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Queen of Swords Audiobook

Queen of Swords

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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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    "the story is interesting but a bit annoying..."

    i don't know if it's the story or the narrator but the female characters of this book are so annoying at times the is difficult to pay attention...

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    Linda P. Johnson San Jose, CA USA 07-22-17
    Linda P. Johnson San Jose, CA USA 07-22-17 Member Since 2014
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    "AMAZING"

    Can't wait for the next book, love the way she tells her stories. I can truly see easy character.

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    Leslie Keshishian 07-20-17
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    "Wonderful!"

    Thank goodness there is another one I can quickly download! Can't wait to hear the rest!

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    "Kate Reading's narration is PERFECTION!"

    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'!

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    Laura Nichols 01-17-17
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    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!

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    "Another great read."

    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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    Tiffany 08-31-16
    Tiffany 08-31-16 Member Since 2015
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    I loved the book. I couldn't stop listening. Everything hairbrush vividly in my head. I love that!

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    DIONDRE THOMAS 08-29-16 Member Since 2015
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    "I've thoroughly enjoyed each book in this series."

    The series was captivating entertainment. I felt every emotion, including laughter. I learned some things, but best of all I painted some beautiful portraits with my imagination. Looking forward to more!

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    Jodie Middletown, NY, United States 06-08-16
    Jodie Middletown, NY, United States 06-08-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Wow!"

    When I figured out the premise of this book I was disappointed because I missed Elizabeth, but how wrong I was! This was a fabulous book and I enjoyed it so much. Leaving NY, this takes us directly into New Orleans and the Battle of New Orleans. It is so interesting to see the differences between the lives of white population and the freed black population. I highly recommend this read.

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    Alisha M. 05-02-16
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    "I have loved this series!"

    I am new fan of Sara Donati and this series has not disappointed me. I've thought every book was a great listen. I would recommend them all.

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