Ok, once again full disclosure here: I’m a John Ringo fanboy. I’ve read just about everything he’s released. I’d say written, but I’m sure he’s written some stuff he hasn’t let out of his computer.
Needless to say, (stupid phrase, if it’s needless to say, why am I saying it?) I was excited when I got the email from Baen’s Bar that the Queen of Wands eARC was up and available for download.
I hied (is that even a word? And why am I trying to show off my vocabulary, everyone knows SF readers are barely literate anyway,) myself off to baenebooks.com to get my copy.
I was then bleary eyed the next day because I couldn’t put the thing down.
From the blurb:
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.
Add in a few old gods, new gods and great old ones and and that pretty well sums up the book.
This book is vintage Ringo, fast paced, simple but not simplistic prose, and enough wisecracks and wry humor to keep you in stitches.
I really don’t know what else to say, except “buy this book.”
Ringo is a top author for Baen for a reason and Queen of Wands does not disappoint.
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