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Queen of Swords (Sanctify #1)

3.71 of 5 stars 3.71  ·  rating details  ·  311 ratings  ·  70 reviews
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 sec
ebook, 326 pages
Published July 10th 2012 by Entangled Select (first published March 1st 2012)
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Woohoo! If you are looking for a great sci-fi book then look no further this one has it all. Aliens, adventure, space, and one kick ass heroine!! Katee Robert has definitely grabbed my attention with her Sanctify series.

Ophelia is a Diviner. A special type of species that serves the Lady, a God that gives them the power of seeing the past, present, and future through card reading. Ophelia, who helps run her fathers gunrunner business, returns home after a devastating loss to her crew after not l
LethalLovely~I Slept in Last Night's Clothes & Tomorrow's Dreams
I don't know why the hell I added this book to my TBR shelf. I like romance and I like science fiction. But in my experience, when you add the two genres, weird shit happens. Like in Hunting Julian, Forced Mate et cetera. Your hero whips out the "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Penis" *cough*Nicholas*cough* and he maybe even gets pregnant. O__o Or the heroine, Princess Vagin'Nee Blahblah saves THE GALAXY by doing The Sex with the entire male population of well-hung Rat shifters. Or some shit like that. ...more
Jess the Romanceaholic
I admit, I had started this one a long time ago and put it down only a chapter in, because I didn't care for the fact that the book started off with the heroine climbing out of the hero's bed after a drunken one-night stand.

I should never have put it down.

There was tons of intrigue, betrayal, angst, danger and excitement plus a good dose romance and sexual chemistry.

A very solid 4/5 Stars, with a full review to follow.

I'll admit, the only reason I picked this book up was because of its title & cool cover, and for once, I didn't regret it.

Normally I'm put off by sci-fi books (which is weird, because I love good sci-fi movies), but Queen of Swords is different. Yes, there are spaceships, lasers & multiple alien races running around, but rather than beat me over the head with technical jargon & long-winded explanations (you know, in case I failed to realize just how different & advanced everythi
Review posted at: Swept Away By Romance

Story Rating ~ 4 Stars
Imagination Rating ~ 5 Stars
Hero Rating ~ 4 Stars
Heroine Rating ~ 4.5 Stars
Action Level ~ 5 Stars
Romance Rating ~ 4 Stars
Heat Level ~ 3.5 Stars
Ending ~ 3 Stars
Overall Rating ~ 4 Stars

One of the things I love most about sci-fi romances is the fact that there is a lot of imagination that goes into these books. Katee Robert did just that, she has an excellent imagination, it made this book very unique and like no other I've read before. T
Book Sniffers Anonymous
The story starts out with Ophelia waking up in a strangers bed. She gets a call from her mother saying she needs to come home immediately. She sneaks out of the guys house and when she gets home she realizes she is in for a surprise. She finds out that she is being picked up and is going to marry Prince Kristian. However, the guy who picks her up to take her to the prince is non other than the guy who's bed she warmed last night. What she doesn't know is that Boone is actually Kristian's little ...more
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If you enjoy love-hate tug o' wars in your romance...

If you read the blurb for QUEEN OF SWORDS you've got a good grasp of the plot and the hero and heroine of this fresh scifi romance from Katee Robert. She wastes no time in the set up before rocketing readers into an adventure that has plenty of snicker-worthy moments and action of both the gun-toting and steamy varieties.

I would be remiss if I didn't admit now that I didn't realize this was the second in the Sanctify series when I grabbed it.
I don't often read this kind of sci-fi romance but I love Katee Robert's contemporary romance series so I jumped at the chance of reading Queen of Swords when I was offered a review copy. I'm happy to say I was impressed, the author has created an interesting universe with diverse species of alien characters and she gives us enough information to build a good picture of things without overwhelming us with unnecessary details. None of the terms used are too complicated so the story is very easy t ...more
Rating: 3 out of 5.

It started out great, but I found the heroine a bit too prickly for my liking. I also wished the ending was longer and more complete in its conclusion.
First Line - 'Ophelia couldn’t find her underwear. They had to have been around there somewhere. She’d been wearing them last night, after all, but she was hard pressed to find that small piece of silk amongst the other clothing scattered about the room.'
I like this opening, Ophelia seems like a fun person - though she isn't quite as promiscuous as she sounded to me initially. Though the guy she is in the process of sneaking away from is the very man who will change her life forever. Who knew a
So Sanctify 0.5 (prequel novella) was The High Priestess and I really enjoyed it so I was looking forward to reading this.

We start off with Ophelia having trouble finding her knickers (best opening EVER), can't run from a one night stand with no pants now, can we? Then her mum (Marianna) tell her she has had a marriage proposal from some prince and, after reading her cards, she accepts. Turn out Boone is the guy that comes to collect her, only she soon finds out that he wasn't really there to co
Seleste deLaney
Full review at

It's really weird writing a review for a novel I beta-read... a while ago. For starters, I need to be totally up front--Katee Robert is my critique partner and has been since I first had a critique partner. She wouldn't have lasted that long if I didn't love her work. So, what you're about to read is a gushing review, but it's a gushing review because I truly think her stuff is fantastic.

Okay, now that that is out of the way...

Queen of Sword
I started this one on the train on my way home from BEA and it held my attention. I found myself cheering for Ophelia and really enjoying all of the space elements (the world building is really well done if it does sometimes seem to give homage to Star Wars-especially with this Han and Leia type romance). This is the second book in the series, and I did not read the first, but I felt it stood alone. The species of aliens are very original and creative. The Diviner religion is also very creative. ...more
Reading Romances
It was a page turner from the beginning, but some points the pacing was dragging the story and it was hard to follow. I believe I might have enjoyed it more if it were a novella.

The spiritual side to it was very interesting to see, and I would have never expected to see tarot cards as part of a sci-fi series! The main characters are a kick ass heroine and a sexy prince who are extremely hot together!

(...)If you have watched the TV series Firefly, they both share a similar atmosphere. The eleme
I'm not a reader of sci-fi romances, this is new territory for me but I've read Katee Robert's Brazen offerings so when I was offered the chance to read Queen of Swords for review, I grabbed the chance.

If you've read the synopsis you will have a good idea at where the book is going. Boone is sexy, witty and protective, Ophelia independent and feisty and whilst they can fight & spar against each other, they can't deny their attraction or chemistry and this leads to some explosive passion. But
Great scifi romance! I'll be posting the review on GraveTells soon and then here shortly after. In the meantime, I'll just say that it has action, humor, chemistry, steamy sex, and likeable characters with believable world-building. Looking forward to the next Sanctify novel! Will it be about Jenny? That would be awesome!
Sharonda BrazenBabe
I really enjoyed this story. I am a fan of sci-fi and I love reading about different worlds and species. I think Katee Robert did a hell of a job with the character and story development. Boone & Ophelia were perfect together and I loved the chemistry between them.
This book is full of snarky, sexy fun! If you loved the banter between Han Solo and Princess Leia, you'll love Ophelia and Boone.
I read the prequel novella before this book. And that made me sad, because I got to know Marianna and Gerard in that book. Gerard changed his mind about diviner abilities, despite the fact that in The High Priestess his belief in those abilities is one of the big reasons he escapes with Marianna. Also (view spoiler) That is not what someone who read the prequel would expect or want.

Aside from that though, Ophelia and Boone were adorable together in a scarily viole
Jamie ~ Bad Boy Inspector
This book was a great sci-fi read and it came to me at the perfect time. I am not sure if it is because I read to much or what but I have been getting tired of the same old stories over and over just with different characters. Katee took this story beyond that with her unique plot and intriguing characters and pulled me out of my reading slump. If you are looking for something different that grabs you and holds your interest until the very end then I HIGHLY recommend this book. I am really excit ...more
Sasha Summers
4.5/5 stars
Really, really enjoyed this one! I loved that there was a reason (beyond being in love) that made the heroine shift from being completely kick-ass and hard to being a little less so. I'm not going to say what it is, I'm not a spoiler gal, but it worked and wasn't gimmicky. I also loved the sheer multitude of awesome and unique species. They were painted with vivid strokes and fearless creativity - blending into the universe and making it a far more interesting place to visit. And I kn
Wendy C
Queen of Swords (Sanctify #1) by Katee Robert

Queen of Swords (Sanctify #1) by Katee Robert tells the story of Ophelia who is getting drunk to forget about the last mission that she was on that had gone terribly wrong. So she hooks up with a sexy stranger for a one night stand.

The next day she is told she that the Prince Kristian of Hansarda wants to marry her and it would help their family business out a great deal. Boone, the emissary arrives to pick her up, but unbeknownst to her Boone is an
The Book Tart
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Queen of Swords by Katee Robert is delicious! I’m kicking myself for not reading one of her books on my TBR pile sooner. I LOVED this story. I got a geeky thrill outa the sci-fi and paranormal elements. And the romance was a perfect blend of steamy heat and emotional heart. Also, this adventure was just plain fun! I’m so glad the sequel is out soon cause I needs it! (ok, that’s a lot of exclamation points but this story deserves
Eva Millien
The first book in the new science fiction romance is a thrilling and adventurous read. Pretending to be the Prince’s emissary, Boone O’Keirna kidnaps the deadly hellcat Ophelia Leoni to keep her from marrying his sadistic half brother. Too bad they can’t be in the same room without him wanting to throw her out the airlock, but even as they fight each other and their explosive attraction, the future King of Hansarda is not one to take defeat lying down.

The fast paced and smooth flowing plot keeps
Gigi staub
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 deadly little hellcat marry his sadistic half-brother, Boone pretends to
She Hearts Books
Ophelia thinks that she's on her way to be married off to the prince when she's actually been kidnapped by his half brother, Boone who just happens to be the guy she just had a steamy overnighter with. Boone has kidnapped her in order to stop the wedding so that he can try to overthrow his brother for the throne once their father passes. Ophelia has walked into this blindly. Well almost blindly as her cards have hinted that she may find her happily ever after once all is said and done. She ends ...more
Queen of Swords

In an effort to temporarily beat down some personal demons that had been haunting her after the tragic loss of her entire crew, Ophelia Leoni spends a drunken night with Boone O'Keirna....never expecting to see him after that night. The following morning, she is summoned home and informed that she will be marrying Prince Kristian and a ship is already en route to pick her up to bring her to him. Ophelia, a tarot card reading Diviner, sees in the cards that this is her destiny, so
Talking Books
Ophelia Leoni is a tough, no nonsense Diviner who has just lost her ship and her crew. She blames herself having not listened to the fates, she drowns her sorrows and comes face-to-face with the one person who challenges her and sets her on a journey - one that changes her life forever...

Enter Boone O'Keirna. The ruggedly handsome, tough talker who grabs Ophelia's attention from the start! Sparks ignite that neither can turn away from and their one night of sizzle sets about a chain of events th
Kathie (katmom)
I love a good Sci-Fi romance, and Ms. Robert brought it home. She built a world with Diviners and all sorts of aliens. But, she didn't bog us down, too much, with mountains of back story. I was a bit disappointed in the ending. There's a character death and it's just glossed over. That was a bit odd, and took my rating down one. I do realize there are more in the series, and I look forward to reading them, but the end was beyond rushed.

I enjoyed these two tough characters working to become a tea
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