The Reluctant Queen
Book Two of The Queens of Renthia
an epic fantasy novel for adults
by Sarah Beth Durst
coming July 2017 from Harper Voyager
Not long ago, Daleina used her strength and skill to assume the royal throne. Since then, the new queen has kept the peace and protected the humans
of her land. But 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
and her husband, and that's all she needs. But when Ven, the Queen's champion, passes through her village, Naelin is caught up in something she wants no part of... and has no choice about.
Because Ven has a single task: to find the best possible candidate to protect the people of Aratay. Yet for all his appeals to duty, Naelin knows
her duty is to her children first and foremost. Only as the Queen's power begins to wane and the spirits become emboldened -- and 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.
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Praise for The Queen of Blood, Book One of the Queens of Renthia:
"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)
"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
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Download hi-res cover art by Stephan Martiniere.
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Also coming soon as an audiobook from HarperAudio, narrated by Khristine Hvam.
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