The Queen's Gambit
With her people on the brink of starvation, Samara hatches a daring plan to snatch the kidnapped Kos Emperor from the Qui ...more
New rating (book version):
Okay. Until I read The Queen’s Gambit, my experience of online serials had been limited to the somewhat slightly awesome Innkeeper Chronicles. So when I read The Queen’s Gambit after its official release, I thought that one of these most unfortunate accidents must have happened:
a) I was drunk as a high-strung puffer fish when I read the online version.
b) I was drunk as a high-strung puffer fish when I read the fin ...more
2nd read - August 2018
3rd read - December 2020
I first read The Queen’s Gambit when it was available on Jessie Mihalik’s blog as a free online serial and I enjoyed it enough that I purchased the final, edited version when it went on sale. The story was officially edited and expanded upon before official publication and I enjoyed the story as much, if not more, the second time around.
Samara is a great character, she’s the queen of a ragtag group of refugees and rebels who are ...more
But the biggest hurdle for me was the awkwardness. There were too many times during ...more
The Queen's Gambit is the first book of this author's debut series. And as I fell in love with her Consortium Rebellion trilogy, I was super eager to try out this other series of hers and yep I fell in love with this book. I think even just a couple years her writing has improved vastly, but I quite had a blast with this book and it had so many laugh out loud moments. We have two strong protaganists that melted my heart in every ...more
Sometimes you just need a break with something fun. Earlier this year, I had a great time with Jessie Mihalik’s Polaris Rising, a sci-fi romance featuring fast-paced action and political intrigue with just the right amount of hot, sexy passion. Needless to say, when an opportunity came up to check out the audiobook of The Queen’s Gambit—a novella which began life as a free serialized project on the author’s website but i ...more
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I really loved Mihalik's Polaris Rising so I had no hesitation in requesting The Queen's Gambit. It is shorter but has the same feel I enjoyed in Polaris Rising. The action is set in space and on planets involved in various disputes. This novella was an online free serial on the author's site.
Samara leads a planet which tries ...more
This novella throws you straight into the middle of it, and doesn’t really relent. The main character reminded me a lot of the first heroine in the Consortium Trilogy, and was probably the base for it. Still, here we have a very capable ‘one-army’ woman on a mission, and it is not for the reasons you may thin ...more
All in all, this was a fun sci-fi space romp. I love Samara. And I'm intrigued by Valentin. I can't wait to see where this goes from here! There's definitely some shady stuff going on, and I'm excited to see Samara get in the middle of it.
I especially loved how easy it was to visualize the advanced tech, world, and societies, how the problems and advantages of those advances were thought out, and how it was ...more
Not too bad of a novella. There isn't a solid story line. Seems like Jessie Mihalik jumped right into a story and told just the parts she wanted to write about, which is cool. I mean, it is a novella. A little heavy on the feminist side. I'd go for the next book, but it looks like only Loriidae and I are doing the buddy read....more
Samara is a queen (of course why no one just crushed her world in a day I do not know, it would be so easy). There are those who do not want to fight for the two other empires, and those who just want to escape.
Samara is tough as nails, dubious past, and was elected queen. And now she will save the emperor to get some money out of it, her people need food.
Valentin was, oh I liked him, I am sure he will be a good emperor if he can just get ri ...more
Anyhow, I did enjoy the story, and want to know what happens next. Especially since the romance did not go anywhere yet. Sadly the second book is not available at my ebook library.
Cute little novella with a Queen who seems to like getting herself shot and a romance bubbling around the edges.
I'd recommend this for Ilona Andrews fans - with the understanding that this is a bit closer to the Innkeeper Chronicles that Kate Daniels. Which, when I think about it, makes sense. This, too, started (and will continue) as a free online serial that is pulled for later publish as a complete work. ...more
Both the heroine and hero are smart, cunning, strong, kind, and responsible. The world is pretty fleshed out given the fact that this is a novella. The action scenes were on point. The political intrigue was totally believable.
All in all, I am pretty surprised and pretty happy! Granted I take any recommendation from Ilona Andrews pretty seriously, but I was still concerned given this and Polaris Rising are the author's first published work ...more
The Queen's Gambit follows the story of queen Samara. She's the queen of the rogue coal ...more
Glad I gave it a go, really liked the characters and fast pace in this, and the romance is rather sweet. The Insta-lust from the heroines pov made me worry I was going to read a story where things get physical really fast, but this didn't jump the gun like I feared. Will definitely be p ...more
After I read the Sci Fi Romance Polaris Rising, I dove right back in and read it again. I wanted more! Not just of that world, but of that author's writing. Luckily Jessie Mihalik has another book out. It's a novella that she serialized on her website, but is now complete. I really like this author's voice and style. I expect great things from her.
It starts out with a wild rescue mission that quickly turns to an escape mission. However the man she rescues is the emp ...more
The novella is still free on the website at the time of this review and will shortly be available to buy on Amazon. Her first published work (Harper Voyager) comes out later thi ...more
Samira made a huge difference on her own - dangerous, clever, can make the hard decisions... and still hope and feel and be human. The perfect combination that is hard to mix and get right. Not to generalize (as in, to generalize and draw simple conclusions), female heroines tend to fall in two categories:
the first one acts all tough but eventually falls to the side under ...more
Neutral territory leader Queen Samara ends up in possession of Valentin Kos, leader of a large, neighbouring empire.
The concept was intriguing, but it wasn't entirely well executed, largely due to clumsy writing. For example, when we meet new characters we often get an info dump about them and their backstory, rather than having this grown organically. These details extend to seemingly minor characters as well.
I'm also confused as to why Samara would go on such a high risk mi ...more
I've been curious about Polaris Rising by Jessie Mihalik ever since I saw it recommended over at Ilona Andrews' blog, but it hasn't been released yet and I'm not sure if I want to pre-order it at a 9.99usd price point. So I decided to try The Queen's Gambit instead, since it's already available. My friend Janice enjoyed reading it so I was hoping I would as well.
I found The Queen's Gambit to be an overall fun sci-fi read ...more
I enjoyed it very much and I'm delighted to see the author is writing a sequel novella as a serial on her website.
I recommend this and I'm sure Polaris Rising is good too, but I'll have to let you know when I've managed to read an affordable copy. (Rant over.) ...more
PLUS it has a kickass heroine. Granted, I had my moments of eyerolling because of the cliched moments, and a heroine who had some near-mary sue moment(s).
BUT, on the whole it was enjoyable. Perhaps it was the chemistry between Samara and Valentin that I liked.
I suppose I also like the characters. Samara, like I said before is pretty kickass, and Valentin is clever as much as he is ...more
The story develops around a universe of empires fighting for territory where Queen Rani tries to keep her people alive.
I loved the thrill of detailed description of the scenes and enjoyed the well-developed characters.
To be recommended.
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