I grabbed a copy of The Golden Queen from Amazon Kindle because the blog, "Pixel of Ink" told me that it was free. I gave it a three star rating because "it was ok" (which is the tool text for two stars).
This is the story of a small band of adventurers who accidentally end up having a science fiction adventure in what originally appears to be a tale about slightly-not-normal ancient, rustic Ireland. It follows Gallen O'Day, Maggie Flynn, and a talking bear named Orick as they team up with two human-like aliens, one of whom has a name that I cannot help but mentally pronounce as "everyone", even though I'm sure that is not how it is supposed to be pronounced.
Those, of course, are the protagonists. And what are protagonists without antagonists? Enter the Dronon: a race of hive-mind alien bugs who are bent on forcing the hive-mind on humans as well. Kind of like the Borg, only without the hot cybernetics.
If you enjoy a good-but-not-great science fiction adventure because you need a palette cleanser in between other, more awesome books (don't judge me!), this book is for you. But it comes with a warning: slog through the initial chapters; the writing style improves. I can tell that the author was out of his comfort zone for the initial few chapters because the sentences seemed rather clipped/too succinct, the prose jumped around, and there was a lot of telling and very little showing. As soon as we leave the rustic Irish countryside, everything improves tremendously: there are more than five words in a sentence, things are more coherent, and there is a lot more experiential learning in the exposition.