The Queen of Sorrow (The Queens of Renthia #3) by Sarah Beth Durst

The Queen of Sorrow (The Queens of Renthia #3)

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 ...

Details The Queen of Sorrow (The Queens of Renthia #3)

TitleThe Queen of Sorrow (The Queens of Renthia #3)
Release DateMay 15th, 2018
PublisherHarper Voyager
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Magic

Reviews The Queen of Sorrow (The Queens of Renthia #3)

  • Emily May
    I suppose I'll need Jastra's plan after all. Pity.It would have been nice to avoid murdering anyone. I have really enjoyed this series. I came to the end of The Queen of Sorrow and, aptly, felt a lot of sorrow at having to leave these characters behind. At least the author's note promises a standalone set in the same world - in Belene this time - so I will get to return to, and explore more of, Renthia.I'm not sure why these books have a fairly m...
  • Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
    The Queen of Sorrow is the third and final book in a very good fantasy trilogy focused on several strong women, queens of neighboring countries with the ability to control and direct the wild nature spirits that inhabit those countries. It’s a crossover YA/adult book and series that I recommend! *some spoilers for the two prior books* There are currently two queens of the country of Aratay: the younger Daleina has most of the experience and kno...
  • Mogsy (MMOGC)
    4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum couple years ago when I picked up The Queen of Blood, I had no idea it was going to grow into a series I would enjoy and love so much. Two more books later, the Queens of Renthia trilogy is now complete, and what an incredible journey it has been with this strong cast of powerful, fascinating women and the world of dangerous spirits in which they live.In the first book, r...
  • Jessica
    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.
  • Lindsay
    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 ...
  • Hollis
    My head loves how The Queens of Renthia series unfolded post-book one.. but the problem is my heart is frustrated. 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 : our villain ...
  • Rissa
    The queen of sorrow 4.85⭐LOVE THIS SERIES! 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. The queen of sorrow 4.85⭐️LOVE THIS SERIES! We follow our newest ...
  • Ariana
    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 - pointles...
  • Dianna
    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 eventua...
  • Books, Vertigo and Tea (Danielle)
    This review may also be found on Books, Vertigo & Tea.My ThoughtsThe Queens of Renthia is one of the top fantasy series that I am quick to recommend when fans of the genre are looking for something new. How I encounter so many that have yet to explore Durst’s world of elemental spirits and venturesome queens is beyond me. This is a recipe that has continued to work beautifully. The Queen of Sorrow proves just that.The skinny..Picking up after T...
  • Ariana Fae
    As much as I didn’t want it to end, THE QUEEN OF SORROWS was a stunning conclusion to Sarah Beth Durst’s The Queens of Renthia trilogy. Durst amped up the action and emotional depths of her characters in this last book, especially with my favorite character Queen Naelin.I loved Naelin’s part in this book. Durst does a brilliant job of plunging us into Naelin’s anguish, rage, and fear when she discovers her children have been kidnapped by ...
  • Lara
    I'm a little torn on this one. While I didn't love it or the second book quite like I did the first, I still think the world and the characters and the unexpected ways in which things play out are kind of amazing. The relationships between Daleina and Merecot and between Hamon and his mother kind of parallel each other in a lot of ways and I found them kind of delightful. I like that every character (with the possible exception of the kids) are c...
  • Aya
    The Queens of Renthia: 3Ugh. I really don't like stories with realistically whiny children. I don't find it understandably cute or adorable, just extremely annoying. This is a frustrating read having to put up with Naelin's out of control rage and grief, which are blinding her to her greater responsibilities. Daleina again takes a backseat in this story pretty much, unfortunate, because I find her the more likeable character. Naelin prioritizes h...
  • Taryn Pierson
    That ending didn't wrap up quite how I wanted it to, but this is a really great fantasy trilogy and the narrator for the audio version is one of the best I've heard in a long time.
  • Susan
    I have really enjoyed this series and would really like to go back and read all 3 books (in order this time!). The characterizations are very well done, and the plots are read-late-into-the-night engaging.
  • Josie Bradley
    Thank you to Harper Voyager for an electronic ARC of this book, provided through Edelweiss. I picked up the first book in this series just a few short months ago. I was immediately drawn into the world that Sarah Beth Durst created. I do enjoy some YA and fantasy books, but they have never been the genre that I spend the most time with. As soon as I finished the first book, I started the second one. I didn't think that it would be possible to lov...
  • Kathy Martin
    THE QUEEN OF SORROWS was a wonderful conclusion to an epic fantasy series. It begins with Aratay in disarray after Queen Merecot of Semo's failed attempt at invading it. Queens Daleina and Naelin are trying to use their spirits to repair the damage that the invasion did before winter arrives.But Queen Merecot is not finished. Her next attempt at conquest begins with her kidnapping Naelin's two young children. Naelin, who loves her children more t...
  • Jamie (ReadsInTrees) Dacyczyn
    An intense conclusion to this fantasy trilogy. As always, with books that I generally liked, I have a hard time explaining why I liked them. It's easier to explain my quibbles: I felt that the final conclusion to all of the previous conflicts was a little weak, almost as if the author had all of these epic ideas but had to struggle a little to find a way to wrap them all up. The magic system started feeling a little arbitrary in her efforts to br...
  • Kate
    What a great end to this trilogy! (Although it seems there is a companion novel coming... Huzzah!) I loved this world but more than anything I liked the characters and their complexity. I loved that the villain was motivated by good intentions. I loved that Daleina was not gifted with natural power but that she was a good queen because she worked hard and she cared. So many powerful women here, with complex relationships with each other. These re...
  • Tracy
    I know the rating is harsh. I expect a lot from a series as good as this has been. I think it is not uncommon for writers to have trouble ending a series well. There are several series where I loved the first and middle books, and it just ended poorly. Maybe it is the hard part of writing, to wrap up a story, and make an ending. I liked Ambassador Hannah's story arc, Naelin's ending, Bayn's story and ending, everything about the canopy singers, a...
  • Erin Cashman
    WOW! What a wonderful end to this fabulous trilogy. The Queen of Sorrow is everything I expect in a Sarah Beth Durst novel - incredible world-building, complex characters, and a heart-pounding story. I highly recommend this fantasy - and the entire series!!!
  • Kendra
    A lovely ending to the trilogy. Beautifully written, loved the different story lines and how well it all came together.
  • Brittany
    4.75 stars, best one yet!
  • Danielle Cintron
    This series is so much better than any other fantasy YA I’ve read. Very interesting characters and storyline. Highly recommended.
  • Pam (YA Escape)
    I liked it, but it was much slower than the other two books, and I wasn't satisfied with the ending. I still recommend the series.
  • Mandiy Handley
    *Thank you to edelweiss for the advanced copy I received in exchange for an honest review.*I wanted to love this so much more than I did. But alas, I was left fairly disappointed. I thought I was reading a finale, but throughout the book there were several times when I felt like there was not much story happening. Toward the end, I wanted more Arin, I wanted more Bayn and Naelin and the wild spirits, and more of the other lands. Reading the ackno...