Genres: Sci-Fi Romance
Published by Entangled Select
Released on May 27, 2014
While Borders Bookstores still lived, I enjoyed regular visits and perused the clearance shelves each time. I found some real gems for less than a dollar including this one. I spotted this one because I recognized the author, saw it was a sci-fi that had whiffs of Firefly to it and I was sold and then it sat. But, on a whim, I pulled it off the shelf because I was in a sci-fi mood. The book didn’t hold up to pre-read excitement, but it was a moderately good, spicy hot, sci-fi adventure that I’m glad I picked up.
Queen of Swords is the first book in the Sanctify series, but I learned after I read it that there is a prequel, The High Priestess, and it really shouldn’t be skipped. Oops! This one worked pretty good standalone even though I think I’d have picked up on some things easier if I’d read the prequel intro to the Sanctify world.
This one introduces tough gunrunner Ophelia who is a Diviner (she uses tarot card with her psychic ability to see the future and is a whole religious system for her race) privately grieving the loss of her crew because she ignored the cards. She drowns her sorrows in a one night stand, skips out and then comes home to learn through another reading that she is to marry the Prince of Hansorda, a certain Kristian who plans to rise to the kingship on the blood of others in his path.
Her escort ship comes with none other than her 1NS, Boone, and he has his own plans for her that don’t involve marrying Kristian or letting Kristian gain that much power to be used in the wrong way. A space adventure ensues involving the villainous Sanctifiers and encounters with many alien races when she ends up seeing how things really are with Kristian’s ambitions to rule not being a good thing and having to go rescue Boone from his half-brother. All along the pair engage in a sensual love-hate battle full of snark and lots of heat since they are both a strong-willed pair.
I liked this one in many ways and had a good time reading it, but I didn’t thoroughly enjoy it and did a great deal of skimming after awhile and was left needing more when it came to the romance. This was one where I enjoyed both Ophelia and Boone as individuals and as ‘save the galaxy’ partners, but I was never convinced about their romance. There was a lot of sizzle in the sack- this is where I skimmed. So much sexy time that I was actually bored after a while and just wanted to get on with the action. But, I couldn’t get a read on how they would be when not in a rush to thwart the bad guys or ravishing each other. I suppose this can be chalked up to preference. I needed to see the chemistry in action beyond physical attraction particularly since they tended to snarl at each other a lot.
But, that said, there was plenty of other stuff going on to engage me. The world building was unique. I enjoyed the use of Tarot to inspire a religious society and it was fun to meet all the alien races. There were side characters that are getting their stories and I’m glad of that. The action side was great and I do love that in my sci-fis.
So, I’m glad I finally picked it up. I haven’t decided if I’ll get the other stories in the series. Those who like action-packed, sizzling hot sci-fi snarky romance should definitely give this one a go.
Mt. TBR #53