The Queen of Blood: Book One of The Queens of Renthia (Paperback)

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The spirits of the land want to tear humanity apart (literally) and only the Queen can stop them...but she doesn't stop them from destroying Daleina's village. Since Daleina wants to stop that kind of slaughter from happening again, she trains to become an heir. Daleina's power isn't so much from her magic, but from her ethics and determination to save her people. An enthralling read with an intriguing world - you'll absolutely love Daleina and her magical (and occasionally violet) story!

— From Lish

Description


Everything has a spirit: the willow tree with leaves that kiss the pond, the stream that feeds the river, the wind that exhales fresh snow…

But the spirits that reside within this land want to rid it of all humans. One woman stands between these malevolent spirits and the end of humankind: the queen. She alone has the magical power to prevent the spirits from destroying every man, woman, and child. But queens are still only human, and no matter how strong or good they are, the threat of danger always looms.

Because the queen’s position is so precarious, young women are specially chosen to train as her heirs. Daleina, a seemingly quiet academy student, simply wants to right the wrongs that have befallen the land. Meanwhile, the disgraced champion Ven has spent his exile secretly fighting against the growing number of spirit attacks. When Daleina and Ven join forces, they embark on a treacherous quest to find the source of the spirits’ restlessness—a journey that will force them to stand against both enemies and friends to save their land…before it’s bathed in blood.

About the Author


Sarah Beth Durst is the award-winning author of sixteen fantasy books for adults, teens, and kids, including The Queens of Renthia series, Drink Slay Love, and The Stone Girl’s Story. 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 English, writing about dragons, and wondering what the campus gargoyles would say if they could talk. Sarah lives in Stony Brook, New York, with her husband, her children, and her ill-mannered cat. For more information, visit her at sarahbethdurst.com.

Praise For…


“Wow, girl! 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, NYT Bestselling author of the Shannara series

“Thrilling--heartrending--enchanting--absolutely un-put-down-able!”
— Tamora Pierce, author of New York Times bestseller Bloodhound

“Durst, an award-winning YA author (Vessel) and three-time Andre Norton Award finalist, presents a thrilling beginning to a sweeping series about searching for sovereignty and truth in order to save one’s land.”
— Library Journal (starred review)

“Mythopoeic Award-winner Durst (Chasing Power) launches her Queens of Renthia series with a stellar and imaginative tale...In addition to a solid cast of characters and great political intrigue, Durst delivers some fascinating worldbuilding, and the spirits are malevolent, cunning, wild, and mysterious antagonists.”
— Publishers Weekly (starred review)

The Queen of Blood is full of rich tension from the opening scene to the nail-biting finale.”
— Jeff Wheeler, Wall Street Journal bestselling author of Kingfountain and Muirwood series

“Durst dives into adult fantasy with thrilling results.”
— Shelf Awareness -- Starred Review


Product Details
ISBN: 9780062474094
ISBN-10: 006247409X
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Publication Date: April 25th, 2017
Pages: 416
Language: English
Series: Queens of Renthia