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Buffy the Vampire Slayer fans will appreciate Barbara Everett, a Mississippi soccer mom who discovers in Ringo's latest, which is less a novel than three linked episodes, that there are things undreamed of in the PTA handbook. In part one, Barbara's ability to take care of an alien infestation straight out of H.P. Lovecraft's "Shadow over Innsmouth" brings her to the attention of a shadowy group that assists the FBI in supernatural cases. They recruit her for a spiritual SWAT team that deals with what secular authorities cannot. As in Ghost (2005), another three-parter, Ringo explores the paradox of using violence against evil: it's necessary, but it can change the fighter into what she fights if she lacks a strong enough moral compass. Ringo portrays his heroine's strong Christian faith sympathetically without being preachy. The second and longest episode, a roman à clef about a necromancer slaying attendees at a science fiction convention, will chiefly delight those in on the joke. In the brief third episode, Barbara confronts an evil that strikes close to home and discovers how puny Darkness's tools really are compared to those of Light. (Jan.)
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About the Author

John Ringo is author of the "New York Times" best-selling series known by most at "The Posleen Wars" comprising "A Hymn Before Battle, Gust Front," "When the Devil Dances," "Hell's Faire," and "Calley's War." He also co-authored--with David Weber--"March Upcountry," "March to the Sea," "March to the Stars" and "We Few" in the Prince Roger series. He had visited 23 countries by the time he graduated high school. A veteran of the 82nd Airborne, he brings first-hand knowledge of military operations to his fiction.

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Product Details

  • Series: Princess of Wands (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Baen (September 25, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416573860
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416573869
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #894,848 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'm a professional author of... Well, I used to say "science fiction." Then came There Will Be Dragons, which is sf with a distinct fantasy twist. Then came Ghost which is techno-thriller crossed with porn. Then came Princess of Wands, a Christian soccer mom battling demons through the power of God. Who knows what's next? Children's books? (I've actually got that one mapped out. You see, there's this girl who is raised by dolphins... You think I'm joking, don't you?)

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72 of 76 people found the following review helpful By Kate Fitzsimons on January 5, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Okay, from the excerpts I'd already seen, I had absolutely no clue what the book would be like, but I thought 'What the hell' and bought it because, well, *John Ringo*. Need I say more?

Imagine my delight and surprise when it turned out to be a collection of short stories about a Episcopalian soccer mom as a Ninja Warrior Of God!


Let's revisit that concept. June Cleaver as Ninja Warrior Of God.

Only John Ringo, man, only John Ringo. Coming up with - and writing - a plot like that takes a special kind of wonderful twisted genius that I just can't imagine finding anywhere else.

The whole thing was fun, heroic, unique, gloriously pulptastic, and immensely likeable. Anyone who is foolish enough to mistake the protagonist of "Ghost" for Mr. Ringo himself really needs to read this book. It's the other side of the coin.

And aside from just the regular fictional joys of demon vanquishing with the help of good training, good guns, and the love of God, Ringo threw an extra little present in there. He set the demon hunt in the second story at a sci fi con, and made many of the major characters there thinly disguised authors and fans! There were bits where I was almost crying with laughter.

If you want the very best of the lighter side* of Ringo, in all of the delightfully and intentionally cheesy glory that it can entail, I very much suggest this book.

* (For a given value of light. Which is to say, demon tail gets kicked, righteous vengeance is enacted and unfortunate victims pile up on the sidelines, but innocent small children don't die in view of the readers.)
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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Michael on February 9, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I am a Pagan who is often quite prickly about authors pushing their own political and religious views.

I found very little of that in this book, well a bit of the political maybe, but no religious prosteletyzing.

Yes, the main character is a Christian woman with particualrly "traditional" views of a woman's place in the household. And she lives as best as she can within those self imposed strictures.

But Ringo makes it clear that Barb *needs* those strictures to help hold in her own dark side. Barb is a Christian because Christianity works for her, it helps her be a better person. (there are some suggestions that without those self imposed strictures she might make Mike Harmon of Ghost look like a Cub Scout.)

She is the ONLY hero type character in this book who is a Christian. The other members of the demon fighting organization she is recruited into are Bhuddists, Hindus, Wiccans, Asatru, etc... and they ALL kick ass for the light.

Barb is a Christian, but she is not a bigot. She judges people based on their behaviour, but not their beliefs. And she accepts behaviour from her allies that she will not allow in herself, because their gods allow and encourage those bahaviour, while her own is more strict.

Other complaints have been about the section at the sf con, I am not a con goer myself, naver have been. But "Princess of Wands" has me tempted. Too many in jokes? Maybe, but not knowing tham doesn't detract form the story, and knowing them might even add to it.

And hell, Princess of Wands is a rip roaring fun read What more can you ask?
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Scott Masterton VINE VOICE on January 27, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This book is the most fun I've had reading in ages.

John Ringo, tongue firmly placed in cheek, has created a beautiful, pistol-picking, Karate kicking, demonslaying, "soccer mom" heroine. Need I say more?

The story is basically three short stories set in the Mississippi, New Orleans (pre-Katrina) area. The stories are chronologically laid out. They follow the adventures of Barbera (call me Barb) as she is recruited into a secret organization (ala X-Files) that fights demons, vampires, werewolves as well as other lesser known manifestations of the Supernatural. Barb is a "Uber-Christian" partnered with such everday partners as Doris (call me Janea) who happens to be a stripper/hooker/sword swinging worshipper of Frey that wears a skimpy, chainmail bikini. Barb however new to the orginization, has defeated a higher level demon and so has special status as a serious tail-kicker who "channels" the White God (Jesus) in order to battle evil.

Before reading this book, I had read some of the other readers reviews and saw that many of them were turned off by Barbs "traditional" values ("a man is the head of the household..."). However, they are so 50's and so over the top, it is pretty obvious to me that John Ringo was having fun with this. Ringo, rather than stating the superiority of Christian beliefs (as some reviewers saw it) makes the claim that real spritual power comes not from a specific God, but rather from a deep belief and that ultimately all "gods" are the same God. He continually says through his characters that there are many paths and names for God. However, for Barb to keep her ability to channel God, she must keep tightly to her faith...even if it clashes with the faith of others.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Phillip Nunemacher on February 10, 2006
Format: Hardcover
John Ringo is back on track with a great new book. A serious Christian woman with a background as a martial arts expert and knowledge of weapons takes on demons trying to open the gates of hell.

Two novellas, one situated in the bayous of Louisiana and the other at a SF&F convention in Virginia start the book. The short story that follows takes place in this mom's back yard in Mississippi.

The stories are pure action with a strong dose of humor poking fun at the Fantasy genre. My favorite is the second novella with the SF&F convention. Here we meet a cast of authors, publishers and fans all loosely based upon real authors, publishers and fans. The fun is trying to pick out who is who in real life.

I can highly recommend this book for those who need a little action, but also enjoy the more humorous side of fantasy in a modern setting.
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