The Reluctant Queen: Book Two Of The Queens Of Renthia by Sarah DurstThe Reluctant Queen: Book Two Of The Queens Of Renthia by Sarah Durst

The Reluctant Queen: Book Two Of The Queens Of Renthia

bySarah Durst

Hardcover | July 4, 2017

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Filled with political intrigue, violent magic, and malevolent spirits, the mesmerizing second book in Sarah Beth Durst’s Queens of Renthia epic fantasy trilogy.

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 . . .

And those spirits want to kill you.

It’s the first lesson that every Renthian learns.

Not long ago, Daleina used her strength and skill to survive those spirits and assume the royal throne. Since then, the new queen has kept the peace and protected the humans of her land. But now for all her power, she is hiding a terrible secret: she is dying. And if she leaves the world before a new heir is ready, the spirits that inhabit her beloved realm will run wild, destroying her cities and slaughtering her people.

Naelin is one such person, and she couldn’t be further removed from the Queen—and she wouldn’t have it any other way. Her world is her two children, her husband, and the remote village tucked deep in the forest that is her home, and that’s all she needs. But when Ven, the Queens champion, passes through the village, Naelin’s ambitious husband proudly tells him of his wife’s ability to control spirits—magic that Naelin fervently denies. She knows that if the truth of her abilities is known, it will bring only death and separation from those she loves.

But Ven has a single task: to find the best possible candidate to protect the people of Aratay. He did it once when he discovered Daleina, and he’s certain he’s done it again. Yet for all his appeals to duty, Naelin is a mother, and she knows her duty is to her children first and foremost. Only as the Queen’s power begins to wane and the spirits become emboldened—even as ominous rumors trickle down from the north—does she realize that the best way to keep her son and daughter safe is to risk everything.

Sarah Beth Durst established a place of dark wonder in The Queen of Blood, and now the stakes are even higher as the threat to the Queen and her people grows both from within and beyond the borders of Aratay in this riveting second novel of the Queens of Renthia series.

Sarah Beth Durst is the author of over ten fantasy novels for adults, teens, and children, including The Queen of Blood, Vessel, and The Girl Who Could Not Dream. She was awarded the 2013 Mythopoeic Fantasy Award and has been a finalist for SFWA’s Andre Norton Award three times. She is a graduate of Princeton University, where she spen...
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Title:The Reluctant Queen: Book Two Of The Queens Of RenthiaFormat:HardcoverDimensions:368 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.17 inPublished:July 4, 2017Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:006241335X

ISBN - 13:9780062413352

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from OMG! What an amazing improvement from the first book! OMG! What an amazing improvement from the first book! This was basically my perfect balance in fantasy books! Political heavy realm with science and magic working together and some romance running in the background not yet intertwining with the politics! Such a good ending though I feel the two Queens brought (what I anticipate will happen next) on themselves by being too passive and nice...and what a betrayal?! Oh lordie! I loved all of the new characters introduced. This is definitely a long term designed story and I love it!
Date published: 2017-08-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sequel is just as good as the first The sequel does a great job of dealing with the fallout from the ending of the previous novel while at the same time adding new challenges to exacerbate the previous issues. Interesting and just as good as the first.
Date published: 2017-08-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great sequel! WARNING: Since this is a review for a sequel, I will try to avoid spoilers from the previous book as much as possible, but some may still be present. The Reluctant Queen takes place six months after coronation - Daleina is now Queen, and still struggles to control the spirits as a Queen should. To make matters worse, she finds out a terrible truth: she is dying. If she leaves her kingdom with an heir, her realm will be destroyed by spirits, her people slaughtered. I will admit, when I first started reading the book, I was a bit skeptical. As I was reading the first couple of chapters, the story felt disconnected from the first book in some way. I kept wondering if I had missed something. I felt like the story was focusing more on other aspects than the one I was most interested about. I thought that the few loose ends presented in the first book were going to be the focus point of book two, but instead I was introduced to new unexpected plot and characters. Now, if you have the same concerns as I do, fear not - the sequel is still really good and ties itself up nicely. Daleina was never the most powerful candidate and now, even with the extra Queen powers, she is struggling. I really liked that. We all knew she was powerful in some way, but she would never have been chosen if it weren't for the entire massacre that happened. To see her not fully prepared and not as strong as a queen should be made sense for her character rather than have her being able to control everything perfectly. The new characters are interesting enough, but I did miss the interactions between Ven and Daleina. I did however wish we had a bit more of Ven perspective because of how book one ended. We meet Naelin for the first time, a woman who has spent her whole life hiding her power so she can lead a normal life with her family. I liked the contrast between both protagonists: while Daleina was determined to use her very limited and weak powers to help, here we have Naelin who is terribly strong but wants nothing to do with that life. Now, in terms of story, I thought this was going to take a completely different route. In the first one, the borders were being threatened and I thought the focus was going to be around that element. While that does play a role, it's not at all how I had expected it to be. I love that the romance is not overwhelming like in most ya where the plot takes a backseat- it’s barely there, a bit more than book one though. The writing is just as great as the first one, and even though she changes perspectives, there's a proper flow to it. All in all, this was a good sequel. I liked it a bit less than the first one, but it was still a great read. I really can't wait to read the second one. *I received an electronic advanced reader copy of this book from Harper Collins via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
Date published: 2017-07-21

Editorial Reviews

The Queen of Blood is full of rich tension from the opening scene to the nail-biting finale.”