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Queen of Wands
by John Ringo
Publisher: Baen Books

Soccer mom and demon fighter Barbara Everette is back in an intricately interwoven monster noir thriller, the sequel to bestselling Princess of Wands.

Barbara Everette has a problem. It seems Janea, Barbara’s assistant and the Foundation for Love and Universal Faith’s best operative, has been thrown into a coma by some very nasty magic she’s stirred up. Barbara must track down the perpetrators and break the spell or Janea’s soul will be forever lost on the astral plane. Oh, and if she can’t break the spell, zombies will destroy all mankind.

Meanwhile, Janea, a high-dollar call girl, stripper and High Priestess of Freya when she isn’t fighting demons, must contend with a spiritual journey of her own. Where to locate one’s true inner essence? At a science fiction convention, of course. But when rescuers pursue Janea into her vision of a geeky alternate reality, we find this is one science fiction convention where the Guest of Honor could turn out to be Death Himself.

Published 8/1/2012
SKU: 9781451637892B
Ebook Price: $6.99 
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1. MIke on 8/25/2013, said:

I am usually a big fan of Ringo's work, but this one leaves me cold. The middle third of the book is essentially an "in joke" and really is a separate story in itself. And not one that I enjoyed. Also found is a FIVE page description of a sparring match in a dojo. Boring. Very boring. (And I'm a black belt!) I won't "spoil" the ending, but it is reminiscent of the audience of Peter Pan hoping that Tinkerbell gets better.
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2. Jesse on 1/15/2013, said:

This book is a two parter, and very much of a split decision. The first part isn't quite Ringo at his best, but that's still better than most. 4 stars The last half of the second part is Ringo at his worst. He stars well, but he gives into a tendency to let the message get in the way of the story. About 2/3 of the way through I started reading a line every 3rd or 4th page until I got to the end. 1 star only because the beginning keeps me from giving it 0. Overall 2 1/2 stars
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3. David on 11/25/2012, said:

It is unsettling to read this story. It is a very good story. I think what is unsettling is it is so close to home. Mr. Ringo has taken an interesting turn and I would advise anyone who reads this set of books to be aware there might be quite a bit of self examination induced by the stories. Mr. Ringo is very brave to go where he has gone. Thank you for the stories and the soul searching they have caused, Mr. Ringo.
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4. Gary on 10/22/2012, said:

I find that I am enjoying it more the second time through. I was kind of negative after the first reading...didn't like the way Barb had turned into more of an operator and less of a soccer mom with an attitude. Anyway, better the second time around....still hate the way it ends though...that is just plain wrong!
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5. Joshua on 8/21/2012, said:

This made my day when at the end of the first book there was a visit from two iconic tv show characters. John Ringo, you are the greatest and have made my summer very enjoyable.
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6. Eric on 8/3/2012, said:

I reread the first book then this one so that I could enjoy the plot and characters better. I am a fan of John Ringo's work but PoW was not my favorite. Queen of Wands was much bettter. The characters were more familiar in a second story or the plot was more developed. I have to say that I am looking forward to the next book and it was an excellent cliffhanger at the end.
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7. Patricia on 8/1/2012, said:

I'm a sucker for comparative religion and theology anyway, so the somewhat didactic passages regarding free will and other doctrine didn't really bother me. The only thing that DID was the ending of the early release. Now I have to pony up for the eBook and find out if I missed anything.
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8. Olivier on 7/19/2012, said:

Come on Ringo, you can do better than that. The "exposition of belief" (good term that) is not a problem, especially since the belief being exposed is somewhat less stupid that mainstream bible thumping. Except at the end, where it's just plain boring. The main problem is that Barb has been Mary-Sued into boringness. She can do everything, nothing can touch her. Booooooring. The only dead people are redshirts and considered as such, while Ringo was previously known for not being afraid to be hard on the main cast. In this one, not a scratch. No real opposition either, it's either mass-produced cookie-cutters second rate villains easily dispatched by Our Great Heroes, or indestructible Big Bad. Boooooooooooooooring. While the author has a real love of superpowered heroes, he usually handles them well by various means, sometimes even putting them in the background like in the Troy series. This time, it's a failure. Please Ringo, you can do *much* better than that. OG.
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9. Charles on 7/18/2012, said:

I had to examine my initial reaction to a fantasy book with so much Christian theology in it. Even though I was raised in a "conservative religious environment", I intensely dislike being preached at. But, the exposition of belief in this book is no more intense than that found in most of the fantasy books that I've read. This book may not be for everyone. It demands as much elasticity of thought as Book III does of some of its characters. However, I found this a very enjoyable read with some ideas that were actually thought-provoking.
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10. Luke on 7/17/2012, said:

If you liked the first book, then this is worth a read, but it's not as good as the first. If you didn't like the first one, then I wouldn't even try with this one, you'll hate it. (a 2.5 would be about what I'd really rate this)
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