The Queen's Blade [NOOK Book]

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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, an ageless seer predicts a child who will end the Endless War. One man is the instrument who will change fate. He will usher in a time of strife and pain that will live in legend, and forever bear his name... the time of the Queen’s Blade.

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Overview

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, an ageless seer predicts a child who will end the Endless War. One man is the instrument who will change fate. He will usher in a time of strife and pain that will live in legend, and forever bear his name... the time of the Queen’s Blade.

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940011160141
  • Publisher: T C Southwell
  • Publication date: 12/18/2010
  • Series: Queen's Blade , #1
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 17,086
  • File size: 714 KB

Meet the Author

T. C. Southwell was born in Sri Lanka and moved to the Seychelles 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 fantasy and science fiction novels, as well as five screenplays. Her hobbies include motorcycling, horse riding and art, and she is now a full-time writer.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2011

    Good Book

    I picked this book because of the title and the cover art, and I kept my expectations low, completely ready to toss it if it wasn't holding my attention. However, I was pleasantly surprised to find that I really enjoyed it. I found it well-written and also, just a minor detail, much more navigable than other Smashwords books I've read.

    The characters - the master assassin Blade and the Queen, especially, were likeable and held my interest. Sometimes I don't like "court intrigue" novels because the plots get so baroque and its hard to keep track of everyone, but there were a manageable number of characters here.

    In fact, I was REALLY, REALLY into this book and planning to buy the sequel(s), until I got to the last few pages. If you don't like cliffhanger endings (and I don't) you won't like the ending here. I felt there were more than enough larger plot issues unresolved (the fate of the kingdom, for instance)to keep me reading, and then the author threw in a gratuitious cliff-hanger that puts a main character in jeopardy at the last moment. It seemed to be there just to get the reader to buy the next book, and it made me feel... manipulated.

    I liked the idea of the bonded animal familiars that many characters had, but it was never explored deeply enough for my liking.

    55 out of 62 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2012

    Awesome!

    Usually with free books, at best I expected two things...(1) a short story teaser to get you hooked to the story (2) maybe about 10 or 12 pages.

    What I got was 600+ pages, several riveting characters and incredible world building skills.

    This book hooked me but good! I had to go and get the entire series as well as several other of her free ebooks.

    I think T C Southwell is an incredible prolific and talented author. I've already finished reading the Broken World series and even though I hated the ending, the fact that I hated the ending shows the depth of my involvement of the storyline.

    With Queen's Blade, I could not help but feel from the deeply scarred hero of this tale and the queen, desperate to save her people. I wanted to sweep him into my arms and simply cradle him to futher protect him from the world.

    The author deftly manages to create within the reader emotional ties to a series of fascinating and complex characters.

    16 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 15, 2011

    Fantastic!

    This is by far the best FREE ebook I've ever read. Detailed characters, a tightly woven plot, and vivid settings are combined to produce one heck of a read. T. C. Southwell is a great story teller!

    16 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 12, 2011

    Amazing.

    Why I didn't hear of this book before I ran out of nook books money? I don't know, it amazing as was the other books (including the prequels.) So, if you bought this book and not the rest your missing out, cause Blade might be down but he is never out.

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 11, 2011

    This book was awesome!!

    I just finished the first book and will be picking up the second later today. I admit, it was a little confusing at the beginning, but it is so well written that your are instantly wrapped up in the characters and the plights of the kingdom. Great intrigue! The writer piants a very vivid picture every step of the way! Awesome!

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2012

    A diamond in the rough!

    I was pleasantly surprised to discover this book aftee searching through all the subpar free books out there. This is an excellent story and as a fellow writer, I was impressed. A great, intriguing read.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2011

    great read

    Great action and very original. I really enjoy this whole series.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2011

    Addictive!

    Great story! Once I started, I read all six books in a week and a half. You just have to know what is going to happen next. Great characters, great story!

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2011

    Great book

    This book is so great i can read it over Nd over again.......... This book is like a Action book and i hope others enjoy it ;))

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2011

    Liked it a lot

    Believable, imaginative characters. Interesting plot turns and development. Never got lost or dull. I will read more of these.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2011

    AMAZING BOOK!

    This book is amazing! I cannot put it down! I got it this morning and now im on page 200! This is a amazing book and the story is brilliant! I would recommend this to ANYONE who can read!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 17, 2011

    Awesome

    You'd be hard pressed to NOT like this book. I enjoyed it very much!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 15, 2011

    Okay

    This book was written okay but a little hard to follow. Things went on in the book that was not explained in the beginning so I'm not really sure if I got the jist of what I was supossed to out of it.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 13, 2013

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    The world of this story is unique. Everyone born there has an af

    The world of this story is unique. Everyone born there has an affinity for an animal that they bond with for life—the animal’s life is bound up with theirs, so shorter-lived animals enjoy an extended lifespan. People’s natures are expressed by the animals they bond with and attributes they share with their bond animal are accentuated. There are cat-kin, bird-kin, snake-kin, even insect-kin. These bonded pairs communicate together and are so close that nothing is more traumatic than to survive the loss of one’s bond-animal.

    The story is about an assassin who has no bond-animal. His horrific past has led him to claim that he doesn’t care about anything, least of all whether he lives or dies, which has made his reputation as an assassin because he takes on risky jobs. The law in this land is that the crime of the assassination is against the client who hires the assassin rather than the assassin himself, but that doesn’t make assassins respectable, though they have a guild and some rather rigid ethical restrictions to distinguish them from common murderers. Because assassins are forbidden to kill each other, they obtain status within their guild not by body counts, but by displaying their deadly skills in a “dance of death” that is judged on artistic merit by acclaim of the other assassins. The finest assassin in a city is called the Master of the Dance.

    Blade is the Master of the Dance in Jashimara’s capital city. His country has been involved in the Endless War with the Cotti, fierce desert warriors, and the new queen is determined to bring it to an end and has consulted an oracle on how to stop the war. The answer she obtained will demand all her courage to see it through—and she needs someone to carry out the first step—infiltrating the Cotti lands and the Cotti army to kill the Cotti king and kidnap the king’s grown heir, and bring the prince back to her. There is no shortage of gallant and accomplished warriors who volunteer but don’t return, with or without the prince.

    Blade is twenty-eight, the age when most assassins are either dead or ready to retire because their skills are starting to slip, and the queen has offered the tantalizing reward of nobility and a rich estate. Blade persuades the queen to let him try to accomplish the mission, and in doing so, becomes entangled in the political intrigues of both countries—neither of whose political elite are the least bit interested in an unprofitable peace.

    I enjoyed the plot, but the thing that made this book—and the series—hard to put down was the character development of Blade as he reclaims his humanity and, despite his claims to the contrary, becomes a true hero.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 13, 2012

    Great FREE book! I just got the next one!

    Great FREE book!
    I just got the next one!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2012

    Great story

    I really enjoyed this book. It's very well written, it creates a new world with interesting characters and a compelling story. I can see why she gives away the first book free - I'm seriously considering purchasing the rest of the series!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2012

    Another good one

    Seems like I keep finding series in this genre. I think this series is a good one.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2012

    Extraordinary Storyteller!

    Like many others, the title and cover art intrigued me (as did the "free" in the listing), but the storytelling of the author and her characters are what captivated me. Yes, the books are designed to be cliffhangers, like the serial stories of bygone days, but they are well worth the time and money. I've finished the series (including prequels) in record time and can't wait until the author releases another. In the meantime, I'm going to start reading one of her other series!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 26, 2011

    wonderful story!

    This is the first book in a wonderful series. If love fantasy adventure and an interesting and original hero you will love this book! Warning-you will want to read them all so be prepared to become enamored of the series! Her hero is one of the most multi-dimensional characters I've encountered in all my years of reading the genre. He is absolutely fascinating! The vivid world created in the pages is enchanting and you will be sucked in. A wonderful read-highly recommended!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 25, 2011

    Highly recommended!

    Picked this up because it was a FREE book. Quickly got addicted, couldn't read the series fast enough. I was able to lend these to a friend, and she complained that I wasn't reading fast enough (i.e., lend fast enough). Reminded us a little of Game of Thrones in a way. Great adrenaline rush, adventure. Fantasy!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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