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, Adult

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...
  • Maggie ☘ (Wonderland-Reader)
    A satisfying conclusion to a unique, lovely but also slightly dangerous fantasy trilogy. As always, I loved the world and how it expanded throughout the series, and am very interested to visit the island of Belene in the additional companion novel The Deepest Blue. Although, to be a bit more critical: I did think the storyline of this one was not as good as in book two, or book one for the matter. I thought it was a bit weaker at some places here...
  • 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...
  • Taylor
    “I'm allowed to have new dreams.”...The Queen of Sorrow is the final book in The Queens of Renthia series, and I can say with confidence that this is one of my favorite series of all time.I'm continuously baffled as to why these books aren't talked about as often as other popular fantasy series. The Queens of Renthia has everything you could ever want: beautfiully written action, a female-driven plot full of politics and suspense, compelling ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • Bob Milne
    Wow. 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 fe...
  • 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 ...
  • Ari
    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...
  • Bridget Vollmer
    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.
  • Nora Grace ♌️
    UPDATE: The spinoff book to this series, titled The Deepest Blue, will be published March 19th, 2019!**5 stars**Sarah Beth Durst gave me everything I wanted from this final installment of The Queens of Renthia and then so much more. 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 fi...
  • Kelsey
    Review to come.
  • Miranda
    Brief thoughts before my lunch break ends: I love that this fantasy series, a genre typically full of men writing about men, is completely driven by women and mothers. That alone makes up for a lot of the trilogy's faults.I do wish there had been more queer representation than what we got at the 63% point of book three, and they only had two or three scenes together before they were kissing. Not Durst's finest writing.Some of the world-building, ...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • Lesa Divine
    4.5 🌟I liked this one the best out of all 3 books. Got to learn more about who Ven is. Got to travel past Aratay and learn a bit about the other kingdoms. I can see a bit of how part 4 going to be.With the Queen of Sorrow wanting to save her lands she's willing to do whatever she has to do. Even pissing off the second queen of Aratay Naelin. Naelin wants to save her kids by all means.With Queens against each other and one queen wanting much mo...
  • 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...
  • Jessica (HighFantasyFanatic)
    This was such a good ending to the series, the other two books almost feel like the build-up to this.
  • 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...
  • Marissa
    I really enjoyed this wrap-up to the Queens of Renthia saga (though it seems as if Durst will set other books in this universe in the future, so it may not be much of a wrap-up). One of the strongest point of this series has been the characterization of all the major characters, who are so distinct and lifelike, far moreso than is typical for a fantasy series. That's continued in this book to wonderful effect.I'm a little torn on the plot. On the...
  • Jane
    4 starsThis is a satisfying ending to a fun trilogy. After Queen Daleina and Queen Naelin thwarted Queen Merecot of Semo's invasion, the Queens of Aratay hope that their people can finally have peace. As Queen Naelin is on a tour of the country to meet her people and help heal areas damaged by the last battle, her children are kidnapped. Blaming Queen Merecot, Naelin loses control and is ready to go to war. But Merecot has other plans than just t...