The Queen of Sorrow
The battle between vicious spirits and strong-willed queens that started in the award-winning The Queen of Blood and continued in the powerful The Reluctant Queen comes to a stunning conclusion in The Queen of Sorrow, the final volume of Sarah Beth Durst’s Queens of Renthia trilogy.
Queen Daleina has yearned to bring peace and prosperity to her beloved forest home—a hope th...more
I suppose I'll need Jastra's plan after all. Pity.
It would have been nice to avoid murdering anyone.
I have really enjoyed this series. I came to the end of The Queen of Sorrow and, aptly, felt a lot of sorrow at having to leave these characters behind. At least the author's note promises a standalone set in the same world - in Belene this time - so I will get to return to, and explore more of, Renthia.
I'm not sure why these books have a fairly modest number of fans compared to other fantasy ...more
There are currently two queens of the country of Aratay: the younger Daleina has most of the experience and knowledge; the older Naelin has most of the raw magical ...more
As always, I loved the world and how it expanded throughout the series, and am very interested to visit the island of Belene in the additional companion novel The Deepest Blue.
Although, to be a bit more critical: I did think the storyline of this one was not as good as in book two, or book one for the matter. I thought it was a bit weaker at some places here, plus (view spoiler)[Naelin's children were used ...more
The Queen of Sorrow is the final book in The Queens of Renthia series, and I can say with confidence that this is one of my favorite series of all time.
I'm continuously baffled as to why these books aren't talked about as often as other popular fantasy series. The Queens of Renthia has everything you could ever want: beautfiully written action, a female-driven plot full of politics and suspense, compelling world-building, and characters you can't help but ador ...more
A couple years ago when I picked up The Queen of Blood, I had no idea it was going to grow into a series I would enjoy and love so much. Two more books later, the Queens of Renthia trilogy is now complete, and what an incredible journey it has been with this strong cast of powerful, fascinating women and the world of dangerous spirits in which they live.
In the first book, readers got to meet Daleina, a young Queen candidat ...more
If you love fantasy and you haven't read this series yet, you are doing yourself a real disservice. It's adult, but I would readily give this to an older teen. ...more
The first half of the book focuses on Naelin's children getting kidnapped by Merecot in her second attempt to take control over Aratay. Understandably, Naelin is extremely upset but eventually calms down and is convinced to solve it throug ...more
While I enjoyed the first two books of this trilogy, I am really struggling with this last book. I'm almost halfway through and it still feels like things are floundering and the story doesn't have much forward momentum. I am reluctantly calling it quits on this one. ...more
Finally we see more of Renthia than just the forest country of Aratray and we get ...more
Also, the ending did not work for me - don't get me wrong, it's where I rooted for the characters to get after all the struggle, but in a way it seemed that all the plot up until then (regarding a particular important character in particular) was - in a way, pretty much - pointless. Not to mention convenient.
On the good side, I s ...more
This series was a very nice discovery for me, I enjoyed it more than I expected and I am sad to leave the characters behind, but ...more
Ugh. I really don't like stories with realistically whiny children. I don't find it understandably cute or adorable, just extremely annoying. This is a frustrating read having to put up with Naelin's out of control rage and grief, which are blinding her to her greater responsibilities. Daleina again takes a backseat in this story pretty much, unfortunate, because I find her the more likeable character. Naelin prioritizes her children over all else every single time - a go ...more
LOVE THIS SERIES!
We follow our newest queen and her reign. I love seeing how she rules and the way of the spirits and all the problems along the way.
You have too many queens.
We have too many spirits.
Husbands and new loves, finding her children and ruling the kingdom.
From The humor and drama, down to the unique magical world its just beautiful.
2) The Reluctant Queen ★★★★☆
"It would have been nice to avoid murdering anyone."
This trilogy is an underrated gem in the world of fantasy and if you're reading this review and haven't read it yet, get started! I won't remind you of the amazing world-building, magic system, characters, the great writing and storylines, I already talked about it in my previous reviews and you can find the links right above.
To be objective, while this third book is definitely great and a ...more
I love these characters SO much that the biggest problem with this book is that it doesn't have more of them together. I wanted to see a lot more of Dailena and Ven, they are perfect, she is one of my favourite characters ever! She proves that is not power what does a good and strong character and he is so good when they two interact.
This book is a little slower pacing than the first two in the series, and the immersion in the world b ...more
And then Naelin’s children are kidnapped by spirits.
Nothing is more important to her than her family, and Naelin would rather watch the world burn than see her children harmed. Blaming the defeated Queen Merecot of Semo f ...more
I've always felt that Sarah Beth Durst's writing is kind of weak compared to some other authors I've read, and throughout this series, I've always debated with myself whether to continue the series or not.
What has always brought me back is Daleina. I absolutely love that the person who is not the strongest, is not the most powerful, but is actually the hardest worker, the most intuit ...more
Loved the first book, own the second (TBR), so 99% I am gonna buy/read this lol ...more
I do wish there had been more queer representation than what we got at the 63% point of book three, and they only had two or three scenes together before they were kissing. Not Durst's finest writing.
Some of the world-building, especially at the end here, was not fleshed out we ...more
The relationships between Daleina and Merecot and between Hamon and his mother kind of parallel each other in a lot of ways and I found them kind of delightful. I like that every character (with the possible exception of the kids) are complex and feel fully real and complicated. I gene ...more
I was sadly disappointed in this book. I LOVED book 1, and book 2 was a bit of a letdown, and now book 3 just made me unhappy. I do not care for Naelin. I didn’t like her in book 2 and she’s even more obnoxious in this one. I have a kid. Obviously I love said kid. But the way she obsessed over her kids is just overkill. (Literally. She kills the land because she can’t control her emotions and lets them influence the spirits, who destroy Aratay.) The whole main plot of the ...more
I felt there was so much going on in this last book of the Queens of Renthia series. After a year of finally finishing it I found it interesting to see the characters in a different new light.
Daleina who was our main character in the first two books is still going strong in this book, the same goes for Ven (champion) and Hannah (head mistres ...more
I loved Naelin’s part in this book. Durst does a brilliant job of plunging us into Naelin’s anguish, rage, and fear when she discovers her children have been kidnapped by Queen Merecot, and a mother’s determination and sacrifice ...more
Sarah Beth Durst gave me everything I wanted from this final installment of The Queens of Renthia and then so much more.
I want to start out by saying that there's no author I admire more than the author that can take several steps back from their ego to acknowledge important criticism that's relevant to how marginalized people enjoy fiction. The author that can stop and say to themsel ...more