sweeping, heart-stopping Shakespearean novel of betrayal and battlefields and destiny.


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 Persy, the fiery and bold knight whose support will turn the tides of the coming war.

About the Author

TESSA GRATTON is the author of the Blood Journals duology, Gods of New Asgard series, and two books on writing fantasy for teen writers. She currently 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. Queens of Innis Lear is her debut adult fantasy novel.

Praise For Lady Hotspur

Praise for Lady Hotspur:

“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

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 firstnovel for adults is a force to be reckoned with...A darkly rendered epic of oldmagic, hard hearts, and complicated choices.” —Booklist, starred review

“Enthralling...something fresh, with a suitably tragic yetsatisfying 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