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The Hedgewitch Queen: The Romance of the Arquitaine - Book One (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Lilith Saintcrow

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"Vianne evolves into a fascinating character whose adventures I would gladly follow into a sequel." ( )


Vianne di Rocancheil is content to play the gawky provincial. As lady in waiting - and more importantly, friend - to the Princesse of Arquitaine, she is free to do largely as she pleases. Court is a dangerous place for the unwary, but Vianne treads its measured steps well. Unfortunately, the dance has changed. Treachery is afoot in the Court's gilded and velvet halls. A conspiracy is unleashed, with blood, death, and warfare close behind. The fate of Arquitaine now rests on the wits of a lady in waiting, and she must flee. If she reaches the mountains, she may be safe - and her beloved land with her.

A life of dances, intrigues, and fashion has not prepared her for this. Nor has it prepared her for Tristan d'Arcenne, Captain of the King's Guard and player in the most dangerous games conspiracy can devise. But to save her land and avenge her Princesse, Vianne will become what she must, say what she should, and do whatever is required. A Queen can do no less.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 1504 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 336 Seiten
  • Verlag: Orbit (1. Dezember 2011)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B00654KLK4
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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  • Word Wise: Nicht aktiviert
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: #134.019 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop (Siehe Top 100 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop)

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Lilith Saintcrow wurde in New Mexico geboren. Sie begann ihre Karriere als Schriftstellerin 2004 mit der erfolgreichen Watcher-Serie. Derzeit lebt sie mit ihrem Mann, drei Kindern und einem Haus voller Katzen in Vancouver, Washington.

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3.0 von 5 Sternen Heaven help the people of Arquitaine 7. Januar 2012
Von J S - Veröffentlicht auf
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If the choice is between D'Orlaans and Vianne, I'm not sure which represents the rougher road. Indecisive nincompoop or bloodthirsty regicide?

It's easier to start with the flaws in the book. Vianne is tiresome. She is about as useless a heroine as I've ever had the displeasure of reading in a book. Dumb, too. Not Elle Woods-yeah-she's-fluffy-but-she's-smart-too kind of way. No, Bella Swan of Twilight is a member of Mensa compared to Vianne. (Can I drop in a "girl, please" for yet another heroine who thinks herself plain but is really unbelievably beautiful? Let her be plain. There's no harm in it.)

Vianne spends the entire book doubting her situation that a) she's the rightful ruler of Arquitaine and b) Tristan is in love with her. The entire book. Which might not have been so bad if the book weren't so long. Two-thirds of the way through it, Vianne says to herself, "For the love of every god that ever was, I thought, desperately, stop whining, Vianne." I concurred so hard, I might have hurt myself.

Saintcrow goes overboard doing that thing that authors sometimes do when they create these mirror it-looks-just-like-ours worlds: she changes the spellings of words to emphasize that This Is Not Our Worlds. Aquitaine is now Arquitaine. The Bastille is the Bastillion. Earrings are ear gems. My personal least favorite, dungeon has become donjon (which I kept reading as DON JOHNSON for an unknown reason). At first, I thought perhaps the author's spell check was broken. The number of instances of these substitutions far exceeded my general tolerance.

So, what do we have thus far: insufferably weak heroine with a Walter Mitty-esque resistance to reality and a lot of goofy spellings. Add to that the book is far, far too long, and the twist at the end is uninteresting.

On the upside, I was drawn into the story, and wanting the resolution carried me through the dull slog of a middle. Vianne and Tristan are two-dimensional characters, but the rest of the Guard show signs of being interesting. The mysterious figure who appears at a random moment was sort of cool, and I would love to know more about what happened there. I'm interested in the world Saintcrow has crafted, despite not particularly liking Vianne as a character/narrator.

Yeah, this is a two star read, but I'll give it three anyway.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen The heroine is a ninny 11. Dezember 2011
Von jrv - Veröffentlicht auf
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I like the world this takes place in and I like most of the characters, but the main character is a limp dishrag. I am a little over halfway through and am already tired of her constant whining and her poor self-image. Lilith Saintcrow is known for her kick-ass heroines, but she missed the mark in this book. I am finishing this book in the hopes that the heroine finally comes out of her self-pitying fog and steps up to the plate. I really dislike characters who constantly misinterpret the obvious and are constantly wailing - why me, why me? I hope it improves. I think it could be a good book. I am hoping! I really want to like this book. I must say, I finished the book and unfortunately it didn't get any better, in fact; it got worse. Sorry, I will not be reading any further in the series. Now, not only is the heroine a ninny, but the hero is more of a villian and a creepy stalker. Oh well, it was only $2.99, not a drain on my finances like some of the kindle books.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Great world building 23. Dezember 2011
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Lilith Satincrow is one of my favorite authors, and she is amazing at world building and character developing. The Hedgwitch Queen was no exception.

Ok first yes sometimes i thought Vianne could be a little dumb, but then if you think about it, Vianne was actually quite ambitious (yes even though she didn't want the crown) for her time period. Take away the magic and she was still an old world court female, who is expected to faint, flirt and be empty headed. The fact that she wasn't a 'modern day' butt kicking heroine made the story more real, and I enjoyed following her as she grew into someone who I could see be the queen.

The story was full of intrigue and court politics, bandits and secrets within secrets. I felt like Tristan remained aloof and secretive even at the end... then I discovered that The Bandit King (June 2012) was in his point of view and I realized why Saintcrow held his cards so close to the chest... The Bandit King is going to be him owning up to his sins, we will finally get to see from his point of view, as well as Vianne when we're not in her head.

Give this series a chance, its fun and violent, Vianne is growing and the secondary characters are amazing. The price of 2.99 is also well worth it, if your a Saintcrow fan, this is a little different but still worthy of her.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Not worth the time 7. Dezember 2011
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Disclaimer: I only made it about halfway through before I had to put this book down, so it is entirely possible that the ending somehow managed to redeem the lackluster mid-section. I'll never know.

Things start off strongly enough: the world is interesting, the situation dire, and the characters, though flawed, show signs of maturing and overcoming the odds. However, after the initial push, the main conflicts in the story turn out to hinge on the main character's insistence on repeating the same tired (and patently false) thoughts to herself. I have little patience when a story's interpersonal tension relies on characters repeating the same mistake over and over ("I can't tell him how I feel/what I think/etc.!" leads to misunderstandings and bad things; then next time "I can't tell him how I feel/think!" and gee, guess what? Doesn't work *again*). If the characters changed and learned from their mistakes, the story would have been far more interesting. As it was, the main character simply kept obsessing over the same ideas that were patently false to the reader and relied on an acute inability to observe the people around her. Given that she was described as someone who is excellent at reading people and sniffing out intrigue in her past life, this fell rather flat for me.

Additionally, the author started to repeat descriptive phrases, as well (one in particular -- something about a "lingering scent of maleness" -- was inane the first time around and not improved by repetition), and at that point I was finished. The writing was decent and lacked the spelling and grammar mistakes that you often find in the sub-five-dollar pool, but it needed a better editor, tighter prose, and a more believably flawed protagonist to really live up to its potential.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Strange but compelling epic fantasy 27. Dezember 2011
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I've waited almost a week since reading The Hedgewitch Queen to write this review because I wasn't sure what to write or how how I would rate it. It's not an easy book to categorize. First comment: the cover, title, and publishing blurb all led me to believe that this novel might be one of those modern day witchy novels that are so popular with publishers lately. It's not. Second comment: the author's previous works (that I haven't read), may lead one to believe this is an urban fantasy with a strong heroine who kicks demon butt. It's not. Third comment: despite that I generally do not like first person point of view nor do I suffer gladly characters who indulge in undue navel gazing "angst" and recognizing that I am easily bored if the plot moves too slowly and the very big fact that I despise plots that utilize even a little bit the "big misunderstanding" between the h/h protagonists to create tension, well despite all that, I stayed up until 4am finishing the Hedgewitch Queen, reading every word! I tried several times to turn out the light and sleep but I couldn't put it down!

And that is why the 4 stars, because no matter how problematic the writing essentials, the Hedgewitch Queen is a compelling story and at 3 bucks, it's also a great deal. I surprise myself at writing that I do recommend this book!

So to the review, obviously this is a not a cosy modern day witch tale nor is it a gritty urban fantasy. It is a serious, mostly well written, innovative epic fantasy with the requisite world building. Told in first person point of view, Vianne di Rocancheil, is a lady in waiting to a royal princess in a world where several kinds of magic exist in a country called Arquitaine (that is France on the story map and set roughly during the time of Eleanor of Aquitaine). We are told by Vianne herself, later confirmed by the king, that Vianne is a strategic & tactical genuis in guiding her princesse through the webs of court intrigue. We are also made aware that with the exception of Vianne, literally *everyone* at court was aware that Tristan, captain of the King's guard, was romantically obsessed with her. So right away, the reader has conflicting information about Vianne. Was she a savvy navigator of court intrigues or was she clueless to personal relationships? For a long time I thought she was clueless, but by the ending, I was revising that view.

The plot's action begins strongly with the successful murder of the king and princess. The dying princess gives Vianne a magical medallion that awakes in the presence of the true ruler of the kingdom. The princess's dying words, that the medallion didn't wake for her, is significant although it is ignored by Vianne. As the princess dies & her murderers return to the scene searching for the medallion (that should have been in the king's keeping), Vianne manages to hide herself away and then through some very lucky (that at the time seemed unrealistic) events, she is able to rescue Tristan from the dungeon. Then begins an epic fantasy "road story" that describes Vianne's, Tristan's and his small troops' escape across country to his father's province located near the south western border of "Arquitaine" (e.g. France). Vianne meets several interesting secondary characters along the way and has a variety of near escapes. Without giving spoilers, the ending that originally seemed to be predictable, was anything but!

It was during the road story part of the plot that I think some readers will become impatient with the slow pace of the plot and Vianne's fixation that she is not the queen, but only a temporary keeper of the medallion artifact (even if the medallion is awake for her). In a more typical epic fantasy, the protagonist's reluctance to accept his/her destiny is just so much text filler. I was becoming impatient myself at the plot's slow pacing when it crossed my mind that since this is a 1st person POV, this thought circling & idea fixation were very true to life. I then realized how good the writing was and that I was reading an epic fantasy (I was slow to realize that) and then over this past week as I reflected on the novel and its surprise ending, I realized how most of all that seemingly pointless angst provided some very important foreshadowing into the (possible) future plot & character development.

Some other reflections: I like it that Vianne is not some super wonder woman/witch with a sword, etc. I'm getting bored with all these urban fantasies that are populated with chicks who can physically defeat 200+ lb monsters, survive any number of mortal wounds and recover mentally from unimaginable horrors. And I have never been a fan of sword & sorcer tales (I just read my first Mercedes Lackey novel last month). And as someone who nearly fainted when my cat's vet drew a blood sample from my cat one time, I can identify with a wimpy sickly Vianne a little better than I can with those other gals.

Finally, most of these low cost kindle books at Amazon are an author's unsold or out of print works. I wonder if that is the case for this Lilith St Crow work? Back in the day, did she write a very promising (if not perfect) debut epic fantasy only to be told by an editor or agent that this isn't what sells these days? Or is this a new innovative and creative stretch by an established writer who is on the verge of greater things?

The teaser chapter of The Bandit King indicates the sequel will be told from Tristan's point of view. Does Vianne become Queen in truth? What happens to Tristan? Is the Bandit King who I think he is and is he the real king? I can hardly wait!
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