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About the Author

Joan Marie Verba earned a bachelor of physics degree from the University of Minnesota Institute of Technology and attended the graduate school of astronomy at Indiana University, where she was an associate instructor of astronomy for one year. She has worked as a computer programmer, editor, publisher, health/weight loss coach, and social media manager. An experienced writer, she is the author of the nonfiction books Voyager: Exploring the Outer Planets, Boldly Writing, and Weight Loss Success, as well as the novels Countdown to Action, Action Alert, Deadly Danger, Situation: Critical, Extreme Hazard, and Danger Zone, plus numerous short stories and articles. She is a member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, and the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators.

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  • File Size: 620 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: FTL Publications (September 10, 2012)
  • Publication Date: September 10, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0098SC634
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,272,694 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Joan Marie Verba earned a bachelor of physics degree from the University of Minnesota Institute of Technology and attended the graduate school of astronomy at Indiana University, where she was an associate instructor of astronomy for one year. She has worked as a computer programmer, editor, publisher, health/weight loss coach, and social media manager. An experienced writer, she is the author of the nonfiction books Voyager: Exploring the Outer Planets, Boldly Writing, and Weight Loss Success, as well as the novels Sword of Queens, Countdown to Action, Action Alert, Deadly Danger, Situation: Critical, Extreme Hazard, and Danger Zone plus numerous short stories and articles. She was also a co-author of the group novel Autumn World. Five of her novels have received the Mom's Choice Award® and Extreme Hazard won the Scribe Award. She is a member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, and the International Association of Media Tie-in Writers.

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Verba brought me into her web of intrigue from the beginning of the book. Who is Tashtalon? Is he a God? Why would he devour a sleeping boy? Did he really devour anyone or was that just a ploy for some other sinister goings on? I needed answers, and I also needed to understand this world. Not only was Gill's city ruled by men, women were not permitted to carry swords, could not take interest in politics, had to wait for a man to ask for their hand and it seemed were alive only to serve.

Magic ruled this strange city and those who lived within it's boundaries either accepted the magical peace or were "Devoured by Tashtalon." Stories and lore suggested that women were dis-empowered because it was believed they were the only ones who could defeat Tastalon. How could a woman defeat a god?

As the story progressed, Verba spun a web of intrigue that kept me interested to the last page. I not only enjoyed reading Sword of Queens, I was disappointing when I finished.

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If there were 10 stars available I would give this book all 10 stars. The author has created an imaginative and compelling story. I was easily transported to a different time and place and found myself riveted with each passing chapter. The story is a a coming of age, an awakening, a quest, and overcoming of an "evil" that was once not so. It is an easy read and contains nod to myths and legends with a hint of sci-fi in the fantasy world the author created. Wonderful book and excellent !!!!!

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This book was just my thing. Really enjoyed it, and will definitely be keeping my eye on this author. Great value, and am glad I snagged it when I did. Just the thing I needed to get my imagination turning. =D
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For over five centuries, Tashtalon the overlord has ruled the patriarchal kingdom of Somerlie with an evil iron fist. No one has ever seen Tashtalon but everyone knows of his presence especially at night when sleeping is dangerous. Each evening, Tashtalon puts his subjects to sleep two hours after sunset; and awakens them each morning two after sunrise with some vanishing overnight. No one has any hope of overthrowing this invincible malevolent God.

Twentyish Gill is like everyone else living in fear of the evil ruler; wondering if she will disappear next and knowing how helpless it is as nothing can defeat Tashtalon. Gill wonders why the overlord's most enforced law is that no woman will yield a sword with the penalty of breaking his code instant death though she assumes it has to do with females being subservient to males. As she begins her required quest year "To Find Herself", Gill thinks of her elderly grandma's tales of life before Tashtalon. On her journey Gill learns that the magical Sword of Queens can destroy Tashtalon.

Sword of Queens is an excellent coming of age quest fantasy starring a likable heroine. The vibrant Verba world of magic seems real while the vile villain is made even stronger and eviler by the fearful whispers of his subjects. Sub-genre readers will enjoy Gill's adventures in an engaging good and evil thriller.

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This has many aspects of a fantasy quest story (like Lord of the Rings, or Eragon) but it diverges somewhat from that pattern.

Set in a distant future dystopia, a planet has been occupied by humans having apparently escaped from a disintegrating Earth and a race of aliens (who have strong magical capabilities) who are refugees from their own societal dislocations. Early cooperation between disparate refugees (who happen to have very similar physical characteristics) breaks down with one particular Alien playing the role of a god, keeping one segment of the human population under his despotic control. Since a lengthy period of time has apparently passed since the humans arrived, the survivors have lost many of the technologies that modernity allows us to take for granted. The story is a little vague on this point -- but is would seem that several generations have past for the old knowledge to be so deeply forgotten.

The unlikely heroine is energized by the death of her best (female) friend at the hands of the "god." Based on rumors and hints from other "good guys" in the story, she sets out on a quest to free her town from the control of the "god" (really and evil alien) who manages it through the use of magical spells, etc.

While there are many loose ends and unexplained cultural traditions (e.g. the importance of a year off from normal work at age 23), the story unfolds with some intense action and a lot of explanatory narrative among the various players to describe this fantasy universe. The primary problem in any fantasy story is to give the reader an understanding of how the fantasy universe works. Most fantasies limit the differences from the real universe so that only a few fantasy features need be explained.
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Imaginative story where women overcome oppression. Great cover, that blood red cloak under the sword, pops, made me want to open the book and take the journey. Well written, easy read.
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