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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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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The Queen's Blade: a six-book high fantasy series about an assassin who will change the fate of three kingdoms and bring an empire to its knees.

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Zippy Me reviewed on on Jan. 31, 2015

Excellent start to an Excellent series. Not the typical hack and slash or dungeon crawler or Knight story. This had a lot of description and was extremely rich for under 100k words: book read bigger than it was. Enjoyed it a lot. The book also stands well on its own.
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Nyphrodel reviewed on on Dec. 17, 2014

I was so happy NOT to find ANOTHER Elf, Orc, Faerie or Dragon story. I find most fantasy authors these days take someone elses original idea and just change it up a bit to look new and shiny. Not so with TC Southwell. Her stories are all original, new and different. WONDERFUL!

The world in which our story takes place, is fully flushed out as are the peoples that inhabit it. The main character Blade, is not your typical protagonist. He's almost unlikable, but ultimately, sweet and endearing and someone I will NEVER forget. The end of the story leaves no loose ends. Although, if our very talented author chose to, she could continue the adventure, which I would love to see. I think this would be great on the big screen. I think this story could catapult our author to stardom!

I am a voracious reader. I have been reading a couple of books a week for almost forty years. I like to think I know the difference between a well written, interesting story and a poorly written, boring one. That being said, "The Queen's Blade" is extremely well written and is a more than intetesting story. Honestly, after finishing the series and then reading the prequels, I could not help but start the whole thing over again. It is completely out of character for me to finish a story and immediately reread it, because I always have so many others lines up. But, it's just that good.

I have since read every one of her books and series and each and every one of them are unique and completely different than anything I've read before. I was getting sick of the same old thing. TC Southwell has been a breath of fresh air. Or should I say a blast? I just wish there were more...I may reread those as well...
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Pamela Cummins reviewed on on Aug. 2, 2014

Awesome & Addicting! I read Book II in a day & on to the next one!
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Levi Wilner reviewed on 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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Margo Ander reviewed on on July 4, 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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Dark Rider reviewed on 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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Jeremy Drewett, Jr reviewed on on April 7, 2013

I'm a long time smashwords buyer, wanted to say awesome book, will be reading the others.
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jodelle hamblin reviewed on 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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Red Jackson reviewed on 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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