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Thursday, July 23, 2009

For the Love of a Queen by Laura Hogg

For the Love of a Queen by Laura Hogg
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Fantasy
Length: Full (376 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 4.5 Books
Reviewed by Snapdragon

War has destroyed four-fifths of the population. Governments have fallen. A former covert agent wanders the wilderness, lending her skills where she can. She is crowned queen for her efforts and meets the warrior who is her match. He’s handsome, courageous, and good-hearted, but at a young age was recruited by the most evil warlord walking the land.

He’s sent in as a spy to bring back the beautiful queen. Shock is in store for him when he meets her. He doesn’t want to bring her back for execution, but if he doesn’t, her people will be slaughtered. For love, he chooses to save those she cherishes.

He watches while she’s taken captive, not lifting his sword in her defense; watches her suffer punishment and in agony can do nothing about it. This queen and her warrior will battle evil, but will the price be their love or their lives?

For the Love of a Queen by Laura Hogg takes us far from our ordinary realm, although it is still Earth. The future, shaped by war, might have its misery and darkness, but beauty also remains. Nayda -– practical and strong -– is vulnerable, and at times, terribly alone. She is not one to wait though, or to sit back and hope for a better world. Her vision of the future is both frightening and oddly appealing. Curn’s leading general, Jeff, is a warrior that is a match for her in courage, and will face the same sort of uncertainness in his future. He will love -– and have to choose between personal desire and the good of a people, and a world.

Nayda is a powerful main character, who’s past has left her as a particularly informed and thoughtful leader. Her strength is in her dedication; it is also her weakness. I loved that Nayda was not only a powerful leader, but a vulnerable, real person. She tries to achieve the superhuman, but it is at a cost to herself. In some ways, this is her personal journey story, and she will be shaped by love as well as by hatred.

The attraction and emotions between them are acknowledged, in spite of it all. However, their first choices are always put it aside for others, and as novel as that is, it’s a little frustrating. The two never really have much chance to become a couple.

Rich in language, descriptions are seen, smelled, and felt, the impact of emotions is always powerful. For the Love of a Queen is an interesting an unusual futuristic/paranormal, with an especially appealing leading lady.