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Top Customer Reviews
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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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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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I did like this book, it just wasn't quite what I expected.Published 24 months ago by angela cartwright
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 HRA
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
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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 on June 17, 2013 by Cindyaie