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Yuletide Punch: Phantom Queen Book 12—A Temple Verse Series (The Phantom Queen Diaries) Kindle Edition
Tis the season...for slaying
Fresh off a disturbingly long absence for which she has no explanation or recollection, Quinn MacKenna—reformed Catholic, semi-retired arms dealer, and borderline alcoholic—is busy enjoying the Nordic idea of an afterparty before becoming quickly embroiled in a bitter power struggle coinciding with the advent of the Yuletide season. The issue at hand: the future of the Norse pantheon and its role in the mysterious Omega War to come. The participants: Odin, the All-father and leader of the Aesir, against his younger brothers, Vili and Vé.
Unfortunately, amidst this tumultuous backdrop, Quinn finds herself bereft of everything she once possessed: her Valkyrie armor, her legendary spear, and even her dubious divinity. As such, Quinn has no choice but to broker lopsided alliances and cultivate tenuous friendships while searching for answers to questions she doesn’t even know how to ask.
Of course, when dealing with ancient and occasionally spiteful gods, it’s not always easy to tell who’s been naughty and who’s been nice. To that end, Quinn must decide what paths to take and how far she’s willing to go down them—even if that means doing so while blind. But then perhaps it really is as simple as some people say: seeing is believing and believing is seeing.
Even if you have to trade an eye for the privilege.
If you like Jim Butcher, Kevin Hearne, Steve McHugh, Michael Anderle, Ilona Andrews, Patricia Briggs, Shannon Mayer, or K.F. Breene, you won't be able to put down the highly addictive Phantom Queen Diaries or anything else in the Temple Verse.
“Shayne Silvers, Jim Butcher, and Kevin Hearne are easily my favorite Urban Fantasy Authors. In that order.” — Michael Anderle, Amazon Top 25 Bestselling Author
More than 1m copies downloaded and thousands of five-star reviews. Available in digital, print, and audiobook formats.
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★★★★★ ‘His foul-mouthed unicorn murders rainbows!’
★★★★★ ‘Move over Dresden!’
★★★★★ ‘The Temple Verse HAS to be picked up by Netflix soon.’
★★★★★ ‘Silvers could write a grocery list on a dirty napkin and make it an international bestseller.’
★★★★★‘I went from crying my eyes out to laughing uncontrollably, repeatedly.’
★★★★★ ‘It’s like the characters walked off the page, joined me at the bar, and bought me a drink.’
★★★★★ ‘I am astounded as to how the author keeps the story fresh and exciting.’
★★★★★ ‘I usually see plot twists a mile away. Shayne has proven me wrong. Every time.’
★★★★★ ‘Best books I’ve read in thirty years.’
★★★★★ ‘His intense actions scenes let you see the fangs and claws, hear the gunshots, feel the magic, and smell the fear.’
★★★★★ ‘Everything you thought you knew about vampires, shifters, dragons, wizards, fairies and gods is flat wrong.’
★★★★★ ‘Publishers who didn’t snap up this series are missing out on a gold mine.’
Silvers has pleasured over one million readers with the Temple Universe. Now it's your turn for a little pleasuring...
- ASIN : B09NMMZC9S
- Publisher : Argento Publishing, LLC (December 29, 2021)
- Publication date : December 29, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 5317 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 244 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #18,795 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Quinn has mysteriously appeared in Valhalla missing several items she was supposed to have returned to Freya, something she was supposed to have given to Nate Temple, and at least six months’ worth of memories. She spends a great deal of time drinking to be sure the missing memories stay missing. But she also consults with Freya to see if the memories can be recovered.
It’s been a while since the last book, and I kind of feel like Quinn with the amnesia thing – what was it she did in the last book to cause this anyway? I probably should have gone back and re-read the ending, but there are so many books to read…
Anyway… Along the way she stumbles upon a plot to kill Odin and have it blamed on Nate Temple.
Quinn is back up to speed with snarky comments this time, although she receives little support in this endeavor from most of the einherjar, Valkyries, and Aesir, who are too preoccupied with more serious matters.
I've said before that the rushed pacing of the novels' overall narrative can be a double-edged sword, especially when O'Connell is doing his best to make a smaller, self-contained story fit to the greater tapestry of madness that is Shayne Silvers' over-arching Templeverse plot. Moments of character growth and introspection can get a bit lost in the greater twists and turns juggled between all three series, and unfortunately Quinn's story and development often gets the shortest end of the stick in that regard. I've noticed this in how much more rushed some of her later installments have felt, and this latest one seems to show that the most.
The Templeverse made a habit from day one about playing fast and loose with every mythology you could think of, and another half dozen you've never heard of to boot. But throughout all that, Nate Temple and Callie Penrose stood with their various allies had a very solid, united sense of identity amidst all the pantheons they caused chaos amongst. And never to the detriment of eachother; Callie never became pretty arm-candy for Nate, and his presence never dominated her own books whenever he'd appear in them. For Quinn though...
Part of what made Quinn able to meet the same character depth as Nate and Callie in such record time was her strong sense of identity; you read a Phantom Queen Diary book, you don't confuse it for a Nate Temple book or a Feathers and Fire book, even without the first person narratives tipping you off. She has made her flawed, stubborn uncertainty as an outlier, compared to the other two and their tight knit families and friends, well known from day one, and her development to learn let people into her life has been central to her character. No matter how out of her depth she's seemed, no matter the twists of fate thrust upon her, that core identity hasn't wavered. At least until now.
The Norse pantheon is a dense, thematic backdrop rife with potential for story-telling all on their own, let alone with the unique intrigue the chaos of the Templeverse' plot adds to the mix. But in diving head-first into Asgard and all its complex characters, Quinn's own identity and agency in the story is the thinnest it's ever felt.
Another lapse of memory for another leap of time unaccounted for, leaving her struggling with a crushing sense of guilt and dark, primal self-loathing with no clue as to why, and several major developments from her previous installments rendered null as a result. Instead of being able to explore this painful vulnerability though, all of Quinn's attention is forced to the Norse gods and their own internal squabbling. Her fierce independence and driven personality is visible only in quick, fleeting exchanges and leaves her otherwise a mere witness to their drama and all the potentially apocalyptic repercussions it could have.
The events of the story itself are intriguing, the characters fun and memorable, but reading it barely feels like reading a Phantom Queen Diary novel. The events seem like they could easily have been fit into the narrative of Nate or Callie's books, to equal or perhaps even stronger effect due to how many closer ties they have to the Norse pantheon and how complicated those ties are made by the events of the greater plot. Quinn is, as herself, the most disconnected from them up until her last novel. But rather than develop her own ties to them further, or explore her growing uncertainty in her identity, Quinn simply feels swallowed down by the undertow of the Nordic drama meant to sow seeds for further Templeverse developments down the line.
I greatly enjoy O'Connell's writing, both through his own style and what flair he brings to the Templeverse in ways Silvers himself doesn't. I've been heartily invested in Quinn's story thus far and I still look forward to what comes next.
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I enjoyed the story because the authors are good story tellers, but thats all it appeared to be..... a story with little to no bearing on the over reaching plot of the Templeverse.
The format with previous books has always been an appearance of an event from the other main protagonists or the heroes themselves and a continuation of the story like a jigsaw piece smoothly flowing the story forward such as Callie's killing of Death following on to Nate's of Conquest and Gunnars' of War etc. The reveal of what that meant was intriguing and tied the stories beautifully.
This book of Quinns offered nothing of the sort. We know Nate will meet Quinn at the well and thats where I thought Quinns story would flow from. What she has to do with Nates spell finding her will be revealed I'm sure.....which should have been what this book was about.... instead.... disappointed.
The effort that went in to this book would have been better spent getting on with the story.
The authors have created this epic cliffhanger that I imagine will go one of 2 ways....either Quinns next book will tell us what she did (300 or so pages) or we'll be so disappointed that what she did wasn't worth the cliffhanger lol.
I read on in hope.
This one is just taking the Mick, as Ms McKenna would say.
Pointless waste of words, feels like it was written just to satisfy a promise to a publisher - yes I'm talking to you Shayne.
Keep treating Templeverse fans with this level of contempt and you'll lose us - we're not idiots.