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Readers will be impatient for a sequel. (Publishers Weekly on Passion Play)

Bernobich's debut is a rich, compulsively readable fantasy. (Booklist on Passion Play)

Passion Play immediately plunges you into a deep world of past lives and magic...the layers are crafted so masterfully that you can't put the book down to climb out of the story. (L. A. Banks, author of The Vampire Huntress Legends series on Passion Play)

Passion Play, indeed. Passionate, articulate, clever, this book sings right along. Desperate measures and hope bundled together in a daring adventure. Byzantine politics seldom combine so well with great characters. A marvelous debut novel. (Patricia Briggs, New York Times bestselling author on Passion Play)

About the Author

BETH BERNOBICH's short fiction has been published in Asimov's, Interzone, Postscripts, Strange Horizons, and Sex in the System. Two pieces appeared on the Locus Recommended Reading Lists for 2006 and 2008. Queen's Hunt is Bernobich's second novel in her River of Souls series. She lives with her husband and son in Connecticut.

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Product Details

  • Series: River of Souls (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; First Edition; First Printing edition (July 17, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765322188
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765322180
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,715,287 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on July 17, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Queen's Hunt
Beth Bernobich
Tor, Jul 17 2012, $24.99
ISBN: 9780765322180

In Tiralien City, Varaene lovers Ilse Zhalina and Raul Kosenmark break up after a quarrel. In fact their highly visible argument was a sham in order for them to prevent war between the kingdoms of Károvi and Varaene.

Thus Ilse leaves town allegedly to escape her former lover, but actually to find one of the three magical Lir jewels to counterbalance that held by Károvi King Dzavek. At the same Raul, once upon a time a royal court attendee seeks information on the plans of two kings. Their enemy Markus Khandarr captures and interrogates Ilse; who escapes with an incognito queen seeking peace and a disgraced female soldier.

With a late medieval feel to the plot, the second River of Souls fantasy (see Passion Play) is an engaging entry; as the lead couple spends most of the storyline on separate exciting adventures with each trying to save the world from dark and light magical and mundane hostilities. The secondary cast, especially the two female companions of Ilse and allies of Raul, are fully developed as they enhance an entertaining thriller.

Harriet Klausner
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I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed Beth Bernobich's first book, Passion Play, a combination of having received it unasked for and it's more-romance-like cover. While it had its flaws, I found the main characters--Ilse and Kosenmark--intriguing and captivating both individually and with regard to their burgeoning relationship. In the end I gave it a four and said in my review I looked forward to its follow-up. That sequel, Queen's Hunt, recently arrived in my mailbox--expected this time, but unfortunately, still a bit of a surprise upon reading as I found it a disappointing continuation of the story.

Ilse and Kosenmark continue to work for what they see as the benefit of their country Veraene, though it puts them at odds with their king and especially his mage advisor. It also makes them adversaries of Veraene's enemy, the centuries-old and quite powerful King Dzavek. The source of his power, and of their contention, are the three Jewels of Lir, powerful magical tools which were lost long ago. Dzavek is in possession of one and Ilse's search for the others brings her into contact with Valara, a stranger from another land who has somehow come into possession of Lir's emerald. Ilse continues to seek the third jewel while trying to determine of this new player is friend or foe. Meanwhile, Kosenmark continues his shadow politics back home and has his own stranger to deal with--a new hire who is not at all what/who he purports to be.

To be honest, I found it a struggle to finish Queen's Hunt.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nerine Dorman on February 19, 2014
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Beth Bernobich is one of those authors for whom I’ve developed a serious case of instaluv – so I’m compulsively working my way through her books as and when my reading schedule allows. What I adore about her writing is that she’s unhurried, focusing on the relationships between people and also developing whole characters who not only love, but also maintain interests and aspirations. These elements, of course, get derailed by events not always under their control, which keeps me turning those pages.

In book #1, Passion Play, we are introduced to Ilse, who has run away from an arranged marriage and by happy fortune ended up in the employ of Raul Kosenmark, who is unofficially a noble spymaster who rules a shadow court behind the respectable façade of his pleasure house.

In the first book, we are only privy to Ilse’s perspective as she falls in love with Raul, explores her latent magical talent, and becomes deeply involved in political intrigue. By book #2 we follow the tale from multiple points of view which, although took a little getting used to at first, definitely broadens the perspective and in hindsight was quite necessary.

The story as it stands, tells us that war loom between nations, and a despotic ruler, Leos Dzavek, who has had an unnaturally long lifespan, seeks to find the missing Lir’s jewels in order to re-establish his power. This plot element recalls a little Tolkienesque buzz with the Silmarils, if anything, for those of you familiar with that particular McGuffin. Standing against Leos, we have three young people: Ilse, Valara and Miro, who discover a shared history in their past lives related to the jewels and their historical theft and their relationship with Leos.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. S. HARDEN VINE VOICE on January 11, 2013
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Just finished "Queen's Hunt" today.

Personally, I rather enjoyed the change of story line versus "Passion Play." Beth Bernobich does an admiral job of re-introducing us to Ilse and Raul after their..."break-up." Plots, Counter-Plots aided by magic. Spies, eyes everywhere. Are there truly any secrets?

Yes and no.

We are introduced to new characters in this second "a river of souls" series ("Passion Play" was the first in the series - recommended!)

With these new characters, we are given a level of background on each one. Enough to keep me interested, I didn't feel it detracted from the
overall story. It allowed me to feel greater sympathy for them (read on and see).

There are those who want peace (Raul Kosenmark, Ilse Zhalina).

There is someone who wants war/conquest (Leos Dzavek).

There is someone who wants to avoid war and return home (Valara Baussay).

To accomplish their goals, they need the power of the Jewels - together.

This is the story - The "Queen's Hunt" for those Jewels.

Recommended. (As others have stated - this book does go in a somewhat different direction - but, I still enjoyed it!)

I rate Beth Bernobich's "Queens Hunt"...Five stars (and I await the third in the series...)
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