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Sword of Queens [Kindle Edition]

Joan Marie Verba
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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Book Description

FINALIST, MIDWEST BOOK AWARDS

The kingdom of Somerlie has been in the grip of the evil overlord Tashtalon for over 500 years. No one has ever seen Tashtalon, but he puts the kingdom to sleep every night, and during the night, people disappear, never to be seen again. Gill has spent her life thinking these things could not possibly be changed, until strange events point her to the only thing that can defeat Tashtalon…a magical weapon called the Sword of Queens. To prevent its use, Tashtalon made a law saying that any woman wielding a sword will be put to death…and he enforces that law savagely. Can Gill summon the courage to find the sword and use it before Tashtalon kills her?


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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.

Product Details

  • File Size: 403 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: FTL Publications (September 10, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0098SC634
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #751,303 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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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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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Imaginative world created, brave young Heroine September 21, 2012
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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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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Writing Style! September 20, 2012
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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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent coming of age quest fantasy October 26, 2012
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Empowering women September 21, 2012
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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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Gift September 20, 2012
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I bought this book for my adult daughter because she loves this genre! It was a hit! She found it intriquing and a page turner. Thanks, Joan Marie.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very imaginative. May 10, 2013
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I couldn't put this book down. I just loved the fact that the main character was a warrior woman. Great read for young and old alike. Nice new concepts for a fantasy. Read this book, you won't be disappointed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sword of Queens April 5, 2013
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A wonderful read. I couldn't wait for the next page. The story kept me interested and the characters came alive. Would definitely recommend it to my fantasy reading friends.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Another rainy day winner
A fair attempt to entertain.
Published 29 days ago by PJ Wells
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A must read.
Published 2 months ago by Georgiana Martin
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
I did like this book, it just wasn't quite what I expected.
Published 3 months ago by angela cartwright
4.0 out of 5 stars Who is Tashtalon and why does he fear women?
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 more
Published 7 months ago by Kara K. Prem
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't put it down!
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 11 months ago by Sue Kunitz
4.0 out of 5 stars Different, but good
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 more
Published 12 months ago by Ms. Heather Ahonen
4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed this book
This book was different from anything I have read before. I enjoyed it. I will look for other books by this author.
Published 14 months ago by Karen Fullmer
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
A well written book that explores magic and extraterrestrial innovation. Enjoyable for it's action and plot twists. A book to be enjoyed.
Published 16 months ago by chellmeck
5.0 out of 5 stars Sword of queens
This story is full of strong females, which I really enjoyed. The story line is well thought out and kept my attention to the end.
Published 16 months ago by Cindyaie
5.0 out of 5 stars Sword of Queens
I really liked this book. It was a fast paced. I liked that women were the main characters and the way the book ended.
Published 16 months ago by Deborah Ann Chamberlain
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More 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 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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