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The Queen's Blade (English Edition) von [Southwell, T C]
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A doomed kingdom, a young queen’s sacrifice and a killer who will bring an empire to its knees...

In a world where men share kindred with beasts, the Idol of the Beasts predicts a child who will end the Endless War after centuries of strife, but first the enemy king must die and his son be brought to the Jashimari Queen in chains…

After numerous failed attempts, killing King Shandor seems impossible, until an assassin offers to do the deed. His success places the Crown Prince at Queen Minna-Satu’s mercy, and Blade becomes the instrument of her wrath. Forged in the fires of fury, his heart died long ago in the desert kingdom. His glance is as icy as his smile is disarming, and the fires of passion will never stir his blood. He is the Master of the Dance in Jondar, the best to ever hold the title.

Driven by hatred and with the skills of his trade, he will usher in a time of strife and pain that will live in legend, and forever bear his name. He is the instrument who can change fate. He is the Queen’s Blade.

Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende

T. C. Southwell was born in Sri Lanka and moved to the Seychelles with her family when she was a baby. She spent her formative years exploring the islands – mostly alone. Naturally, her imagination flourished and she developed a keen love of other worlds. The family travelled through Europe and Africa and, after the death of her father, settled in South Africa. T. C. Southwell has written over thirty novels and five screenplays. Her hobbies include motorcycling, horse riding and art, and she is now a full-time author.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 1162 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 252 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: 1463763964
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B004YTT2H0
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"The Queens Blade" möchte klassische Epic Fantasy sein, scheitert aber an den nicht ganz ausreichenden Fähigkeiten des Autors.

Im Mittelpunkt der Geschichte stehen zwei Länder, die sich seit Generationen im Krieg miteinander befinden. Niemand weiss mehr so recht warum der Krieg begonnen hat und nun hat die Kriegsführung eine Art Selbstzweck erreicht. Die Kriegsindustrie beider Königreiche profitiert von den anhaltenden Kämpfen, das Volk bekommt immer neue Gründe Rache für die geopferten Soldaten zu fordern.

Königin Minna hat den Thron erst vor kurzer Zeit bestiegen, als sie beschliesst den Krieg endgültig zu beenden. Sie weiss, dass sie diese politisch brisante Idee nur schwer verkaufen kann und mit dem gegnerischen König keine Chance auf Frieden besteht. Als alle herkömmlichen Attentatsversuche auf den König gescheitert sind bietet der Profi-Attentäter Blade seine Dienste an. Als Queen's Blade wird es seine Aufgabe, die Königin in ihrem ambitionierten Plan für den Frieden auf seine Weise zu unterstützen.

Die Grundidee ist im Fantasy-Bereich nichts neues, aber altbewährtes muss ja nicht gleich schlecht sein. Das übliche mittelalterlich Setting ist in diesem Fall mit einigen interessanten Elementen gewürzt. Die Menschen können sprituelle Verbindungen zu Tieren aufbauen und übernehmen einige der Charakterzüge die mit den jeweiligen Arten assoziiert werden. Schlangen sind also listig, Katzen arrogant aber auch elegant, Hunde sind loyal, etc.

Das ist aber auch schon das spannendste was dieses Buch bietet.
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Hab mir das als kindle Schnäppchen geholt. Start einer Serie mit (ja, schon mal dagewesen) einem Assasinen.
Unterhaltsam und sein Geld wert.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Good action and pace, plotting and characters lagging 28. Mai 2011
Von Dave - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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An epic fantasy tale about a young queen, Mina, who looks for a way to broker peace between her kingdom and its enemy, after generations of war. An assassin, aptly named Blade, sets out to aid her in her quest, and eventually becomes one of her trusted advisers and one of her prime tools in achieving that goal.

The Queen's Blade is very well written, with excellent pace and some exciting action scenes. The exploits of Blade are well thought-out and executed. The formatting was a bit off at times, with strange indents etc., but overall it's a smooth read. My main trouble with the novel is that the plot is pretty straightforward, and very few subplots that do not appear to be more intricate.My main disappointment - as someone who puts much stock in character development - was the lack of depth in characters. They have their motivations and backgrounds, but they seem to lack true depth and were often conveyed through telling, instead of showing. That's a pity, since the main characters show promise.

Another matter that bothered me was the abrupt, cliffhanger ending. I understand this is the first novel in a series, but I prefer a more defined ending than The Queen's Blade has.

If you are looking for a fast-paced fantasy with some good action, and don't mind a somewhat linear plotline and the lack of depth in the characters, this is an excellent free e-book. If an intricate plot and character development are important to you, this novel might be a disappointment.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Epic fantasy novel 21. Mai 2011
Von North - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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For generations, the Jashimari and the Cotti have been at war. No-one remembers why or how the conflict began but since both economies are based on the on-going battles, no-one seeks peace.

The status-quo is being challenged by the new queen of the Jashimari, Minna-Satu, and she decides to bring the war to an end. On the counsel of the Idol of the Beasts, she sent an assassin, Blade, to murder the King of the Cotti and kidnap Prince Kerrion, heir to the throne.

I really enjoyed this book until the last chapter. It ends on a cliffhanger and I then found out that they are 7 more books to the series. So, consider this a first of eight installments. It is not a complete novel by itself.

The story is nice, the political aspects well done and the characters are attractive. Minna, Kerrion and Blade are well drawn and I did want to find out what happens next. But still, 7 more ? Had I known, I might not have started to read...
3.0 von 5 Sternen Unique but underwhelming 5. September 2013
Von Matt F - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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The Queen's Blade takes place during the ongoing conflict between the Jashimari and Cotti civilisations, known as the Endless War. In a desperate move to negotiate peace, the Jashimari Queen hires Conash, a skilled assassin, to do her dirty work and kidnap the Cotti Prince.

Familiars add colour to this medieval backdrop. Every human being is kindred to a particular animal, represented in the person's traits as well as the animal itself loyal only to them. Beyond aesthetics, however, they bear no proper significance. With or without these animals, the plot would remain unchanged, and a character could just as well possess a sinister personality without a snake on his neck to punctuate the point.

The opening chapters are both gripping and fascinating. A certain revelation about Conash's past is unexpected, yet makes perfect sense with regards to his previous actions and subsequent inactions. Unfortunately, my enthusiasm was short-lived, for this twist was one of a kind.

Throughout the rest of the book, readers are given insight into every main character's thoughts and schemes, leaving no room to second-guess. As I read one of the more pivotal missions carried out by the assassin, I convinced myself that some misfortune would meet him at the last turn. Nonetheless, the outcome was incredibly anticlimactic, as every action went without incident.

The most intriguing character was Queen Minna-Satu, whose dilemmas on the throne brought to light her complex personality. Her sometimes-mischievous, sometimes-ruthless character made her long-term agenda difficult to decipher. Since by the end of the book it was still ambiguous, my only hope was that a much-needed twist had been saved for book two.

The third-person-limited writing style was easy to follow. However, often there was a description or two that was overly long, and, especially with regards to character, an inclination to tell rather than show. "He had not been so drunk, he reflected, for several years. To do so was dangerous. It slowed his reflexes and interfered with his reasoning." Readers deserve more credit than this.

Beyond the opening chapters, I struggled to find appeal in The Queen's Blade. Every event was preceded by a conversation about its occurring, and then it occurred exactly as planned. Southwell sets everything up well, what with a relatable list of characters, an interesting backdrop, and a believable political situation. Yet, whenever there was an opportunity for something big and unexpected, she failed to deliver. To quote Conash himself, "It is a sweet cup with bitter dregs.... I have drunk my fill of it."
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Awesome novel! 14. Dezember 2011
Von Bianca - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Let me start by saying that I am an avid book reader. I love all sorts of books. I can't say that I would read anything I could get my hands on, as there are certain things I look for in books.

First of all, the plot is key. I need to feel like something should happen. If nothing needs to happen, no novel needs to be written, as there is no struggle. Secondly, the style of writing must appeal to me. I can't tell you how many novels I've started reading and decided after a few pages that I couldn't go on because of the style of writing. Thirdly, the characters need to be going somewhere. Some kind of character development needs to occur. Anyway, I could go on and on, but let me say this: this series has it.

Get this book--The Queen's Blade--because it's free. Get the others because they are just as great. Get the other ones because they alllll have cliffhangers. When I got to the end of this book, I literally wanted to die because I NEEDED to know what happened next. There was no next page. This author got me to buy every single other book in this series.

The author doesn't waste time; the books go quickly. The novels are to the point. In some ways, it is disappointing because so many more details could have been added. To be quite frank, I don't need the details. The details provided were well enough. Anything less than ten stars isn't enough for this. This author is going somewhere.
4.0 von 5 Sternen An excellent start 26. Mai 2011
Von Libros Libros y mas Libros - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This review has no spoilers, character names, or specifics. It provides a very general description of the start of the story.

I was trolling the available free kindle e books and came across "The Queens Blade". After reading the sample I was convinced this would be a fun read. J.C Southwell is an excellent addition to my list of authors. I really did enjoy his writing style. The editing was impeccable the work professional. Let's talk about the book. This was a short read. I completed the full length in one sitting. J.C Southwell's ending was a bit harsh in my opinion.

Early in the book we meet a young queen. She's just taken over the crown of a country in war. She tires of all the death. The young queen's pledged to end the war and is determined to see peace in her country. She's faced with resistance for ending the war is unheard off. Ending the war will cause the economy to crumble. Ending the war is not a popular idea. Her Mother's advisors tell her peace is impossible. The young Queen is determined and presses her Mother's advisors for suggestions on how to end it. None have any till a young woman suggest she meet with a fortune teller. She agrees this is a good suggestion and makes the young woman her chief advisor. The Queen sends for the fortune teller and is given the answer to peace. After the meeting she decides the rival countries King must be murdered. She sends several of her best soldiers and promises land, riches, and title to those that meet with success. None do. The Queen is frustrated. A young man over heard the soldiers the night before they left in a tavern speaking of the mission and decides to ask for an audience with the Queen. The young man travels to the palace and meets with the Queen at which time he offers his skills. The Queen houses the young man at the palace and takes her time pondering the offer. After finding out her soldiers have failed and died yet again, she takes the young man up on his offer to kill the king. This is where the adventure begins. I cannot say more without spoiling the tale. I personally liked "The Queen's Blade" and recommend the book. ***Be warned this is a seven part story. "The Queen's Blade" is only part 1. *** It is a series one MUST read in order although short recaps are given at the start of every book.
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