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Sword of Queens by [Verba, Joan Marie]
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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: 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: #1,414,150 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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.

If you enjoy fantasy, thrillers, you may also enjoy:

Jeremy Raybourne and The Mystical Gene (Book 1: Journey to The New Awakening)
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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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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. It would make a good YA read, as there was no strong language or sexual scenes. No Cliffhanger, which I always appreciate.

The main character, Gill, frequently had to share her body and consciousness with two other beings. There was magic and alien aspects, and the plot premise was intriguing as a result. The supporting characters were many and varied.

However, the World Building didn't seem very complete to me. Many things that seemed important to the storyline weren't given enough explanation, or the explanation seemed incomplete. And although she was a strong female Heroine who never complained or whined, Gill wasn't developed well enough personality-wise to make me really feel as if I knew her. As a result, I never cared all that much what happened to her.

I enjoyed this read, but don't think I would be interested enough to read a sequel.
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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. Women are forbidden to carry swords, because it was women's fault that any problems ever happened to her kingdom. The sleep is brought on by Tashtalon, the god who has "protected" her community for over 500 years. He's also the one who steals people in the night - maybe to devour them, but who knows.

Well, we all know that there's something wrong with this set up. Gill has a friend who is positive that there is a way to over throw Tashtalon, but unfortunately, it appears that Tashtalon knows about this plot, and Gill's friend is ruthlessly killed. At that point, Gill discovers that her family holds a key (a real key) that will aid in the destruction of Tashtalon, and she sets off on a journey to overthrow the "god".

A solid cast of supporting characters, a story line that flows nicely. Worth the read.
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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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I have difficulty believing other reviewers read the same book I did.

On the positive side:
The spelling and grammar are impeccable.
The female hero is not wimpy, nor dependent and she accomplishes great things with a lot of help from new friends.
The general setting for the story was intriguing: a fantasy world where the deity puts its people to sleep every night and devours particularly wicked men, and women are considered to be generally less capable than men.

On the negative side:
Many characters' actions and responses didn't make sense; the incredibly powerful bad guy lets the good guys just walk in and check things out because they say/act like someone he used to know? A character views torture victims but is magically prevented from having an emotional response, then much later when the magic is removed she is nearly overwhelmed by the emotion?

Many references are made to Gill's upcoming 23rd birthday as if it's significant, but the only explanation comes when she decides to follow a secret map because for her 23rd birthday she's allowed to take the year off - no reason is given as to why. The implied "Tradition" is not enough.

It's difficult to keep track of the various characters because once introduced, they're referred to only by name, never by description or other hints of their significance, and some characters are given more than one name and personality. Characters remain flat with little background or depth. For example, a minor character in the beginning of the book is sought out near the end referencing only her name, no reminder is given of what happened earlier.

Action is often too brief and boring because descriptions were bland and lacked colorful word choices.
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