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Queen of Sinister (Dark Age) Paperback – 2005

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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Orion Books Limited (2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575076534
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575076532
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 2.8 x 17.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 259 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,118,373 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x9f739924) out of 5 stars 5 reviews
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f854ab0) out of 5 stars An intriguing fantasy June 26 2010
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Paperback
The Dark Age of magic has rendered technology useless; the world we know vanished overnight with Beasts sending fire from the skies and creatures stalking humans across the British landscape. Deadly chaos is the norm with most humans believing it could not get any worse; they are wrong.

A pandemic plague attacked Britain. No one knows the source only those who catch it die violently and painfully. Dr. Caitlin Shepherd tries her best, but the twenty-eight year old mom feels overwhelmed as she is too young to be in charge, but out of default is. feeling helpless. She is hammered further when her beloved husband Grant and their son catches the deadly infection at a time the town is invaded by a horde whose purple mist causes incredible depression and despair. Caitlin feels helpless between the plague killing her family and these Whisperers mentally destroying anyone unfortunate to get in their way. However her friend witch Mary Holden introduces Caitlin to Professor Crowther; he insists the GP is a Sister of Dragons and the only hope to curing the plague. All she has to do is enter the Otherworld is to find the magic elixir. Caitlin and Crowther begin the quest accompanied by the female teen Magalia , the young male mute Carlton, , and Matt seeking his daughter he insists Faeries carried away.

This entertaining tale is not on the epic proportions of the Age of Misrule trilogy or this saga's predecessor The Devil in Green. Still The Queen of Sinister is an intriguing fantasy as the heroine and her teammates cross into the Otherworld on a quest with little hope of success. Filled with action throughout and an incredible twist, fans of the author will want to join Caitlin as she treks across a realm from Celtic mythos to save what is left of her local world starting with her two loved ones.

Harriet Klausner
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f85051c) out of 5 stars Book 2 of the second trilogy May 31 2012
By Teresa Pietersen - Published on
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This book moves away from The Devil in Green and there is no mention of Mallory and Sophie, the new Brothers & Sisters of Dragons. Instead it seems to start off at a complete tangent with a plague now affecting humanity and the struggles of a single country doctor called Caitlin Shepherd. On a search for some kind of treatment or cure Caitlin crosses into the Celtic otherworld were she is aided by The Morrigan and then the action does speed up, if at times a little rushed.
Anyone reading these trilogies will, as I did, think this is a disappointing book, that is too far removed from the beloved if flawed characters in The Age of Misrule books. But trust me on this, having now read the series, this book is a bridge between the original five Brothers and Sisters of Dragons and all those who will follow.
To give just a little tease, we do meet up with the original five again but to say anymore would be a spoiler.
In the last of the Dark Age books, "The Hounds of Avalon" it all starts to come into focus but the whole complex story becomes much more clear in the first of the next trilogy "Jack of Ravens".
So although I didn't think of this book as the best in the series I do think it was, if a bit less polished than the four previous, necessary and perhaps important to set the basis for the last trilogy.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f6c2174) out of 5 stars like Middle Earth or the Harry Potter World Sept. 19 2014
By Celtic Gareth - Published on
Format: Paperback
I cant get enough of this series. There are 9 books total three sets of three. I am half way through the last set and find it still griping and entertaining. I find myself rooting for the characters and the world created by Mark Chadbbourn comes to life as I read, like Middle Earth or the Harry Potter World.
Try the first book, " Age of Misrule, World's End " I think you will like it.
HASH(0x9f876b28) out of 5 stars Super Reader Aug. 6 2007
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Format: Paperback
Definitely the weakest book in Chadbourn's 6 books about the Fall, so far. This one is more of an aside, as the doctor that you meet in the 6th book crosses over to the Otherworld to find a cure for a plague that is ravaging her local area.

She has a few companions, is a Sister of Dragons, gets help from the Goddess in the form of the Morrigan, and still screws up.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f73d4bc) out of 5 stars Weakest book in the series so far Aug. 6 2010
By Stefan - Published on
Format: Paperback
The Queen of Sinister, the middle book in Mark Chadbourn's DARK AGE trilogy, introduces a different set of characters from book 1, The Devil in Green. This is a bit surprising, because the author's earlier AGE OF MISRULE trilogy, which describes the events leading up to the start of the DARK AGE books, focuses on the same characters throughout all three books. So, rather than offering a continuing story, The Queen of Sinister feels completely separate from The Devil in Green: it's set in the same world, but features all new characters and at least for now is unconnected to the first novel (although the author's afterword hints that everything will be pulled together in the trilogy's final novel, The Hounds of Avalon).

Unfortunately the novel's brand new set of characters just isn't as interesting as the one from The Devil in Green or the AGE OF MISRULE trilogy. The novel starts out well, with protagonist Caitlin Shepherd, a medical doctor, trying her best to ease the suffering of the many victims of a devastating plague. The first two chapters of the novel are actually some of the most powerful and emotionally gripping in the series so far, but after this promising start, The Queen of Sinister falls flat. The cast of side characters is initially interesting, but never as likable as you'd hope based on previous books, and -- even worse -- a bit predictable.

After its strong start, The Queen of Sinister adapts the now familiar pattern of travel across the ravaged English countryside and the mystical Far Lands, on a quest for an item or solution (in this case, a cure for the plague), interspersed with some horror, some mysticism, and plenty of action scenes. Readers will recognize the world's mystical underpinnings from the previous books, but -- maybe because all of it is by now very familiar -- Mark Chadbourn occasionally starts to sound preachy here.

Combine all of this with a plot that at times seems quite haphazard, and The Queen of Sinister is easily the weakest novel in the series so far. If you loved the previous books, you'll probably find some things to like here, but in the final analysis, The Queen of Sinister comes across as a weak novel in a generally strong series. Here's hoping that Mark Chadbourn will regain command of his formula and pull it all together convincingly in the trilogy's final volume, The Hounds of Avalon.

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