The Queen of Blood

The Queen of Blood

Book - 2016
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Winner of a 2017 ALA Alex Award!

A Tor.com Best of 2016 pick!

Set in the magical world of Renthia, The Queen of Blood is Sarah Beth Durst's ambitious entry into adult epic fantasy. With the danger of Peter Brett's The Warded Man, heart of Naomi Novik's Uprooted, and lyricism of Patrick Rothfuss' The Name of the Wind, this is the first chapter in a series destined to be a classic.

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.

Publisher: New York, NY : Harper Voyager, [2016]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780062413345
0062413341
Branch Call Number: FIC DURST
Characteristics: 353 pages : map.

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kaishalovesbooks
Sep 30, 2017

Love love love! Villages of trees, nature spirits gone rogue and an unlikely champion whose affinity with nature spirits take her from working with the village hedgewitch to being trained as an heir to the queen - the one person who can keep the spirits happy. And the spirits are not happy. A cross between Uprooted and The Ranger's Apprentice.

JCLChrisK Sep 21, 2017

Compelling characters and intriguing world-building anchor this exciting story that should appeal to both teen and adult readers. It was one I went out of my way to make extra time for and am excited to see has a second book already out.

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mleoky
Jul 02, 2017

The only redeeming thing about this book was the interesting take on the hostile elemental spirits and how they need to be controlled. I didn't much like this aspect, but it was a different take on elemental magic. Otherwise the story was lacking in everything. It didn't seem written for an adult or teen audience except that the mention of casual sex and a bunch of blood and violence wouldn't make it suitable four younger readers either. I wouldn't recommend this book.

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Caryn
Oct 11, 2016

Adventure full of hope and danger. Highly recommended.

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