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Queen's Hunt (River of Souls #2)

3.44 of 5 stars 3.44  ·  rating details  ·  133 ratings  ·  26 reviews
Ilse Zhalina has left to start a new life, leagues from her estranged lover, Raul Kosenmark. The quarrel that ended their relationship was quite public, and quite fake. They hoped to mislead Raul's enemies so he could continue to influence the politics of the kingdom and stave off an ill-advised war, while keeping Ilse safe. Ilse longs for Raul but is set on her own quest ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published June 4th 2013 by Tor Fantasy (first published July 17th 2012)
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Death and rebirth. The eternal contradiction of magic.

Where book 1 of the River of Souls series was an introduction to the world of Ilse Zhalina, Queen's Hunt has spread out to encompass the three warring kingdoms, complete with a number of shiny new perspectives (Raul included). Tensions are higher, there is much more action, and we see reincarnation become much more central to the plot. It's interesting to see how characters' dealings with one another in a past life can affect their dealings i
Cat Hellisen
Ahhhhh no! I need the next book stat.
I was eager to read Beth Bernobich's second book in her River of Souls series, Queen's Hunt. The first one, Passion Play, introduced the reader to the world of Ilse Zhalina and Raul Kosenmark, a world rife with politics and magic. It was one of those books that you find yourself reading in one sitting, because it is just that good, but also trying to slow down as you reach the last pages, to make it last.

Queen's Hunt picks up right where Passion Play left off. There's been a horrible fight (or h
Patrice Sarath
In Queen's Hunt, Beth Bernobich creates a riveting secondary world inhabited by fully realized characters who wield magic and weapons with equal facility. I was fascinated by the magic system and the world she created. And as a language lover, I was absolutely delighted by the language used to invoke the powers of the magical other world, a Germanic analogue that rivaled Tolkien's created languages. The incantations just beg to be intoned.

Ilse Zhalina, Bernobich's heroine from her first book, Pa
I received this free through Goodreads first reads. I was so excited when I won. I have been waiting for the second book to come out for a while. I loved the first one. This picks up a few months after the first one ended. Ilse and Raul are seperated so she can not be used against him by his enemies. While he is trying to find a way to bring about peace, Ilse is looking for the fabled jewels of Lir, three of the most powerful objects in the world. She hopes to use these to bring about peace as w ...more
This is the second book of the Series and I always have issues with second books. All too often, they suffer from what I call the Bridge Problem, existing only to connect Book One and Book Three. Nonetheless, I waited with great impatience and anxiety for this book to come into my hands, because the first book was so compelling. But to my intense delight this bridge has a story fit to stand alone! It also has several sassy, savvy, feisty female characters at the center of the plot, which just wa ...more
Ilse Zhalina's tale continues in Queen's Hunt, and the second River of Souls book lives up to the promise of Passion Play. The tale is expanded to introduce more characters (and more POV), but the author manages to keep juggling all the narrative balls without dropping any.

One of the best parts of the book for me was the development of strong female secondary characters, especially in the scenes where three women are traveling together, depending on each other and their own skills rather than o
I received this as an ARC from Tor Books. I hadn't read the first book in the series, and was concerned that I'd be lost - but I needn't have worried.

This struck me as a good, old-fashioned sword-and-sorcery saga - lots of inter-and-intra-kingdom politics, a great deal of magic, intrigue, soldiers, pointy things, and magical jewels that can make you live forever.

And it's old-fashioned, too, in the way that the sex and violence is never terribly explicit, and the language is never coarse, so yo
Dr susan
Although I do not like books with multiple points of view, the flow of Bernobich's story kept them from being annoying. Knowing that at least 4 books are planned, I wait eagerly for #3 (Allegiance) and hope that Ilse and Raul will not have to suffer apart for too much longer.
Allegiance is here, so I am reading Queen's Hunt again. I forgot how easily I lost track of time while visiting with Ilse and Raul.
I also forgot that Queen's Hunt is a story of treachery, joy and grief.
Did not go where I expected. It went better! Plot is deliciously complex yet logical. Have not ever seen reincarnation used in such a clever way. It reminds me somewhat of the Fionavar Tapestry with the interesting use of reincarnation, not as a modern retelling/remix of Tolkein.
I liked it. It's a very fast read, almost like a short story or novella. The story is exciting and the characters are interesting, I look forward to the next book. I won this book via Goodreads First-reads.
This is the second book in what I think is a trilogy. I hadn't read the first book, but this sounded intriguing enough to give it a try anyway.

And I have to confess that at the start of the book I was confused a lot. Not knowing what happened in book one, who some of the characters were, and if they were good guys or bad guys, I felt adrift. This being a world where people also remember their earlier lives didn't make it easier. But slowly I learned more about the world, the characters and what
Nerine Dorman
Beth Bernobich is one of those authors for whom I’ve developed a serious case of instaluv – so I’m compulsively working my way through her books as and when my reading schedule allows. What I adore about her writing is that she’s unhurried, focusing on the relationships between people and also developing whole characters who not only love, but also maintain interests and aspirations. These elements, of course, get derailed by events not always under their control, which keeps me turning those pa ...more
I really didn’t have any words to describe how I felt when I finished QUEEN’S HUNT, and I mean this a good way. This series so smart and emotional. It has everything I want in a good fantasy book, including a well developed fantasy world and just enough magic to keep things interesting. Where the first book of the series, PASSION PLAY, was an introduction to the fantasy world and to the main character Ilse, this sequel is more about the war brewing between three major kingdoms and the political ...more
I received this through the GoodReads Giveaway.

I have not read the first book in this series, but it was easy to pick up the threads and start the adventure.

I haven't read a book this good in quite some time! It has all the elements that make a great story: love, betrayal, a quest, magic, spies & past lives!

Ilse and Raul have staged a public break up to throw off their enemies. While Raul tries to prevent war via his spy network and political influence, Ilse will try to find a magical stone
Purchased myself - 3.75 stars
Too short.
I loved 'Passion Play,' it was an amazing book, but I feel a bit let down by Queen's Hunt. It was a good solid book but it could have easily been fleshed out and that while a good adventure took place, and the world building continued to be grand, it left me feeling like there should have been more. The character development was sorely lacking, Gerek was almost a wooden character, we did not learn nearly enough about him for him to have such a major role i
I admit the cover’s pretty cheesy, but “Queen’s Hunt” (Tor, $24.99, 332 pages) still deserves attention. It’s book two in a series that began with “Passion Play,” and it’s a typical pre-industrial fantasy with magic and paranormal powers – but just like “Passion Play,” Beth Bernobich takes the familiar and makes it interesting with a combination of strong characterizations, a complex plot and solid writing.

Also on the positive side, “Queen’s Hunt” is more or less a complete book, rather than the
Leigh Kimmel
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This is a hard book to rate. It's just as good as the first book, really, but as it's carrying middle book weight, there are a lot more plot threads being started up and carried along than resolved, which ends up being more frustrating when I don't have the third book to read yet than it would otherwise. And much as I loved most of the characters who got PoV in this book, I was also a bit frustrated by there being so many of them. I just couldn't track all of the names and plots attached to each ...more
This book broadens the focus of Passion Play, and introduces more POV characters. I wasn't sure that these characters added anything to the story. It's a good book, which wraps up an arc that I thought would take the whole trilogy, but the pacing was off. The characters spend a lot of time traveling about, meet each other in highly unlikely ways, and make a lot of plans which come to nothing.

Magic plays more of a role in this book, as do past life memories- I liked both these concepts. I'll read
Solid middle book, but if you were hoping for a lot of focus on Raul and Ilse's relationship, well...prepare for disappointment. The minor characters and the overall world issues dominate this story. Maybe the third one will have this focus? But all-in-all, solid plot, interesting places for this to go, some resolution of things brought up in the first book.

Fair warning - the romance here is of the gently-wafting-curtains kind, so if you are here for the steamy erotica, you will be sad.
Quick read, but it didn't really feel like a sequel to the first book with the exception of two of the main characters. There are multiple viewpoints this time instead of just the one (or two) that were in the first, and things just seemed to happen a bit too quickly and conveniently.

Definitely entertaining and worth reading, though.
I like where this novel went and where the future novels will go. I was just horribly sad for Raul and Ilse, it seems that they can never be happy for long periods of time, even though they have been destined. I hope the third installment finds them together again and moves 'onward' with their future and future happiness.
This book felt more cluttered and less complex than the first. I don't know if the author was rushed, but it felt like plot points came out of nowhere and were just as quickly solved.
Not a bad book but very different from the first. See my full review at
not quite as enjoyable as the first, but perhaps better written.
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