Really enjoyed the entire Queen's Blade series and am planning to purchase the two prequels. The writing is very good and the story is fresh. I especially enjoyed the descriptions of the "Master of the Dance" scenes and even the fights - which I would otherwise have only skimmed over. Ms. Southwell enabled me to see every most as it occurred. I must echo some other comments, though, and say I too wish that Blade didn't beat up so much! But, that's is such an integral part of the story line and a part of Blade's character. Excellent series and will definitely buy more of Ms. Southwell's works.