The Queen of Blood

The Queen of Blood

eBook - 2016
Average Rating:
Rate this:
Baker & Taylor
Daleina, a young student, joins forces with a disgraced warrior, Ven, to embark on an epic and treacherous quest to save their realm from the spirits that want to rid it of all human life.


Winner of a 2017 ALA Alex Award!

A 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 :, HarperCollins,, 2016
ISBN: 9780062413369
Characteristics: text file,rda
1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment

May 28, 2017

I should have known this wasn't going to be a good book when the description calls it the author's "ambitious" first novel for adults. Ambitious seems means the author gave a good attempt but failed. Truly this is not written for adults nor teens. It is more a preteen novel. Because of the simple writting style, I would recommend it for even younger except for some violence and elements of casual sex, which make it not suitable for younger readers. It is quite formulaic and predictable. I eventually started skimming and skipping through to reach the end. I always have to finish books no matter how painful. The reasons I don't give it worse marks is because for a younger audience it isn't terrible. Also, I thought the author's portrayal of elemental spirits and the world's mythical beginning a bit unique. I give her credit for this much...but I wouldn't recommend it.


Add Age Suitability

There are no ages for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Subject Headings


Find it at DCPL

To Top