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Queen of Swords | [Sara Donati]

Queen of Swords

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 surrender the infant to a stranger in the hope of keeping him safe.
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Publisher's Summary

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 surrender the infant to a stranger in the hope of keeping him safe.

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

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"A smoothly written, engrossing adventure." (Booklist)

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    Linda Centerville, UT, United States 09-21-07
    Linda Centerville, UT, United States 09-21-07 Member Since 2005
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    "I love this series"

    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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Ken Austin, TX, USA 08-19-07
    Ken Austin, TX, USA 08-19-07 Member Since 2003
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    "Queen of Swords"

    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?

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Detroit, MI, United States 08-24-07
    Linda Detroit, MI, United States 08-24-07 Member Since 2007
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    "ldb"

    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!!!!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    06-11-07
    06-11-07 Member Since 2005
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    "Well written AND Well read"

    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).

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Ronald Spotsylvania, VA, USA 07-12-07
    Ronald Spotsylvania, VA, USA 07-12-07 Member Since 2005
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    "History comes alive"

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    sandy Lebanon, CT, United States 05-01-14
    sandy Lebanon, CT, United States 05-01-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Magnificent"

    Excellent, magnificent, exciting. I couldn't put it down. There's nothing else to say, I definitely recommend this book.

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    Edna Roanoke, TX, United States 02-23-13
    Edna Roanoke, TX, United States 02-23-13 Member Since 2012
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    "I'm hooked!!!"
    If you could sum up Queen of Swords in three words, what would they be?

    Love Love Love


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ben, he's such a great man!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I can't give it away but, I loved Ben's comment after Hannah asked the important question!


    If you could rename Queen of Swords, what would you call it?

    Don't want to- the name is perfect!


    Any additional comments?

    I'm going to be very sad after I finish the next and last book, I've become very close to this family. This NEEDS to be made into a movie!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Donna Riverdale, UT, United States 01-02-13
    Donna Riverdale, UT, United States 01-02-13 Member Since 2012
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    "awesome"
    Where does Queen of Swords rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    right up at the very top


    What did you like best about this story?

    the story is captivating as is the whole series.


    What about Kate Reading’s performance did you like?

    she brings every character to life. she is the best reader i have listened too


    If you could take any character from Queen of Swords out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Elisabeth and Nathanal Bonner


    Any additional comments?

    i hope that Sara Donati will write more books that are just as spell binding

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    ann beautiful Colorado 06-17-07
    ann beautiful Colorado 06-17-07 Member Since 2007
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    Fantastic!

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    S. Jones Sebring, FL 02-02-08
    S. Jones Sebring, FL 02-02-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Historical Potboiler"

    Obviously, this book has its many fans, who say that although it is an installment in a series, it stands alone. I don't think it does. I forced myself to listen to this for almost three hours, hoping I would get into it, and then I gave up. I felt like I was missing something. I was not captivated by these shallow characters, their problems, or their interminable love lives. Many other reviewers say it is "historically accurate." I could not dispute that claim since I am not a history expert, but the behavior of these characters did not ring true. In any case, I saw no promise that this story would rise above the level of a historical potboiler or that there would be any substance to it.

    7 of 17 people found this review helpful
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