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Queen of Swords by Sara Donati (2010-10-04)

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  • By Nikki on September 23, 2016

    Largely on par with the other books in the series as far as style and description goes, but at times I had trouble connecting to the characters. First, it's a bit jarring not to hear from some of the main characters from the other books save in letters. Second, I feel too much time is spent with brand new minor characters who the reader doesn't really care about or connect with. I honestly found myself skipping over parts that abruptly switched to a random minor character, never to be heard from again, because I was eager to get back to the main characters and story. I also felt a bit like I had blinders on because some intense, emotional character building happens "off screen", or between books. As others say, Ben is likeable albeit quite a copy of Nathaniel.I still intend to read the last book in the series.

  • By Tbascoebuzz on March 18, 2013

    At first, I didn't care for the direction Ms. Donati was taking me...that is, away from Paradise...Nathaniel, Elizabeth etc. and into New Orleans during the War of 1812. Nevertheless, I so thoroughly enjoyed this 5th installment of the Wilderness Series and nobody is more surprised than me. Ms. Donati has such a gift...such a talented ability to integrate historical facts within her fictional plot with smooth adeptness. In little time, I was completely captivated and emotionally invested with the historical facts of the War of 1812...along with the overwhelming, consuming dilemma(s) facing Hannah, Jennet and Luke. Such strong women...such strong characters. I love them all...Personally, I found this 5th installment of the "Wilderness Series" one of the best of the 5 books so far. The first 4 books are all exceptionally good reading...but this 5th book pulled me into the early 19th Century History of New Orleans so completely, I was surprised as I've never been a lover of history. I found myself online, researching the War of 1812! (way weird).The beginning of this book takes place one year later from book 4...and is very different from the first four installments in that it is has much, much more detailed narrative and very little dialogue (in it's beginning). Even with all the adventurous drama unfolding, too much narrative sometimes can be tedious (even though it is absolutely necessary to the plot). Luke and Hannah are searching for Jennet who has been kidnapped during Wartime. Their search takes them from Montreal, Canada to New Orleans. Slavery is at its height in New Orleans in which Hannah is constantly in jeopardy of ever being taken and sold.This outstanding adventure of these three young people and all the peril's they face so far away from their home (Paradise) propels the reader ever forward. It never disintegrates or falls apart. It never becomes disjointed. This Author gives great attention to each matter how minor.Upward and onward to the final #6.

  • By Marilyn125 on May 24, 2015

    I want to start by saying I did like this book, but it was not my favorite in the series. From the name and the description on the cover, I thought the focus was going to be on Jennet and Luke--finally--as a couple. In other books in the series Ms. Donati has given us a good amount of time with Jennet and a fair amount of time with Luke, although not enough since I still do not know him as well as I would like, certainly not as in depth as most of the other main/recurring characters. What the author has not given us much of is time with Jennet and Luke as a couple. I thought at least half the book would be devoted to their relationship. It was certainly long enough.It became apparent the queen of the saga was going to be Hannah. Hannah seems to be a favorite character of the author, and of course, she has that right. With that in mind, it would have been nice to have the queen use her own sword at least once. She did not come off as weak by any means, but she was repeatedly rescued and always by the same man. Really? I saw Hannah Bonner go from a warrior to a victim. As that happened, I felt the book go from historical fiction to a romance novel. Don't get me wrong. I read and like romance novels. I just didn't expect one in the middle of the Into Wilderness series.I liked the new character of Jean-Benoit Savard (Ben) a lot. He was hot and sexy. He had an exotic ethnic background. He was a bit sure of himself, but he never pushed it so far he could not be forgiven for it. In fact, why shouldn't he be confident. He saved almost every one of the other central characters single-handedly at least once. That is a lot for one book. Who needs Andrew Jackson when you have Ben Savard?Another new character I liked a lot was Major Christian Pelham Wyndham (Kit). His presence in the story let us see the British side of the war through the eyes of a likable and honorable solider. I like this kind of storytelling better than the simplified us against them with the us always good and the them always bad. I wish things could have worked out better for him, though. It did make for a quick and easy resolution to the Ben-Hannah-Kit triangle, but I wish he could have had that chance he seemed to want so much to distinguish and define himself. He had a sword, too, after all.The book was too long for me. The parts concerning the politics and battles of the War of 1812 were well written and well paced, but it took too long for everyone to get together. Also, I don't think all of the supporting characters that were added served to advance or enhance the story. These are two of the issues I had with Dawn on a Distant Shore (I had a lot of issues with book). I think characters that only show up once or twice should be there to contribute to the main plot and not just to tell their own stories, no matter how interesting.All in all it was a good romance novel set during a true historical event. I give it 3-1/2 to 4 stars.

  • By Melanie M. Holloman on February 18, 2018

    I’ve read the whole series so far. This wine had a different feel. Really intense. Good read and a fast read. Harder for me to put down. See a very different side of the characters you thought you knew. Definitely more “drama and action” in this book than the previous ones I read. She leaves it so there could easily be another??!!

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