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The Deepest Blue

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  469 ratings  ·  126 reviews
The natural magic of the classic The Island of the Blue Dolphins meets the danger and courage of The Hunger Games in this dazzling, intricate stand-alone fantasy novel set in award-winning author Sarah Beth Durst’s beloved world of Renthia.

Life is precious and precarious on the islands of Belene. Besieged by a capricious ocean full of malicious spirits, the people of the i
368 pages
Published March 19th 2019 by Harper Voyager
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Pamela (Ela Rose) Mayara is a common Brazilian name, so I naturally pictured her with a tanned skin tone and dark brown hair (with the blue streaks). And because she is…moreMayara is a common Brazilian name, so I naturally pictured her with a tanned skin tone and dark brown hair (with the blue streaks). And because she is an islander, pictured her with more features common if islanders like a wider nose, dark eyes, and full lips. In Brazilian the name means clever, wise, intelligent. I liked that the author didn’t spend so much time on describing what the characters looked like because it gave each reader the opportunity to picture these strong and wise women themselves. :) I hope this helps you paint your own picture of Mayara. (less)

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Emily May
Apr 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, 2019
A stretch of shallow sea lay between the ship and the lovely sand with its bounty of fruit. The stunningly clear water looked picturesquely perfect: the reef below, with schools of silvery fish. A brilliant green sea turtle glided lazily over delicate fan-like coral that waved in its wake.
“It looks like a trap,” Palia muttered beside her.

I still love this universe.

It makes me sad that more people aren't reading these books. I've enjoyed all three books in the first Renthia trilogy, and now thi
May 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book only because it came in my once upon a book club book box , it’s not something I normally would have chosen, that being said I actually enjoyed the book.
It is about a cluster of islands that are constantly under attack by spirits there are wind spirits, wood spirits, earth spirits, water spirits you get the point, and there are girls born with abilities to fight them off but if they show powers they are immediately taken to choose between a test that can kill them or becoming a
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Dec 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Even though I haven't read the original trilogy to this series, I am familiar with Ms. Durst writing and I just knew I would be able to jump right in and have no issues at all. I do love being right!

Not being familiar with how the trilogy ended I was a bit worried I wouldn't get a feel for the world that Durst created, however, after the first few chapters she quickly put my mind at ease with her detail to characters and her setting. I felt like I was stepping into a brand new book, not a conti
Maggie ☘ (Wonderland-Reader)
The Deepest Blue is a standalone fantasy novel taking place in Durst's highly imaginative Queens of Renthia universe. And yes, it can be read separately without knowing the original trilogy. Although I'd highly recommend giving a chance to The Queen of Blood and the rest of the series.

As always I loved loved loved the world Durst created. While the original trilogy took place on a mainland, mostly the wild forests of Aratay and sky-high mountains of Semo, this novel takes us to the islands of Be
John Ross
Sep 04, 2018 marked it as to-read
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Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen
4 Solid Stars

A good story that kept me mostly entertained. There were a few lagging spots though that I found easy to put the book down. But the anticipation of how the story would progress had me picking it back up to continue.
Apr 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-release
Review from Tenacious Reader:

While this is the first book from Tales of Renthia that I’ve read, it’s not my first book by Durst. I read Fire and Heist last year, and while I really enjoyed many parts of the book, I ultimately felt like it was aimed at a younger audience, parts of it feeling almost middle grade. I was happy to find The Deepest Blue did not feel this way at all.

The Deepest Blue is a standalone book that quickly drew me into the world and st
Dec 03, 2018 rated it liked it
This was a nice, easy and entertaining read! Although it wasn't completely my thing, I would highly recommend it to readers looking for nature based fantasy and strong female characters.
Mar 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars

Deepest Blue is the latest installment in The Queens of Renthia series of novels which give us moral heroines who find unique ways to make peace with nature in the form of various elemental spirit entities (fire, air, water, earth, ice, wood, etc.) In this installment, Durst explores an island region of Renthia, Belene, and the harsh fate that awaits those with the power to control the spirits, who are charged with the duty of protecting their region of Renthia in spite of any alleigian
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My Thoughts
Well this was a horrible place to live! Poor people! There are spirits everywhere, and these spirits hate humans and wants to kill them all, niiice. The only thing that holds them in check is the Queen of the land and heirs. But no one controls the wild ones so they can just go and kill you like that.

But that is not the worst in away, not for the main character. See if you magic you have 3 choices. Hide it as long as you can. Get sent to this hellish island where spirits will try to k
Mogsy (MMOGC)
Mar 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review-copy, fantasy
4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

Sarah Beth Durst’s The Queens of Renthia introduced readers to a world where nature and humankind coexist in a state of precarious balance. While life would cease to exist without the presence of the natural spirits, they also see humans as the invaders of their domain and would gladly see us all dead. If not for the protective powers of a Queen who holds control over all the spirits in the area, human settlements would be
Erin Decker
Mar 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Disclaimer: The author sent me a free finished copy of this novel for the purposes of reviewing.

Once again, Sarah Beth Durst absolutely captivates me with a fantastical story which in some ways reminds me of a beach side Game of Thrones meets The Hunger Games. I absolutely adored Fire & Heist by Sarah Beth Durst which I first read in December and I was delighted when she reached out to me and asked me to review The Deepest Blue.

The Deepest Blue is the story of a young spirit sister in the fi
Vanessa ❤️
Apr 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
It felt like a magical Hunger Games. 😉
Jessica (HighFantasyFanatic)
3.5 stars.

I love the world that Sarah Beth Durst has a built and the idea behind this book is so interesting. However, the book and the story choices felt a bit bland and left me feeling disconnected from the characters. The story and plot twists were easy to predict for me and I just didn't love this like I wanted to.
Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔
So I guess this series isn't a trilogy lol
Mar 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
”I wrote this book because I wanted to write about a woman who is made stronger by love—her husband’s love, her family’s love, and her friends’ love.” -Sarah Beth Durst

In this epic fantasy we follow multiple POV’s starting with our main character Mayara, who is fearless but doubts herself way too often, to her loving husband Kelo and also some other wonderful characters you just fall in love with and some that you just loathe. As I sit here thinking of each character I can’t seem to pick a favor
May 09, 2019 rated it it was ok
***spoilers abound***

So...I don't think I'll pick up any additional 'Tales of Renthia' in the future. This book took me forrr-eh-vahhhhhhh to read. I don't know what went wrong for me. I LOVED Queen of Blood. I loved Daleina, Ven, Bayn, Merecot, and the giant trees of Aratay that they lived and ran around in while being chased by nature spirits who wanted them dead. QoB was one of my 'Best of' books. But then came Naelin (I literally just had to grab the book and look her up bc I forgot her name
Sarah (CoolCurryBooks)
I really enjoyed Sarah Beth Durst’s Queens of Renthia trilogy, so I was obviously up for this stand-alone novel set in the same world.

The islands of Belene precariously exist in a sea of nature spirits, all of them inimical to humankind and held back only by the power of the Queen and her heirs. Mayara is an oyster diver with a secret — she’s got the power to control the spirits. If found out, she will be forced to chose between giving up her name, identity, and outside connections as a silent s
Apr 24, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked the trilogy set in this world much more than this standalone. The characters weren't as good this time around, and I found myself not really caring about what happened to them. I liked the main character, Mayara, well enough. She had an interesting life on an island with her family and the man she loved, which was then disrupted when she revealed her magic and was taken away. She didn't want to follow the traditions of the islands and just wanted to live her life the way she had chosen. ...more
May 13, 2019 rated it liked it
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I got The Deepest Blue by Sarah Beth Durst in my April @onceuponabookclub box. This is the story of a world where some women are able to control spirits. When they show signs they have that power, they are given the choice to live and become a Silent One (who vows to never talk, renounces her family and serves the Queen while wearing a white mask to lose their identities) or to become an Heir by surviving one month on an island
Andria Sedig
I found that, while I did enjoy this book, it took me a really long time to get through and the pacing was a little all over the place. The first few chapters and the last few chapters were action packed and moved quickly, but a lot the middle was inconsistent with pacing. There would be chapters that felt purposeful and moved the plot along and there would be chapters that seemed like their sole purpose was to reinforce the difficulty of the island test or the danger of using powers or somethin ...more
Mar 19, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would say this book earns a solid 3.5 stars. It was a light and easy read that I enjoyed. It possibly could have been rated higher, but I received an advance uncorrected proof from a giveaway. Little errors here and there really took me out of the story for a moment (such as "Three woman in pale-gray robes..." page 60). I also felt that some things lacked adequate description, and I ultimately had to create a picture on my own with little to go on. I had wondered if that was possibly because S ...more
Apr 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Interesting concept. I haven't read Durst's The Queens of Renthia trilogy so I wasn't aware this book was an expansion of that world until the end. I enjoyed this book and all the water metaphors. The protagonist, Mayara, isn't the typical "I'm the chosen one" trope I've seen in a lot of YA. She just tries to survive so she can get back to her husband. Sure there were times I found her annoying but for the most part I enjoyed Mayara's practicality.

There are several characters in this book I wis
Apr 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
I think this is my first adult fantasy book. I've read a few YA fantasy books, and it was definitely different. There wasn't much of a love story, but there was plenty of magic and action. I also found myself thinking it would definitely be a series, but toward the end I realized it was probably a standalone, and I was right. It's refreshing to read a standalone fantasy book! It seems like they're nearly always a series. Anyway, the writing was good, and the world-building was impressive. I like ...more
Jessica DiFelice (thefanaticreader)
I really enjoy Sarah Beth Durst's Renthia books and world. I love the idea of wild spirits needing to be tamed by a queen and how we get to see their challenges and suffering, their journeys and triumphs. Durst has just created this fascinating world that I love coming back to and her characters are just done so well. I find they are original, yet relatable on so many levels for so many different types of people. The writing is compelling and well done, not too hard to read, and I enjoy how she ...more
I still really love this world, and if Sarah Beth Durst writes more books about it I'm going to read them, but...somehow this one lost me along the way. I was really enjoying it until about 3/4ths of the way through, and then it felt like things happened too quickly and too easily and there were too many coincidences? The conclusion just ended up feeling muddy and lacking in impact. I was happy that Gurnah was back, though!
Mae Dragoni
The good points.

Well written well rounded characters (save for one that sort of randomly appears)
Strong female characters
Interesting plot
Good world building
Good dialogue between characters

The bad points.

Writing seemed to worsen as the book progressed.
Lackluster ending. (In my opinion at least)
A few characters seemed like afterthoughts
The emotions of the characters felt very shallow, it was hard to relate/sympathize with them

Overall a good book, I’m glad I read it but I’m also disappointed of
Dec 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh, this was such a great book, we were in the same world, but a different country! Loved it, and things are different-and there's only 1 familiar character. Loved learning about the traditions of the islands, because traditions are really important! Such a great book! Kinda hope we get a book for each country, now!
Mar 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019, rc19
A lovely, read in a single sitting adventure, with young women surviving by sticking together (as well as some unusual outside help). Even if you haven't read the Queens of Renthia series, you can enjoy this one.
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Sarah Beth Durst is the award-winning author of eighteen fantasy books for adults, teens, and kids, including The Queens of Renthia series, Drink Slay Love, and The Girl Who Could Not Dream. 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 Engli ...more