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).
right up at the very top
the story is captivating as is the whole series.
she brings every character to life. she is the best reader i have listened too
Elisabeth and Nathanal Bonner
i hope that Sara Donati will write more books that are just as spell binding
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.
Avid reader... oops, LISTENER
I was very surprised to realize how little I really knew about the war of 1812. I enjoyed reading about Luke and Jennet and meeting new characters. I also missed Elizabeth in this book but Donati tries to make it up to the reader. Later, I will write more about some of the blank spots I felt in this book but since they are spoilers, I'll wait until I'm finished to see if there is clarification.
Just as I know she wants us to do, Ms. Donati sent me to the internet to find out more about the war of 1812, "Redsticks" and the "Creek". This book deals with two areas of shameful behavior in the US and provides a little peek through the window of how they dealt with slavery and the despicable treatment of the native Indians. As a woman and an Indian, Hannah deals with the issues of bigotry, prejudice and the struggle of a professional woman in an age dominated by men.
Kate Reading is a gem and the fact that she reads this book with her own style just as Davina Porter reads herself into the Outlander books, gives credence to the importance of this series.
Again I say, I'm so glad I came to the series late so that I didn't have to wait for the next book as I have with the Outlander series. Now I'm off to Wikipedia to learn more about Andrew Jackson!
This book was harder for me to like than the previous ones. Mainly because of all the French names & locations. French is a difficult language for me & I am thankful for the list of characters.
Also, quite a few chapters about the war.
Excellent story telling and narration. I really Love the Bonner family. There are always a lot of twists and turns.
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