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The Queen of Blood: Book One of the Queens of Renthia (Queens of Renthia Series, Book 1) Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged
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Sarah Beth Durst 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.
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Happily, The Queen of Blood lives up to the hype. We enter a completely new and novel world where humans live in an uneasy truce with the spirits around them. The spirits are only kept in check by their pact with the Queen of this land. But the Queen’s grip seems to be slipping. Daleina lives in one of the outer forest villages and when the Queen’s control over the spirit seems to slip the entire village is slaughtered. Only Daleina’s family survives when her talent commanding the spirits manifests long enough for Champion Ven to repel the attacking spirits. Daleina chooses the path of heir training while Champion Ven confronts the queen and is discredited and vanquished by her.
The plot moves along briskly and carried me into this rich, multi-layered world. It was a book I didn’t want to put down and it read smoothly. I enjoyed Daleina’s strength and determination and Ven’s vulnerabilities. My only quibble is that the secondary characters, especially Daleina’s friends, are skimmed over and two-dimensional. I understand that with so much plot to fly through, it would have made a very long book to dwell on those characters. But it made the ending a little less impactful for me.
The hype on this one was accurate – The Queen of Blood is Unabashedly Fantastic fiction. This is one of those worlds I will reach for to revisit and reread. This book stands alone, though I’ve heard there is at least another book in this series. Looking forward immersing myself in this world again.
nature. But the harmony must reckon with the inherent destructiveness of nature. The workings of nature are realized in the lives of “spirits” and these living beings embody both the creative and destructive power of nature. Humans have established their own niches and balance in this vast complexity through the power of their queens whose intertwined lives with the spirits lead to temporary peace. In the story, we go through the tale of coming to power of a new queen. It is the subtle story of the rise to prominence of a person of only average skills and abilities, who succeeds by a combination of factors that make for interesting reading. I can recommend the story as developing themes centered around success in confronting and balancing destructive forces of nature from a combination of ambition, sacrifice, persistence, skill and the strange twists of fortune.
NZ$20 for a kindle edition is very unusual in the genre, and to be quite honest I bought it by accident. It's so out of line with the pricing for the other editions and with other books in the genre that I would recommend waiting to see if someone has made an error. Add it to your wishlist instead.
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Daleina is so great. I really love her. She is the heroine of this story but she’s not instantly a badass who is great at everything that she does.Read more
I've been a Durst fan for a while, but this is the best thing yet I've read by her.Read more