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Product Details

  • Series: Special Circumstances
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Baen (August 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451637896
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451637892
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #785,255 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Multiple USA TODAY and New York Times bestseller John Ringo is the creator of the landmark Posleen Wars military science fiction series which includes blockbuster When the Devil Dances, stand-alone near-future technothriller The Last Centurion, the Ghost military action-adventure novels, and the award-winning Troy Rising series. Ringo is also the coauthor of several series including the popular Prince Roger SF saga with David Weber. A veteran of the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne, Ringo brings firsthand knowledge of military operations to his fiction.

More About the Author

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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Have read all his books and next in series is on pre-order.
Mike M
Again, John Ringo sets up an interesting set of characters and an intriguing world.
N. A. Rowland
When I read a story, I want good characters and a story that will entertain me.
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41 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 26, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Princess of Wands was an excellent book (yes, this is a review for its' sequel, I'll get there). In my opinion, it broke ground in a number of ways. Very few books out there in the sci-fi or fantasy genre attempt to have a strong female lead and no other book, to my knowledge, has that character be a devout conservative Christian. Amazingly, Princess of Wands handles this position with poise and grace, making that lead character very likable and the story engaging at all times, even to those who disagree with the religious views of that character.

This shouldn't be a break-through, but it is. The literary world abounds with characters with a multitude of different religious beliefs and that doesn't make them frustrating to readers. The fundamentalist Christian mindset is often portrayed in literature as different with such characters being inflexible, close-minded and intolerant (in my opinion, there's some good reason for this stereotype, but it's horribly over-used.)

In Princess of Wands (yes, I know, I know, I'm getting to the current book. Really), the character of Barb is written to fully embrace the tenets of her religion without being grating or frustrating to readers who don't agree with her. The stereotypical Christian is repeatedly referenced within the book itself and other characters are surprised to see how different Barb is. At the same time, the issue of faith (while core to the character, and her personal journey) doesn't overwhelm the book and you get a series of ripping good stories. I was left desperately wanting more, and the news of a sequel overwhelmed me with glee!

All of my excitement slowly drained away as I read Queen of Wands (told you I'd get there.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Mvargus on August 8, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I like this book. The characters of Barbara "soccer-mommasaurus" and Doris "Janea" Grisham have to be two of the more unique characters I've run into in recent years. In many ways they should not be interesting characters, or should hit many of my "This is a mary-sue" buttons and turn me off, but John Ringo manages to make them fun to read.

The supporting cast doesn't get as much attention, but part of that is the rather high casualty rate in these stories. The demons and other beings that haunt the pages tend to wipe out the unprotected, leaving the main characters to pick up the pieces.

Of course, some people are going to hate this book. While it doesn't preach, the fact that both of hte man characters are religious and devout seems guaranteed to annoy some people. To them I have to say that they need to read the book with an open mind. While the book definitely is writtne by someone who is sympathetic to religion and Christianity, there is no pressure to convert. Barbara Everette never demands that someone convert or accept her belief. Instead she tries to live a life according to the precepts of her religion and to accept the decisions of others. It's a difficult concept and one that John Ringo manages to put onto paper. In fact I'd say the atheiest point-of-view gets pounded a bit more than any other. Often to its detriment.

Otherwise, the 2.5 stories in the book are fun and exciting reads. The first story is split into two parts as Barbara and Janea are seperated by their enemies. Each has their own battles to fight before the monstrosity they are fighting can be defeated.

The second story increases the intensity, but also gets a bit overly political at times. (which is why I can only give this story 4 stars.) It's still an excellent story.

I definitely recommend this book.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By G. Peter Wityk on August 9, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This book put me in mind of several Heinlein novels only with a Ringo twist. Since Heinlein appears as a cameo guest along with a number of other people, famous or fictional, that is only appropriate. Barbara Everette and Doris Grisham aka Janea continue their adventures with various demons, minor ( and major ) gods and the Old Ones. Most of the action takes place in, around and under Eastern Tennessee. I won't provide spoilers about the plot especially since the plot synopsis 'reviewer' has already done his customary job. But, I will warn you that one of your challenges in reading the book, particularly the middle third, will be to ID the players; i.e. who's doing the cameos. I suspect that I only got one out of three - at best. I was disappointed that I didn't see H. P. or August since this book plays in their territory. Of course, I may have missed them.

It's a fast and a fun read. Be prepared to suspend disbelief and enjoy. And, indeed, you will enjoy. In typical Ringo style, there's lots of action, some humor and a bit to think about. My only kvetch about the book is that it ended too quickly. I could easily have read another 120 pages or so. However, that might have intruded on the next book. Write fast Mr. Ringo, write fast! I' waiting for Barb and Janea's next excellent adventure!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Daniel S. Palter on August 9, 2012
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Defects first. Its a Buffyverse. This turns some people off. It means you ignore the world building and focus on characters, dialog and action. This is not up to Buffy or Firefly Level but can hold its own with Angel and Dollhouse. Second, its not a novel. Its three shorter pieces with some common characters and a few metaplot points as linkage. Again not a deal killer for me but some people violently dislike this. Finally the ending sucks. It essentially says 'to be continued'. Yes, every series has this problem but this one has it more than most, even more than other Ringo series. I took off one point for the lack of an ending and because it is not up to Ringo's normal level. It is not as bad as Council Wars but he does better with the Paladin, Posleen and Troy Rising. That said its a fun read and I do not regret the purchase. Will buy the next volume HC when it comes out. Now for the wonderful part: if you GM urban fantasy you want this book. There are more goods ideas for campaigns and dungeons here than most gaming worlds ever develop. Indeed if this were written with prestatted characters and proper dungeon maps I would go back up to five stars defects and all.
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