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Queen of Swords (Wilderness #5)

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4.29 of 5 stars 4.29  ·  rating details  ·  4,680 ratings  ·  219 reviews
It is the late summer of 1814, and Hannah Bonner and her half brother Luke have spent more than a year searching the islands of the Caribbean for Luke’s wife and the man who abducted her. But Jennet’s rescue, so long in coming, is not the resolution they’d hoped for. In the spring she had given birth to Luke’s son, and in the summer Jennet had found herself compelled to su ...more
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Published (first published January 1st 2006)
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Shell Schroth


Well Ms Donati, just when I had thought you had done the unforgiveable, (Referance to Fire Along the Sky (Wilderness, #4) by Sara Donati, and my review thereof) you go ahead in redeem yourself in a major KICK ASS way... DAMN how I love this family.... You are a talent to be reckoned with for sure, Up there among my lists of the greatests... Off to buy my copy of The Endless Forest by Sara Donati~ Sad really as I am SO NOT ready to let this family go....

I really hope you are able and desirous of introducing us to another family of epic characters, real soon....

Until then....
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Melissa
It took me a long time to warm up to this book. That being said, I do think, overall, that I enjoyed it. The fifth in the Into the Wilderness series by Sara Donati, it was only this book that I learned the authors real name. I have to say I was quite shocked that Rosina Lippi-Green was actually Sara Donati. As a linguistics graduate I am much familiar with her work there, and it does a lot to explain why the accents and "voices" of these characters are so accurate in these works.

As a bit of a re
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Charlynn
It took more than a year for Luke and Hannah to find and rescue Jennet, to dispose of her abductor. After so long in captivity, the Bonner siblings had no idea in what condition they would find their wife and sister, respectively. No matter what, though, they'd be able to finally go home, to leave the sea behind, and heal together at Lake in the Clouds. Only, there's more to do than merely save Jennet and dispose of her kidnapper; unbeknownst to Luke and Hannah, when Jennet was taken from them, ...more
Ann
My reviews get lower as I continue with this series. While, I may enjoy the characters, I can't ignore the plot holes such as why was Jennet kidnapped by Degre? To have a new book seems to be the explanation. She wasn't held for ransom nor did he marry her. Why did he want her? so she could sit around on an island playing with her tarot cards until Luke rescued her! Then why did Honore have a fake marriage to Jennet? He could have just slept with her in exchange for taking the baby. And why was ...more
Jenn
This book was the hardest to get through in this series. This focused more on Jennet, Luke and Hannah. It was during war times and I felt it just encompassed too much of that aspect into the storyline. At times the political aspect was so drawn out that it got to be quite boring.


For some reason it was hard to connect with the main characters especially Jennet and Luke. It was nice to see a bit more on Hannah and her trials and tribulations being an woman of mixed ethnicity.

I sorely missed Eliz
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JenJenBoBin
"5 Stars!!"

Action, Adventure, Romance ... it's all packed into this series!!! I am really enjoying the Bonner family and all their travels. Sad there is only 1 more book to go *sob* :(
Ruth
In this series of "Into The Wilderness" this was my favorite book next to the first one in the series. The second book almost made me stop reading but I persisted. I have loved the diversity of characters and the experience of different locations in the late l700's and up to the French and Indian war that started in 1812. I like getting into a series where I can live with characters for awhile and this suited that need.
If you come to the end of the "Outlander " books by Diana Gabaldon this will
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Susan
It is the late summer of 1814, and Hannah Bonner and her half brother Luke have spent more than a year searching the islands of the Caribbean for Luke's wife and the man who abducted her. But Jennet's rescue, so long in coming, is not the resolution they'd hoped for. In the spring she had given birth to Luke's son, and in the summer Jennet had found herself compelled to surrender the infant to a stranger in the hope of keeping him safe.

To claim the child, Hannah, Luke, and Jennet must journey fi
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Alec Hastings
Sara Donati researches thoroughly and writes historical novels that seem completely authentic. I was saving Queen of Swords for pure entertainment (needed to finish some "assigned" reading), and I was so happy to dive into the book while I was away from home for a week. Every night I looked forward to a half hour or so of reading pleasure, and sometimes the half-hour turned into two hours. This novel, of course, follows new generations of Bonners, etc. into new decades. Hannah Bonner and her hal ...more
Beth
The fourth in this romantic historical fiction. Much like the Outlander series you learn to love the characters and can not wait to find out what they are up to now. Hannah, Nathaniel's daughter from his first marriage has been in and out of the last few books. Now she becomes the main character and you read hoping that she will be able to move through some horrible past memories onto something better! Loved this book!
Tamara
Didn't realize it was Book 5 in a series until I was done. I'd figured out it was part of a series about halfway through when there obviously some backstory I was missing, but it still manages to stand alone. Set in 1814 New Orleans (near end of War of 1812), it's more about the characters' relationships than the war.
Georgia
Donati's writing just got better and better as she continued the story of the Bonners and all their various children/relatives/friends. This book contained several gut-wrenching scenarios which are not for the faint of heart. However, I must say it was probably my favorite of the five I've read so far.
Jennifer
This historical fiction had good, strong female characters. The plot moved along with enough surprises to keep you going and I loved the appearance of historical characters. Also, this covered the War of 1812 and New Orleans, which are time periods I don't come across in historical fiction often.
Katie
I LOVED this book in the series! I didn't think I would since it wasn't about the main characters, but about their children and boy was I wrong! It was exciting, gritty, full of interesting characters and I just couldn't put it down. I absolutely love Hannah's story that opens up more in this particular novel. I, also really loved the setting in this book; I felt that the author did a great job infusing the book with the war of 1812 without it being all about the war and I also felt that her bit ...more
Sarah
Well this one definitely started out with a bang, literally! I was so glad that the rescuing of Jennet wasn't drug out. Luke was incredible and just what I was waiting for after the hell they all had been through.

There were however parts that went on too long for my taste. The whole chaos surrounding the war made this book the heaviest and darkest yet in my opinion. The things that happen to both Jennet and Hannah were so hard to read, but in the end, they come out stronger than before.

I loved
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Marcy
I loved every book in this series and was so sorry to have it come to an end....for now. I loved the changing historical focus and locales. I can't wait for the next one to be published.
Kris
4 STARS

"It is the late summer of 1814, and Hannah Bonner and her half brother Luke have spent more than a year searching the islands of the Caribbean for Luke's wife and the man who abducted her. But Jennet's rescue, so long in coming, is not the resolution they'd hoped for. In the spring she had given birth to Luke's son, and in the summer Jennet had found herself compelled to surrender the infant to a stranger in the hope of keeping him safe.

To claim the child, Hannah, Luke, and Jennet must jo
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Gretchen
I held off on this one for a long time. I felt that the Endless Forest Series had hit the rocks on Book 4, and I wasn't really sure I wanted to continue. But, with a lot of travel planned, I decided to take this as a plane book.

The first thing I realized was how little I remembered of Book 4. I know I read it - it's sitting on the bookshelf - but I spent the first part of the book feeling as though I'd come across an old friend after 10 years. Things were referred to, that I probably should hav
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Jenny Q
4.5 Stars. This is the fifth installment in Donati's Wilderness series, chronicling the lives of Nathaniel and Elizabeth Bonner and their children, and after spending some time on the backburner in the previous book, my girl Hannah is front and center again. She is, in fact, the Queen of Swords, according to her cousin Jennet's tarot cards:

A woman possessed of keen logic and intuition. Forthright is she in manner, and well-armed.

And the Queen of Swords is dealt the Ace of Wands: A new adventure
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Lvolk
This book was fantastic! This is the 5th in the series. I've commented on them all saying that it's a good story about a family, immediate and extended (slaves, ex-slaves and adopted children), living in the Frontier in upstate New York in the 1800's. There's always an adversary, and there's always LOVE (which I LOVE because I'm a sap). Anyway, the main character at the start of this series was Elizabeth who is a prudish, staid, but beautiful (of course) English woman who came to America to the ...more
Jeni
I must begin by saying that I am terribly fond of Donati's writing, and the Wilderness Series of books she has written. Due to a series of simple mistakes I have actually read all but one of the books in this series, book four, but I read them out of order. I began with Endless Forests (book 6); not realizing it was the conclusion of a six book series, followed by books one, two, three, and five (which I had mistaken for book 4). Presently the only book of the series I haven't read is book 4, Fi ...more
Gail Amendt
It's hard to believe that I started this series only a couple of months ago and here I am reviewing the fifth book. It has grabbed me, and although I might read a book or two in between, I keep coming back to this series to see what happens next. This was one of my favorites in the series, probably because it took me, through the misadventures of the Bonner family, to a place I have never visited in my reading - New Orleans in 1814, as the rather inaccurately named War of 1812 is drawing to a dr ...more
Thom Swennes
Oct 13, 2012 Thom Swennes rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: historical history fans
As the fifth book in the series, Queen of Swords by Sara Donati strays far afield from the endless forest and upper New York. In an attempt to reunite the family a portion of them travel to the Caribbean and end up in New Orleans just as the British were about to invade. Sara Donati has really expanded her scope with this story and finally integrates historical events and personages with her wonderfully developed and complete characters. General Andrew Jackson arrives in New Orleans, determined ...more
Jilly
Well, it was hard to remember what had happened in the previous four books because it took forever to get a hold of this book, but as I recall:

I loved Into the Wilderness.

Liked Dawn on a Distant Shore.

Was rather bored by Lake in the Clouds.

Couldn’t put down Fire Along the Sky.

So coming to Queen of Swords was full of hope considering the last one I’d read. Wilderness was mostly about Elizabeth and Nathanial, and their story spilled over in Dawn, but Lake was mostly about Hannah Nathanial’s daught
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Ronna
Queen of Swords, the fifth book of the Into the Wilderness series by Sara Donati, got off to a painfully slow start for me. I read several books in between stops and starts of this book, but I was committed because I knew it would eventually be good. I wasn't disappointed once the book got going, which wasn't until about 20% of the way through, but then I could barely put it down. I still love the characters (this book primarily covers Hannah, Jennet and Luke) and was glad for the addition of Be ...more
Alexandria Brim
In the fifth book of Donati's "Wilderness" series, it follows from the fourth book, Fire Along the Sky, though a year has passed. In that year, Luke Scott and his half-sister Hannah Bonner have traveled the Caribbean in order to rescue his fiancée, Jennet. They find her and kill her captors before escaping to Luke's mother's estate for safety. He and Jennet are married and she confesses she gave birth to Luke's son in the past year. To keep the boy safe, though, she gave him to a man named Honor ...more
Erin
In the fifth book of the Wilderness series, Donati picks up very closely to where she left off in the 4th. I was pleased to see that she did not let the cliff-hangers from the previous book drag out too long into the 5th. Instead, she tied up most of the conflicts and created a few more. This book focused almost exclusively on Hannah, Jennet, and Luke, as well as the new friends and characters they meet during their time in New Orleans. I enjoyed the story, but found myself missing Paradise and ...more
Barbara
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Amy-jo
I enjoyed this book. Perhaps it had to do with my low expectations given recent reviews and discussions with friends. I guess I ended up being pleasantly surprised. I thought the action was good and that it moved fairly quickly. I feel like I finished this book faster than many of the others. I'm not sure if that is due to size or good plots. This story deals mostly with the rescue of Jennet. The book centers around Hannah and Jennet and their relationships. A whole cast of new characters with r ...more
Krissie
It is the late summer of 1814, and Hannah Bonner and her half brother Luke have spent more than a year searching the islands of the Caribbean for Luke's wife and the man who abducted her. But Jennet's rescue, so long in coming, is not the resolution they'd hoped for. In the spring she had given birth to Luke's son, and in the summer Jennet had found herself compelled to surrender the infant to a stranger in the hope of keeping him safe.
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Sara Donati is a pen name of Rosina Lippi. Notice: Sara does not age. Rosina does. R is also here on Goodreads; any and all reviews will show up under Rosina Lippi, so she's the one to follow. Sara just sits here eating bonbons.
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