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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book, June 11, 2011
By Paul
This review is from: The Steel Queen (Paperback)
While I do not normally read books in the fantasy genre, I found this title to be an excellent read. Well written, interesting story lines and good character development. The story moves at a good pace making you want to continue reading - hard to put down. Looking forward to the next installment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read Medieval Fantasy Series, May 31, 2011
By Mike Dobranski
This review is from: The Steel Queen (Paperback)
The theater of the mind is a wondrous thing, and Karen Azinger displays mastery of it in her new book "The Steel Queen". From the castles, the varied topography of Erdhe, and the faces and clothing of the characters themselves, I've seen them all. All through the colorful imagery created by the author. This is a very well written book. The story lines are uniquely singular yet interwoven, each hinting at a singular homogeneous purpose. If medieval fantasy interests you, this exciting, engaging, even sometimes shocking storyline is a must read. It was hard to put the book down to break for dinner, for work, or some other foolish endeavor. I can't wait for the next release in the Silk and Steel Saga!

5.0 out of 5 stars Finally! Another Option for George RR Martin Fans, June 15, 2011
By Fantasy Fan
This review is from: The Steel Queen (Paperback)
I couldn't be more excited about a book! I have read the reviews posted by other readers and I agree with much of what has been written, although I would argue that this first book by Azinger is much more akin to George RR Martin than Tolkien. Of course, I can see why readers with limited exposure to fantasy would compare "The Steel Queen" to Tolkien. There are definitely similarities in the genius of imagination displayed, the superior prose, the creation of entirely new races of people (what Azinger does here is amazing), the power of magic (as another reviewer mentioned, without orcs and fireballs), and the epic struggle between good and evil. However, a major difference between Tolkien and Azinger's style is that "The Lord of the Rings" has the feel of myth, while Azinger's work, like GRRM, reads more like historical fiction. Differences aside, one thing all three authors have in common is the ability to create fantasy of this caliber, which is a once in a blue moon phenomenon and the reason it has taken me years to add a new name to the short list of fantasy writers that rise above the rest. I was looking for a new author, I found this gem, and I am hooked! If you are a fantasy fan, a historical fiction devotee, or in need of a GRRM fix, you have to try this book!

5.0 out of 5 stars I can't wait for the second book!!!, June 17, 2011
By Gwand
This review is from: The Steel Queen (Paperback)
This is an amazing start to the series. This book begins a fascinating journey into another world with smart characters and interesting plot twists. The action is endless and the descriptions wonderful. Really a fantastic find!