The Queen's Blade

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A doomed kingdom, a young queen’s sacrifice and a killer who will bring an empire to its knees...

In a world where men share kindred with beasts, an ageless seer predicts a child who will end the Endless War. One man is the instrument who will change fate. He will usher in a time of strife and pain that will live in legend, and forever bear his name... the time of the Queen’s Blade.
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Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Words: 81,340
Language: English
ISBN: 9781458142757
About T C Southwell

T. C. Southwell was born in Sri Lanka and moved to the Seychelles when she was a baby. She spent her formative years exploring the islands – mostly alone. Naturally, her imagination flourished and she developed a keen love of other worlds. The family travelled through Europe and Africa and, after the death of her father, settled in South Africa.

T. C. Southwell has written over thirty fantasy and science fiction novels, as well as five screenplays. Her hobbies include motorcycling, horse riding and art, and she is now a full-time writer.

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Review by: Pamela Cummins on Aug. 02, 2014 :
Awesome & Addicting! I read Book II in a day & on to the next one!
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Review by: Levi Wilner on Dec. 26, 2013 :
I read all of these over the past year. I really enjoyed them. I'm not too much of a reader, and this series helped me to get more into reading.

That said the story line gets fairly repetitive. The ending of the last book (Lord Protector) leaves a bit to be desired. There are few questions that are left unanswered and for as many words & books as there are, the ending should be rock solid.
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Review by: Margo Ander on July 04, 2013 :
The world of this story is unique. Everyone born there has an affinity for an animal that they bond with for life—the animal’s life is bound up with theirs, so shorter-lived animals enjoy an extended lifespan. People’s natures are expressed by the animals they bond with and attributes they share with their bond animal are accentuated. There are cat-kin, bird-kin, snake-kin, even insect-kin. These bonded pairs communicate together and are so close that nothing is more traumatic than to survive the loss of one’s bond-animal.

The story is about an assassin who has no bond-animal. His horrific past has led him to claim that he doesn’t care about anything, least of all whether he lives or dies, which has made his reputation as an assassin because he takes on risky jobs. The law in this land is that the crime of the assassination is against the client who hires the assassin rather than the assassin himself, but that doesn’t make assassins respectable, though they have a guild and some rather rigid ethical restrictions to distinguish them from common murderers. Because assassins are forbidden to kill each other, they obtain status within their guild not by body counts, but by displaying their deadly skills in a “dance of death” that is judged on artistic merit by acclaim of the other assassins. The finest assassin in a city is called the Master of the Dance.

Blade is the Master of the Dance in Jashimara’s capital city. His country has been involved in the Endless War with the Cotti, fierce desert warriors, and the new queen is determined to bring it to an end and has consulted an oracle on how to stop the war. The answer she obtained will demand all her courage to see it through—and she needs someone to carry out the first step—infiltrating the Cotti lands and the Cotti army to kill the Cotti king and kidnap the king’s grown heir, and bring the prince back to her. There is no shortage of gallant and accomplished warriors who volunteer, but don’t return, with or without the prince.

Blade is twenty-eight, the age when most assassins are either dead or ready to retire because their skills are starting to slip, and the queen has offered the tantalizing reward of nobility and a rich estate. Blade persuades the queen to let him try to accomplish the mission, and in doing so, becomes entangled in the political intrigues of both countries—neither of whose political elite are the least bit interested in an unprofitable peace.

I enjoyed the plot, but the thing that made this book—and the series—hard to put down was the character development of Blade as he reclaims his humanity, and despite his claims to the contrary, becomes a true hero.

The series runs for six books, plus two prequels that do not need to be read first. I bought all of them. T. C. Southwell has several other series available, and all the first books are free. I bought two other series, The Demon Lord series and The Cyber Chronicles. I’ve reread all of them, but the Queen’s Blade series is one of the best I’ve read—and re-read—in recent memory.
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Review by: Dark Rider on May 29, 2013 :
Great read! I am not yet through with "The Queen's Blade" and I'm already wondering how I will afford the rest of the series.

I liked everything about this book. The writing, the characters both noble and base, the descriptions and the plot.

This was as good a read as anything by Rathbone, Zelazny or SM Reine.

What more can I say?
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Review by: Jeremy Drewett, Jr on April 07, 2013 :
I'm a long time smashwords buyer, wanted to say awesome book, will be reading the others.
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Review by: jodelle hamblin on March 13, 2013 :
The Queens Blade got me hooked on the whole series. Loved them all. Would highly recommend for all ages:)
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Review by: Red Jackson on Jan. 31, 2013 :
The first half of the book was too heavy on description and too light on conflict for my liking. The second half was better. It was well written but not thoroughly edited. I had a hard time reconciling "Blade" with the character played by Wesley Snipes (half vampire half mortal man; Blade 1998) and the character "Scar" made me think of the villain in Disney's Lion King (1994). The story itself reminded me of Fool's Errand by Robin Hobbs (another story that I would give three stars to). I liked it enough that I may read more of the series one day.
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Review by: Brennan Barrett on Dec. 20, 2012 :
I really enjoyed reading this book. It's refreshing to see different writing styles and the author actually left enough room for my imagination to engage itself. I was hooked after book one and read the entire series.
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Review by: Tam Winn on Sep. 02, 2012 :
I enjoyed this book. The writing was rather interesting and took a bit to get used to but it kept me reading. Blade was a very interesting character. I liked reading about him. I loved the idea of their familiars and wished they had been more a part of the story.
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Review by: Michael Alexander on Aug. 19, 2012 :
This is a great starter to the Queen's Blade series. Blade is an antihero that we cannot help but love while we feel for Queen Minna-Satu and the terrible burden that comes with her rule. Though a little slow in the beginning, Southwell truly creates a world full of war and bitterness that immerses you the farther you read. I cannot wait to read the rest of the series.
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Review by: KAZ MAC on June 19, 2012 :
I definitely recommend any book by TC Southwell. I have read the entire Queen's Blade series and the Cyber Chronicles. Loved both series... fantastic. Hard to put down. Don't read at night as you won't get any sleep
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Review by: KAZ MAC on June 19, 2012 :
I definitely recommend any book by TC Southwell. I have read the entire Queen's Blade series and the Cyber Chronicles. Loved both series... fantastic. Hard to put down. Don't read at night as you won't get any sleep
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Review by: D. N. Carver on Feb. 19, 2012 :
I loved reading this and can't wait to read the others. It was a book that showed up on a recommend list and so I downloaded it to read when I had nothing else to read. I think the character development is fantastic.
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Review by: Emily on Oct. 10, 2011 :
Started and finished the book in a day! Couldn't put it down once I started it. Engaging, clever, refreshingly well-written.

"Believable", in the sense that the author kept true to the world that had been created, and never broke the story with those awkward reader moments where you think "What? That doesn't seem right."
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Review by: Benjamin Fried on Oct. 03, 2011 :
A better than average fantasy book. If fantasy and reluctant heroes are your thing you will enjoy this.
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Review by: Chanter on Sep. 14, 2011 :
Loved the entire series.
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Review by: Annie Jean Brewer on July 17, 2011 :
I got this book on a lark and was seriously surprised! It sucked me in and now I just purchased the second in the series. Great job!
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Review by: Vanessa Finaughty on July 16, 2011 :
Blade is my favourite type of hero - reluctant! He has a nasty past he'd rather forget, but can't, and prefers to be left alone to his own devices, never allowing anyone too close to him. The good nature he was born with, however, seems to win out where the important people are concerned - those who truly care for him despite his ugly attitude towards and treatment of them.

I recommend this entire series to anyone with an imagination, particularly if you love animals and seeing bad guys suffer.
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Review by: Maria Sokolova on June 05, 2011 :
Amazing!I admire author's imagination and spirit!
I recommend it! Almost read all her books, a few remained.
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Review by: Jen on June 04, 2011 :
Fantastic book! I just finished it, and am now going to buy the second one (and I imagine the rest of the series as well!) Very well written, and absolutely fascinating. Definitely well worth the time to check it out.
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Review by: melissa nagtegaal on May 27, 2011 :
Keep up the great work T. C. Can't wait for the next series of books you come out with.
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Review by: Dick Rachey on May 09, 2011 :
This was and excellent novel set in a fantasy place,but very well written and exciting. It keeps you reading without any dull parts. I like the way the author explains the charactors and scenes which gives you a visual experience within the story. Very good book. I plan on reading all of the books in this series, as this book left me wanting to find out what happened at the end.
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Review by: Smokescreen Publishing on April 10, 2011 :
Would give this a 4.5/5 if I could do half stars but since we can't do that on Smashwords yet I always round up. ;-) Great book. I liked how there were no parts of it that really seemed to drag, nothing like a hundred pages of conversation about things that don't move the plot along much by minor characters. (I won't mention names.)

Very much look forward to checking out the next book in the series.
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Review by: Gina Schwartz on Jan. 26, 2011 :
This novel is a fantasy set it a fictional place called Jashimari. Blade is an assassin of unmatched skill hired by the Queen of the Jashimari to help her to end a decades old war. Blade will need all of his senses to keep his end of the bargain.


My Take


I seldom read fantasy but when I do I am always captivated at the thoughts other have about the world around us. I always think that fantasy writing tells us more abou tthe authros themselves and their inner thoughts than anything else. Perhpas the most original and intriguing element in this fantasy novel is that in this story the people are identified by animals - there are cat people, dog people, birds, bears and even snakes. I did not get any sense in the novel that there wer physical traits linking the people with the animals it seemed more of a behavioural linking. Many of the protagonists also had familiars. For those who don't know a familiar is a spirit which does its masters bidding. It is often does not leave its master's side for any extended period. It is a medieval concept and these spirits often took the form of animals and less so humans. I find it an entirely fascinating concept. In this novel the familiars are all animals to keep with the animal theme. It makes me wonder whether the author walks around seeing animals in all of th people that he meets.


That aside the story in itself is compelling - Blade's story is haunting and sad as is the sotry of many of the individuals in the novel including the queen and the Cotti prince. The cliff hanger ending adds mystery and leaves the reader wanting more. I am avidly looking out for the second installment


The Cover


I loved it.


Rating 3.5
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Review by: Taruna Lamba on Dec. 19, 2010 :
some time i think that these fantasy books are larger then life.......i mean when i read them i just fall in them and think everything is possible. that's the talent of a writer to make it so real it will sound and look real u don't have to imagine forcefully but the film moves in your mind same is here i don't have imagine but when i am reading these books the film move in my mind every character every movement every expression. i feel wonder that how could they think so extrawordly, the harry potter or the narnia or this or any other series of fantasy genre i mean hat's off to them. I love this book this was the last read and now i m going to sleep my eyes are drooping im going shut my lappy and may be dream of this world........
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