I received a copy of this book for my stop on the blog tour at Donnie Darko Girl.
I had been looking forward to reading The Queen of Swords since I signed up for the blog tour and was impressed with the level of creativity, writing style, and new take on vampires, not to mention the blending of history and the paranormal.
There are many things I loved about The Queen of Swords - a few of which I listed above. Cat and Graham were intriguing and absolutely made the story. I found the Tarot card readings interesting, especially since I've had mine read before. Cat's practice of white magic held me captive, and I agreed with her feelings about organized religion. It was refreshing to read about a witch who wasn't portrayed as using magic for evil.
I can't express enough how much I loved Mason's writing style, and her new take on vampires was a welcome change from the usual. I don't want to say too much about how they're different so as not to give anything away, but suffice it to say, I was just about to think there wasn't anything new that could be done with them. I was happily wrong!
The chemistry between Graham and Cat was sizzling hot. I'm totally into Scotsmen now. They really are meant to be together, at least in my mind, and while I didn't want Cat to be in danger, I wanted them together somehow. I rooted for them all the way.
Another aspect of The Queen of Swords that had me invested in the story was the blending of history and paranormal elements. I will say that there are many terms I wasn't familiar with, but I read this on my Kindle and easily found the meanings. If you read a paperback copy, I'd keep Google close by in case you aren't familiar with the terms either.
The Queen of Swords had vampires, faeries, witches, romance, and suspense. There's nothing more I could ask for! I recommend this to anyone looking for a sizzling hot romance with a dreamy quality.