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the queens blade

(The Queen's Blade #1)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  1,846 ratings  ·  140 reviews
A doomed kingdom, a young queen’s sacrifice and a killer who will bring an empire to its knees...

In a world where men share kindred with beasts, the Idol of the Beasts predicts a child who will end the Endless War after centuries of strife, but first the enemy king must die and his son be brought to the Jashimari Queen in chains…

After numerous failed attempts, killing King
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Published (first published December 18th 2010)
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Jenny Malec
Sep 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I started reading this book on a whim and fell head first into it immediately. Although the writing isn't the most scholarly, and the author over uses certain words and phrases too often, the writing still works. The story still flows and I am utterly convinced that I too, am secretly in love with Blade. The author created such lovable, respectable, and believable characters that you cry and laugh when they do. Or at least I did. I literally had tears rolling down my face on a few occasions. Bla ...more
Jul 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked this up as a free ebook. I was about to delete it during a library spring clean when I read a review "colour me surprised this book is good". The review took my fancy so i gave it a go. The review didn't lie. It did take me a couple if chapters to get into as the author uses made up words like 'ten-day' to indicate week. I was loving this book until the abrupt ending. I stupidly thought it was a stand alone book but it is a 6 part series. The curse of the free ebook!
Jul 01, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: The soulless
Recommended to Researcher-a by: The internet
The Queen’s Blade – a self-pubbed book dun good. But why such a disappointment? **Small spoiler lower down**

I really dislike the names. Oooh, the sound and feel of them just fills me with spite! Minna-Satu (don’t you just want to slap her with a name like that?). The ‘Cotti’ makes me think of cottaging and potties - always a good combo. Tashi-Mansa? Is that someone of the male persuasion with a moustache, or have I just stepped into a manga comic without realising? What about Jasham? Saying it i
Feb 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Well color me surprised. I wasn't expecting too much from this book as it hadn't been experiencing that much traffic on Goodreads, but it was a really good read.

In the world of this book, almost everyone has an animal familiar, and they have traits similar to that animal, and also they get along with other animals or not, or fall into certain jobs somewhat predictably.

When the Queen Minna-Satu takes power, she has one goal, and that's to end the war between her land and the neighboring kingdom.
This is from my B&N review: (I go by BecomingJenn there)

I was quite impressed with this work. Just to note, this is a piece of fantasy fiction, in which the world described is not the one in which we live... I originally picked this up as a free book, but I WILL be purchasing the others in the series. I was caught up in this believable world, and admired the way in which the characters were developed. They were believable, and multi-dimensional, and you felt connected to them. I felt that th
Jul 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-books
This is the first of a six-book collection, and I have read all of them. It took a liitle deeper reading to find out whether the main character (called Blade, oddly enough)was a "good guy" or not. There's no question that he is an excellent assassin. However, for all the things he does in order to do his job, he is a damaged soul. As you read, you can begin to understand why he is what he is. As you go further into the series, more of his personality and his personal demons come through.

It was a
Diantha Jones
Apr 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I will admit, I was not impressed by the first couple of chapters of the Queen's Blade (Book One). They were uneventful and did more telling than showing (which happened more than I liked throughout the series). Maybe there was even too much back story, I don't know. But by the time Blade's character was introduced, I didn't care. I was in it 'till the end by that point.

Blade enthralled me with his cold-blooded nature from the jump. The assassin's lack of respect for those of a higher station en
Jan 16, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, romance
They live in the land that has been at war for many more years that can be counted. One side ruled by Queens, the other by Kings. Queen Minna sets out to find how she can make peace to this seemingly endless war that no one even really knows why they are fighting anymore, but to have peace, would also cause many to be without a profession or a set future. After consulting a seer, she hires and then appoints a very successful assassin to kill the king and bring the prince next in line to her unha ...more
THE QUEEN’S BLADE is a tale of two kingdoms, forever at war, and the lengths to which the new queen will go to bring about peace for her people. The writing style is sharp and concise, the plot is intriguing, and the characters are interesting. I did feel the characters could have benefited from more growth over the course of the book. My favorite character was Conash (aka Blade), who is a highly skilled and sought after assassin. His character seems the strongest to me out of all the rest. He i ...more
Aug 03, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I'm always up for a good book about an assassin and I do love my books where the main protagonist is a good guy . . . no wait . . . a bad guy . . . no wait, who cares because he's awesome. 4.5/5 Stars. This is the first book of a trilogy and I will definitely try to read the others. It's another books published through by an Indie writer and it is free on Barne's and Noble on the Nook, although the next two are not.

It's about a war that had been going on for centuries between two
Sep 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What do I think ? I think I loved it. The characters, the story itself and how it is told, the improbable love stories that I can see coming...and the cliffhanger that has killed me.

I got attached to Lord Conash and to Kerrion...but Lord Conash is my favorite. He reminds me of Win (those who've read Harlan Coben will know who I'm talking about). A medieval Windsor Lockwood III who has suffered to an unimaginable extent and who, despite what he says and does, has a tender soul...unless he is sent
Apr 02, 2015 marked it as dnf  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pgs-200-299
DNF at 50%- I figured if I haven't picked it back up to continue after almost a year then chances are I'm not going to. It wasn't bad. I actually kind of liked it. But I am just not very compelled to finish it I guess.
Aug 30, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Authors who wish to learn about their craft
Recommended to Rhyson by: I read it because I'm a sucker for assassins.
So much potential. Such a flat landing for its face. The first half, anyway. The second half leaves a much better taste. Someday, this author might be up there with the rest of published authors. The author just isn't there yet. The part that caught my eye in the first place assassin protagonist. I have weakness for all things assassins. When done right, they can be some of the most memorable characters out there. Done like this assassin in the first half of the book, and..... Oh, dear.

The decen
May 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book took me a few years to get through as it was one I downloaded for free for my kindle and I just never really used it much. After finding the Kindle App I managed to finish it and I was impressed with the way the politics and fantasy are well balanced. It reminded me a lot of a few other books I have read and I really enjoyed that. My only issues were that as an assassin the main character doesn't need to be an expert in everything but does need to be proficient in every skill of his tr ...more
Victor Salinas
Apr 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read !!

The book started out with a never ending war .new queen that wants the death of her people to stop.this is where our main character the assassin comes into play the more the author made me feel the assassins pain,hate and rage ! I couldn't put the book down .the story line was beautifully written along with the details of a world in desperate need of someone to take a stand against a war that is killing thousands of people. The queen is desperate to come up with a plan and the assas
Oct 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this book! its really interesting and the characters are really good. Whenever i am bored, i just re-read this.
Oct 01, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2 stars. For some reason just didn't hold my interest.
Noor Jahangir
Dec 04, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
One of the most accomplished assassin's in the world presents himself to the Queen of the Jashamari with an offer she can not refuse; his services to kill the enemy of her people, the King of the Cotti.
Queen Mina-Sattu has inherited her mother's throne and the Endless War that stretches so far back in time that no one remembers why it was started. But Mina-Sattu wants to bring an end to the war. But to do that she must keep her own counsel as even her advisers and lords are against the idea of p
Margo Ander
Jul 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The world of this story is unique. Everyone born there has an affinity for an animal that they bond with for life—the animal’s life is bound up with theirs, so shorter-lived animals enjoy an extended lifespan. People’s natures are expressed by the animals they bond with and attributes they share with their bond animal are accentuated. There are cat-kin, bird-kin, snake-kin, even insect-kin. These bonded pairs communicate together and are so close that nothing is more traumatic than to survive th ...more
An interesting take on the life of an assassin that I can't help comparing to the Assassin's Apprentice trilogy. It's high/epic fantasy without the sweeping battle scenes, but many obstacles for the main character to overcome before the prophecy has been fulfilled.

The story is straightforward: Queen Minna-Satu wants to end the centuries-old war between her kingdom and its neighbor, and hires an assassin to kill the enemy King. She spends the rest of the story dodging the bullets (or daggers) of
Feb 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent start, May 25, 2011

This review has no spoilers, character names, or specifics. It provides a very general description of the start of the story.

I was trolling the available free kindle e books and came across "The Queens Blade". After reading the sample I was convinced this would be a fun read. J.C Southwell is an excellent addition to my list of authors. I really did enjoy his writing style. The editing was impeccable the work professional. Let's talk about the b
Jennifer Risley
Feb 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lina
Recommended to Jennifer by: Shiana
Shelves: loved
This book was one of the most interesting, different, over all satisfying books i have read in a long time. My friend Shianna recommended it to me. And as usual, I was not disappointed, be in music, movies, or books.

With that said. The Book.
at first, I thought i was going to be bored with it. The Intro was just bland.. I was worried that the book was going to be written the same way. Looking back.. it was written like a old history book. which, is actually prefect. I am glad It started out tha
Jul 18, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who enjoy fantasy and animal familiars
Shelves: fantasy
Great for a free e-book, especially if you're into fantasy. The author creates an engaging storyline, with interesting and quite intriguing characters. There are schemes and plots and assassinations involved, which is more or less typical for a story taking place in a court, but yet the amount is enough to tantalize the readers without bore them.

Personally I liked the story and really enjoyed some scenes (like the one with Lilu at his estate) and the idea of animal familiars and the change of Ag
Jun 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a blanket review for the series as I didn’t find enough differences between the books to warrant separate reviews. The Queen’s Blade Series consists of six books, eight if you count the two prequels, that tells the story of two kingdoms torn by war. Queen Minna-Satu is determined to end the fighting that is destroying her kingdom and sets forth on the path foretold by a seer. In her quest to complete the prophecy she takes the assassin Blade into her employ and the perilous journey descr ...more
May 10, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dystopia
The Queen's Blade is about a new Queen who has vowed to stop a war that has been going on for so long that no one actually knows how it started. With a bit of character background and learning a few things about this world, we are introduced to Blade, a renowed asassian who comes to the Queen to offer his services where her own men have failed.

The tale should have been grasping, I found it slightly similar to The Emperor's Edge although it's obviously slightly different. There was somethings tha
Sep 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had to sit down and really think about why I liked this book so much. After much thought, with some sleep in between it came down to the fact that Blade, the assassin in the book, wasn't untouchable. Most books with assassins in them have them being totally untouchable, and if they did get hurt they played if off as if it was nothing. It was nice to read a book about someone that yes could kill you in your sleep, but couldn't hold his own in a bar fight.

I also really liked the concept of the f
Feb 11, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spec-fic
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Jun 18, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
An epic fantasy tale about a young queen, Mina, who looks for a way to broker peace between her kingdom and its enemy, after generations of war. An assassin, aptly named Blade, sets out to aid her in her quest, and eventually becomes one of her trusted advisers and one of her prime tools in achieving that goal.

The Queen's Blade is very well written, with excellent pace and some exciting action scenes. The exploits of Blade are well thought-out and executed. The formatting was a bit off at times,
Apr 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Even though this book didn't go into detail about the animal familiars, I was drawn into the story of Blade. The potential is there for a decent epic tale. There is court intrigue, romance between dueling nations, mystics, assassins and more. When I first got to the part of the animal familiars, I though that it was going to be similar to Pullman's The Golden Compass/His Dark Materials books. Maybe they play a bigger role in subsequent books, but they were just background details thrown in spora ...more
Jul 02, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-books
First book in the Queen's Blade series. Minna-Satu has become queen of the Jashmiri and in her innauguration speech has declared that she will end the endless war that has been going on for generations untold with their neighbors, the Cotti. She is advised to have the Cotti king killed and his son brought to her unharmed in order to bring peace about but after sending team of soldiers after team of soldiers out, only to be informed of their deaths, she is intrigued when an assasin known as Blade ...more
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T. C. Southwell was born in Sri Lanka and moved to the Seychelles when she was a baby. She spent her formative years exploring the islands – mostly alone. Naturally, her imagination flourished and she developed a keen love of other worlds. The family travelled through Europe and Africa and, after the death of her father, settled in South Africa.

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