The Queen of Sorrow
Book Three of The Queens of Renthia
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.
Praise For The Queen of Sorrow: Book Three of The Queens of Renthia…
— RT Book Reviews
“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 [...] concludes with an earth-shattering conflict between three determined queens, two countries, and a multitude of bloodthirsty spirits.”
— Booklist (starred review)
“Ms. Durst has given us a refeshing, provocative and ultimately convincing remake of modern fantasy conventions. The wonder is that we ever saw things the other way around.”
— Wall Street Journal
“The Queen of Sorrow is [...] filled with intricate battles, a lot of action, intriguing strategies, and an entertaining story. The amazing fantasy characters remain true to themselves.”
— Washington Book Review
“I will gladly read any and all books she chooses to write about this wonderful, imaginative world. Highly recommended.”
— Fantasy Literature, 4-1/2 stars
“With a story focused on powerful women and worldbuilding worthy of Guy Gavriel Kay, this series has been a dark delight.”
— B&N Sci-Fi and Fantasy Blog
“The Queen of Sorrow is an excellent finale to the trilogy [...] The Queens of Renthia is a must-read of the genre. Highly Recommended.”
“If you’re looking for a high-fantasy series that has a very character-driven plot and will keep you interested and engaged, pick up these books! They’re full of magic, mayhem, and emotion.”
— Kid’s BookBuzz
Harper Voyager, 9780062413383, 432pp.
Publication Date: May 15, 2018
About the Author
Sarah Beth Durst is the award-winning author of over twenty fantasy books for adults, teens, and kids, including The Queens of Renthia series, Drink Slay Love, and The Stone Girl’s Story. She won an ALA Alex Award and a 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 sarahbethdurst.com.