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Queen's Hunt (River of Souls #2)

3.47  ·  Rating details ·  202 Ratings  ·  33 Reviews
Queen's Hunt is the second title in Beth Bernobich's River of Souls novels, following her startling debut, Passion Play. Filled with dark magic and sensual images, this is fantasy writing at its best.

Ilse Zhalina has left to start a new life in a garrisoned fort, leagues from her estranged lover, Raul Kosenmark. The violent quarrel that ended Ilse and Raul's relationship w
Hardcover, 332 pages
Published July 17th 2012 by Tor Books
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Jan 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Death and rebirth. The eternal contradiction of magic.

Where book 1 of the River of Souls series was an introduction to the world of Ilse Zhalina, Queen's Hunt has spread out to encompass the three warring kingdoms, complete with a number of shiny new perspectives (Raul included). Tensions are higher, there is much more action, and we see reincarnation become much more central to the plot. It's interesting to see how characters' dealings with one another in a past life can affect their dealings i
C Hellisen
Ahhhhh no! I need the next book stat.
Apr 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, first-reads
I received this free through Goodreads first reads. I was so excited when I won. I have been waiting for the second book to come out for a while. I loved the first one. This picks up a few months after the first one ended. Ilse and Raul are seperated so she can not be used against him by his enemies. While he is trying to find a way to bring about peace, Ilse is looking for the fabled jewels of Lir, three of the most powerful objects in the world. She hopes to use these to bring about peace as w ...more
May 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I was eager to read Beth Bernobich's second book in her River of Souls series, Queen's Hunt. The first one, Passion Play, introduced the reader to the world of Ilse Zhalina and Raul Kosenmark, a world rife with politics and magic. It was one of those books that you find yourself reading in one sitting, because it is just that good, but also trying to slow down as you reach the last pages, to make it last.

Queen's Hunt picks up right where Passion Play left off. There's been a horrible fight (or h
Patrice Sarath
Jun 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
In Queen's Hunt, Beth Bernobich creates a riveting secondary world inhabited by fully realized characters who wield magic and weapons with equal facility. I was fascinated by the magic system and the world she created. And as a language lover, I was absolutely delighted by the language used to invoke the powers of the magical other world, a Germanic analogue that rivaled Tolkien's created languages. The incantations just beg to be intoned.

Ilse Zhalina, Bernobich's heroine from her first book, Pa
May 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is the second book of the Series and I always have issues with second books. All too often, they suffer from what I call the Bridge Problem, existing only to connect Book One and Book Three. Nonetheless, I waited with great impatience and anxiety for this book to come into my hands, because the first book was so compelling. But to my intense delight this bridge has a story fit to stand alone! It also has several sassy, savvy, feisty female characters at the center of the plot, which just wa ...more
Feb 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy-and-sf
Ilse Zhalina's tale continues in Queen's Hunt, and the second River of Souls book lives up to the promise of Passion Play. The tale is expanded to introduce more characters (and more POV), but the author manages to keep juggling all the narrative balls without dropping any.

One of the best parts of the book for me was the development of strong female secondary characters, especially in the scenes where three women are traveling together, depending on each other and their own skills rather than o
Apr 18, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: from-the-fcpl
The second part of the “River of Souls” trilogy. This one was plottier, more of an action-adventure story than the romance of the first one. The use of magic, and the all the various political shenanigans, seemed to make more sense. The creation and reincarnation mythos was still a bit beyond me, though. I would give a B+ for effort, but a C for execution.

I had checked the third book out from the library, but I looked at my To-Read List, had a little talk with myself, and brought it back. You k
Jun 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
I received this as an ARC from Tor Books. I hadn't read the first book in the series, and was concerned that I'd be lost - but I needn't have worried.

This struck me as a good, old-fashioned sword-and-sorcery saga - lots of inter-and-intra-kingdom politics, a great deal of magic, intrigue, soldiers, pointy things, and magical jewels that can make you live forever.

And it's old-fashioned, too, in the way that the sex and violence is never terribly explicit, and the language is never coarse, so yo
Dr susan
Jul 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Although I do not like books with multiple points of view, the flow of Bernobich's story kept them from being annoying. Knowing that at least 4 books are planned, I wait eagerly for #3 (Allegiance) and hope that Ilse and Raul will not have to suffer apart for too much longer.
Allegiance is here, so I am reading Queen's Hunt again. I forgot how easily I lost track of time while visiting with Ilse and Raul.
I also forgot that Queen's Hunt is a story of treachery, joy and grief.
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River of Souls (5 books)
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