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The Queen of Blood

(The Queens of Renthia #1)

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3.89  ·  Rating details ·  6,984 ratings  ·  1,224 reviews
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 adventure

Everything has a spirit: the willow tree with leaves that kiss the pond, the stream that feeds the river, the wind that exhales fre
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Hardcover, 353 pages
Published September 20th 2016 by Harper Voyager
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Elisa In the next book it is mentioned that he is 41. So more like late 30's, early 40's
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Emily May
Jul 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 2016, arc, young-adult
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 t
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Hailey (Hailey in Bookland)
Feb 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned, fantasy, adult
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 aw
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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
Jul 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, fantasy
$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
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Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘


Truthfully, my love for The Queen of Blood has nothing to do with the uncanny similarities between Aratay and a Telvanni's town :



<3

Or 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'
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Laura
Sep 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2016, fantasy
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 vil
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Paige  Bookdragon
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 is amazing.

The problem that I have with this book though is that I can't really connect or feel
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Maggie ☘ (Wonderland-Reader)
“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 such a unique story among all the other fantasy books. The setting was largely what made the book so intersting - whole kingdoms (or rather queendoms?), villages, societies livi
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Bentley ★ Bookbastion.net
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%

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Jumping straight into another buddy read with my friend Joshua Gabriel (Forever Bookish Josh). Looking forward to another jaunt into YA/Fanta
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Sam
Feb 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, read-2017
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 rainfores
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Justine
Feb 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-read
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 inti
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Maria V. Snyder
Oct 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another fantasy with a very unique world - guess when you grow up on Tolkien, Eddings, and Brooks you have a certain expectation for a fantasy world and I'm happy when I find a book that's not a traditional fantasy. Sarah's book has a world that is inhabited with spirits that are intent on killing all the humans - the only thing keeping them at bay is the Queen, who has the power to control their murdering impulses. This story is focused on Daleina a young girl who witnesses her tree village be ...more
Sabrina
Mar 11, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
“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.”


Ready✨
Cinda
Mar 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, adult
This wildly creative tale will plunge you headfirst into a dangerous world of bloodthirsty spirits and the women who stand up to them.
Mogsy (MMOGC)
Oct 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review-copy, fantasy
4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/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 b
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Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔
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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
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Fafa's Book Corner
Nov 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
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.
Alyssa
Aug 28, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016-releases
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

The Queen of Blood by Sarah Beth Durst
Book One of the Queens of Renthia series
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Publication Date: September 20, 2016
Rating: 3 stars
Source: eARC from Edelweiss

Summary (from Goodreads):

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 adventure

Eve
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Lindsay
Feb 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Jessica
Jun 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, fantasy
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
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Dark Faerie Tales
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & 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 spirit
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Katrin D
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!
Tammie
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 ...more
Beth Cato
Jul 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 2016
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 her
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Roy
Sep 28, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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 vie ...more
Colleen Houck
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!
Kristy K
Oct 17, 2018 rated it liked it
2.5 Stars

This year has not been a good one for me in regards to fantasy books. Two years ago I devoured every one I could get my hands on and loved them, but now I struggle to finish them and none can hold my attention.

That said, I do think The Queen of Blood could be a great fantasy series. I can't pinpoint why I wasn't enthralled by the story; there's plenty of intrigue, fantastical elements, good friendship (and relationships), and magic.

I may come back to this world in a year or two to see
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Robyn
Feb 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
4.5, I think. This was engrossing, inventive, heart-breaking, lovely.
Chelsea
Aug 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really good. While the pacing is slow and the plot is somewhat predictable that didn’t stop me from falling into this world. Lovable characters, unique magic system and an amazing ending, I can’t wait to continue on with the series.
Sylvia Mercedes
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
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Hollis
"I need someone to talk to, and you're the only one who seems to have half a brain."
"Thank you."
"Granted, given your complete lack of skill, your life will certainly be short, but I'll enjoy your company until you're torn to bits."

Before starting this reread I wondered if I even needed to bother. I remembered so much of this story even though it's been two years and hundreds of books since I read it. But I'm glad I got to relive this anyway because it was just as good (maybe better?) than my fir
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Sarah Beth Durst is the award-winning author of nineteen fantasy books for kids, teens, and adults, including The Girl Who Could Not Dream, Drink Slay Love, and The Queens of Renthia series. 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 Englis ...more

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“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.”
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