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Friday, May 22, 2009
Review - For the Love of a Queen by Laura Hogg
Title: For the Love of a Queen
Author: Laura Hogg
Publisher: Wild Rose Press
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Rating: You Could Read
Reviewed By: Janelle
War has destroyed four fifths of the population. Governments have fallen. A former covert agent wanders the wilderness, lending her skills where she can. She is crowned queen for her efforts and meets the warrior who is her match. He’s handsome, courageous, and good hearted, but at a young age was recruited by the most evil warlord walking the land. He’s sent in as a spy to bring back the beautiful queen. Shock is in store for him when he meets her. He doesn’t want to bring her back for execution, but if he doesn’t, her people will be slaughtered. For love, he chooses to save those she cherishes.
He watches while she’s taken captive, not lifting his sword in her defense; watches her suffer punishment and in agony can do nothing about it. This queen and her warrior will battle evil, but will the price be their love or their lives?
Nadya is the main character of this book. She is the leader of a group of survivors in a post apocalyptic world, an ex-spy, an expert swordswoman and martial artist, beautiful and exotic, she can hunt game, preserve meat, and knows what plants are edible. Oh and she has visions too. Men love her, women want to be her.
And for all that she is, they make her their queen.
Nadya is perfect, which in literature, is a bad thing. It makes her un-relatable, and it makes the story boring. There is no suspense or drama. Everything she sets out to do is done without effort. She is so smart and hard working that without her to dispense tasks and teach skills, the rest of the group literally sits around eating leaves and staring into space. Not one other person in this group of 300 people had the presence of mind to gather water, search for nut and berries, or hunt game.
The romance in this story follows suit.
There is no chance encounter in the forest, or passing glance on a battle field. No, the guy learns of her when a gypsy says they will wed, so he leaves to go see her – after verbosely professing how he does not believe in fortune telling. It’s love at first sight of course, and the guy who has been the right hand of a mass murder since he was a child is perfectly willing to reverse course to be at her side.
The book is dull and predictable; thus I cannot say I would recommend it.