Queen of Wands

Queen of Wands

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Armed forces veteran and eight-time New York Times bestselling author John Ringo delivers the sequel to contemporary urban fantasy thriller Princess of Wands. Demonic, possessed Stepford wives versus a soccer mom demon slayer - plus, a zombie fight at an SF convention.

Soccer mom and demon fighter 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 stripper and High Priestess of Freya when she isn't fighting demons, must contend with a spiritual journey of her own. It's a journey into Janea's acceptance of herself in all her dimensions (and what dimensions they are!). 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.

Finally, the Christian soccer mom and the Norse priestess stripper face their greatest challenge ever when an ancient Old One rears Her ugly face, and the Mother of Darkness walks among us. Since this is one Mother who is quite immune to any conventional power, including nuclear weapons, it seems humanity's only hope is God. The question being: Is God willing to save humanity?


About John Ringo:
"[Ringo's work is] peopled with three-dimensional characters and spiced with personal drama as well as tactical finesse." -- Library Journal

". . . explosive. . . . fans. . .will appreciate Ringo's lively narrative and flavorful characters." -- Publishers Weekly

". . .practically impossible not to read in one sitting . . . exceedingly impressive . . . executed with skill, verve, and wit." -- Booklist

"Crackerjack storytelling." -- Starlog
Publisher: Riverdale, NY : Baen Books, c2012.
ISBN: 9781451639179
9781451637892
Characteristics: 341 p. ;,25 cm.

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senji1101
May 16, 2014

The story continues for Barb "Soccer-mommasaurus" Everett and "Im saving up for a boobie job" Janea. It took long enough to get the sequel out, and Im glad it didnt show both characters kicking butt and taking no names. Having one of the characters in danger in a way that the other couldnt give physical aid was a great story. I have hopes that more books of Special Circumstances will be coming along. Its got two great characters and I personally love reading about two people with such different religious views working together in this way.

Ringo is THE author for action junkies like me. However, his attempts at biblical scholarship need a bit of critical review before being foisted on an unwary public.

Gotta love his female heroines though. Almost want to go out and buy a stage sword to show off at a SF convention.

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paulopacheco21
Jul 26, 2013

Queen of Wands is the second book in the Special Circumstances Series and is better that the first. Once again Ringo is pushing the boundaries of what you expect in a story involving religion. 4 out of 5.

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