The Steel Queen (Silk & Steel Saga #1)

The Steel Queen (Silk & Steel Saga #1)

by Karen Azinger


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Azinger's series is fast-paced action-packed fantasy. In a medieval world of forgotten magic, mortals are lured to the chessboard of the gods where an epic struggle of lives, loves and crowns hang in the balance, yet few understand the rules. In this game of power, the pawns of light and darkness will make the difference in the battle for the kingdoms of Erdhe: Katherine, 'The Imp': a young princess with the stout heart of a warrior will challenge the minions of a thousand-year-old evil. Liandra: The Spider Queen; who uses her beauty to beguile, her spies to foresee, and her gold to control, will need all of her skill and strength to fight a rebellion with her own blood at it's heart. Steffan, the puppeteer, will corrupt the innocent and unwary with greed and desire, as he sets an entire kingdom ablaze.

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ISBN-13: 9780983516002
Publisher: Kiralynn Epics
Publication date: 05/05/2011
Series: Silk & Steel Saga Series , #1
Pages: 458
Sales rank: 1,208,787
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.02(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

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The Steel Queen 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Yuppie57 More than 1 year ago
The theater of the mind is a wondrous thing, and Karen Azinger displays mastery of it in her new book "The Steel Queen". From the castles, the varied topography of Erdhe, and the faces and clothing of the characters themselves, I've seen them all. All through the colorful imagery created by the author. This is a very well written book. The story lines are uniquely singular yet interwoven, each hinting at a singular homogeneous purpose. If medieval fantasy interests you, this exciting, engaging, even sometimes shocking storyline is a must read It was hard to put the book down to break for dinner, for work, or some other foolish endeavor. I can't wait for the next release in the Silk and Steel Saga!
ronnakay More than 1 year ago
If there is one thing I love it is finding a great book series! One is never enough for me and Karen Azinger does not disappoint in setting up her Silk and Steel Saga with her first book The Steel Queen. The world is artfully created, the characters rich and well defined but also with room for growth not only in this book but in the rest of the series. There is plenty of action and it never seems long and drawn out like in lesser novels. The Steel Queen is a work of literary art and I am very much looking forward to the rest of the series! I loved the jouney I took with the characters throughout this book and look forward to joining them on the next journey! Long Live The Steel Queen!
AvidReader100 More than 1 year ago
I love top notch fiction fantasy, but so very few authors can really hit the mark. This book is a true masterpiece. The characters are compelling, and the range of motivations and personalities is astounding. The world of Erdhe is finely crafted and so consistently portrayed that I was absorbed into the settings as if actually living in them. The plot unfolds in layers, seemingly simple at first, yet with each iteration the masterful writing ups the suspense , the complexity, and the uncertainty. The plot exists on so many different levels that it can stand as a love story, an epic of good versus evil, a war saga, an expose of human nobility and depravity, or a primal myth. I do know that I could not put the book down and I cannot wait for the rest of the series. I think I am going to rank Azinger as an author on level of Tolkein, and yes, better than Martin. No kidding.
Mallory_SupernaturalFan More than 1 year ago
Review of The Steel Queen by Karen Azinger The Silk and Steel Saga #1 5 stars I surprised myself with this novel, or perhaps the novel surprised me. I am not totally a fan of the fantasy genre, with exceptions: Karen Azinger is one of those. “The Steel Queen” proved to be so much more than I expected. Yes, Constant Readers, there is sword and sorcery contained herein (is there ever), but that’s not all. We have a heroine who, in some senses, has a “male spirit trapped in a female body,” and I say that only because in her culture and society, as the youngest child and only daughter of a fierce but honourable King, she should only be feminine, fostered, trained in Queencraft—and then married off, for political reasons of course (think the Hapsburgs of Europe tied to England’s royalty throughout the centuries).  Then there is the very appealing “dark” nature of this story: the Dark Oracle, that really terrifying Flame God cult, the Mordant, and so forth. I liked that; I appreciated that the novel wasn’t all “sweetness and light,” but included some seriously horrifying (thinking, for example, of the scene with the old crone in the cave, and of the Flame God [shudder]) elements. And it’s not just the Dark Lord that is evil; there’s evil in humans here too (example, that greedy, covetous, bigoted, concupiscent Sir Raymond and his ilk), so that the story becomes very three-dimensional and realistic. I’m really anticipating the next novel in this series. An e-book copy was provided by the author in return for my fair and impartial review.
TheFBGnome More than 1 year ago
This is book one of a VERY long series as such we mostly get introduced to the VAST array of characters... the world is tantalizing slowly realized as the lives of the various people who live there are introduced... there is CHARACTER in many things even the monetary system of the world brings more life to this land than many other stories ever delve into... Therefore EVERYTHING comes to life although there is definatly so much more to be told... I have been waiting to read this book ever since I first heard about it almost a year ago from the Author and it does NOT disappoint well worth the wait... but YOU don't have to wait anymore... and the best part the NEXT book is due in just a few short weeks... Cannot wait :)
Swand More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing start to the series! Beautifully written,this book begins a fascinating journey into another world with smart characters and interesting plot twists. The action is endless and the descriptions wonderful. Really a fantastic find!
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Divine Zape for Readers' Favorite The Steel Queen is a powerful opening in The Silk & Steel Saga series by Karen Azinger; it’s an explosive beginning for a saga that comprises seven books. In a story set in the medieval kingdom of Erdhe, readers are plunged in a world of intrigue, stabbings-in-the-back, painful betrayals, greed, love, and many themes of epic tales. The setting is a place where magic has almost completely been eliminated after the great wars of wizards. No one wants magic, but there are remnants of it and Castlegard is its most powerful evocation. With a cast of memorable characters, readers follow an intricately woven story, with dizzying action as a young princess stands up against the domineering strength of an aged evil. It’s a game of power, a fight for the control of the kingdom of Erdhe. The action is fast and intense, tantalizing, and cinematic, the kind you find in epic works of fantasy. The characters are exceptional and readers will be seduced by the female characters in the story and the roles they play, including the young Katherine. Karen Azinger has a unique gift for plot, creating a tapestry where different stories intertwine into a bold and daring narrative. The subplots are awesome and it’s impossible to ignore any part of the story. Her characters will haunt you, the plot will keep your heart racing, and the exquisite prose has a magic of its own. This author uses suspense to keep your attention, making the writing atmospheric, and creating worlds that are the best escape for fans of epic fantasy. The Steel Queen is written for mature audiences and it features themes of war, love, magic, and the quest for immortality. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series.
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