Sarah Beth Durst

Excerpts

 

The Reluctant Queen
Book Two of The Queens of Renthia
by Sarah Beth Durst
Harper Voyager, July 2017

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.

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Roar and Sparkles Go to School
by Sarah Beth Durst
illustrated by Ben Whitehouse
Hachette / Running Press Kids, June 2017

Roar the dragon did not want summer to end. Summer meant barbecues! Swimming with the sea monsters! Building sand castles (and smashing them with his tail)!

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Journey Across the Hidden Islands
by Sarah Beth Durst
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt / Clarion Books, April 2017

Don't fall, don't fall, oh no, I'm going to fall . . . Crouching, Ji-Lin raised her sword over her head. She counted to thirty and then straightened to standing, without falling. Slowly, she lifted one foot to her knee. Her other bare foot was planted on the top of a pole, on the roof of the Temple of the Sun, at the top of a mountain.

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The Queen of Blood
Book One of The Queens of Renthia
by Sarah Beth Durst
Harper Voyager, September 2016

Don't trust the fire, for it will burn you.
Don't trust the ice, for it will freeze you.
Don't trust the water, for it will drown you.
Don't trust the air, for it will choke you.
Don't trust the earth, for it will bury you.
Don't trust the trees, for they will rip you, rend you, tear you, kill you dead.

It's a child's chant. You jump over a rope, faster and faster, as you name the spirits. Trip on the rope, and that is the spirit that someday will kill you. Fire, ice, water, air, earth, or wood.

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The Girl Who Could Not Dream
by Sarah Beth Durst
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt / Clarion Books, November 2015

Sophie had only ever stolen one dream.

She'd been six and curious, two not unrelated traits. The dream had been stored in a brilliant blue bottle with a gold-flecked stopper. It was the only unlabeled bottle in the batch, and she'd thought that meant it wouldn't be missed.

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Chasing Power
by Sarah Beth Durst
Bloomsbury, October 2014

Razor blade.

Thread.

Gum.

A ball of tinfoil.

A dull fishing hook.

Kayla checked each pocket in her jean shorts, knotted the straps of her bikini top tighter, and pulled on her favorite black hoodie. She frowned at her bare feet. She'd blend in better with flip-flops, but she could run better in sneakers, if anything went wrong. After a half second, she chose the sneakers. She believed in herself, but she also believed in the supreme idiocy of people and their tendency to interfere in the most inconvenient way possible.

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The Lost
by Sarah Beth Durst
Harlequin/Mira, June 2014

For the first hundred miles, I see only the road and my knuckles, skin tight across the bones, like my mother's hands, as I clutch the steering wheel. For the second hundred miles, I read the highway signs without allowing the letters to compute in my brain. Exit numbers. Names of towns. Places that people call home, or not. After three hundred miles, I start to wonder what the hell I'm doing.

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Conjured
by Sarah Beth Durst
Bloomsbury / Walker Books for Young Readers, September 2013

"Your name is Eve. Remember that."

She was supposed to call him Malcolm. Pressing her forehead against the cool glass of the car window, she stared at the house. Yellow and narrow, it loomed over the lawn. She traced the outline of the house on the window: a peaked roof, two windows with shades drawn, a front door dead center. "It's a face," she said.

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Vessel
by Sarah Beth Durst
Simon & Schuster / Margaret K. McElderry Books, September 2012

On the day she was to die, Liyana walked out of her family's tent to see the dawn. She buried her toes in the sand, cold from the night, and she wrapped her father's goatskin cloak tight around her shoulders. She had only moments before everyone would wake.

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Drink, Slay, Love
by Sarah Beth Durst
Simon & Schuster / Margaret K. McElderry Books, September 2011

"One hour until dawn," Pearl said. She leaped off the roof and landed catlike on the pavement. "Oodles of time, if we steal a car."

Her boyfriend, Jadrien, stretched out on the roof of Outback Steakhouse. He was a shadow, a lovely shadow, against the green tin. "Come back up, Pearl,” he said. “I’ll compare your eyes to stars, your lips to rubies, and your breath to industrial-strength air freshener."

"Your charm and sincerity overwhelm me."

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Enchanted Ivy
by Sarah Beth Durst
Simon & Schuster / Margaret K. McElderry Books, October 2010

"Almost there," Grandpa said.

Pressing her nose against the car window, Lily frowned at the strip malls, gas stations, and industrial parks as they rolled by. "Really?" she said. She'd expected to see something a bit more picturesque than Walmarts and Home Depots en route to her dream school -- at least a stately forest or a field with a few photogenic cows. And she should hear trumpets playing, plus a massive choir announcing in verse the approach of her destiny.

Maybe she'd built up this moment a bit too much.

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Ice
by Sarah Beth Durst
Simon & Schuster / Margaret K. McElderry Books, October 2009

Once upon a time, in a land far to the north, there lived a lovely maiden...

Cassie killed the snowmobile engine.

Total silence, her favorite sound. Ice crystals spun in the Arctic air. Sparkling in the predawn light, they looked like diamond dust. Beneath her ice-encrusted face mask, she smiled. She loved this: just her, the ice, and the bear.

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Out of the Wild
Sequel to Into the Wild
by Sarah Beth Durst
Penguin Young Readers / Razorbill, June 2008

Three blind and tail-less mice catapulted through the cat door, skidded over the linoleum kitchen floor, and collapsed in a furry heap at Julie’s feet.

"Uh, hi," Julie said to the mice.

The cat door bashed open again as Julie’s brother, Puss-in-Boots, launched himself inside...

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Into the Wild
by Sarah Beth Durst
Penguin Young Readers / Razorbill, June 2007

In the darkness, the heart of the fairy tale waited...

Julie picked up a scrap of shoelace. Once upon a time, it had been an entire sneaker. "Look what you did," she said, wiggling it under her bed. Snapping out a green vine, the Wild snatched the lace...

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