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The Deepest Blue

(The Queens of Renthia)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  1,673 ratings  ·  343 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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Emily May
Apr 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, fantasy
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 t
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
Maggie ☘
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
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
Nov 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-stars, fantasy, adult
"Let’s chase death."

After reading The Queens of Renthia trilogy earlier this month, I was so glad to already have this new book set in this amazing universe. I hope very much that Sarah Beth Durst will write more books like this ones, because there's so much potential for others tales of Renthia!

In this new book, we're not in Aratay anymore, but in Belene. Without giving away anything, things are different in Belene. Once again, Sarah Beth Durst came up with an amazing world-building, storyline
Dannii Elle
Apparently I'm dead inside because you can give me an intriguing magical concept and a world on the brink of war, which are two concepts I love to read about, but combine them with one of the purest and innocent of romances and I immediately loose all sense of empathy with the text.

Protagonist, Mayara, was almost everything I wanted her to be but in love wasn't one of them. She was feisty and willing to risk everything she knows, loves, and is to return her world to its former glory, free from t
Cece ❀Rants, Raves &Reviews❀
GUYSSSS holy fuckingggg shiiiiittt
Awesome review on the way stars stars stars
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
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
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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
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. ...more
The Captain
Ahoy there me mateys! I won a copy of this young adult fantasy eArc from Goodreads Giveaways! Arrrr! Here be me honest musings . . .

I have read five of this author's novels so far, although three were pre-blog. I had been meaning to read the Renthia trilogy forever. When I saw a giveaway for a standalone novel set in the Renthia universe, I thought that would be an excellent way to be introduced to the world without having to start a new series. Unlike the recent read of race the sands, this one
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
Mogsy (MMOGC)
Mar 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, review-copy
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
Kym Moore
"Tradition would not be destroyed, but it would change."

It's so refreshing to find stories, even if they are a fantasy that portrays more evidence of women of power who do their duty through their bold and courageous decisions and abilities.

On the islands of Belene Mayara, one of the island's fearless oyster divers planned the perfect day to defy death. On her wedding day in memory of her sister Elorna (who fought against the dark spirits in the water but lost the battle), Mayara took a deep div
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 fictio
Jamie Dacyczyn
May 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
Finally getting around to reading this companion to the Queens of Renthia trilogy. Pretty good as a stand alone, but I think it definitely serves to read the trilogy first.

This book felt VERY much like a Hunger Games readalike, at least in the first part, and that might have turned me off a little (because we've already had soooo many Hunger Game wannabes). Eventually, though, the story went in its own direction and I read the later half much quicker than the beginning.

(Random quibble: There's
Vanessa ❤️
Apr 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
It felt like a magical Hunger Games. 😉
***Book Lady ***
Apr 24, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, fantasy, magic
3 1/2 Deep Blue stars
Jul 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
In the lands of Renthia there are spirits of land, sky and sea who endanger its people. Those of the land have long ago been subdued and restrained by the queens but those of the sea are still wild.
The duty of protecting the islands and its peoples from these wild spirits and for keeping the leviathans slumbering falls to the queens and their heirs, heirs who must survive the Island of Testing and only a very few do. These heirs are chosen from women who are proven to have an affinity to contro
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Wow, I absolutely adored this book. I struggled through the first few chapters but once I was in, I was in and even taking small bathroom breaks was a struggle. Mayara, the heroine, is an exceptional character. She’s everything a heroine should be: fearless, kind, brave, bright, loveable. Maraya doesn’t just jump into things unless of course it’s the ocean which she can’t resist. She thinks things over and follows both her gut and her morals. She speaks without thinking and her honesty is brutal ...more
May 19, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
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.
Samm | Sassenach the Book Wizard
huh, I for some reason thought this was like a novella bound up (totally my doing cause this summary is pretty straight forward).

I honestly love how this whole world ALWAYS seems to focus on the relationship of children with their parents and family as a whole. I really loved getting a new political structure and conflict while seeing a new type or structure of the spirits. This world just continued to get fleshed out and developed and BETTER with each book.
Jonathan Hord
Jun 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If "Queen of Blood" was Druid Harry Potter then "The Deepest Blue" is Druid Hunger Games and I am HERE FOR IT. ...more
Cindy ✩☽♔
Apr 17, 2018 marked it as to-read
So I guess this series isn't a trilogy lol ...more
Jun 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
We had a glimpse of this world when reading the main trilogy. Totally enjoyable.
Mar 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
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Sarah Beth Durst is the award-winning author of over twenty fantasy books for kids, teens, and adults, including Spark, 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 and lives in Stony Brook, New York, with her husband, her child ...more

Other books in the series

The Queens of Renthia (3 books)
  • The Queen of Blood  (The Queens of Renthia, #1)
  • The Reluctant Queen (The Queens of Renthia, #2)
  • The Queen of Sorrow (The Queens of Renthia, #3)

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