To claim the child, Hannah, Luke, and Jennet must journey first to Pensacola. There they learn a great deal about the family that has the baby. The Poiterins are a very rich, very powerful Creole family, totally without scruple. The matriarch of the family has left Pensacola for New Orleans and taken the child she now claims as her great-grandson with her.
New Orleans is a city on the brink of war, a city where prejudice thrives and where Hannah, half Mohawk, must tread softly. Careful plans are made as the Bonners set out to find and reclaim young Nathaniel Bonner plans that go terribly awry, isolating them from each other in a dangerous city at the worst of times.
Sure that all is lost, and sick unto death, Hannah finds herself in the care of a family and a friend from her past, Dr. Paul de Guise Savard dit Saint-d'Uzet. It is Dr. Savard and his wife who save Hannah's life, but Dr. Savard's half brother who offers her real hope. Jean-Benoit Savard, the great-grandson of French settlers, slaves, and Choctaw and Seminole Indians, is the one man who knows the city well enough to engineer the miracle that will reunite the Bonners and send them home to Lake in the Clouds. With Ben Savard's guidance, allies are drawn from every segment of New Orleans' population and from Andrew Jackson's army, now pouring into the city in preparation for what will be the last major battle of the War of 1812.
©2006 Sara Donati; (P)2006 Books on Tape
"A smoothly written, engrossing adventure." (Booklist)
Since I first discovered "Into the Wilderness", the first book in this series I have been a fan. Each book has been very well written, well researched and throughly enjoyable. The Queen of Swords is no exception, I loved it and was very sad when it came to an end. If you love historical novels you will love this one. This book stands alone, but I am very glad that I read all of the other books in this series before reading this.
I want to also mention that the narrator did an incredible job, as usual. You will not regret downloading this book.
I can't believe that I enjoyed this book as much as I did. Recently, I've been reading a lot of George R. R. Martin, J R. R. Tolkien and Diana Gabaldon. This book surprised with its historical reality and it's love stories that aren't so mushy. These characters are writtne like real people with real faults and yet, unlike Reality TV, it's still the place you can escape. Thanks Ms.Donati for a wonderful read--now, Audible, please get the rest in unabridged?
Wonderful story...Well read... A very close 2nd to Outlander (Diana Gabaldon). Problem is that it is the last written in the series. While it stands on it's own, there are references to earlier events that leaves you "wanting to know". I HOPE THEY GET THE ENTIRE SERIES!!!!
I listened to my first period romance novel with the Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon (Awesome listen by the way!!) and can not get enough of them. After listening to a few other dissapointing books I found the "Queen of Swords" - FINALLY!! Very good story, well researched with accurate and believable information of the times and read by a narrator that I have grown to love (I think that she also plays the female psyc doctor on Law & Order but I could be wrong).
I absolutely loved this book, I was. sad when it finished, no housework done until I finished listening. as good as the outlander series lots of embroidery and knitting completed, did not go out for a week, thank you so very much for the books and the fabulous job of the narrator
You will get to know Hannah as well as a family member in this book. The use of letters throughout the tale help pick up the pace and add different perspectives to the story. There are a lot of details to the personalities and you need to take your time reading this to fully absorb all the aspects.
The reader is wonderful at keeping the voices of the different characters distinct and believable. I really enjoy listening to her.
Terrific story with well researched historical and cultural insights. Ms. Donati and the reader, Kate Reading, make history come alive! This is a "can't put down" type of listen.
I am a lover of historical fiction. I enjoy tales of 19th century life on the American frontier and I can't resist a sappy prairie romance.
There are some books that lend themselves to the narrated format. Without question, the Wilderness series falls into that category. I have just finished "Queen of Swords", the 5th in this 6 book series and I am in awe. Kate Reading's vocal talents capture every element of a stellar performance: accents, genders, age, emotions, vocal character distinction, and more. As much as I love this series, I don't know if I would have managed to get through the first installment had I been introduced to it in the written format. I owe my enjoyment of this entire saga to Kate Reading's narration.
Of course, even the best narrator can't turn a poor story into a good one. Sara Donati weaves a masterful plot and develops multi-dimensional characters, both lead and supporting. This is a true series. One needs to read these books in order. I read the first three installments of the series before setting it aside for over a year. When I returned to it with "Fire Along the Sky", I felt like I was missing some finer points in the story-line due to this period away from it. A year and a half following my last listen, I found I could no longer recall the details surrounding the history between and among the many characters in the series. In fact, I listened to "Into the Wilderness" (book 1) again, after I finished "Fire Along the Sky" (book 4) but before I started "Queen of Swords" (5). I had planned to listen to the entire series again; but I was so anxious to move forward with the story that I had to abandon that plan entirely.
Readers often mention the similarities between Donati's "Wilderness" saga and Gabaldon's "Outlander" series and I concur. Each resembles the other in both style and story. I would love to see a production company purchase the rights this story and make it into a cable TV series as well. Who knows? There is an intersection of Donati's and Gabaldon's characters early on in this particular series. That strikes me as the perfect opportunity for a 'spin-off'!
What an amazing book! I found myself listening with every free moment as the characters are so well developed. It's a long story, but well worth it. The reader did an AMAZING job with some, no doubt, difficult names and accents. I highly recommend it!
The story of the Bonner family continues. From New York's endless forest to the bayous of Louisiana Hannah and Jennet find themselves wound up in the struggles of the war, tending the wounded while attempting to rid themselves of a man who would control and destroy them. Kate Reading does an excellent job of bringing the characters to life as they move through yet another adventure.
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