The Reluctant Queen (The Queens of Renthia #2) by Sarah Beth Durst

The Reluctant Queen (The Queens of Renthia #2)

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. Not long ago, Daleina used her strength and skill to survive those spirits and assume the royal throne. Since then, the new queen has kept the peace and protected the humans of her land. But now for all her power, she ...

Details The Reluctant Queen (The Queens of Renthia #2)

TitleThe Reluctant Queen (The Queens of Renthia #2)
Release DateJul 4th, 2017
PublisherHarper Voyager
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Fiction, Magic

Reviews The Reluctant Queen (The Queens of Renthia #2)

  • Emily May
    I'm just going to say it: I think this series is REALLY good and should be read by more people.There's so much bad in YA fantasy. So much recycled I-pretend-the-world-is-in-danger-but-really-I-just-need-to-choose-between-two-hot-boys nonsense. I personally really feel this series is a hidden gem in a huge pile of the same. It sounds familiar, with the usual titles like "The Queen of ___" and "The ___ Queen", but, for me at least, the story is som...
  • Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
    $2.99 Kindle sale, March 16, 2018, for this second book in a very good fantasy series. The third (and final, I believe) book in this series will be published in May 2018. Final review, first posted on Fantasy Literature. Some spoilers for the first book in this series here:Sarah Beth Durst continues the saga of the QUEENS OF RENTHIA in The Reluctant Queen, the second book in this series (definitely read the first book, The Queen of Blood, before ...
  • Jessica
    As a mom who is just starting to get some gray hairs, it is very, very pleasing to read a fantasy book starring a mom who is starting to get gray hairs. It is very, very pleasing to read about a "Chosen One" who is like, "No. I didn't want this. I don't want fame or glory. I don't even care about saving the world. I only care about my family, MY life." I was like, YEAH. You go, girl!Too often moms in books are relegated to being the kindly farm l...
  • Mogsy (MMOGC)
    4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum opening volume of the Queens of Renthia series, The Queen of Blood, was one of my most surprising reads of last year, both in how the story turned out as well as how much I enjoyed it. As a book that contained many elements of your average Young Adult fantasy, I confess I hadn’t really expected much from it at all, though ultimately I came out of it very satisfied and...
  • Justine
    An excellent sequel, this book was very different from The Queen of Blood. We get a good follow up on established characters, plus introduction to some interesting new ones.I loved the new central character introduced in this book, Naelin. We don't often get older women, particularly mothers, taking a such a central and positive role in YA fantasy - and here we even get a little bit of romantic tension! Honestly, she really made the book for me. ...
  • Taylor
    "What did you want?" Still cradling her children, Naelin watched the guardswoman clean her blade and then splash water on her face and neck. Patches of dirt turned into mud that dripped over her shoulders.She shrugged. "Not that life. Far too boring.""Peaceful isn't boring.""I wanted to matter. For my life to matter. So many people die and no one knows they ever existed. They're ripples in a stream, disappearing when the wind blows."...The Reluct...
  • Hollis
    I'm fluctuating a bit on this one. THE RELUCTANT QUEEN had a slow start that nonetheless completely enthralled me by the end. We shift gears quite a bit coming out of book one and into this middle installment of the Queens of Renthia series and I was hesitant about that shift after everything that had been earned in THE QUEEN OF BLOOD. But I like where this is going -- or at least where I think this is going. And again, that ending/build to the b...
  • Bob Milne
    The Queens of Renthia is very much a traditional fantasy, full of elemental spirits, forest settings, and a legitimate sense of wonder. It is also surprisingly violent, with the dark, bloody, treacherous climax of The Queen of Blood genuinely impressing me.While I felt the first half of The Reluctant Queen was too much a repeat of the first book, with yet another heir being trained to take the throne, there were enough differences to keep me intr...
  • Karissa
    This is the second book in the Queens of Renthia series. I absolutely loved this book and have loved all the books in this series so far. This is a fantasy series; while it is appropriate for YA it features a lot of adult characters.I love the world and the characters in here. The writing is easy to read and flows well. I have a really hard time putting this book down and ended up reading it very quickly. I enjoyed seeing Daleina on the throne an...
  • Lindsay
    A return to Renthia with a new heir being needed almost immediately after the last Queen was crowned.Naelin has power over spirits that she has denied all her life, but she'll do anything to protect her two children, even reveal that power to Champion Ven when he seeks her out. Meanwhile Daleina is sick with a horrific disease that leaves her unable to control spirits for short periods: catastrophic when the whole country relies on her control.Na...
  • Rissa
    More action, more drama, more death and uncontrollable spirits. It was absolutely wonderful andni cant wait for the next book!
  • Acqua
    This may be the most boring fantasy book I've ever read, and it wasn't even that long. Nothing happened for the first 100 pages, and after that I started skimming.And I liked the first book! I still like this world, but I'm definitely not continuing the series. This was just terrible.I didn't hate the protagonist—I liked the idea of her. However, she wasn't that developed, and it took her 100 pages only to decide to start training. At that poin...
  • Ari
    You know, what I realised is that even though I am fond of the general themes (and the genre in itself), I could slowly move on from YA, not because I didn't like this book, but because I liked it MORE. And that's in part because the characters were older - while some people might have struggled with Naelin, I just loved her for her deep stubbornness. I have a child, he is the world to me, I would do anything for him and if faced with her choices...
  • Beth Cato
    This second book in the Queens of Renthia series can stand well on its own, but also works as a strong sequel to The Queen of Blood. At the end of the first book, Daleina has survived a bloody massacre of warring nature spirits and become queen of Renthia. However, it soon becomes clear that she is deathly ill. As the nature spirits rally against her and political woes increase, Daleina must accept that she may be dead within months--and Renthia ...
  • Claudia ✨
    My rating: 4.5 starsAfter reading this stunning sequel to one of my favorite fantasy books ever, The Queen of Blood, I am now even more baffled by the fact that this series isn't more talked about. In this book, the stakes are even higher than in its predecessor. Daleina is now the queen of Aratay, and all should be good - except that she finds herself terminally sick. And if she dies without an heir, all of Aratay will fall to the bloodthirsty s...
  • Books, Vertigo and Tea (Danielle)
    *As always this is a review for a sequel. I will try to omit potential spoilers, but recommend visiting at a later time if you have yet to read the first in the series and plan to do so. You can find my review for the first book The Queen of Blood here. I only recently read and reviewed the The Queen of Blood (The Queens of Renthia #1) in eager anticipation of exploring a new series. I had this lovely arc in my hands and simply knew it was going ...
  • Suz
    3.75 starsThis one definitely got better as it got farther along. The mystery was engaging, the new female lead is mature and likeable if a bit frustrating in place. This addition to the series had a bit more romance than the first book.I like the novel resolution to one of the biggest problems facing the MCs. I had some frustration with some tropes early on, in the last book it was the lack of communication as plot pacing trope that was most vex...
  • Jamie Falkenstein
    The book is too gruesome for me to continue. I was hoping it'd get better in this book but it didn't
  • Lexie
    We got a bit til this comes out so I'll just say these things:- what's more important, protecting your family with your power or protecting the world so they are safe?- what price do family ties take? - Is there a moral right when both sides are struggling equally?- there is always a third option. the world is not black and white, the world is not made of such simplistic categories. Always find the third option that works best for you.
  • celeste
    *I received an ARC of this book from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.3.75 starsOkay, the ending redeemed a lot of the problems that I originally had with this book. To be honest, I would only want to read the third book of this trilogy for Bayn the wolf. Please, PROTECT THE WOLF AT ALL COSTS.This was significantly better than the first novel in this series. A lot of things that were only hinted at in The Queen of Blood were given detai...
  • Shannon
    I'm actually really enjoying this series. There's something so compelling about it. I love the characters and in this one we have a new batch of characters added to the mix. Loved them all. I will say Durst is just terrible at writing romance. I don't understand why she's so bad at it when she's great at plot and characters and setting... Her romances fall flat. It's not enough for 2 people to be in the same place and since there are no other opt...
  • Danii
    I LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS SERIES!!!It was really awesome to see a different side of Deleina, while shes losing hope and trying her best to be queen when she thinks/knows she doesn't deserve it. She deals with a lot of the trauma of the choosing ceremony and everything that happened during it, and it just shows how much of a person she is. All the while, something bad has happened to her, and she has no hope that things will go right.I thought it was ...
  • Tracy
    I liked this book even better than the first one. I really like Naelin as a character. She's a fierce mother, and that added a lot to the story. Sometimes the dialogue is cheesy, and sometimes the characters repeat themselves too much. But overall, I liked it. The magic is really different and interesting. I look forward to the next book!
  • Fallon
    more like 4.5. I am so excited for book 3. This really set up for what I think will be an excellent finale. There were so many twists. The pacing was better in this one and I loved Ven and Naelin. also the wolf. I need to know more
  • Kendra
    Picks up shortly after the ending of the first book, and another enjoyable read. Really enjoyed the twists and turns, and was impressed with what the author did.
  • Monica Hay
    This is quickly becoming a favorite series
  • Jessica (HighFantasyFanatic)
    Such a unique and underrated series.This book expands and grows with the characters to make an even more compelling sequel!