The Hedgewitch Queen

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Vianne di Rocancheil has been largely content to play the gawky provincial. As lady in waiting at the Court of Arquitaine, she studies her books, watches for intrigue, and shepherds her foolhardy Princesse safely through the glittering whirl. Court is a sometimes-unpleasant waltz, especially for the unwary, but Vianne treads its measured steps well.

Unfortunately, the dance has changed. Treachery is afoot in gilded and velvet halls. A sorcerous conspiracy is unleashed, with ...

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Overview

Vianne di Rocancheil has been largely content to play the gawky provincial. As lady in waiting at the Court of Arquitaine, she studies her books, watches for intrigue, and shepherds her foolhardy Princesse safely through the glittering whirl. Court is a sometimes-unpleasant waltz, especially for the unwary, but Vianne treads its measured steps well.

Unfortunately, the dance has changed. Treachery is afoot in gilded and velvet halls. A sorcerous conspiracy is unleashed, with blood, death, and warfare close behind. Her Princesse murdered and her own life in jeopardy, Vianne must flee, carrying the fate of her land with her—the Great Seal of Arquitaine, awake after its long sleep. Invasion threatens, civil war looms, and the conspiracy hunts for Vianne di Rocancheil, to kill or to use her against all she holds dear.

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. Yet to save her country 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.

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"Vianne evolves into a fascinating character whose adventures I would gladly follow into a sequel."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316251617
  • Publisher: Orbit
  • Publication date: 1/8/2013
  • Series: Romances of Arquitaine Series
  • Pages: 496
  • Sales rank: 617,967
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 1.11 (d)

Meet the Author

Lilith Saintcrow was born in New Mexico, bounced around the world as an Air Force brat, and fell in love with writing when she was ten years old. She currently lives in Vancouver, WA. Find out more at www.lilithsaintcrow.com.

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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2011

    Absolutely loved it!

    This is the second series I have read from Ms. Saitcrow and I am now extremely impressed with her versatility! She went from dark and dangerous demon hunter, Jill Kismet, to a well bread d¿mselle with a twist. Saintcrow paints a very believable tapestry of old world intrigue mixed with a magical flair. I couldn¿t put it down and now I am anxiously waiting for the next installment.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 11, 2012

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    "The Hedwitch Queen" started out with a courtly, fair


    "The Hedwitch Queen" started out with a courtly, fairytale quality that was captivating.

    Introduction of one of the main characters, Vianne, then Duchess of a fantasy land much

    modelled on old England/Arquitaine garnered a lot of pleasant interest from me. The story

    swiftly moved in the first couple of chapters from the gardens of a palace to an uprising,

    the King's pavillion, a darkended secret passageway and the Princesse's inner sanctum. I was

    caught up in the story. Sadly, however, in fairly short order, the story began to lag.

    On a happier note, I loved the characters on whole that Lilith Saintcrow created. They were

    vibrant and well-defined for the world she described and had them play within. Vianne's

    hero/consort, the brave and handsome Tristan, Captain of the Guard, was dashing and; well,

    heroic! He's a man who couldn't be resisted by Lianne or the reader. And adjunct characters:

    bandits, peasants, soldiers, other women and such were also interesting in their places.

    They lost something only in that the story was just too drawn out for my tastes.

    I would liked to have heard more about Vianne's herbal remedies and magical gifts in that

    area. Magic was featured in the story, but it was switched to a medallion which I never

    quite understood all the writhing implications of. I understood the implications of it on

    the level of representing the royals, but not the writhing, I should say. It's

    complicated... I think the story would have been better had the author focused on "the

    hedgewitch."

    This is a book that may be best read and enjoyed by a young adult who has an interest in big

    and long fantasy books, and has time to be absorbed in them for days and days. There are

    such readers. I may have been one in my early teens, I'm not sure...

    I didn't find it easy reading for me. It actually made me impatient as I wanted the action

    to wrap up at times. I wanted to scream at the two lovers, "Alright already, quit bickering

    about nonsense!" It was aggrevating. I believe an editor with a sharper pen could have

    helped this book in many ways.

    The final disappointment was the way the story then abruptly ended. Sure, this is a series.

    But the way the book was ended may have been one of the worst I've ever read. As I've said,

    an editor should have given much better advice here. It didn't make the book more enticing,

    it didn't help this author at all. It made me angry.

    I believe Lilith Saintcrow has many strenths as a writer. She is strong in creating

    characters. She can create an enjoyable world with nicely familiar language and scenery,

    peopled with interesting folk. The storyline wasn't a bad one. It was the execution that

    failed her.

    I'm generous in giving this one a 3 star rating.

    4 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 6, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    Loved it!

    I am a fan of Saincrows other series'(especially Dante Valentine), but I was unsure if this latest offering would be my cup of tea...I loved it and cannot wait for the Bandit King.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 6, 2011

    Entertaining

    I bought this book as a distraction from studying too much for my finals. It is an easy read. Let me warn you though that it ends on a cliffhanger. I would have waited for the second book to come out before getting this had I known. And it cliffhangs just in the perfect, most infuriating, spot possible!

    I laughed a lot reading this book. To me, it was like watching two people who obviously cared for each other stupidly not tell each other. Which led to many fights, mean words, and entertainment.

    This book was very familiar to me though because it almost identical in sequence to another book I have recently read. I can't remember what it was called but I will figure it out. It's either Aurelia or another book. Other then that it was a good book!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 7, 2012

    It was a great book. She did a great job of mixing romance, medi

    It was a great book. She did a great job of mixing romance, medieval times, magic & intrigue. I am looking forward to the sequel.
    The only thing I didn't care for was Viv. was a little whining at times & depsite Tristan & the guard thinking of her as a "smart" woman, they tend to treat her like a child. I thought a few things could have been explained more since Ms Saintcrow gives the impression that many of the characters understand the Aryx & it's powers. I would have thought Tristan would have explained more to Viv.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2011

    Loved it, but no warning of the cliffhanger?

    This was the first book I have read by this author, and I was completely drawn in literally from the first sentence. Lots of palace intrigue, action, romance, and astute world-building. After investing in reading 400 + pages, however, I was most distraught to discover this is not a stand-alone tale. As others have mentioned, I would prefer to know up front. I really considered downrating this title because of this "cheat" to the reader, but it was such a superb tale nonetheless that I could not bring myself to do so. As I read, I pictured how well suited this would be turned into a movie or miniseries, and I will be anxiously awaiting the sequel.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 8, 2012

    The sequel better be coming soon

    I found this new offering from Ms. Saintcrow very enjoyable with a likable heroine. This book is completely different from her Kismet series. However, the abrupt and totally unsatisfying end left me feeling completely frustrated as if I had wasted my time reading it.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 5, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    fantastic

    An exceptional book- hard to put down. Enjoyed it

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 14, 2012

    Interesting

    I liked the book. A good fantasy

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2012

    Not worth one star

    Not good puts me to sleep

    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 11, 2013

    Oddly enchanting ! I actually ignored my boyfriend for a night

    Oddly enchanting ! I actually ignored my boyfriend for a night so I could finish it !

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  • Posted December 11, 2012

    Loved this book - Vianne di Rocancheil is such a richly develope

    Loved this book - Vianne di Rocancheil is such a richly developed character and wonderful heroine in this swashbuckling tale of intrigue, queens, kings and treachery. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2012

    Nothing Like What I Expected

    This new world created from Lillith Saintcrow was so different from everything I've ever read from her. It does run on the slightly long, but I enjoyed the twist at the end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2012

    Very enjoyable

    Thoroughly enjoyed, had a hard time putting it down. However, her indecisiveness and what started to feel like a bleeding heart whining did start to grow very old and frustrating. I wanted to scream at the end...in both a good and bad way.

    This was my first time reading Lilith Saintcrow and I did injoy how she writes and she does an excellent job painting the world inside the pages.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2012

    I wish these books were in real (paper) book .I would love to bu

    I wish these books were in real (paper) book .I would love to buy and read them.

    0 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 14, 2012

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    Wonderful, as always!!

    Wonderful, as always!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 3, 2012

    Loved her!

    Wanted more stories about her. Precious story and characters.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2012

    Loved it

    ?

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2012

    Bouring

    Bouring! Bouring! Bouring! Main character whined way TOO much and has no belief in herself!
    vs

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2012

    Just read it

    Hard to review but its worth it. Long book

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