Ophelia is a rarity, a living Diviner. Her species have been hunted down and killed by Sanctify, just for being different. Boone's brother is the heir to the planet, and has sent him to look into his new concubine, Ophelia. Instead of the meek and placid women that his brother normally goes for, Boone can't help but notice Ophelia's fire. Against their better judgement they spend the night together, but soon after Boone realises that he can't let his brother have Ophelia, and that has nothing to do with him wanting protect people in general but more to do with wanting to protect her...
Please give me more! I loved every second of Queen of Swords, Robert's world really draws you in and her characters are complex, engaging and their interactions seemed real. And there were far more interactions than just between Boone and Ophelia, both of them had relationships with Boone's sister, Jenny, and Boone had his first mate, Cole. What was also interesting was that Ophelia's relationship with her parents was shown in the book, whereas many parents seem left out (in general that is not just in sci-fi).
The main relationship was between Ophelia and Boone, and that was interesting, as well as extremely complex. They started their relationship as a one night stand, drunkenly, and somehow that really set them up. It was messy, but that made it more real, because messy is realistic! There was great banter going on between them in the first half of the book (when they were refusing to have sex for one reason or another), and at times it had me laughing aloud, though at others I was just wanting to yell at them to break the tension! Though don't get me wrong there were some very sweet moments between the pair of them as well.
Some of the story could have been the same without the sci-fi setting, however the majority of the story was weaved into the setting, with a cast of different species (like Ophelia and Cole) as well as humans. This was as well as the majority of the story taking place on space ships (and when it wasn't then it normally involved pretty impressive jail breaks!)
I found the "bad guy" in this book was very interesting. On the surface you have Boone's brother, sadistic, cruel and power hungry. But underneath that is Sanctify, which is evidently an issue that is going to span the whole series (and it will be interesting to see that done. As with the Brink of Distinction series, the main enemy was human, and as with Messenger's series, I thought that the author captured the disturbing depravity of mankind well. Though there is much more to learn.
Basically I loved this book, though then again I was always going to with a strong female character, romance, intricate sci-fi setting and all the action...most definitely a book that needs to be read...and a sequel that I am going to have to read as well! (Once it's out!)
Queen of Swords
by: Katee Robert
Synopsis: When the cards tell Ophelia Leoni she's supposed to marry the Prince of Hansarda, the gunrunner grits her teeth and boards the starship that comes for her. It doesn't matter if the ship's commander is the gorgeous stranger she just spent a wild, drunken night with. As a Diviner, she’s painfully aware the cards don't lie. Ever.
Boone O’Keirna knows Ophelia is trouble the second he sees the way she moves. Not about to let the little hellcat marry his sadistic half-brother, Boone pretends to be the Prince’s emissary and kidnaps Ophelia. Too bad they can’t be in the same room without him wanting to throw her out an airlock–or into bed.
Even as they fight each other–and their explosive attraction–Ophelia and Boone sense something is wrong. Too much is going their way. Soon, they realize while the cards may never lie, the truth is sometimes hidden between them...and the future king of Hansarda is not one to take defeat lying down.
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Author Bio: Katee Robert learned to tell stories at her grandpa's knee. Her favorites then were the rather epic adventures of The Three Bears, but at age twelve she discovered romance novels and never looked back.
Though she dabbled in writing, life got in the way--as it often does--and she spent a few years traveling, living in both Philadelphia and Germany. In between traveling and raising her two wee ones, she had the crazy idea that she'd like to write a book and try to get published.
Her first novel was an epic fantasy that, God willing, will never see the light of day. From there, she dabbled in YA and horror, before finally finding speculative romance. Because, really, who wouldn't want to write entire books about the smoking-hot relationships between two people?
She now spends her time--when not lost in Far Reach worlds--playing imaginary games with her wee ones, writing, ogling men, and planning for the inevitable zombie apocalypse.
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