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The Golden Queen - Book 1 of the Golden Queen Series [Kindle Edition]

David Farland
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From Publishers Weekly

Though billed as science fiction, the latest novel by the author of this summer's Star Wars yarn ( The Courtship of Princess Leia ) reads more like fantasy. Gallen O'Day lives on a backward planet where he works as a bodyguard along with his friend, the genetically enhanced talking bear, Orick. They and Maggie Flynn, Gallen's girlfriend, are whisked into the middle of an intergalactic intrigue by two strangers, the Lady Everynne and her protector, Veriasse. Everynne is a clone designed as the perfect human, beautiful beyond compare and so good that she wishes only to serve the best interests of our species. At this time, humanity has been conquered by the Dronon, an insect-like race controlled by a hive mentality and ruled by a Golden Queen. The Dronon want to genetically reengineer humanity along insect-like lines, a fate that Everynne and her escorts try to deter by challenging the Golden Queen's protector in battle. The story features many charming moments; especially appealing is the talking bear, who retains his ursine nature while still yearning to become a Christian priest. On the other hand, there's little depth or moral force to the losses the characters suffer. Wolverton is obviously trying to gain SF legitimacy (his discussions of genetic research go on for pages), but he relies on fantasy fundamentals time and again, including a standard quest format, stereotypical characterizations and a predictably happy ending. Yet the legions of Star Wars fans will probably devour this mix of familiar themes, archetypal characters and moderately interesting alien technologies. Major ad/promo.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Kirkus Reviews

From the author of the recent Star Wars yarn The Courtship of Princess Leia (p.254), a hybrid sword/science-fiction space opera set in a far future where humans, having spread through the galaxy, are now threatened by invading insectoid dronons who have killed Semaritte, the human ruler, and taken over her planet-size computer. So Semaritte's wise and ancient Lord Escort, Veriasse, has cloned Semaritte and plans to challenge the dronon Golden Queen's Lord Escort in battle according to the dronons' own code. If Veriasse wins, Everynne, the charismatic clone, will recover Semaritte's powers. On Tihrglas, an Irish-flavored planet deliberately shielded from the superscience prevalent elsewhere, Everynne acquires some helpers: warrior Gallen O'Day, his girlfriend Maggie, and Orick the talking bear. Pursued by ``vanquishers'' and other fearsome creatures, they leap from planet to planet via Gates opened with Keys, enduring perils at every turn, until a final showdown decides the fate of the galaxy. Sound familiar? Well, despite Wolverton's contorted superscience, feeble plotting, and jerry-built prose, fans of his Star Wars outing will probably wish to investigate. -- Copyright ©1994, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 571 KB
  • Print Length: 318 pages
  • Publisher: David Farland (Jan. 20 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005SJR420
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Full of adventure!!! Aug. 18 2000
By "valai"
Format:Paperback
If you like adventurous books I recommend this one to you!!! Usually I am not the most excited fan over Star Wars but I read the Courtship of Princess Leia and thought that book was nicely written and couldn't put it down till I was finished!
Gallen O'Day is a seasoned fighter, a guide, and a guard. He longs for adventure and for excitement. He has a widely known reputation for being a very efficient guard, robbers know his name and fear him.
Maggie Flynn works in an alehouse and thinks Gallen is handsome and the best guard/guide around. She and Gallen have an odd sort of relationship. They have an attraction to each other but Gallen doesn't make any of the moves, thinking Maggie is too young.
The adventure for Gallen starts when two strangers come to the alehouse. A man who wears two swords, walks and looks like he knows how to fight and it appears he's the bodyguard of the second stranger.
The second stranger is young, beautiful, petite, and ... perfect. And to top it all off the stranger is female. Immediately Gallen feels the urge to protect her and thinks he's fallen in love. But what are two strangers who obviously are different doing here? The strangers reveal that they want to travel to the ancient arch called Geata na Chruinne. They need someone to take them there and it can't be a boy, it has to be a soldier, or someone who knows how to fight.
Gallen is the only one who knows the way and who can fight. So they make a deal that they would travel there later. That night Gallen has another job to deal with. He guides and guards a man but unfortunately they meet robbers on the road. Gallen is awestruck when a sidhe helps him but is puzzled when the sidhe tells him that he will hold Gallen accountable for any oaths he makes this day.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good book March 14 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This is my favorite book of all times. It skips around a lot but it is very good at keeping you in suspence
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5.0 out of 5 stars An AWESOME book!!!! Oct. 21 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I read this book and Totally Love it. It's amazing, DaveWolverton really knows how to get your attention and keep it till thevery end. I read the book 2 years ago and Loved it, but Last week I desided to read it again during my train ride, and it's even better the second time around. Before I knew it, I was no longer just reading it on the train, I couldn't put it down when I was at home as well. It's captivating, sorta a blend of Star wars, star gate, the neverending story, back to the future, the princess bride and more. I can't wait to read the sequels.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, Thrilling, finally a great ending Oct. 29 1998
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I purchased this book at a bargain book sale, you know the kind where there are thousands of books all stacked on tables. I just so happened to see this one and I recognized the author. Previously I had read The Courtship of Princess Leia. Generally, I'm a some-what of a medium reader, I read this book in three days, I couldn't put it down. The action was nonstop, and then there was a little romance thrown in on top of it. I have given the book to several friends to read, and they all enjoyed it as well. I'm definately going to read the remaining two books in this series, as well anything else Wolverton decides to right. As I said, the ending was great, even though the story continues, there was no cliff hanger, and I had no clue about the ending until I read the last few paragraphs.
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