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The Queen Jade: A Novel (Red Lion #1)

3.25  ·  Rating Details ·  213 Ratings  ·  25 Reviews
The secret history of an empire
The mythical power of a stone
The quest to solve the legend of ... The Queen Jade

For centuries, explorers and scholars of the New World have been captivated by a legend involving the tragic life of a King, a Witch, and a giant blue jade stone whose beauty is intoxicating -- a stone whose possessor is said to be granted a life filled with po

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Hardcover, 334 pages
Published February 1st 2005 by Rayo (first published 2005)
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Miriam
I quit this book at page 60. I tried hanging in there to see if it improved once they actually get out into the jungle/archaeological site/whatever but gave up at "he chucked my chin." The heroine is such a feeb. I struggled get this far. The characters never made sense to me. That's not precisely to say that they're flat; there are real people who don't make sense to me, either. But there are authors who can write characters that don't make sense to me and are still interesting (Eg: Doris Lessi ...more
Chriss
Jan 26, 2008 Chriss rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of archeaology and adventure fiction
I really enjoy this book. I got it as an advance reader when I worked at a University bookstore in San Francisco and have re-read it several times since. Queen Jade has it all; lost treasure, family secrets, archeology, secret codes, a massive storm, jaguars, jungle travel, an old vendetta, mystery and romance. This book is thrilling, fast paced and full of very human and interesting characters. The plot is also believable.

My blog has a full review.
Frank
Apr 09, 2016 Frank rated it liked it
Shelves: adventure, literature
Overall, this was a mediocre adventure novel in the Indiana Jones vein. The protagonist of the story is Lola Sanchez, a Mexican-American who owns a bookstore called The Red Lion in Long Beach, California. The bookstore specializes in adventure yarns such as novels by Jules Verne, Rider Haggard, Edgar Rice Burroughs, and others. Sanchez's mother Juana is an archaeologist who believes that she has discovered the key to unlocking the mystery of the Queen Jade, a long-lost Mayan relic made of blue j ...more
Emily Dahl
I liked the Guatemalan background for this story-- especially the Mayan legend (that she made up in the style of Mayan folklore) and the incorporation of Mayan hieroglyphs. Interesting puzzle to solve.

However: I was not all impressed with the actual story overall. Or the characters she created. I thought the writing style was too heavy handed and the plot rather obvious.


Barb in Maryland
Jun 21, 2008 Barb in Maryland rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery-thriller
Delightful adventure with a touch of romance. Think of a modern Indiana Jones--but Indiana is a cranky older woman. She vanishes into the hurricane ravaged jungles of Guatemala and her bookstore-owner daughter and a young archeology professor head out to find her. Solving a cryptic Mayan carving is crucial to finding our missing woman.
Traci
Nov 13, 2008 Traci rated it did not like it
juvenile writing. couldn't get past page 5.
Kate
Aug 15, 2010 Kate rated it liked it
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Deb
Aug 08, 2008 Deb rated it liked it
This was fun in a "Romancing The Stone", over-the-top way. The main character runs an adventre & fantasy bookshop. She goes running off to Central Mother to look for her mother, an archeologist who has disappeared after Hurricane Mitch while hunting done an artifact that has obcessed her for years. She is accompanied by one of her mother's colleagues, also fascinated by the artifact and soon to be a love interest, and a childhood friend from whom she has been estranged, thanks to her mother. ...more
Amy
Sep 18, 2010 Amy rated it liked it
In the wake of the devastating 1998 hurricane, Lola must travel into the forests of Guatemala to solve an ancient riddle and find her missing mother.

An overall alright read. Once they actually get into Guatemala things move along quite a bit better. My biggest problem was that I figured out almost every riddle/mystery chapters ahead of the characters, and not because I was meant to. Instead I had to spend up to 100 pages watching them drop overly obvious clues and then spend two pages explaining
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K
Aug 22, 2015 K rated it did not like it
Clunky writing style. Don't know why I finished. Guatemalan history, treasure hunt, Mayan culture.
Laurie
Feb 21, 2015 Laurie rated it it was ok
There were moments I enjoyed the "Romancing the Stone" elements of the story, then there were moments that the writing seemed juvenile and trite. The relationship between the lead woman and the "love interest" was really childish and hokey. I kept reading just for the search for the ruins and to find out how they found he "Jade".
Vikas Datta
Feb 05, 2014 Vikas Datta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A terrific read.. with a host of engaging characters and sparkling dialogue
Cristina
La contraportada promete muchas aventuras que aún no he encontrado. Lo único que he leído ha sido detalles irrelevantes que llenan páginas y más páginas sin decir nada. Parecía que no acababan de llegar los acontecimientos 'importantes', sobre todo al final del libro. Además, los diálogos entre todos en general y entre Erik y Lola, en particular, me han parecido muy cutres y obvios. El tema del jade da mucho juego para construir una buena historia de aventuras en la selva.
En fin, una pérdida de
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Lisa
Jul 31, 2010 Lisa rated it it was ok
I only read half of this book and decided that I was not enjoying it. The characters were not all that interesting to me. Not developed really well in my opinion. Tiresome journals and manuscripts that I wasn't keeping straight. It may that I kept putting it down but I had difficulty keeping the Latino names of all the players straight in my head.
Crystal
Aug 21, 2008 Crystal rated it really liked it
I liked this book. She uses a lot of historical accurate stuff and writes some very intense scenes. The story line is really good too.
Clare
Aug 30, 2008 Clare rated it it was amazing
I really liked this. Kind of like a female Indiana Jones, only she's a bookstore owner.
Jordan
Oct 15, 2009 Jordan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Translation (La Reina Jade) was a great way to learn more Spanish.
Brooke
Feb 05, 2009 Brooke rated it really liked it
A great adventure story!! With a female, brainy Indiana Jones!
Carriann
Sep 01, 2013 Carriann rated it it was amazing
I loved it! Murray knows how to write an adventure!
Annie
Feb 21, 2010 Annie rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery-thriller
was looking for a new series..this will not be it
Kristina
The book disapeared but what i read seem good
Michaela
Feb 20, 2011 Michaela rated it it was amazing
A phenomenal historical mystery
Michelle
Jul 06, 2008 Michelle rated it really liked it
Loved it. An female Indiana Jones.
Anna
Exciting and quite clever.
Alejandra
Feb 23, 2008 Alejandra rated it liked it
great story
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Yxta Maya Murray is a professor at Loyola Law School and currently lives in Studio City, California.
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