Queen of Wands (Special Circumstances #2)
Barbara Everette has a problem. It seems Janea, Barbara’s assistant andThe Foundation for Love and Universal Faith'sbest operative, has been thrown into a coma by some...more
The first part wasn't all that bad. I was actually liking it more than the first book. Lots of action after a slowish start. Barb has gone from confused soccer mom to hard-boiled ninja warrior mom in the space of just one year. She was kicking ass and not really bothering to take names in a major way before this one was thru. There were a lot of sliced off heads rolling around on the ground in this book, which was all lots of fun. When's she going to start showing these vaunted MMA skilss though ...more
The first part of the book is very good. I really like Barbara Everette. A staunch Christian believer that never strays from her faith, never swears etc. but at the same time do not hesitate to tell the unfortunat ...more
The book is written as three separate stories. In the first, Barbara is called to work with ...more
This book was in my freebie bag from last year's World Fantasy Convention. Ringo is known as a decent writer, and the title is the name of a Tarot card, which I thought might mean the story was Pagan-friendly. Alas, it's not.
In the America that Ringo has created for this series (this is book two), there's a more-or-less clandestine organization for people with paranormal abilities who are called upon to fight, y'kno ...more
Armed forces veteran and eight-time New York Times bestselling author John Ringo delivers the sequel to contemporary urban fantasy thriller Princess of Wands. Demonic, possessed Stepford wives versus a soccer mom demon slayer – plus, a zombie fight at an SF convention.
Soccer mom and demon fighter Barbara Everette has a problem. It seems Janea, Barbara’s assistant and The Foundation for Love and Universal Faith's best operative, has been thrown into a coma by some very nasty magic she’s stirre
First off is Barbara. She's less of the Christian than she was in Book 1. Ringo made Barbara a tryhard to be "badass". Actually, it's not just Barbara, Janea is also a tryhard to be slutty. Ringo really tried to toss in lines that would make Barbara seem badass and Janea slutty.
I'm seriously. In Part 3, Barbara and Janea got out of some underground cave and fights, so they are tired and exhausted and wanting to rest and sleep. Bu ...more
A bit surprising from Ringo as it's the first time I've ever seen him use more than religious faith to draw and define his characters. He's had characters in other series, especially his hard-bitten, fearless, military heroes who have drawn upon their beliefs/faith to gather strength and justify certain actions. But, this is the first I've read where he centers his main character so completely within a belief system.
I wonder if some of my feeling about the author ...more
The Story: Barbara Everette is a homemaker whose children are near-grown and has been recruited into a secret force hunting down bad spirits and she is trying to reconcile her Christian faith with much of the p ...more
In Princess of Wands, Barb joins forces with a secret organization composed of an eclecti ...more
I think it's got some really interesting takes on theology, Christian and otherwise. The mechanics of how this version of the world works are really, really interesting. Yeah Barbara Everette's a totally overpowered character but it's really interesting to see a woman in that role. And she manages to be SUPER CHRISTIAN without being an asshole about it, for the most part. Yeah, she struggles with different beliefs, a ...more
I read Princess of Wands many times, trying to understand what would come next for Special Circumstances. The wait was long, but entirely worth it. This is not my first reading of 'Queen', I have had the hardcopy since the original publication. My question to John Ringo is when will you revisit Barbara, Janea and SC? What did Barbara say to Mark, please don't leave us hanging.
Yuppie, strongly Christian, married soccer mom character, allied with any number of other characters whose power comes from other religions and all work together to foil demons. What's not to like?
The ongoing mildly 'anti-hero' charact ...more
I could not put the first book in this series down. I couldn't put this book down, either. In the first story, John created his characters, the good, the bad, and the rest of us. The characters and their relationships continue to grow in interesting ways.
Having learned about different religious beliefs, over the years, the story was even more entertaining. I look forward to reading more of the series.
Ringo always delivers thrills and page-turnability. But this time he fell short of the mark. The story is bland. The stakes are nominally high, certainly. but I never felt like I cared that mu ...more
As for myself, this book really "worked" for me, despite a bit of predictability and some fairly obvious flaws both in detail and plot; I applaud Ringo's courage, and I hope he is rewarded for it.
I am certain I will be reading the these novels multiple times, and I sincerely hope there w ...more
Atypical soccer-mom (also Army brat, Martial arts specialist and firm believer in God) is 'drafted' to fight supernatural creatures on Earth by channeling the power of God.
In Princess of Wands the demons are small. In Queen of Wands, not so much. A very creative astral trip to DragonCon and a major intervention are required.
Decent. The other two are fine in length, the third one feels abrupt, chopped and not up to its potential. Also, the attempts at explaining the ...more
There was a lot of political and ideological talk which detracted from the story itself. If you took out all that talk where he presented his opinions on how things should be then you'd probably cut out 1/4 of the book if not more.
His earlier works had more story content. It seems like his later works have him on his soap box a lot of the times.
In 1999 he wrote and published his first novel "A Hymn Before Battle", which proved successful. ...more