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The battle between vicious spirits and strong-willed queens that started in the award-winning The Queen of Blood and continued in the powerful The Reluctant Queen comes to a stunning conclusion in The Queen of Sorrow, the final volume of Sarah Beth Durst’s Queens of Renthia trilogy.
Queen Daleina has yearned to bring peace and prosperity to her beloved forest home - a hope that seemed doomed when neighboring forces invaded Aratay. Now, with the powerful Queen Naelin ruling by her side, Daleina believes that her dream of ushering in a new era can be realized, even in a land plagued by malevolent nature spirits who thirst for the end of human life.
And then Naelin’s children are kidnapped by spirits.
Nothing is more important to her than her family, and Naelin would rather watch the world burn than see her children harmed. Blaming the defeated Queen Merecot of Semo for the kidnapping, Naelin is ready to start a war - and has the power to do it.
But Merecot has grander plans than a bloody battle with her southern neighbors. Taking the children is merely one step in a plot to change the future of all Renthia, either by ending the threat of spirits once and for all ... or plunging the world into chaos.
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- Bree Dumont
A powerful end to a wonderful series.
I feel this series was under the radar, but definitely worth the read (or listen.) The Queen of Sorrows is the final book in the trilogy. Renthia is a land built by spirits, but run by humans. The spirits inherently hate humans and wish to kill all humans, so each kingdom has a queen who has power over the spirits. The kingdom of Aratay has two recognized queens, Daleina and Naelin. After a short war with Queen Merecot of Semo, they are looking for peace in their kingdom, but that is not to be. Naelin’s children are kidnapped by spirits and given up for dead by everyone but Naelin. As she searches to find her children, Daleina must work harder to keep the people of Aratay safe from the spirits. There is adventure, magic, politics, strategy, and a dash of romance. It is important to read (or listen) to the first two books in the series as a reader (or listener) would quickly be lost in the world of Renthia without prior knowledge. For those who have read (or listened) to the first two in the series, this is a fitting end. Questions about the reasons the spirits are so hostile are answered along with the motivations behind Aratay’s enemies. Khristine Hvam does an amazing job voicing this audio book, and has become one of my “go-to” voice actors.
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- Marion M Miller
Love it. Want more
This is a great novel of fantasy and lore. 3 installments and I want more. Keep the narrator. She’s amazing