The dark twist in this fantasy adventure is intriguing: the spirits in the natural world are out to kill the human inhabitants of their world. Only the queen of the kingdom can control a delicate balance between humankind and nature. Strong reviews for the start of a new fantasy series.
[A] stellar and imaginative tale….Durst ably dispenses with tropes of the genre, zooming through the standard ‘young magician at the academy’ plot to focus on Daleina’s growth as both a person and a potential queen. In addition to a solid cast of characters and great political intrigue, Durst delivers some fascinating world building, and the spirits are malevolent, cunning, wild, and mysterious antagonists.”
— Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“[A] thrilling beginning to a sweeping series about searching for sovereignty and truth in order to save one’s land.”
— Library Journal (starred review)
“What a great story! A truly wonderful fantasy novel which doubles as an allegory for our own earthly struggle between Man and Nature. Filled with fresh ideas and excitement, told with verve and heart. This book deserves a wide readership, and I think it will find one.”
— Terry Brooks
“I think my tagline for Queen of Blood is ‘What if nature could fight back?’ The entire idea nature having spirits was very intriguing….Daleina’s a great student, but she does not have the most power in controlling spirits and a few bad decisions quickly spiral out of control. I really enjoyed this book, I was hooked almost immediately….I will have fun recommending it to both groups.”
— Kate Schreffler, Joseph-Beth Booksellers, Lexington, KY
The Queen of Blood, Book One of The Queens of Renthia (9780062413345) by Sarah Beth Durst. $19.99 hardcover. 9/20/16 on sale.