The Queen of Blood (Queens of Renthia Series #1)

The Queen of Blood (Queens of Renthia Series #1)

by Sarah Beth Durst

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Everything 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 only human, and no matter how strong or good they are, the threat of danger always looms.

Because the queen’s position is so precarious, young women are specially chosen to train as her heirs. Daleina, a seemingly quiet academy student, simply wants to right the wrongs that have befallen the land. Meanwhile, the disgraced champion Ven has spent his exile secretly fighting against the growing number of spirit attacks. When Daleina and Ven join forces, they embark on a treacherous quest to find the source of the spirits’ restlessness—a journey that will force them to stand against both enemies and friends to save their land…before it’s bathed in blood.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062474094
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/25/2017
Series: Queens of Renthia Series , #1
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 175,021
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Sarah Beth Durst is the award-winning author of sixteen fantasy books for adults, teens, and kids, including The Queens of Renthia series, Drink Slay Love, and The Stone Girl’s Story. 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 more information, visit her at

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The Queen of Blood 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've started the second volume. It's sucking me in.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Completely new and absolutely wonderful! You won't be disappointed with this frighteningly wonderous world or the characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a very enjoyable and easy to loose yourself in. A world no one has painted before.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A beautiful and violent fantasy world. Honest characters with true mixed identities. Great writing without YA cliches.
TheThoughtSpot More than 1 year ago
The Queen Of Blood by Sarah Beth Durst is an ebook I checked out on Overdrive through Delta High School's access. The story opens with a mythical quality and the setting of the village in the trees is described beautifully. The first chapter is in Daleina's Point of view and alternates with Champion Ven. A few chapters are in Queen Fara's point of view. The Queen is a complex and complicated character. She's continuously having replacements trained to become Queen. There's an academy where training takes place to turn girls into heirs for the Queen. She's tired of hearing about being replaced and she seems to have an underlying cunning and possible ruthlessness. Daleina travels and trains with Ven and the healer Hamon and they take great care of her and help her when she loses her eyesight. The three companions visit the village that Daleina was born in and where her family still resides. She's saddened by how much time has changed her home. As a challenge, Queen Fara wants Daleina to reclaim a lost village and the village happens to be her hometown. She's supposed to claim the village from the spirits, then rebuild it and make it safe. Her companions think the Queen is cruel to ask this of Daleina. As often as she works well with her companions and other candidates and proves to others that she's capable, Daleina never gets over her self-doubt and insecurities. Ven and Hamon have always been confident in Daleina though. The world is interesting and unique because the people completely rely on spirits for everything from warmth, growing vegetation, cooking and all things that come from air, earth, water, trees and fire. The spirits have a natural tendency and desire to destroy all that is human- people and their creations. The story picked up the pace towards the ending and I'm looking forward to reading the sequel, The Reluctant Queen. 4 stars for this new vision of a fantasy world.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The spirits help the trees bloom, the rain fall, essentailly they make the land blossom and teem with life. They also watch the humans use resources and these beings they seek to destroy. One human, a queen maintains the balence. By her will these spirts are commanded to do no harm. None will live in a setllement that dosent have her blessing. Living there should be safe... but it sporatically isnt. Any girl that shows an affinity to the spirits is trained to possibly become an heir. In a time of unbalence follow one girls journey. Here is a story about a girl who isnt the very best in her class but shows smarts and determination. As time goes on so to are her skills strenghten. Will it be enough when this kingdom struggles with exceptionally brillant and cruel spirit? The world feels thoughtout and unique. The herione is not the typical prodigy andthe story moves at a good pace. Read it. This isnt one you will regret spending money on.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am always skeptical when a book is heavily hyped by the publisher before release. Too many times I’ve gotten excited because of the pre-release promo and been disappointed. And the high price tag of newly released e-books makes the disappointment worse. Happily, The Queen of Blood lives up to the hype. We enter a completely new and novel world where humans live in an uneasy truce with the spirits around them. The spirits are only kept in check by their pact with the Queen of this land. But the Queen’s grip seems to be slipping. Daleina lives in one of the outer forest villages and when the Queen’s control over the spirit seems to slip the entire village is slaughtered. Only Daleina’s family survives when her talent commanding the spirits manifests long enough for Champion Ven to repel the attacking spirits. Daleina chooses the path of heir training while Champion Ven confronts the queen and is discredited and vanquished by her. The plot moves along briskly and carried me into this rich, multi-layered world. It was a book I didn’t want to put down and it read smoothly. I enjoyed Daleina’s strength and determination and Ven’s vulnerabilities. My only quibble is that the secondary characters, especially Daleina’s friends, are skimmed over and two-dimensional. I understand that with so much plot to fly through, it would have made a very long book to dwell on those characters. But it made the ending a little less impactful for me. The hype on this one was accurate – The Queen of Blood is Unabashedly Fantastic fiction. This is one of those worlds I will reach for to revisit and reread. This book stands alone, though I’ve heard there is at least another book in this series. Looking forward immersing myself in this world again.