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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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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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book was proofread well, had a nice style, and kept me reading to the end. The storyline was interesting, and the action was satisfying. Read morePublished 11 months ago by jcat
I did like this book, it just wasn't quite what I expected.Published 18 months ago by angela cartwright
Gill is a young woman living in a place where everyone is put into a sleep at night - and some people disappear during that night. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Kara K. Prem
I can't put it down and it was free or very reasonable on my Kindle. I think it it the best thing I have read by Joan. Thank you for writing it, Joan!Published on November 8, 2013 by Sue Kunitz
This book was great entertainment for pool side reading. Sure, sometimes I felt as though things were kind of made up to help the book make sense or give the characters a leg up,... Read morePublished on November 2, 2013 by Ms. Heather Ahonen
This book was different from anything I have read before. I enjoyed it. I will look for other books by this author.Published on August 18, 2013 by Karen Fullmer