The Queen's Blade

The Queen's Blade

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by T C Southwell
     
 

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...

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940011160141
Publisher:
T C Southwell
Publication date:
12/18/2010
Series:
Queen's Blade , #1
Sold by:
Smashwords
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
50,254
File size:
291 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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The Queen's Blade 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 885 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Mark Trainor More than 1 year ago
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!
Tamatha22 More than 1 year ago
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.
AnnissaW More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great action and very original. I really enjoy this whole series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
shukura whyte More than 1 year ago
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 ;))
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Believable, imaginative characters. Interesting plot turns and development. Never got lost or dull. I will read more of these.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
NookWorm79 More than 1 year ago
You'd be hard pressed to NOT like this book. I enjoyed it very much!
MargoAnder More than 1 year ago
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.
momsdowntime More than 1 year ago
Great FREE book! I just got the next one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Seems like I keep finding series in this genre. I think this series is a good one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Alternate_Life More than 1 year ago
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!
PHEONIX More than 1 year ago
I LOVED THIS BOOK!! The story is so refreshing from all the other stories and it keeps your attention from beginning to end. I felt like I was right there in the middle of the action! Could not put it down!!
Eowynmichelle More than 1 year ago
Definitely a book for older young adults and adults, you won't be able to put this down until you've read the entire series!
rainey-day More than 1 year ago
Good thing I had the day off & could read the book cover to cover. Now downloaded the rest of the series to find out what happens next.
mrgrumpypants More than 1 year ago
First, a little about me. I am a 39 year old male. I say that, because in all honesty, in 39 years I have literally finished two books, cover to cover in my entire adult life. My wife purchased a nook for me, in hopes of turning me into a reader. Typically, I am not a reader....at all, mostly a hard-core gamer and avid movie lover, so I had little hope. When I say I am not a reader, I should say I HATE reading. I despise reading. I loathe reading. I think you get the point. I downloaded this book after reading the reviews, and thought it sounded interesting, and honestly, my wife made a great effort to get me a nook and I did not want her to feel bad that she got me something I would never use. 8 days later...now I know what people mean when they say they couldn't put a book down. While I cannot speak of characters, or the intensity of the plot while developing characters...blah, blah, blah, I can tell you that for someone who would rather sit through 2 hours of a timeshare presentation, than read a book...I loved it. To me the book was very interesting, and I could actually begin to "see" the characters and surroundings, and to much surprise, was beginning to get some emotion out of it. Who knew you could get emotion out of a book? I always thought those people at the doctor's office, reading and laughing to themselves were just plain crazy. I like it so much so, that I will be purchasing the rest of the series upon completion of this review. And the fact that as soon as I finished the book, I felt compelled to write this review should speak volumes. Thank you to the author for opening my eyes to a whole new world. While that may sound corny and contrived, I am at a loss for words that I actually enjoyed a book.
DizzyG More than 1 year ago
At first the book seemed a little slow, confusing, and I wasn't sure what was happening. But you weren't sure who the Queen's Blade was, which was what I was reading for. As I kept reading though, I enjoyed the characters and the writing style was flowed well, during conversations, explaining details, and descriptions. It is a great book which will make me actually buy the rest of the series! Edit 8/10/11 I believe it has been less than a week since I have written this review and have to add more. This series which at first was slow and confusing has become my obsession and when I am not working or doing what I have to do I am drowning myself in the series. I will be ending it soon as I am on book Five and am clinging to the hope that all goes well. Amazing series and worth worth worth EVERY penny. Please buy these books and support a great author!
Signed-Liz More than 1 year ago
This is a story abou two kingdoms, their rulers, and one assasin. The queen Minna Satu wants peace, but her country and the Cotti have been at war for generations. The country's whole economy is based on war, and not everyone wants peace. This stubborn queen however, will have her way. After meeting with the Idol of the Beasts she devises a daring plan, which includes the assasin Blade. Will peace ever be possible or does their hate run too deep? Over all this novel is well written and makes good use of every possibility. The words paint colorful pictures that transport you into the intrugue of this world. The only thing it needs is for the sequal too be free as well because, the end leaves you wanting more. However, this is a book that referances sex several times though, there are no descriptions. It also has many killings with a few gory details. Mostly it is clean, but there are those few things. Basically, this is a good 620 page read that has a fantastical side to it, and I highly recommend it. Signed, Liz
Wicked_Issues More than 1 year ago
This whole series is captivating and you won't be able to put it down for starting off with the first book being free what's to lose after I finished the first book I turned around and bought the whole series it was just that I just that good.