Wednesday 17 July 2019

Audio: Queen's Gambit - Jessie Mihalik

Narrated by: Rachel Dulude
Series: Rogue Queen Series, Book 1
Length: 4 hrs and 14 mins
Unabridged Audiobook
Release date: 05-31-19
Language: English
Publisher: Tantor Audio
I received this book free of charge in exchange for a review

This was a novella so things had to happen fast.

Samara is a queen (of course why no one just crushed her world in a day I do not know, it would be so easy). There are those who do not want to fight for the two other empires, and those who just want to escape.

Samara is tough as nails, dubious past, and was elected queen. And now she will save the emperor to get some money out of it, her people need food.

Valentin was, oh I liked him, I am sure he will be a good emperor if he can just get rid of the snakes around him.

Get him out, get him safe, get money. Baddies after them. Friendship blossoming (I hope for more one day too).

It was short and fully fleshed out it would have been even better. But it does work as a novella and there are more to come.

I did have to up the speed of the narrator to 2.0 cos I felt she was speaking too slowly. I did like her voice, but yes higher speed was needed for me. It might have to do with that this was built as a serial. So there are many moments in it for action and danger.

When the Quint Confederacy and the Kos Empire went to war - again - Queen Samara wisely kept her Rogue Coalition out of the conflict. But staying neutral in a galactic war doesn't pay the bills, not when both sides refuse to trade with neutral sectors.  

With her people on the brink of starvation, Samara hatches a daring plan to snatch the kidnapped Kos Emperor from the Quint mercenaries holding him. The Kos Empire will pay a fortune for their emperor's return, enough to feed the Coalition's citizens while they wait for the return to a begrudging peace.  

But when her plan goes sideways, Samara finds herself evading Quint mercenaries with the very man she intends to capture. And the more time she spends with Valentin Kos, the more she realizes that he's not the coldly indifferent villain she imagined. Torn between duty and desire, Samara must decide if saving her people is worth giving up the one thing she's always wanted.


  1. Sounds like maybe this novella is a snack with the full meal to follow!

  2. Hmmmm... may be worth a try. I like. Thanks!

    1. Waaaay better. Polaris was awesome! I can't wait for Aurora!

    2. I've got it and will be listening to Polaris eventually!

  3. I want to read this one too!

  4. I listen to slow talkers at 2xs too and I wonder how anyone can stand it at regular speed. My usual is 1.25-1.5, but the slow ones make me up it. I just want to yell "get on with it already!" :)

    1. I always do 1.8 so you can imagine what I think of slow ;) But it drives me insaaaaane

  5. I'm a fan of novellas so this sounds good to me.

    Karen @ For What It's Worth

  6. This is a series that I've had my eye on. Glad this in between novella was exciting and left you wanting to see more of their story.

  7. Yes, this was totally a fun novella. Short and sweet. Even short when you speed up the narration, which I had to do as well :D

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSantum



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