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Queen of Swords (Wilderness #5)

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  7,542 Ratings  ·  311 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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Mishelle LaBrash

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....
Jan 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Bonner family saga continues with the adult children take center stage. Hannah and Luke have spent a year searching for kidnapped Jennet. After the rescue they find themselves in New Orleans again searching, this time for Jennett and Luke's infant son.
Intricate plot twists, a lot of history, and new characters abound.The author keeps the story line moving but the reader is easily lost if not paying attention. The War of 1812 is the crux of the history in this book, and as is usual with this
Aug 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Even though I was sad that Nathaniel and Elizabeth weren't really in this installment of the Wilderness series, I liked the focus on Hannah, Jennet and Luke. (I can always tell when I consider the characters like they are my family because I actually refer to them by name and not as "MC" or whatever.)

This has been a fun series. I love the attention to detail given to the historical back drop. This book went from New York/Canada to the south with the War of 1812 front and center. Now I did have m
Jan 26, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 06, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Feb 26, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Recommended to fans of Outlander, the Wilderness series is a sweeping historical romance and multigenerational family saga that begins in 1792 and carries on for decades after. The fourth book, Queen of Swords, opens in 1814 and is centered on the rescue of one of the family’s Scottish relatives who has been kidnapped by pirates. The plot also concerns the ongoing War of 1812. I found this part fascinating, as I know so little about that particular war. Why is it such a neglected part of America ...more
Linda Shea
Dec 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I have been devouring the Into the Wilderness series and I've been unable to put any of the books down! This one was harder to get into than the others but once I was past the first few chapters, I loved it as much as the other books. I enjoyed all the information and details about New Orleans (it's now on my list of places to visit) although I was surprised that former slaves had slaves! Sure, there were a lot of plot holes and things I just couldn't explain but all in all, I love the character ...more
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
Oct 31, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
May 06, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Jul 17, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jul 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Ms Donati writes a powerful and compelling novel. I love this series very much.
The war of 1812 continues with the story taking the family to New Orleans.
After visiting New Orleans it was much easier to visualize the surrounds described.
Downloading the next volume now! Can't wait.
Jul 11, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Re-Read 10/15

"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* :(
Apr 20, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Anna Katharine
Of the five Wilderness novels I've completed so far, I enjoyed this one the most. Hannah comes into becomes her own woman, wrestling with the trauma in her past in realistic and very human ways. I was intrigued by the generous lashings of history that ran throughout, and was prompted to do quite a bit of reading about the war of 1812 and historical New Orleans, despite having no previous interest in military history. (Partly, I admit, because the tension got to be too much- I had to find out if ...more
Debra Barlow
May 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I've been hot and cold on this series of books. They are long, sometimes unnecessarily so, and I've found myself checking the page count and wondering how on earth I could still only be 60% of the way through the book. Not with Queen of Swords. The plot was so much more engaging and, even though it's a similar length to the other books, I found it had a much better flow and pacing. There are small things I could pick at - the end felt a bit rushed, some of the plot points seemed to happen too ea ...more
Aug 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"The devils we run away from are the ones that pursue us most vigorously, and will only be defeated when you turn to face them down."

"Sometimes a women just has to keep moving or worry will beat her right down where she stands."

"All dreams are sacred, sent for a reason -- sometimes small but always important."

Hard to believe there is only one more novel in this series --- putting off reading it because I don't want to say goodbye to these characters.
More of Hannah and Jennet. Majority of story set in New Orleans during the War or 1812. Focus primarily on the two ladies healing after enduring traumatic events. The book ends without a cliffhanger- thank goodness - but with the promise of more to come if the reader is so inclined. Narration is phenomenal in this book.
Jeanne Manton
Sep 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The best part of the book was reading about the battle of New Orleans, something I knew very little of. The multi characters and their multi adventures were a bit tedious but I will slog on to the finish line with this series. Her other works as Rosina Lippi are so much better written that I am having an identity crisis with her works.
Sep 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Separate from the rest of the books, this story is an aside of the whole Bonner family, taking just a few members on a journey to far away places. Story is centered during the Battle of New Orleans.
Carla Snow
Feb 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mary Reilly
Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jun 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Exciting first half, that fell a bit towards the end. Still, on to book 6!
Jul 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love the Bonner family. I do wish I could tell stories like these.
Sep 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
By far my favorite of the into the Wilderness series!
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Mar 06, 2015 07:21AM  
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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.

BUT: Sara has been busy. She has a new novel coming out September 1, The Gilded Hour. More about the novel here. Or you can have a look at the weblog. Rosina writes the pos
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Other Books in the Series

Wilderness (6 books)
  • Into the Wilderness (Wilderness, #1)
  • Dawn on a Distant Shore (Wilderness, #2)
  • Lake in the Clouds (Wilderness, #3)
  • Fire Along the Sky (Wilderness, #4)
  • The Endless Forest (Wilderness, #6)

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