THE QUEEN OF BLOOD (A QUEENS OF RENTHIA NOVEL)
Voyager HarperCollins, 2016
Winner of ALA’s Alex Award
A Barnes & Noble Best Book of the Year
A Tor.com Best Book of the Year
A Science Fiction Book Club Main Selection
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.
The captivating characters will draw readers into a world of magic and intrigue and keep them wanting more… Durst, an award-winning YA author and three-time Andre Norton Award finalist, presents a 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 launches her Queens of Renthia series with a stellar and imaginative tale.– PW, Starred Review