ARC Review: The Queen of Blood by Sarah Beth Durst

Posted September 22, 2016 by Angela in Reviews / 5 Comments

ARC Review: The Queen of Blood by Sarah Beth Durst

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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ARC Review: The Queen of Blood by Sarah Beth Durst
The Queen of Blood
by Sarah Beth Durst

4.5 Stars

Released: September 20th 2016
Series: The Queens of Renthia #1
Published by Harper Voyager
Genres: Fantasy
Format: eARC

Recommended Read!

” …the well plotted story hooked me to read page after page.”
~ Under the Covers

I love this new world full of magic and spirits where the Queen rules over the spirits who can ultimately wipe out the humans. With her magic, she controls the elemental spirits to her. Idding with keeping her people safe. Unfortunately, the queen’s rule doesn’t last forever. In fact, as tradition, there’s already several girls in training for the position. In this world, to become queen you’ll have to be magically gifted,powerful, and a master at controlling the spirits.

From a very young age, if you’re born with magic, it is expected for you to train endlessly to qualify to be heirs. And even then, only the best of the best will be chosen to become queen. It will be brutal, it can be dangerous but only the strongest can ensure their survival.

I could not get enough of the world Sarah Beth Durst has created. The magic, political intrigue, spirits, love interests, friendships, and the well plotted story hooked me to read page after page.

What I love most is the character’s growth from the beginning to the end of the book. Clearly the tragedy she experienced led her to the life of being an heir. I enjoyed the different POV of the characters though I wish there was more of the evil spirits’ POV. I would’ve like to get more of what is happening in their head.

Overall, The queen of Blood is a wonderful start to this series and I am super excited for what Durst have in store for the next installment.




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About Sarah Beth Durst

Sarah Beth Durst is the author of ten fantasy novels for adults, teens, and kids, including Conjured, Vessel, and Ice. Her latest book for kids, The Girl Who Could Not Dream, came out in November 2015 from HMH/Clarion Books, and her next book for adults, The Queen of Blood, comes out in September 2016 from Harper Voyager. She won 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 spent four years studying English, writing about dragons, and wondering what the campus gargoyles would say if they could talk. Sarah lives in Stony Brook, New York, with her husband, her children, and her ill-mannered cat. For more information, visit her at


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