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The Queen of Blood

The Queen of Blood An idealistic young student and a banished warrior become allies in a battle to save their realm in this first book of a mesmerizing epic fantasy series filled with political intrigue violent magic

  • Title: The Queen of Blood
  • Author: Sarah Beth Durst
  • ISBN: -
  • Page: 276
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • An idealistic young student and a banished warrior become allies in a battle to save their realm in this first book of a mesmerizing epic fantasy series, filled with political intrigue, violent magic, malevolent spirits, and thrilling adventureEverything has a spirit the willow tree with leaves that kiss the pond, the stream that feeds the river, the wind that exhales freAn idealistic young student and a banished warrior become allies in a battle to save their realm in this first book of a mesmerizing epic fantasy series, filled with political intrigue, violent magic, malevolent spirits, and thrilling adventureEverything has a spirit the willow tree with leaves that kiss the pond, the stream that feeds the river, the wind that exhales fresh snow .But the spirits that reside within this land want to rid it of all humans One woman stands between these malevolent spirits and the end of humankind the queen She alone has the magical power to prevent the spirits from destroying every man, woman, and child But queens are still just human, and no matter how strong or good, the threat of danger always looms With the position so precarious, young women are chosen to train as heirs Daleina, a seemingly quiet academy student, is under no illusions as to her claim to the throne, but simply wants to right the wrongs that have befallen the land Ven, a disgraced champion, has spent his exile secretly fighting against the growing number of spirit attacks Joining forces, these daring partners embark on a treacherous quest to find the source of the spirits restlessness a journey that will test their courage and trust, and force them to stand against both enemies and friends to save their land before it s bathed in blood.

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    About Author

    1. Sarah Beth Durst says:
      Sarah Beth Durst is the award winning author of fourteen fantasy books for adults, teens, and kids, including Drink, Slay, Love, the basis for the recent TV movie of the same name Her latest book for adults, The Reluctant Queen, came out in July 2017 from Harper Voyager her latest book for kids, Journey Across the Hidden Islands came out in April 2017 from HMH Clarion Books and her first picture book, Roar and Sparkles Go to School, came out in June 2017 from Hachette Running Press Kids She won an ALA Alex Award and a Mythopoeic Fantasy Award, and has been a finalist for SFWA s Andre Norton Award three times She is a graduate of Princeton University, where she spent four years studying English, writing about dragons, and wondering what the campus gargoyles would say if they could talk Sarah lives in Stony Brook, New York, with her husband, her children, and her ill mannered cat For information, visit her at sarahbethdurst.

    Comment 721 on “The Queen of Blood

    1. Emily May says:
      Don t trust the fire, for it will burn you.Don t trust the ice, for it will freeze you.Don t trust the water, for it will drown you.Don t trust the air, for it will choke you.Don t trust the earth, for it will bury you.Don t trust the trees, for they will rip you,rend you, tear you, kill you dead.I did not expect to enjoy this book so much How many YA fantasy novels have I read that are called something like The Queen of ____ or The ____ Queen Too many Way too many How many feature a throne that [...]

    2. Hailey (HaileyinBookland) says:
      This book was really cool The magic system, how it centred around these different spirits and the ability to control and manipulate them, was very unique The fact that they were based in the elements made them a bit less unique, but I really do enjoy elemental magic so I was still on board This book kind of crosses genres as it is considered both adult fantasy and young adult fantasy, I think mainly because the protagonist is quite young and she also goes to an academy for magic, which was aweso [...]

    3. Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽ says:
      1.99 Kindle sale, Feb 16, 2018 This is a YA fantasy, the first in a new series Full review first posted on Fantasy Literature The country of Aratay is inhabited not only by humans but by wild, deadly spirits whose nature and power derive from air, earth, water, fire, ice or wood These spirits are hostile to humans, yet are vital to the land When spirits are killed or their powers suspended, everything tied to the spirits power stops working fires won t light, winds won t blow, plants won t grow, [...]

    4. Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘ says:
      Truthfully, my love for The Queen of Blood has nothing to do with the uncanny similarities between Aratay and a Telvanni s town 3Or maybe I lied maybe the magical settings captured my interest the very moment I read clutching her rope, six year old Daleina slipped out her window and ran along the branches toward the grove , because why, thank you, give me tree houses whenever you feel like it, my inner child is glowing with bliss Add some very nasty spirits to tear down flesh, and you ll create [...]

    5. Laura says:
      This is one of those stories where the world has a great deal to do with the plot In the land of Renthia, there are five countries, each ruled by a different queen with the power to keep the spirits fire, ice, water, air, earth, wood under control The spirits roam free and are responsible for creation and destruction It is in their instincts to kill humans, but the queen won t let them It is her duty to keep her country safe The Queen of Blood is set in the forests of Aratay where the villages a [...]

    6. PaigeBookdragon says:
      DNF around 70 % EDIT IF YOU THINK A REVIEW OF A DNF ed BOOK IS A SACRILEGE , THEN KINDLY CLOSE THIS TAB WINDOW YOU WILL JUST BE FURIOUS WITH WHAT YOU ARE ABOUT TO READ This is not a bad book In fact, I love it at first and the story about vicious spirits, a queen who has badass powers but is susceptible to corruption, a disgraced warrior who is not the love interest of the heroine, and sisterhood isamazing.The problem that I have with this book though is that I can t really connect or feel the c [...]

    7. Bentley ★ says:
      So I was reading this with Josh, but I m DNFing it for now as we move onto another book This one just isn t holding my interest It feels like an amalgamation of Uprooted and the First Year Series, and to be quite honest I didn t enjoy either of those books enough to want to re read such a similar feeling story so soon DNF at 30%__________________________Jumping straight into another buddy read with my friend Joshua Gabriel Forever Bookish Josh Looking forward to another jaunt into YA Fantasy I v [...]

    8. Sam says:
      I m having trouble rating this book On the one hand, I loved the world, the magic system, and the plot But I never fell in love with any of the characters and that really makes a book fall flat for me A world can be amazing, but it s the characters I return to read about I think it s a 3.5 for me I m going to round up to a 4 though I really did love this world and I would pick up the next one.The Queen of Blood takes place in Aratay It s a kingdom built in a giant forest think rainforest with th [...]

    9. Justine says:
      I m a sucker for the magic training school trope, I m not going to lie about that However, because I like it, I want it done well This book has a nice balance of depth and action with a touch of darkness Well, it is called The Queen of Blood so a bit of darkness is obviously expected I liked how the main character was not the strongest in ability or the most naturally talented She ultimately exceeds because of her strength of character The idea of a whole culture based in a forest and intimately [...]

    10. Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔ says:
      Rating 4.5 Well, this was not at all what I was expecting and you know what It s fantastic Our heroine Daelina is no special snowflake Not in the slightest She lacks the intrinsic magically ability of many of her contemporaries However, she is extremely dedicated, hardworking and clever She is determined to do the right thing Daelina s desire to be queen is not for the power or glory, but truly out her hope to see to the betterment of the country Her quest to become stronger stems from her need [...]

    11. Cinda says:
      This wildly creative tale will plunge you headfirst into a dangerous world of bloodthirsty spirits and the women who stand up to them.

    12. Mogsy (MMOGC) says:
      4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum bibliosanctum 2016 10 29 Color me pleasantly surprised a book that ostensibly bore many hallmarks of your average possibly YA but maybe not fantasy novel in fact turned out to be a very refreshing and unique read I honestly didn t expect to like this book so much, especially since my feelings for the story fluctuated so wildly for most of the first half However, all traces of uncertainty were washed away by the time the plot ramped up to its brutal climax and st [...]

    13. Fafa's Book Corner says:
      Mini review One of the best fantasies I have ever read I have never felt so connected to the characters and the plot in my entire life Cannot wait for the sequel Highly recommend.

    14. Alyssa says:
      Review posted on The Eater of Books blog The Queen of Blood by Sarah Beth DurstBook One of the Queens of Renthia seriesPublisher Harper VoyagerPublication Date September 20, 2016Rating 3 starsSource eARC from EdelweissSummary from An idealistic young student and a banished warrior become allies in a battle to save their realm in this first book of a mesmerizing epic fantasy series, filled with political intrigue, violent magic, malevolent spirits, and thrilling adventureEverything has a spirit t [...]

    15. Lindsay says:
      In this world everything has an elemental spirit, each ruled by contradictory impulses, to create and to destroy For the world to survive there must be a human Queen to rule over the spirits and temper their impulses.In Renthia, a young determined woman trains to become an heir to the current Queen and forms a partnership with a Champion who is in disgrace after questioning the current Queen Daleina s origin and struggle to become an heir is against the background of a horrible betrayal and a ti [...]

    16. Jessica says:
      I went into this not having read any reviews or even the flap copy I didn t need to Sarah is a dear friend, and I have loved every one of her books Every one is amazing, and every one is completely different.This was no exception It was of course amazing, but let s talk about different Not only was it different from her other books It was just plain DIFFERENT I have never seen a magic system quite like this I know I ve never seen a world like this I don t want to describe it, because I won t do [...]

    17. Katrin D says:
      Full 5 I rarely give such a rating, but in this case, it is so totally deserved This is such an amazing book and a great beginning of what I am sure is going to be a classic Complete RTC

    18. Dark Faerie Tales says:
      Review courtesy of Dark Faerie TalesQuick Dirty Dark, terrifying world ruled by spirits where one girl through her smarts and ingenuity learns how to control these deadly creatures I recommend for fans of fantasy and young adult fantasy novels.Opening Sentence Don t trust the fire, for it will burn you.The Review The Queen of Blood is the beginning of a new series by Sarah Beth Durst called The Queens of Renthia The novel follows the story of Deleina as she learns to control the spirits that con [...]

    19. Colleen Houck says:
      This is one scary world Definitely not up for a visit to this place, but its intriguing all the same Loved the heroine and the super interesting elemental spirits that would just as soon bite you as help you grow something Check this one out

    20. Maggie ☘ (Reader in Wonderland) says:
      Don t trust the fire, for it will burn you.Don t trust the ice, for it will freeze you.Don t trust the water, for it will drown you.Don t trust the air, for it will choke you.Don t trust the earth, for it will bury you.Don t trust the trees, for they will rip you,rend you, tear you, kill you dead The Queen of Blood was quite unique story as far as high fantasy books go The setting was largely what made the book so intersting whole kingdoms or rather queendoms , villages, societies living in the [...]

    21. Tammie says:
      In Renthia everything has a spirit and the spirits keep the world alive But these are not kind, gentle spirits, these are blood thirsty spirits that hate humans Each Kingdom in Renthia has a queen The spirits are compelled to choose the queens so that they do not tear apart the world that they keep alive The chosen queens are gifted with power from the spirits and are able to control the spirits, and at the same time keep the humans safe Any young girl with the gift to call and control the spiri [...]

    22. Beth Cato says:
      A received an ARC of this book from the publisher.Queen of Blood is one of my favorite reads for the year It features powerful, diverse women, an innovative new approach to fae spirits, and TREES Beautiful, massive trees that people live in Hey, I live near Phoenix, Arizona I thirst for greenery If I could set a vacation in Renthia when things weren t bound to kill me , I d go in an instant Plus, characters travel at top speed across long distances by zip lining.Daleina is a relatable heroine wh [...]

    23. Robyn says:
      4.5, I think This was engrossing, inventive, heart breaking, lovely.

    24. Roy says:
      Never got going for me Overly descriptive for such a simple story Its been directed towards adults but in my opinion should be marketed as YA fantasy Girl who isnt the strongest goes to Magic queen spirit school to learn how to control her powers Ideally the new queen is chosen from this school The queen can control the spirits Its very predictable and ended exactly how I thought it would The characters are a little 1 dimensional in my opinion but I do read alot of fantasy so maybe my view is sk [...]

    25. Sylvia Mercedes says:
      Wow, it took me FOREVER to get through this one Sorry, poor little book I don t think it was entirely your fault.Truth is, it was just really hard to get into this story after just reading Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor and Spindle by W.R Gingell It wasn t that this book wasn t good but BOTH of those books were PERFECT fits for me in very different ways They made my All Time Favorites list right away.If I d encountered this one at a different time, it might have been a four star read for m [...]

    26. Aleshanee says:
      Das Cover ist genial Als ich das gesehen habe wusste ich sofort, dass ich das Buch lesen m chte, ganz egal um was es geht Fantasy, Elementargeister, das klang auf jeden Fall vielversprechend leider wie oben erw hnt ist im Klappentext ein kleiner Spoiler, der sich erst sp ter in der Handlung entwickelt Das ist immer etwas rgerlich, denn so wusste ich schon die ganze Zeit, wohin bestimmte Ereignisse rauslaufen Ansonsten aber eine wirklich gro artige Geschichte Die Idee mit den Elementargeistern is [...]

    27. Rissa says:
      When the main concept is magic, it is really important to have good descriptive details and thats what i got I was thrilled to have my mind emerged into the world, i could picture the summoning and spirits The writing was beautiful I loved that after 2 years in the academy she still wasnt good at magic she struggled and learned through disaster Ven is a champion and he is the best but his ways of teaching are hard core and he enjoyed that Delana was different from the rest Weather it was that sh [...]

    28. Penelope says:
      I m so annoyed SO SO ANNOYED.Ugh WHY I DISLIKED IT I ve read this type of story before It s nothing special It s not something that you say omg it s so original The world building Where is it Where The author only writes about a country, do we have What makes this country special Maybe a war between countries it would have been better with this story The main character She s portrayed as a mediocre student, and that s amazing I m sure that the author wanted to development her, but to make her a [...]

    29. Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen says:
      When I first started reading thisI honestly didn t think I was going to like it and it would be another book to add to my DNF pile when it comes to finding a complex epic high fantasy series, but I was surprised when I stuck it out.It definitely unfolded into a wonderful world of spirits and complex characters I can t wait to find out what happens next now that a new queen has been chosen

    30. allys_books says:
      Irgendwas zwischen 4 5 Sternen Es hat mir sehr gut gefallen, aber ein Charakter hat mich zwischendurch entt uscht und es gab zwar keine z hen Stellen oder L ngen, aber viele ruhigere Sequenzen nicht unbedingt negativ wie gesagt, ich bin etwas unsicher Eine ausf hrliche Rezension folgt auf meinem Blog.

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