Book Review: The Queen of Blood

Book Review: The Queen of BloodThe Queen of Blood (The Queens of Renthia #1) by Sarah Beth Durst
Published by Harper Voyager on September 20, 2016
Pages: 353

An idealistic young student and a banished warrior become allies in a battle to save their realm in this first book of a mesmerizing epic fantasy series, filled with political intrigue, violent magic, malevolent spirits, and thrilling adventure
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 just human, and no matter how strong or good, the threat of danger always looms.
With the position so precarious, young women are chosen to train as heirs. Daleina, a seemingly quiet academy student, is under no illusions as to her claim to the throne, but simply wants to right the wrongs that have befallen the land. Ven, a disgraced champion, has spent his exile secretly fighting against the growing number of spirit attacks. Joining forces, these daring partners embark on a treacherous quest to find the source of the spirits’ restlessness—a journey that will test their courage and trust, and force them to stand against both enemies and friends to save their land . . . before it’s bathed in blood.


I absolutely loved The Queen of Blood, an original fantasy about a world that relies on its queen to keep evil spirits at bay. When one queen loses her power, another must take over so that the world can stay safe. We follow Daleina mostly, a girl whose town was decimated by evil spirits and she showed signs of being able to hold power over them and thus became a trainee to possibly be selected to train as a future queen. A bit more complicated than that, but we also meet a warrior who has been cast out and does his best to help the towns who are having issues with spirits. We also get a glimpse at the queen herself as the reader and what she is doing when no one is watching.

I loved everything about this book, from the academy vibes at the beginning, to the way everything unfolds slowly revealing what is actually happening. The world building was really well done and I loved the way the characters were getting around from these crazy high rise systems. I’m definitely looking forward to seeing where the rest of the series takes us.


A fantastic adventure full of adventure, fantasy and great female leads.

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