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Posted March 25, 2012 by davincikittie in All Reviews
 
 

ARC Review: Queen of Swords (Sanctify #2) by Katee Robert


TLDR Recap:

After a night of what must have been incredible sex, judging from the state of her clothes strewn around the room, Ophelia finds herself taken hostage by the same ruggedly appealing man she has no memory of spending the night with. Boone kidnaps Ophelia to keep her out of his manipulative, psychopathic brother’s clutches, but the crown Prince’s political manipulations land them in serious trouble, and Boone and Ophelia soon have bigger problems than their ever-present attraction to each other. Queen of Swords is a GraveTells Recommended Read!

  • Title: Queen of Swords
  • Series: Sanctify #2
  • Author: Katee Robert
  • Prominent Characters: Ophelia, Boone
  • Recommended Reader Age: 16+
  • Sexual Content Level: moderate

*** This review is SPOILER-FREE! Read on with confidence! ***

Thoughts:

Queen of Swords starts out with a punch, luring the reader into a revealing morning-after scene of destruction and a tantalizing post-coital glimpse of our sleeping hero. As with most scifi books, we are immediately introduced to some new terminology… but I can honestly say this is the first time that learning curve has included something as unique and attention-catching as discarded spray-on condoms. That’s a new one, and is revealingly creative enough to get me past my reticence over the usual star-tech lingo!

Boone’s getaway ship, the Psyche, is definitely riding the Millennium Falcon vibe – all ugly, cramped, and pieced together, yet somehow the fastest bucket of bolts in the galaxy – and, being a life-long Star Wars fan, I found immediate comfort and solidarity in that. Boone himself is a surprisingly well-grounded commander whose desperation to save his people from the oppressive rule of his psychopathic half-brother, Kristian, both drives and torments him. As a prince of Hansarda, Boone and his other half-sibling, Jenny, live in exile and rally defectors to fight against their sadistic crown prince.

Ophelia is a brassy, capable Diviner who will take on just about any challenge. She follows the will of her Lady even when she knows it won’t be pleasant, and she doesn’t back down from hard choices. It may be Kristian who offered for Ophelia’s hand in a political move, but the real chemistry is between O and Boone. Unable to stop thinking about their one night together, both can’t keep their minds and hands off each other. They have excellent chemistry, their sex scenes are steamy & gratifying, and the plot is deliciously twisted.

The fastest way to get me all riled up and spitting mad (really, it’s not pretty), is to start spewing hate nonsense. The hardest to deal with are the hatemongers who feed on people’s fears and insecurities as if it is their divine right to decide what skin color or sex or race is “better”. Sanctify is one of those organizations. On a mission to “cleanse” the galaxy of non-humans by heinous torture and murder, Ms. Robert does an excellent job of portraying them as evil and despicable, and Ophelia’s Diviner heritage makes her a prime target for their schemes.

Memorable Quotes

You’re a scoundrel. I happen to like nice m-

“You’re sending me home.” Had she just said that out loud? Damn.
“You’re going home.”
She couldn’t see his face in the darkness, but his breath ghosted across her lips. Close, very close. “This isn’t smart.”
“Probably not.”
He shifted and then his tongue traced along the shell of her ear, making her eyes cross. “You don’t even like me.”
“Only most of the time.”

You treat ‘er right, and she’ll fly true.

Boone paused to visit the engine room where Chuck was tinkering with some obscure piece of machinery.
“How’s she been running?”
The short, swarthy man glanced up, dark eyes alight with mischief. “Boreas is like any other woman, Cap’n—she’s got her good days, but gods help us all when she’s feeling like a bitch.”

It’s harder than it looks, ok?

Ophelia bit her lip, looking unsure for the first time since he’d met her. “I…don’t.”
“Don’t what?”
“I don’t throw those words around easily, either.” She glared like it was his fault she had to deal with this in the first place. “I love you, okay. Don’t gloat.”
“I’m not gloating.” But he couldn’t stop grinning.
“Get that stupid smile off your face.”

If you liked Queen of Swords…

If you enjoyed Queen of Swords you might also enjoy Lost Prince by Ainsley.  A gripping, heart-wrenching tale of survival and fighting for what you believe in, Lost Prince has all the elements that make up a good scifi romance, with almost none of the negatives.  It was named as one of our Top 5 Books of 2011 You Absolutely Must Read, so unless you just REALLY have something against space stories, you gotta check this one out!

Queen of Swords also made me reminisce about the League series by Sherrilyn Kenyon, particularly the short story “Fire & Ice” (in the Other Worlds anthology) starring Adron and Livia.  It is powerful, poignant, and immerses you in the world of the League and the family that has managed to thwart it for so long.  Since “Fire & Ice” is mid-series, I recommend starting with Born of Night, the story of Adron’s parents.  Nykyrian is the most lethal assassin in League history, and his story is incredibly well-written.  Read our review for Born of Night here!

Final Thoughts:

Kristian’s evil manipulations drive the storyline of Queen of Swords, but Sanctify is the real big bad, and I imagine their nastiness and smug superiority will only increase as the series continues.  With such a strong antagonist and a likable cast of established secondary characters, the Sanctify series is definitely set up for a strong showing and I’m looking forward to the next story! Queen of Swords is a recommended read!

Rating: Queen of Swords

Recommended


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