By Michael Alexander
Series: Machinations, Book 2.
Published: October 15, 2013.
Jerell is dead, Raynor is defeated, and Xela has left in search of answers. 3 long years of searching have been fruitless. But a chance encounter with the God of Time means Xela has another chance to be happy. The catch: a girl must die. Little does she know that the Cabal is operating right under her nose and she is getting in their way.
On the happiest day of her life, Xela's world falls apart thanks to the actions of her brother Fael. Her fiance and father are dead and now she only harbors vengeance in her heart. But in her quest to exact revenge for her lost loved ones, she will be ensnared into a plot that threatens to resurrect an Old God and cast the world into darkness.
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.