"powerful romantic sword and sorcery"
By drinking from the sacred Chalice, Pheresa saves her
life. Unfortunately her betrothed, the heir to the Kingdom
of Mandria died because the dark side of sorcery he wanted
to master consumed him. Pheresa expects to be the next
monarch, but first must trick the church that wants her as
an icon of the holy Chalice.
After succeeding at that endeavor, Pheresa manages to get
through to King Verence still in a fog while mourning the
death of his son. He names her Princess of the Realm, but
she must marry her cousin Lervan to inherit the throne. To
keep his heir safe, the king designates Sir Talmor to guard
Pheresa. When King Verence suddenly dies, Pheresa and
Talmor flee the city as enemies attack. As they struggle
to survive, they prepare for the day when she returns for
her crown even as they fall in love with one another.
THE QUEEN'S GAMBIT is a powerful romantic sword and sorcery
tale that readers will gain tremendous pleasure from
perusing due to the lead couple. Pheresa almost obsesses
over her belief that her destiny is to be queen. Talmor
will die to keep his beloved safe and he also provides the
pin that keeps Pheresa from going over the edge with her
contention. Fans of S&S will relish this delightful tale
especially when the beleaguered heroes try to defeat their
foes within the regal court and from outside the capital.
Deborah Chester has written a fantastic fantasy that
behooves the need of more novels in Mandria to satiate the
certain clamor and demands of readers.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted November 25, 2002