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Seduction of the Scepter [Kindle Edition]

E. Rose Sabin
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Book Description

At her sister’s wedding feast, young Lara Basmajinik shares a single dance with handsome Prince Kaz. Beautiful, intelligent and born into a prominent ruling family, Lara seems the perfect match for this prince and future king. But when Kaz is accused of murder and imprisoned for life, Lara marries Jaederion, his feeble-minded younger brother.

Now Lara reigns as queen, and she must at last decide where her loyalties lie: with the only man she has ever loved, with the political needs of the nation, or with her own increasing thirst for power.

"With uncommon mastery, Sabin tells a timeless story that is ensconced in a fantasy world so filled with vibrant characters that the reader is held captive until the very last page." ~ Deborah LeBlanc, author of Water Witch

​​"I became immediately enchanted by the adventures of Lara, a young 18th century noblewoman who becomes mistress of a kingdom. With attention to character development and rich detail of setting and customs, Sabin brings it alive." -Marge Simon, Bram Stoker winning author of VECTORS: A Week in the Death of a Planet

Editorial Reviews


"A beautifully written story of love and loss, duty and sacrifice, the devolution of innocence and the seduction of power. . . ." --Chris A. Jackson, award-winning author of the Scimitar Seas novels

"SEDUCTION OF THE SCEPTER might well start off as charming--but only until it slyly grabs you by the throat, never to let go. . . . a gripping story of subtlety and grace, written with a deft hand." --Doranna Durgin, author of Dun Lady's Jess/The Changespell Saga

About the Author

E. Rose Sabin lives with her two dogs, Kira and Juliet, in the Florida Tampa Bay Area, where for many years she taught Spanish, first in middle school and later on the junior college level. She now devotes her time to writing fantasy and science fiction, has had many short stories published, and has won several awards, including, in 1992, the Andre Norton Gryphon Award for the then unpublished manuscript of A School for Sorcery, a novel inspired by her teaching career. That novel later became her first published book.

While teaching, Ms. Sabin used her summer vacations to travel widely in Spanish-speaking countries. Since leaving the teaching profession she has become much more of a stay-at-home, her traveling being largely limited to attending science fiction conventions, where she does readings and appears on panels. She also speaks and gives workshops for writing groups. Mostly, though, she sits at her computer and writes, while her two dogs look on and offer distractions as needed.

Ms. Sabin's books and stories draw material from dreams, myths, and current events, vary widely in theme and type of content, and while some are aimed toward young people, others are intended for adult readers.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1727 KB
  • Print Length: 356 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: WiDo Publishing (September 5, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0096QBTQI
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing August 26, 2013
By pgj
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It starts out very good and the ending isn't a just stops.leaves to many unanswered questions and the Romance you want doesn't happen.very disappointing.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Intrigue, strategy, and heartache November 1, 2012
Normally I like things like high speed chases, gun fights, and stars going nova to fill the pages of my books. Or a gritty murder mystery to solve. It's sort of strange that I've been reading so many historical settings lately. They normally aren't my thing, but I've enjoyed this little foray onto different shelves.

Seduction is full of intrigue, strategy, and a good dose of heartache. The names were hard for me to wrap my brain around and I'm sure what I was saying was nothing like what the author thought. However, that didn't really matter, or even slow me down.

I loved how this is written like a series of journal entries. It allowed Sabin to use an easy and personal tone that really pulled me into the story. Lara is a strong female lead who even though she didn't originally want to be queen, finds that she's really good at it. As I was reading I kept thinking about the things in my life I didn't want to do, but once I did I found that I enjoyed them (such as planning the QueryCon at UnicornBell). This helped me relate to Lara since I've never been queen.

The writing was clean, solid, and I read the whole book in about two days. The romance was heartbreaking. Sabin did a wonderful job showing the two sides at war within Lara--mother or lover?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good or evil September 14, 2013
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To be fair when you read the intro by Lara and she asks that you remember she did all for her son
and throne you are inclined to give her some leeway. That does not change right away but with every
event that enfolds...spoiler alert..........her sister's husbands untimely death at the wedding, Lara's
wedding the the befuddled youngest son whom she cuckolds with the middle son that she loves and then
all the other deaths that follow. These somehow stretch how much leeway you want to give Lara who as
she proceeds along her path of power just seems to eliminate most in her way either by omission or
ignoring other peoples' pain. You get to the point where you just don't like her any more and neither
does her son when he takes over the crown much to suprise and anger. The ending was explosive and
I found myself wondering how I missed it! If the point of the book was absolute power corrupts it was well
done but I just did not like Lara.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic fantasy, love and loss February 1, 2013
Seduction of the Scepter is a different type of fantasy. Very light in it's magical elements, and far more devoted to the human, emotional and political. It is a tale of love, duty, lost innocence and power, and how these vie for the heart of a young woman. Born a princess, the heroine is thrust into a world she is ill prepared for, though groomed from a young age to be married off to some powerful noble to further the political aims of her family. The tale is full of twists that will leave you gasping, heart-wrenching choices that will bring tears to your eyes, and an overall pall of "all for king and country" that evokes memories of the classics.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprising layers to a great story September 11, 2013
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Completely unexpected - in a good way. Written in the style of a journal that Lara, the main character, keeps starting as a young girl. I was put off by the writing style at first. It seemed immature and not well written, but that is only because it is the character's voice. It was interesting to look back and see how the writing changed as the character aged.

I also found it fascinating to follow as this young, innocent girl was pulled into the role of queen, and eventually into tyrant. Very well done and realistic. It's not a conscience or sudden change but grows from her attempts to cope with the problems she faces.

An engrossing read that is highly recommended!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great Read December 29, 2012
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I really enjoyed this book. It is a quick read with lots of twists and turns. Very original subject matter.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Seduction of the scepter August 28, 2013
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Not my typical genre. This is fiction that is similar to Phillips Gregory novels, minus the actual history. Enjoyable, but has a melancholy undertone.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable August 27, 2013
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Takes you to a different place, but with seamless style. You quickly understand the politics of the place, and what starts out as a cutesy "pretty girl loves the prince" story moves into the tale of a shrewd woman looking to marry up. The writing is descriptive when it needs to be, and subtle when it needs to be.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Glad I kept with it to the end
Only proving the power of power. Glad I kept with it to the end.
Published 3 months ago by robert
1.0 out of 5 stars Weird writing style
The book is written as being narrated by the main character. She is actually writhing in her journal. Read more
Published 4 months ago by EB
3.0 out of 5 stars A good book
I read this book on vacation and I enjoyed it. Not sure where this was supposed to have happened so that was a little confusing. I did enjoy reading it. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Colbysgran
4.0 out of 5 stars good read
I enjoyed it a few things a little hard to believe or not quite right but on a hole I liked the story. If you enjoy this type of thing give it a try.
Published 6 months ago by Luree Meriwether
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this story so much!!!!
I was sad to see this book end, which means it's a great one. Great writing style, action and twists that keep coming.
Published 8 months ago by J. A. Capraro
5.0 out of 5 stars The medieval age
this era was built for and ruled by men. Lara was ordered by the king to marry jaydee,even tho she loved someone else. She had to step up and rule. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Nancy Satterlee
3.0 out of 5 stars Seduction
Good writing. I didn't like the storyline. Wished it different. I'm not sure if I'll read more of the author's works.
Published 9 months ago by M
5.0 out of 5 stars Leaves you guessing through the whole story
I really wasn't sure at first I'd like this, after I figured out the setting was totally fictional. But when I started reading, I just had to keep going and going. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Reader in Malone
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
Started out with lots of intrigue, but got too caught up with details regarding houses. Some things did not seem believable. Did like the ending.
Published 11 months ago by Kathy
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More About the Author

E. Rose Sabin lives with her two dogs, Juliet and Pixie, both rescues. Her home is in Pinellas County, Florida, where she was reared and where for many years she taught Spanish, first in middle school and later on the junior college level. Her teaching career provided the inspiration for her first published book, A School for Sorcery. A life-long lover of books and reading, she now devotes her time very happily to writing fantasy and science fiction.

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