The Queen's Gambit

The Queen's Gambit

by Jessie Mihalik

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Overview

When the Quint Confederacy and the Kos Empire went to war--again--Queen Samara wisely kept her Rogue Coalition out of the conflict. But staying neutral in a galactic war doesn't pay the bills, not when both sides refuse to trade with neutral sectors.

With her people on the brink of starvation, Samara hatches a daring plan to snatch the kidnapped Kos Emperor from the Quint mercenaries holding him. The Kos Empire will pay a fortune for their emperor's return, enough to feed the Coalition's citizens while they wait for the return to a begrudging peace.

But when her plan goes sideways, Samara finds herself evading Quint mercenaries with the very man she intends to capture. And the more time she spends with Valentin Kos, the more she realizes that he's not the coldly indifferent villain she imagined. Torn between duty and desire, Samara must decide if saving her people is worth giving up the one thing she's always wanted.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940162019794
Publisher: NYLA
Publication date: 07/11/2018
Series: Rogue Queen , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 29,874
File size: 358 KB

About the Author

Jessie has a degree in Computer Science and a love of all things geeky. A software engineer by trade, Jessie now writes full-time from her home in Central Texas. When she’s not writing, she can be found playing co-op videogames with her husband, trying out new boardgames, hiking, or reading. Her debut novel, Polaris Rising, comes out in early 2019 from Harper Voyager.

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The Queen's Gambit: (Rogue Queen Book 1) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
LolaReviews 4 months ago
This was a fast paced science fiction novella with plenty of action and a strong romance plot line. I had fun reading this one. Samara is a great character to read about, she really cares for her people and isn't afraid to put herself into danger. There are some fun side characters too and I liked seeing how Samara's romance with Valentin developed. I liked the world building with the three different factions and interesting technological gadgets. I am looking forward to see more of this world in future books. The narration was well done and I thought the narrator's voice fit the story and especially queen Samara well. All in all a solid listen and I plan to listen to to the rest of the series too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a good read ,plenty of action, strong smart women in this story, great use of techno verbage. The author has potential to make this story line into a great series, I hope she continues the story line because there's a lot of us scifi readers who appreciate a well written series. The only thing I didn't care for was that the story line ended so fast so I'm keeping my fingers crossed that jessie mihalik will continue this story line and make it into a truly well rounded book series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun and exciting read! I am eager to read what happens next to the Rogue Queen.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars. DISCLAIMER: I was a beta reader for the second half of this former online serial (recommended by Ilona Andrews), but the novella underwent several substantial changes from the version I read to the final published book. No bribes or gifts were requested or received for this review. This novella is a fast but well-paced enjoyable read. It has a couple of well-written action scenes interspersed with the slow burn between Samara---queen of a rogue coalition of refugees, former thieves, and mercenaries---and Valentin Kos, the surprise new emperor of the Kos Federation. Given it's a novella, there's not a lot of room for background, exposition, or character development, but what's there provides a good sense of who Samara is (fiercely loyal, determined, and ruthless when needed), what's at stake for her people if her plans don't succeed, and the problems arising from the conflict between the Kos Federation and Quint Confederacy, including personal betrayals, double crosses, and calculated gambits. There's no cliffhanger. A sequel appears to be in the works. Perhaps we'll learn a little more of why Samara came to be an assassin, how Valentin is moving forward with ruling his empire, and what his dethroned brother Nikolas is up to. The author's full-length novel Polaris Rising is a separate tale that appears action packed. The first chapter is available at http://www.jessiemihalik.com/book/polaris-rising/. I've already preordered (release: February 5, 2019).