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Fire and Fog by Andrew Grey. Be the first to reply. Sign in to Comment. Don't have an account? Join Epub. Forgot password? First name. Last name. Website optional. We also get to see more and more of Renthia in this installment, which was a joy to read. Learning more about the history of this world and why nature spirits harbor ill-will towards humanity was interesting, and even emotional at times. The Queen of Sorrow was a great conclusion to a series that I adore. While I didn't love this installment as much as the last two, this book was still a treat to read.
I'm so ready for Durst's standalone set in Renthia that's coming out in I urge everyone who wants to read a unique, lovely fantasy story to pick this series up. I adore it. Mar 18, Jessica rated it it was amazing Shelves: Wildly unexpected and absolutely perfect ending to the trilogy.
Sarah Beth's world-building is impeccable as always, and her characters are wonderful. Even when they're horrible and you want to slap them, they're so real they're still wonderful. If you love fantasy and you haven't read this series yet, you are doing yourself a real disservice.
It's adult, but I would readily give this to an older teen. Jul 07, Justine added it Shelves: I'm almost halfway through and it still feels like things are floundering and the story doesn't have much forward momentum. I am reluctantly calling it quits on this one. Jul 04, Lindsay rated it liked it. The conclusion of the Queens of Renthia trilogy sees the Queen of Semo again attacking the country of Aratray, this time by kidnapping the children of Naelin, with predictable consequences.
Naelin will do anything to save her children and she's so powerful that Daleina has no chance of restraining her. But the Queen of Semo has a plan and boundless ambition, and both of the other Queens maybe playing into her hands. Finally we see more of Renthia than just the forest country of Aratray and we get The conclusion of the Queens of Renthia trilogy sees the Queen of Semo again attacking the country of Aratray, this time by kidnapping the children of Naelin, with predictable consequences.
Finally we see more of Renthia than just the forest country of Aratray and we get some understanding of why Renthia and its spirits are the way they are. However, the answers supplied here really lead to more questions, so hopefully there will be more novels that address this. The next novel in Renthia is a standalone set in an island country, so I don't think the answers will come in that one.
Unfortunately, this was probably the weakest of the three novels and for me it felt very rushed. With so much detail being given to Aratray and the way it deals with Queens, heirs and Champions in the previous books, the much less detail here outside of Aratray feels very sketched in. The reason behind the Queens and spirits and Renthia in general also feels slight, and more than a little conjured-from-thin-air, with no good reason at all as to the mystery around it.
This does wrap-up the trilogy, and reasonably so, but I'm a bit disappointed the quality hasn't flowed through from the first two.
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May 24, Dianna rated it it was ok. This book was disappointing. I have multiple problems with the book, but the main one was that the author was leading up to something kinda cool, but it never happened and things just went right back to the way they were, with a queen in charge of each kingdom. The first half of the book focuses on Naelin's children getting kidnapped by Merecot in her second attempt to take control over Aratay.
Understandably, Naelin is extremely upset but eventually calms down and is convinced to solve it throug This book was disappointing. Understandably, Naelin is extremely upset but eventually calms down and is convinced to solve it through diplomatic means. She goes to Semo to negotiate with Merecot for the return of her children, and though it seems the negotiations are going well, things don't end well and Naelin still isn't reunited with her children.
And then the book takes a turn for the worst with the other plot thread that's randomly introduced, and that's where it really starts going downhill. Like I mentioned earlier, I had major issues with the book: Naelin heads off to Semo to negotiate before anyone else in the kingdom is even aware.
Merecot flies to Aratay to talk to Daleina very impetuously. Daleina decides to abdicate without even consulting anyone and actually acts on it the very next day -Does it make sense for Headmistress Hanna to be the ambassador to Semo and travel all the way there if she can't even walk and has to be wheeled in a wheelchair?
If things there really are in a constant state of fluctuation, and a mountain can become a lake which can become forests, and the spirits hate humans with a passion, there's really no way the humans could have survived for so long -The characters' thoughts and emotions don't make sense.
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Daleina forgives Merecot way too easily for all of her murder attempts and honestly wants to be friends with her. Merecot goes to Aratay with the full intention to murder Daleina, but she feels conflicted after talking to her and develops the desire to be her friend and has second thoughts about killing her off.
Honestly, it was all pretty awkward If they sing all day, how do they make a living to survive? The concept in theory is cool but it's not exactly practical -The romance between Arin and Cajara came out of nowhere. Not a fan. It's like the author just randomly decided to throw it in hide spoiler ] My favorite book was definitely the first one in the trilogy. The second book about Naelin was just okay, and sadly this last book was underwhelming in every way.
View 1 comment. Apr 25, Hollis rated it liked it Shelves: My head loves how The Queens of Renthia series unfolded post-book one.. Durst has crafted a very unpredictable series that blends YA elements with adult fantasy, violence and death, betrayal and hope, sacrifice and self-interest. She's created incredibly layered characters; so layered that they are so real and therefore not always likeable or easy to deal with. The main trio are the queens: It's great in theory. But man did it piss me off.
Mostly the middle one. Seriously, my 'chuck the kindle against the wall' urge was at the redline. I did love so much of this. I loved how unresolved so much is. How there wasn't this big resolution, happily ever after. That there were consequences. And life goes on. She says even people who are smart and kind and careful sometimes have to stab things.
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I would be curious about other areas, other characters, and delighted to leave some of the less delightful elements behind like the baggage they are. I would also read the author again even if she branched away from this world.
I really liked how she went about the story arc for this series. I just didn't always love the characters particularly the children. I'm so over children and these books did feel.. Not in a good way, really, either. But overall I'm satisfied with the non-end ending, even if I can't won't rate this one any higher than what I've given it.
Sep 10, Bob Milne rated it it was ok Shelves: Apparently, it's been over a year since I last did a catch-up post, and almost eight months since my last DNF review. I'm not sure if that's more a reflection of what's been landing on my shelf, or simply me being more selective on what I choose to read, but it's encouraging.
I am disappointed to include The Queen of Sorrow in this post, especially after enjoying the first two books of The Queens of Renthia by Sarah Beth Durst, but it just felt too familiar, and didn't really add anything to Wow.
I am disappointed to include The Queen of Sorrow in this post, especially after enjoying the first two books of The Queens of Renthia by Sarah Beth Durst, but it just felt too familiar, and didn't really add anything to the story.
I had high hopes early on, especially with the intensity of the kids' abduction, but it was with the Queens themselves that the story failed me. I know they're both new to their power, but they act like blind, foolish, impetuous, selfish children.
Instead of the growth I would have expected after the second book, they actually seem to regress here, with Naelin becoming almost as annoying as her kids. On top of that, Merecot was just a weak antagonist, adding nothing in the way of drama to a story that desperately needed a strong foil. What's more, the writing felt softer and weaker than in the first two books, with much of the dialogue feeling recycled. Jun 01, Rissa rated it it was amazing Shelves: The queen of sorrow 4.
We follow our newest queen and her reign. I love seeing how she rules and the way of the spirits and all the problems along the way. You have too many queens.
We have too many spirits. Husbands and new loves, finding her children and ruling the kingdom. From The humor and drama, down to the unique magical world its just beautiful. Apr 28, Ari rated it liked it Shelves: This might be a case of "it's not you, it's me", as I couldn't read it in one sitting and I felt disconnected from the action and the characters mainly because of that.
Also, the ending did not work for me - don't get me wrong, it's where I rooted for the characters to get after all the struggle, but in a way it seemed that all the plot up until then regarding a particular important character in particular was - in a way, pretty much - pointless.
Not to mention convenient. On the good side, I s This might be a case of "it's not you, it's me", as I couldn't read it in one sitting and I felt disconnected from the action and the characters mainly because of that. On the good side, I still love the world. The story hints to other possible threads and I would love to see where all that would lead.
Some parts were edge gripping and I really wanted to see how everything will unfold. There were some very interesting characters, I am sorry that there was not enough time once again for more character development. I am still taking the spirits' side, as humans treated them so badly at times, it's no wonder they wanted to destroy them all. I was glad to see that some of the characters felt the same.
On the other side, some of the major decisions where based on blind - and stupid!! Anyways, I am so glad that I discovered this series, as it was different than the average fantasy stories and it felt refreshing in more than one way.
I still grieve for the lack of better development in terms of characters and dynamics between them, but that's just me. Jan 07, Colleen Houck added it Shelves: Loved this conclusion to the series. There were a few things that surprised me. Bane's backstory was particularly interesting and I'd love to read a prequel someday about him.
I also loved how Daleina handled Merecot. It was very well done and showed just how queenly she's become over time. This world is a really fun one to explore and I hope we'll get to see a bit more of it someday.
This cover is lovely! The blue hues are absolutely perfect. I might hold off on starting the second book until close to this book's release date. Jul 27, Bridget Vollmer rated it it was ok Shelves: This was so underwhelming and the ending was just bleh. There were just too many unresolved questions for me to give this a higher rating.
The spinoff book to this series, titled The Deepest Blue , will be published March 19th, ! I want to start out by saying that there's no author I admire more than the author that can take several steps back from their ego to acknowledge important criticism that's relevant to how marginalized people enjoy fiction. The author that can stop and say to themselves and their publishers, "Okay, I can do a lot better for my readers," is the author I can whole-heartedly respect.
I am fairly certain that Durst had this conversation with herself because even from Book 1 I could feel her dedication to diversity and to moving away from Traditional Fantasy, which has been dominated primarily by straight, cis, white male writers since even before the 20th century.
As a result, Traditional Fantasy has ended up representing a small minority of what is actually a large and diverse mass of readers. It's of course not impossible for readers who aren't straight, white and male to relate to fantasy books that don't feature them, it's just not as meaningful. Literature is such a powerful force in our world; classics are therefore read over and over again for centuries for a reason. So we know how much of an impact a single book can have on a person's life, or a nation's politics or the world's shared moral compass.
Books are especially impactful when a reader sees themselves in that world, or feels like they're allowed to be a part of that world.
In Durst's Renthia trilogy, the fascinating folk of Aratay or Semo are of varying ethnicities, skin colors, sexual orientations, etc. And Durst does it so well, so naturally. Readers don't all look like you and don't all think the same as you. Like I said: It can open and change minds, including your own. Sarah Beth Durst is a white woman in a heterosexual relationship, according to her biography on the book jacket. Fellow white and cis authors: You really should have none.
A same-sex relationship doesn't have to be a plot device it shouldn't— Sarah J. Maas , nor should a person having dark skin be a plot device. It's gross, don't do it.
Follow in Durst's footsteps. Durst, in response to anyone saying "But how did you do it? The plot picked up pretty quickly, so that wasn't the issue. Naelin was the one thing that was really getting on my nerves. BUT—this annoyance ended very quickly. You may be tempted to feel the same way about Naelin in this one at first as well, but Durst does a really great job of getting the reader to later empathize with the way Naelin handles certain events.
One of Durst's greatest strengths is enabling her readers to fully understand a character's thoughts, values, motivations, etc. As I mentioned, the plot picked up early on in the book, which is always a plus, and never slowed but never got too quick. It was the perfect pace, even at the end. Endings are always tricky but oh WOW did Durst really pull it off.