Slave, Warrior, Queen (Of Crowns and Glory--Book 1)

Slave, Warrior, Queen (Of Crowns and Glory--Book 1)

by Morgan Rice

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"Morgan Rice has come up with what promises to be another brilliant series, immersing us in a fantasy of valor, honor, courage, magic and faith in your destiny. Morgan has managed again to produce a strong set of characters that make us cheer for them on every page....Recommended for the permanent library of all readers that love a well-written fantasy."
--Books and Movie Reviews, Roberto Mattos (regarding Rise of the Dragons)

From #1 Bestselling author Morgan Rice comes a sweeping new fantasy series.

17 year old Ceres, a beautiful, poor girl in the Empire city of Delos, lives the harsh and unforgiving life of a commoner. By day she delivers her father's forged weapons to the palace training grounds, and by night she secretly trains with them, yearning to be a warrior in a land where girls are forbidden to fight. With her pending sale to slavehood, she is desperate.

18 year old Prince Thanos despises everything his royal family stands for. He abhors their harsh treatment of the masses, especially the brutal competition--The Killings--that lies at the heart of the city. He yearns to break free from the restraints of his upbringing, yet he, a fine warrior, sees no way out.

When Ceres stuns the court with her hidden powers, she finds herself wrongfully imprisoned, doomed to an even worse life than she could imagine. Thanos, smitten, must choose if he will risk it all for her. Yet, thrust into a world of duplicity and deadly secrets, Ceres quickly learns there are those who rule, and those who are their pawns. And that sometimes, being chosen is the worst that can happen.

SLAVE, WARRIOR, QUEEN tells an epic tale of tragic love, vengeance, betrayal, ambition, and destiny. Filled with unforgettable characters and heart-pounding action, it transports us into a world we will never forget, and makes us fall in love with fantasy all over again.

Book #2 in OF CROWNS AND GLORY will be released soon!

Product Details

BN ID: 2940157940478
Publisher: Morgan Rice
Publication date: 05/15/2016
Series: Of Crowns and Glory Series , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 5,775
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Morgan Rice is the #1 bestselling and USA Today bestselling author of the epic fantasy series THE SORCERER’S RING, comprising seventeen books; of the #1 bestselling series THE VAMPIRE JOURNALS, comprising twelve books; of the #1 bestselling series THE SURVIVAL TRILOGY, a post-apocalyptic thriller comprising two books (and counting); of the epic fantasy series KINGS AND SORCERERS, comprising six books; and of the new epic fantasy series OF CROWNS AND GLORY. Morgan’s books are available in audio and print editions, and translations are available in over 25 languages.

TURNED (Book #1 in the Vampire Journals), ARENA ONE (Book #1 of the Survival Trilogy) and A QUEST OF HEROES (Book #1 in the Sorcerer’s Ring) and RISE OF THE DRAGONS (Kings and Sorcerers—Book #1) are each available as a free download on Barnes & Noble!

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Slave, Warrior, Queen (Of Crowns and Glory--Book 1) 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 78 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This has got to be the worst book I've ever read. The concept was intriguing and that's why I purchased it after reading the sample. But once I made it past the first chapter it all went down hill. The development of the main character is fine but everyone else is laughable. The relationship with Lord Thanos is so unrealistic and rushed it was actually embarrassing to read. The way the book is written, is choppy and confusing, such as jumping from characters you've never met and situations that are confusing, to the main character not even freaking out about her powers, or ending a chapter in the most dramatic way possible Everytime. Single. Time!! Like I said save yourself some money, please don't purchase this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story line held promise, but the author kept getting the details confused and really killed the feel. For example: main character is walking down the road and an old woman yells at her, "you!". The main character then asks how the old woman knows her name... which obviously makes no sense. Or, the main character's hands are tied behind her, but then she's feeling the details in front of her against her fingers. I wanted to like it, but the details didn't match and just felt too sloppy to really allow the reader to be absorbed into the story
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't normally put negative reviews but this is horrible. I doubt there was an editor at all. The storyline jumps and jumbles. There is very little sense to it. It was a good idea but very immaturely written. I stopped after chapter 4. It's very teen angst but written by a 13 year old. And the main character's name seems to have changed to Ceres.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I read the synopsis of this book, I thought this would be a good, quick read. The first few chapters are okay, but I felt like there was something lacking. As I read further, I realized there was a lot lacking. There is very little actual character development. The author tells us how the characters are feeling about themselves and one another, but you never get a good explanation as to why, other than because someone is hot or a good warrior. On one page, a character joins the rebellion and then the next, they are shown being captured with no explanation of how that character came I to the new situation. It's quite painful to read, and I don't think my desire to know how it ends will ever be enough to finish reading. I do believe this is the first book I've not finished. I feel that if the author went into more detail, developed everything more, and maybe added a few hundred pages, this book would be worth a read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you're in the market for a story that won't improve your vocabulary, this is it. Prose so poor it became painful to continue reading. It's like reading a book from a gifted high school student. One that understands how to create the structure of a story but can't string enough words together to make it last able to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just don't. At only a couple hundred pages, this story is far too long and resolves nothing. It is comprised of glaring discrepancies, massive plot holes, and juvenile storytelling. I find it hard to believe anyone in publishing chose to support this horrendous example of writing. I find it impossible to believe anyone read this for proper use of the language and plot consistency. I will not inflict the remaining books upon myself. I won't really feel that lack since none of the characters were developed enough to even understand their basic motivations. And did the story really need an extremely pregnant incidental non-character whose only purpose was apparently to be led to the executioner's block and left behind with the reader left to assume her fate?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I felt like I was reading a high schooler's version of a novel. The story unfolds way too quickly, the characters and their interactions are underdeveloped at best, and the plot makes little sense. I quit when I became clear that somehow in this cruel and oppressive country, the revolutionaries had a whole area to themselves which was pretty close to the capital that was not really a secret. It all made little sense. It had potential?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ok so first it says her name is adina and she is seventeen on the overview but in the book she is eighteen and her name is ceres! What the crap bro?! Make up your freaking mind! Choose one! Get your freaking facts straight!! This author should have had this edited way before publishing this book. Take your time and dont rush cause if ya do people will notice your sad mistakes which is really sad. Whoever you are, DO BETTER!!! I know you can it is possible!! You could do so much better if ya just pay attention to what you are writing. I know it is extremely exhausting but you committed to this!! You have no excuses! 0! So get with the program and do better. And im telling ya if ya do more people will actually like your books and you will get so many more better reviews on this. Just saying...anyways i got better things to be right now so im going to end this little warning. Just do better and you will be successful. ;)
Erdington5 More than 1 year ago
Excellent entertainment empowering women in fantasy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing read!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love these books
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book, kinda surprised it was free. Kept me entertained and coming back.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought it was good but in the middle of the first chapter I noticed it's JUST LIKE THE RED QUEEN. It's just more choppy and doesn't flow. If you're looking for a book that was not properly checked before publishing, here you have it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Real reader Had promise but didn't deliver won't be reading futher
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As soon as I started reading, I knew this would be one I wouldn't be able to put down. The characters really come to life and some are downright viscous and ruthless. On the downside, I would have liked to have seen Ceres' magic explained. You see examples of it about 3 times and then it is never mentioned again...maybe it'll have a bigger role in book 2? Be advised, this is a cliffhanger. Overall, nice book for easy reading.
Anonymous 11 months ago
Wow what a great story, love, hate, betrayal all rolled into one story, gotta read more. A fan. Catha Watkins Reese
Loriaj More than 1 year ago
I received a free book choice through Book Nook. I departed from my usual detective/murder/adventure selections and chose your book Slave, Warrior, Queen. I am so glad I did! Your writing style and the story kept me reading from page to page and I finished it in one day. I was so disappointed when it ended. Good news - I am headed to the Barnes and Noble site to get the next book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a great book!
PippaShaw More than 1 year ago
I had problems with this book. No, it was not a bad book. In fact the story kept me interested: there was a strong female protagonist, and the pace built at a good rate with nail-biting tension. The problem for me was that I found the characters annoying to the point that I found myself putting the book down for several days at a time before picking it up again to find out where the author was going with it. The story tells of Ceres, a young woman in the city of Delos, the capital of the Empire, who, like many of the common folk, is facing an uncertain future of poverty and hardship because of the greed and corruption of the royalty and nobles. Ceres begins to face a number of problems: she experiences a strange power inside her which causes things to happen when she least expects it and when she is most in danger; she becomes the weapons-master for Thanos, one of the princes who has been marked by King Claudius to fight in the gladiatorial games in the Stade; she and her brothers become embroiled in the rebellion which is fomenting amongst the lower classes, not least because she has started to develop feelings for one of the leaders, Rexus; her father leaves to find work in another country to try to support the family. Finally, her mother sells her to a slaver by the name of Lord Blaku. Ceres escapes slavery by killing Lord Blaku and his men with her new-found skills and power. She returns to the city with Anka, one of the women that she has freed, and she returns to the palace to continue supporting Prince Thanos as weapons-master. Unfortunately, this brings her into closer contact with the prince and emotions begin to stir between the two. Ceres’s skill as weapons-master and the obvious connection between her and Thanos brings her to the attention of the royals, including the king and queen, and she is targetted in their schemes. Her status bounces from that of weapons-master to Thanos’s fiancée to combat lord in the Stade as the Royals manipulate the people around her to to achieve their own ends at her expense. The story is obviously complex and continues for another seven books, but in this one, I found each of the main characters to be all too teenage. They seem to live only in the moment, driven by their emotions and the first thought that presents itself in their consciousness. The only ones who seemed to have any forethought or ability to plan beyond the next meal were those who were portrayed as villains, and that portrayal was flat and stereotyped. Now it may be argued that it being Young Adult fiction excuses the polarised nature of the characters, their reactions and perceptions, and even the themes, but I do feel that writing should enable us to see beyond ourselves and our viewpoints, to see that people are bigger and more nuanced than what we may perceive in a single moment. I also felt that Ceres's reactions and responses tended to reflect the views of a Western, privileged young adult rather than one who has witnessed and endured long-term poverty, privations and punishments from an unjust government and from a parent who hates her. As such, it felt like Morgan Rice had missed the mark somewhat in this exploration of the effects of poverty and oppression on individuals and on a society. However, there are another seven books in this series, and I am currently reading book two, “Rogue, Prisoner, Princess”. I look forward to reading the rest of the series to see how things turn out for Ceres.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Morgan Rice makes you feel as if you are watching her characters live Thierry lives!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another awesome series from Morgan Rice
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book had me at the edge of my seat. The way it is told is the most amazing I have read. Thank you author so much this book has now become my favorite it shows how women are as strong and even stronger as men. It has an amazing storyline and it left me with cliffhangers I must know what happens to Thanos!!! I AM COMING TO READ YOU!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Astonishing book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just as the "Warrior" steps into the ring for her first bout, the book ends. I intend to delete my copy, as soon as I post this