Sarah Beth Durst

The Queen of Sorrow

ISBN: 9780062413383

The Queen of Sorrow
Book Three of The Queens of Renthia

an epic fantasy novel for adults
by Sarah Beth Durst
available now from Harper Voyager

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 The 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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"The thrilling and sometimes melancholy finale of Durst's Queens of Renthia trilogy... The well-crafted denouement wraps up the entire adventure perfectly." -- Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

"The Queens of Renthia series (which began with The Queen of Blood) concludes with an earth-shattering conflict between three determined queens, two countries, and a multitude of bloodthirsty spirits." -- Booklist (Starred Review)

"The Renthia trilogy stands old beliefs, and even old myths, on their heads. Ms. Durst has given us a refreshing, provocative and ultimately convincing remake of modern fantasy conventions. The wonder is that we ever saw things the other way round." -- The Wall Street Journal

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Praise for Prior Books in The Queens of Renthia Series:

Book One, The Queen of Blood

ALA Alex Award Winner 2017

"Mythopoeic Award-winner Durst launches her Queens of Renthia series with a stellar and imaginative tale." -- Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

"A thrilling beginning to a sweeping series about searching for sovereignty and truth in order to save one's land." -- Library Journal (Starred Review)

"Known for YA novels like The Girl Who Could Not Dream, Durst dives into adult fantasy with thrilling results." -- Shelf Awareness (Starred Review)

"Durst is an expert world-building and has crafted an enthralling tale." -- The Washington Post

"A truly wonderful fantasy story. Filled with fresh ideas and excitement, told with verve and heart." -- Terry Brooks, New York Times best-selling author of the Shannara series

"Thrilling, heartrending, enchanting, absolutely un-put-down-able!" -- Tamora Pierce, New York Times best-selling author of the Tortall series

Book Two, The Reluctant Queen

"In Durst's excellent second Queens of Renthia fantasy, the world of Renthia remains a dangerous place where the spirits of the elements want to kill humans, and only powerful queens...can control them.... Durst throws a lot of balls in the air but manages to juggle them deftly.... New readers will benefit from starting with the first book, but they'll want to get to this one as soon as they can." -- Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

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The Queen of Sorrow

The Queen of Sorrow
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written by Sarah Beth Durst
narrated by Khristine Hvam
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