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The Hedgewitch Queen

(Romances of Arquitaine #1)

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  1,984 ratings  ·  230 reviews
Vianne di Rocancheil is a lady waiting at the Court of Arquitaine, where she studies her books, watches for intrigue, and shepherds her foolhardy Princesse through the glittering whirl. Court is a sometimes-unpleasant waltz, especially for the unwary, but Vianne treads its measured steps well.

Unfortunately, the dance has changed. Treachery is afoot in gilded and velvet hal
Kindle Edition, 498 pages
Published December 1st 2011 by Orbit
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Syd Dickson
Apr 16, 2012 rated it did not like it
I almost want to erase this book completely from my memory, but it did make me laugh out loud a few times. So I guess there's that. Honestly, it started out fine, exciting murder plots, capable heroine, interesting characters. But for some reason as soon as they step out of the palace, or should I say 'palais' (The bizarre bastardized French almost drove me to the point of madness.) Vianne the main character is no longer a likable hero at all. She wanders around being oblivious of the fact that ...more
britni leona
Nov 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Is it just me, or does this, look like this:

and this...

and this...

Dec 12, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: vaginal-fantasy
OKAY. So I read this author religiously, and was particularly excited about this book, the description was SUPER yummy. I enjoyed the book on several levels, the setting was interesting, a classic fairy tale land. The heroine was a bit wallow-y for my taste but whatever. My primary problem was the following (and please say if you agree with me):

I swear to God, it's so WEIRD how this author's men are so emotionally retarded, and then she treats them SO BADLY. Having read like 15 books by her it's
Katie Montgomery
OK, Hedgewitch Queen, we are about to have some words.

i) Stop whining or I will cut you.
ii) That dude over there that you don't think is into you despite the fact that EVERYONE IN THE WORLD has told you he's into you? He's into you.
iii) I totally fail to understand why he's into you.
iv) If you are feeling sick, here is a thought -- let's try an Advil and a nap as opposed to ignoring your symptoms for 100 pages.
v) Have I mentioned yet that I totally don't get what your man friend sees in you?
Steph Su
May 30, 2012 rated it it was ok
I really wanted this to be the next thing after Crown Duel, in terms of story style, characters, romance, and fantasy world. And on the surface, THE HEDGEWITCH QUEEN certainly seems promising in all those fields: Vianne is a humble minor noble lady who gets tangled up in the political court intrigue of a magical world that takes its inspiration heavily from a bastardized version of France and the French language. There's the strong and silent love interest who believes in the heroine long before ...more
Dec 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars - Wow! What kind of ending was that?!?! I'm totally stunned. I can't say I didn't have my hesitation, but I had not seen that one coming WHEN it did. I thought I had about 10 more pages to read, but apparently, it was the acknowledgement and the preview for Book 2, which doesn't come out for another six months!

Setting my shock aside, I thought this was a pretty awesome book. I love how the first line had me hooked, and it didn't stop from there. There was action from the start, and eve
Jun 09, 2012 rated it it was ok
This author had a reasonably good concept, which I am sad to say she didn't have the skill to execute. She's obviously a fan of George R. R. Martin, because she borrows heavily from his writing, and not very subtly.

I am a fan of good fantasy and sci-fi, but as any fan of good fantasy and sci-fi knows, it's not enough to make up a few names and invent a vaguely unfamiliar kingdom or language (which in this case is a rather silly pseudo-French). The author must completely draw us in to his world a
Dec 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favourites, fantasy
Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Lilith Saintcrow’s character and world building has always been my favourite. From my first read of Dante Valentine and the UF world she created to this fantasy duology, I am still quite impressed by her. She creates not only the worlds, but also other little nuances (such as new words, different countries, new objects and so forth) that make for a richer setting but that many authors do not employ.

So in this novel, I was equally if not more impressed with her setting and de
Feb 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Also Found On: A Book and A Record

The Hedgewitch Queen was…well, it was. There were a lot of things about The Hedgewitch Queen that I liked, and a lot that – fell short of what I wanted to happen. Let’s start with the bad news and work our way towards the good stuff. First, this was long. Exponentially long, and slower than molasses. There were a lot of scenes that I kept thinking, “couldn’t that have been cut out?” Although I felt as though the book was original, the ideas and the love story we
Lydia Presley
Jul 23, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: unable-to-finish
It says something that I pushed my way through 250 pages of this book but was unable to garner enough interest to finish it. I did everything I could for four days to avoid picking it up - I cleaned my room, played endless bouts of Sims 3, baked a peach pie, and even went outside into the blazing heat to scrounge for tomatoes in our garden (I came up with two.. this drought is a killer).

This was a case of me being suckered in, again, by a beautiful cover and title. I've read Lilith Saintcrow's o
May 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
You know I love Lili's writing, right? This year she managed to round up nicely two of her series - Jill Kismet and Strange Angels, so I'm eagerly awaiting what she'll come up with next.

I loved The Hedgewitch Queen for two reasons - it's a fantasy very much akin to Touch of Power by Maria V. Snyder - dark enough, brutal enough with a strong female protagonist who presses all the right buttons for me :) Second reason is that despite being fantasy it's not too long, I've read it in few hours and w
Jill Heather
Feb 21, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: sff, ya, fantasy
I wanted to like it. Vianne was a good heroine -- neither too capable nor too incapable, and though the does he/doesn't he like me storyline was way too long, well, more than about one chapter is too long, and it was much shorter than many other books. The alt-France was fun, though some of the Frenchish vocabulary and spelling were intensely grating (especially the accents). The way magic worked was interesting. It had so much going for it.

And yet. The "shocking twist cliffhanger ending" was a
Oct 08, 2011 rated it liked it
I liked this a lot more than I had thought I would. I did have some problems with it but on the whole this was a very solid fantasy from Saintcrow. The worldbuilding was detailed, the pacing was fine - those are just details but what blew me away was what was revealed at the end. Hot damn. I think that alone pushed the second book on my to read list. Simply because I haven't yet seen anything similar to what happened in a book that is meant for more adult YA.

Also, if your father in law is your
Dr susan
Jul 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-again
Yes, I read other reviews. There are a lot of books I love I would have never read if I listened to reviews. I was lucky since my library has copies of both The Hedgewitch Queen and The Bandit King. Lilith Saintcrow does not write books full of sweetness and light. She writes dark, often violent and frequently horrific, fantasy; I did not expect these books to be any different. Although I was not thrilled with the narrator shift in the second book, I understand why it was done. The male protagon ...more
Dec 01, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Shelves: ebook, read-in-2012
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Feb 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Vianne is a pampered princess in all but name. She is the princesse's agemate and favored lady-in-waiting, and a Duchesse in her own right. She is both a friend and a counselor. Her life in constrained, but not bad, until everything goes to heck.

She is caught up in a coup and forced to flee the palace carrying a magic talisman. She spends her whole time scared spitless and dealing with survivor's guilt, but as much as she has been trained to be frail and cossetted, she does manage to get herself
Jun 08, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: two-star-reviews
See the full review at Short & Sweet Reviews.

The story starts out with great promise. Vianne is an unlikely lady at Court, orphaned and coming from more humble beginnings than many of the other ladies, but she and the Princesse became fast friends as girls, which endured as they came of age. Of course, there is a conspiracy afoot, one which Vianne stumbles headfirst into, and the story takes off as Arquitaine is plunged into chaos and Vianne must hurry to escape. I love a good story fraught
It's not quite what I expected. Though I liked it, over all. There's the language to get used to. And the cliffhanger at the end. The heroine spends a lot of time ill, pale, told to rest or fainting and some of her thought process annoyed me so much in the first half (the denial, over and over, of her being Queen and trying to escape the people who helped her, denial of the possibility of Tristan's feelings for her, and of her being pretty - I hate the 'she's so pretty but she can't see it' thin ...more
Kathy (Kindle-aholic)
Jul 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This is a fantasy with some romance, but if you are looking for your typical "follow the rules, guaranteed HEA" well, that's not what you'll get here. To be honest, I don't read Saintcrow's books for a guaranteed anything other than I know she is going to throw a ton at her characters, and I will most likely enjoy it (even though the characters probably won't).

Vianne is very different from Dante or Dru, but that doesn't mean she is "weak." She has survived at court from a very young age. She is
Jun 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: love, fantasy
4.5 stars

it somehow reminded me of reading Dumas. Dumas with magic that is, naturally. Dumas is one of my all time favorite authors so it was a pleasant surprise.

Love the story line, the action, the characters up until the end. The end, omg, that was a shock! I felt so taken aback! it was like being thrown into cold water and left to drown... REALLY i kept on thinking (actually shouting) I kept on checking if i maybe missed a page or 10..but no. that was it. i guess it means i got to read the ne
Jan 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I would give this book 3.5 stars. I enjoyed it and I'm looking forward to the sequal. Two things bothered me about it. The first was that about 100 pages of the book were simply Vianne being sick, but insisting she's not sick and laying in bed oblivious to the fact that Tristan is in love with her, despite his mens attempts to set her straight. ok, I enjoyed the parts where Tristan was obviously in love with her and she misinterprted them, but it just went far too long with her being to sick to ...more
Dec 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
I loved every single book I read from Ms Saintcrow since DV, and The Hedgewitch Queen was no different.

Once I picked it up I could not put it down. Maybe because it reminded me both of Dante Valentine and Steelflower, two of the books/series I love beyond compare.

Even with the due differences, Viane's doubts made me think a bit of Steelflower, while the relationship with Tristan has echos of Dante and Japh. But V. is not Dante neither Kaia. She is clever, but not a kick-ass heroine. She is a da
Jul 14, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy, orbit, historical, war
To be fair, if you are looking for a love story that requires almost no thought at all, this might fit the bill. Just prepare yourself for an unbelievable world; some very annoying bastardized French, characters that aren’t believable, stilted dialogue, and a very meandering plot. However, The Hedgewitch Queen does have one redeeming characteristic. Saintcrow really can write. Her prose are lyrical and flowing, but I’m not sure they are worth sticking the book out for. There are plenty of other ...more
Apr 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is a wonderful story. I had so much fun trying to keep up with everyone in her world. This book reminds me a lot of George R.R. Martin A Game of Thrones. It was wonderfully written and executed. There were some overly long parts ... yes, we get that Vianne is sick and Tristan loves her ... but I can't wait to read Tristan's story next in The Bandit King.
Mar 19, 2012 rated it did not like it
There are few things i Like less than a heroine who refuses to look as the facts in front of her and deal with a situation instead of hemming, hawing and generally making everyone else's lives difficult through her general ninny-ness.

And that, in a nutshell, is Vianne.

For me, there was practically nothing to like about her. I wanted to like her hedgewitchery skills, but halfway through the book you realize that she must have been doing a lot more gardening than studying the craft.

This seems l
Jan 17, 2012 rated it it was ok
I got this book from the ‘great reads for under $4.99’ deal so I picked it up cheap and wasn’t sure what to expect. I was not a big fan.

The main character was quite annoying though I think we were meant to like her. The ‘could he really find me beautiful’? crap got a little annoying about 1/3 of the way in – the fact that it continued through the WHOLE book was too much.

The 2 or 3 pages of intro to the 2nd book answered all the questions that needed answering from the first so that was nice that
Sep 03, 2012 rated it did not like it
This is what happens when iTunes has a sale on e-books and you have a credit balance.
You win some, you lose some.
This book was super frustrating and I found myself fast forwarding through a lot of it.
I read the summary of the second one and I'm horrified by it.
As in honestly disgusted and as much as I already didn't like this one I'm even more put off.
Miss Adeo
Jul 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Awesome read, but cliffhangery ending. thank goodness the next book is out already man! *wipes brow*
Jun 17, 2012 rated it it was ok
Barely readable book with its repetitive monologue and plot, which is a major disappointment cause I really would like to like this book.
Dec 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
Sometimes I get the feeling that Lilith Saintcrow is trying to kill her readers with each book.

Also, I cannot wait for the next in this series.
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Lilith Saintcrow was born in New Mexico, bounced around the world as a child, and fell in love with writing when she was ten years old. She and her library co-habitate in Vancouver, Washington.

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