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Queen of Swords (Sanctify) [Kindle Edition]

Katee Robert
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When the cards tell Ophelia Leoni she's supposed to marry the Prince of Hansarda, the gunrunner grits her teeth and boards the starship that comes for her. It doesn't matter if the ship's commander is the gorgeous stranger she just spent a wild, drunken night with. As a Diviner, she’s painfully aware the cards don't lie. Ever.

Boone O’Keirna knows Ophelia is trouble the second he sees the way she moves. Not about to let the deadly little hellcat marry his sadistic half-brother, Boone pretends to be the Prince’s emissary and kidnaps Ophelia. Too bad they can’t be in the same room without him wanting to throw her out an airlock–or into bed.

Even as they fight each other–and their explosive attraction–Ophelia and Boone sense something is wrong. Too much is going their way. Soon, they realize while the cards may never lie, the truth is sometimes hidden between them...and the future king of Hansarda is not one to take defeat lying down.

Editorial Reviews


Praise for USA Today &  NYT Bestselling author Katee Robert:

"...Terrific scifi adventure romp with plenty of steamy love scenes, hardcore fight scenes that were utterly engrossing, and a cast of secondary characters I want to read more about."  Rihanna from RhiReading Book Blog

"Robert's Sanctify series kicks off in high gear. Readers will root for the alpha hero, whose determination is easily matched by spunky, gritty Ophelia." -RT Book Reviews

"Intricate world-building, a wounded hero, and a fabulous love story. Queen of Swords is Sci-fi romance at its best!" -Nina Croft, bestselling author of the Blood Hunter series

From the Author

New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Katee Robert learned to tell her stories at her grandpa's knee. She found romance novels at age twelve and never looked back. When not writing sexy contemporary and speculative fiction romance novels, she spends her time playing imaginary games with her little ones, driving her husband batty with what-if questions, and planning for the inevitable zombie apocalypse.

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Product Details

  • File Size: 444 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Entangled Select (June 12, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008527SBY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #218,132 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So much love for this book June 18, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
(Originally posted at Writings of a Wicked Book Addict on 6/17/12)

It's really weird writing a review for a novel I beta-read... a while ago. For starters, I need to be totally up front--Katee Robert is my critique partner and has been since I first had a critique partner. She wouldn't have lasted that long if I didn't love her work. So, what you're about to read is a gushing review, but it's a gushing review because I truly think her stuff is fantastic.

Okay, now that that is out of the way...

Queen of Swords reinvigorated my love of space opera. Prior to this book, it had been a while since I bothered reading any because every time I did, it was too much romance or too much hard sci-fi or too much blech. Queen of Swords strikes a near perfect balance for me of romance, action, drama, and space-travel-sci-fi-awesomeness.

Let's start with our hero/heroine. The story opens with Ophelia trying to sneak away the morning after a very fun, very drunken night with Boone. It's established right off that she doesn't have any issue with love-em-and-leave-em. She's not quite mercenary about it, but she doesn't like messy entanglements. Strong, feisty, and a touch naughty, she's my favorite kind of heroine--especially once we get to see her put in her place by her parents (particularly her mom who is the heroine of the prequel novella, The High Priestess.) Then there is Boone, deliciously scarred Boone. He has no problem going toe-to-toe with Ophelia, or pretty much anyone else who gets in his face, but he has this air of diplomacy about him. He fights when he has to, not just because it's a good time. And I love that he has this insane need for Ophelia to trust him, that one simple thing makes him so much more vulnerable than a host of other things could have.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
If you read the blurb for QUEEN OF SWORDS you've got a good grasp of the plot and the hero and heroine of this fresh scifi romance from Katee Robert. She wastes no time in the set up before rocketing readers into an adventure that has plenty of snicker-worthy moments and action of both the gun-toting and steamy varieties.

I would be remiss if I didn't admit now that I didn't realize this was the second in the Sanctify series when I grabbed it. That said there's good news! It stands alone really well. Aside from wishing I'd had just a bit more background on Sanctify itself this was a pretty great story without the big info dumps one might expect in any scifi series with a world this big. As a big scifi romance geek I love alien races and Robert did an excellent job bringing in interesting secondary characters that were less human-like than the Diviner race which I found really satisfying.

The one thing that made me unable to love QUEEN OF SWORDS was the relationship between Ophelia and Boone. While I loved that they had that love-hate, headbutting kind of sexual tension that was all I found it to be. Lots of sexual chemistry (which is by no means bad), but I found that by the time they were both claiming to love each other I still couldn't buy it. Ophelia's strong willed and independant by nature rock and Boone's wounded but not broken personality were really enjoyable individually, I just wish I'd been able to feel their love connection forming.

While I might not have quite bought into their happily-ever-after love this was certainly a terrific scifi adventure romp with plenty of steamy love scenes, hardcore fight scenes that were utterly engrossing, and a cast of secondary characters I want to read more about. I would definitely recommend it to my fellow scifi loving readers who gag at overly mushy romances and skip ahead for read 'the good parts' (lol).

***ARC received via NetGalley.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Sci-Fi Romance July 1, 2012
By Kristin
The story starts out with Ophelia waking up in a strangers bed. She gets a call from her mother saying she needs to come home immediately. She sneaks out of the guys house and when she gets home she realizes she is in for a surprise. She finds out that she is being picked up and is going to marry Prince Kristian. However, the guy who picks her up to take her to the prince is non other than the guy who's bed she warmed last night. What she doesn't know is that Boone is actually Kristian's little brother and isn't there to take her to his brother but rather to steal her away from him.

Ophelia is a very strong independent character. She is suffering from a recent loss of her crew members, all because she didn't listen to her card reading. Diviners are very superstitious about their card (tarot) readings. However, Ophilia didn't listen to them the last time and ultimately payed the price. So when she finds out that the cards tell her that she is going to marry a man and the prince comes a knockin', she grits her teeth and sets out on her journey. What she isn't expecting is to fall in love with Boone, the guy who she thought was sent to bring her to the prince. Instead, he locks her up and kidnaps her on his ship.

Boone was only supposed to get a look at his brother's soon to be wife. He never expected to be so attracted to her when he meets her at the bar. He also wasn't planning on sleeping with her and ultimately falling in love with her. However, he knows that there is no place in his life for her. Since his brother has his eyes set on being king, that means that Boone and everyone he is associated with is are on his brother's list to get to the top. The only way to keep his people safe is to kill his sadistic brother.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great sci-fi opera: the First novel in the Sanctify Series
This is a fine novel: the universe is well developed and quite interesting; imagine, if you will, a universe that is like Europe in the Middle Ages, including an Inquisition... Read more
Published 1 day ago by plb3
4.0 out of 5 stars Queen of Soap!! (in a good way)
This is an honest review...I didn't get a beta copy, or $$ from the author. Nope.

So, here goes...the world-building here is VERY original. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Intense and Action Packed
This was quite a space opera/adventure. It had a little bit of everything in it: space travel, paranormal, suspense, harlequin-esque secret baby, intrigue, contemporary drunk... Read more
Published 5 months ago by LietoFine
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved Queen of Swords!
4.5/5 stars
Really, really enjoyed this one! I loved that there was a reason (beyond being in love) that made the heroine shift from being completely kick-ass and hard to... Read more
Published 15 months ago by SashaWrites
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful start to a new series!
I loved this book, though I will admit to being a bit disappointed that it didn't focus on Marianna and Gerard (whose name is Gerald in this for some odd reason). Read more
Published 16 months ago by What the Cat Read
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Story
I liked this book. It is a combo sci-fi, love story and adventure. It reminded me of the show Firefly; it could have been an episode.
Published 18 months ago by Karen
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
Loved the main character. I prefer a heroine that speaks her mind and Ophelia definitely does that. The tension between Boone and Ophelia really drive this plot in a fun, exciting... Read more
Published 20 months ago by RKP
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Katee Robert learned to tell stories at her grandpa's knee. Her favorites then were the rather epic adventures of The Three Bears, but at age twelve she discovered romance novels and never looked back.

Though she dabbled in writing, life got in the way--as it often does--and she spent a few years traveling, living in both Philadelphia and Germany. In between traveling and raising her two wee ones, she had the crazy idea that she'd like to write a book and try to get published.

Her first novel was an epic fantasy that, God willing, will never see the light of day. From there, she dabbled in YA and horror, before finally finding speculative romance. Because, really, who wouldn't want to write entire books about the smoking-hot relationships between two people?

She now spends her time--when not lost in Far Reach worlds--playing imaginary games with her wee ones, writing, ogling men, and planning for the inevitable zombie apocalypse.

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