The Queen of Swords

The Queen of Swords Maude Stapleton late of Golgotha Nevada is a respectable widow raising a daughter on her own Few know that Maude belongs to an ancient order of assassins the Daughters of Lilith and is as we

  • Title: The Queen of Swords
  • Author: R.S. Belcher
  • ISBN: 9780765390097
  • Page: 157
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 1870 Maude Stapleton, late of Golgotha, Nevada, is a respectable widow raising a daughter on her own Few know that Maude belongs to an ancient order of assassins, the Daughters of Lilith, and is as well the great great great great granddaughter of Anne Bonney, the legendary female pirate Leaving Golgotha in search of her daughter Constance, who has been taken from her,1870 Maude Stapleton, late of Golgotha, Nevada, is a respectable widow raising a daughter on her own Few know that Maude belongs to an ancient order of assassins, the Daughters of Lilith, and is as well the great great great great granddaughter of Anne Bonney, the legendary female pirate Leaving Golgotha in search of her daughter Constance, who has been taken from her, Maude travels to Charleston, South Carolina, only to find herself caught in the middle of a secret war between the Daughters of Lilith and their ancestral enemies, the monstrous Sons of Typhon To save Constance, whose prophetic gifts are sought by both cults, Maude must follow in the footsteps of Anne Bonney as she embarks on a perilous voyage that will ultimately lead her to a lost city of bones in the heart of Africa and the Father of All Monsters.

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    1. The nitty-gritty: Belcher is in high form with this epic adventure tale that spans generations, a story that puts its female characters front and center. Stand back, men!It’s always a pleasure to read a new R.S. Belcher story, and it’s even more exciting when that story is set in one of my favorite universes, Belcher’s weird western world of Golgotha. Technically, this is book three in the series, and you could start here if you wanted to, as Belcher does a great job of filling in some of [...]

    2. This book was so very good.Maude is my favorite character in this series, so I guess this was bound to be a favorite of mine. Given the ending of this, there should at least be one more book, but the ending is open enough to allow for many more, and I will be reading them all as soon as they come out.I can't recommend this series enough, but if you can't find it in yourself to read all of it's entires, you'll be fine to read just this book. Maude and Constance are great role models for younger w [...]

    3. I had a rough time rating this book. Parts of it I liked, and parts of it I didn't care for. That may be because it's the third book in the series and I haven't read the other two. Copious references are made to previous events, but the author does a nice job of summing them up, so I don't think that's the problem. This book has two main characters and two timelines, and it seems to me what I'm having trouble with is the fact that one character and timeline resonated for me, and the other simply [...]

    4. My issues with this book are the same I have had with Belcher's other works - he jams in so much that it ends up being overload. While this book is formally the third book in the Golgotha series, this is almost a spin-off as it follows Maude Stapleton in her adventures as a Daughter of Lilith as well as the adventures of her grandmother, notorious pirate Anne Bonney. The adventures of the two are told in dual timelines that of course join at the book's finale in a sensible, albeit, drawn out way [...]

    5. I haven't read the first two in the series and judging by the book I thought it was an offshoot series. It is not, but firmly a part of a series. I was not lost as I think Anne Bonney and her descendants take center stage in this one but not center in the other books. I enjoyed it as much as I thought I would but it made me crave more of Anne Bonney's story and I think I'll get some of it when I go back to read the other books in the series.This story flits back and forth between timelines. The [...]

    6. I usually don't like to jump into a series in the middle, but "The Queen of Swords" (Tor, $25.99,364 pages) looked fun, and reasonably intriguing, and the roll of the reading dice turned out pretty well.R.S. Belcher's series involves a battle between the Daughters of Lilith and the Sons of Typhon, with the latter out to destroy the world, and the former out to save it. (As usual, the motivation for wanting to destroy the world is a little shaky, but a writer's got to do what a writer's got to do [...]

    7. Maude, trying to recover her daughter from her well-meaning if overbearing rich merchant father, is forced to come from Golgotha, the town in the west where she has settled, to North Carolina. Although trained in the many secrets of the Daughter of Lilith, a secret society her umpteen-great grandmother belonged to, Maude is determined to fight this battle legally, with the aid of the suffragette movement that is beginning to swell in the US.But the Sons of Typhon are also stirring; a similarly a [...]

    8. 3.5 stars — this is good, but I definitely like Belcher's weirdness in Golgotha better than spread out across the world. The occasional problems I have with his language seem worse here — Maude's father at one point gives a speech about his inner torment that feels way too twentieth century (and I'm sorry "the Load" is just a lame name for the burden of the Daughters of Lilith). And Typhon is one of those villains who likes to make sinister observations about the meaningless and illusion of [...]

    9. This book returns to the setting of the Golgotha books. Maude Stapleton (a supporting character in the earlier volumes) takes center stage here. Maude is a Daughter of Lilith, a member of an ancient order of female warriors, sworn to defend all life against antediluvian horrors. Maude's daughter Constance is thought to be key to some ancient prophecy, so other Daughters seek to kidnap her. Maude's actions from the last book have caused the ancient monster Typhon to stir from his slumber, and he [...]

    10. I've been a fan of this series since the first novel and the latest carries on the fast-paced, wild-action and pace to a whole new level.The worldbuilding is smooth and contiguous with the lore set forth in the first two novels, but goes in many interesting directions.While I was initially a bit skeptical of a "non Weird Western" story in the series, the author did a great job of keeping feet in both realms.Characters are vivid and fun to read. The fight scenes are over the top, low-budget kung [...]

    11. Overall, this book kept my interest throughout. The author keeps the story going at a fast pace with both stories being told. I didn't know this was part of a series (I just picked it up from the new section at the library). As such, past events are summarized nicely with what the reader needs to know in the situation. One thing I didn't care for too much was the indestructible nature of the Daughters. I know this is part of the supernatural aspect of the story, but it seems a bit redundant when [...]

    12. I loved "The Six-Gun Tarot," enjoyed "The Shotgun Arcana," and was looking forward to reading this latest installment in the Golgotha series. As usual, the story was filled with interesting characters and an intriguing plot. I liked it better than "Shotgun," but not as much at "Six-Gun" (but honestly, I think it would be hard to improve on "Six-Gun"). The story generally moved along at an fast pace, and I loved the surprise at the end. However, I found the Maude storyline not as interesting as t [...]

    13. SoI liked this book, but it was far from my favorite. I like that we got to explore more of the world, but the nearly singular focus on one character was a bit of a disappointment for me. Now, if this is a theme and we will see other Golgotha single-character focused stories, that would be cool. BUT the story does not take place in Golgotha. Not a serious issue, but, again, this was a massive change from the other two books - moving from a larger cast of characters in a Western frontier town, to [...]

    14. All in all I liked this book, though of the trilogy I think it was the shakiest. Largely I think this is due to the way it tells two stories in parallel, which makes the narrative a little disjointed. There's a lot of world building shown in this one, which also was a little weird since we started off in that little western town of Golgotha, spent the second book in the same area, and now suddenly we're telling tales that span the globe. Which isn't to say that's bad, it just felt a little odd a [...]

    15. Enjoyable book. I was glad to read a solo novel on Maude as she was one of my favourite characters in the first two books. I like Golgotha as a setting but was nice to see a globetrotting adventure kept things fresh and interesting. The involvement of the Daughters of Lilith and Gran's backstory was great to delve into and fleshed out the pseudo-magic that they utilize. Looking forward to my next sojourn in Belcher's magical macabre version of our world.

    16. I picked this up off my library's New Book shelf, not realizing until I got home that it was part of a series. Even so, I found it to be a very enjoyable read. I have no doubt that I would have appreciated it more if I'd read the previous books, but I never felt like I *had* to have read the previous books to follow along. I had a little bit of difficulty with the two timelines at first, byt that's probably due more to my attention span than anything else.(The Night Vale reference near the begin [...]

    17. Full review here:jamesgenrebooks/2My only regret on finishing this volume is realizing it's likely be a few years before we get another Golgotha volume, since I assume we'll be dealing with his other two series again before we return to Nevada.

    18. One of the best weird westerns out thereBrings together so many mythic elements it is dazzling, and the character development is way beyond what you will find except in a tiny handful of books in the genre.Highest recommendation, a real page turner that leaves you wanting for more.

    19. Belcher gives Anne Bonny her own story. Belcher's plot bouncesbetween: 1721 and 1870 in a complex adventure involving:a lost city, a secret society of female assassins and his own unique takeon the genre of Steampunk.

    20. This book was ok. A little out there, but well written. I loved Anne's character. Maudewell, not as much. I don't think it helped that this is the first book I've read of the series but it is not the first book in the series.

    21. This book deserves 20 stars, it is so good. I read this book in a day and a half. I devoured it!!!! Mr. Belcher is truly one of the best writers. He deserves to be touted among the greatest. Can't wait for the next one!!!!

    22. The first two books of this trilogy, The Six-Gun Tarot and The Shotgun Arcana, are set in the Wild West town of Golgotha, a town rock deep in Lovecraftean horrors and very living myths from all round the world, with a cast diverse enough that HPL would have had a fit. This book follows one major cast member and one previously minor one: Maude Stapleton - respectable widow, mother, and unbeatable-unkillable warrior of the sisterhood of Lilith - and her great-great-something grandmother, Anne Bonn [...]

    23. At long last, a new Belcher book is here.Just finished. Another fine work by my friend Rod. He is such a good story teller and keeps building to the end of the book. Then there are doors to other possible writings but does not leave the reader hanging so you have to await the next one. I do look forward to his next work, a follow up to Nightwise. Now just need to get others to read his works too.

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