The Deepest Blue by Sarah Beth Durst

The Deepest Blue

The natural magic of the classic The Island of the Blue Dolphins meets the danger and courage of The Hunger Games in this dazzling, intricate stand-alone fantasy novel set in award-winning author Sarah Beth Durst’s beloved world of Renthia.Life is precious and precarious on the islands of Belene. Besieged by a capricious ocean full of malicious spirits, the people of the islands seek joy where they can. Mayara, one of the island’s fearless oy...

Details The Deepest Blue

TitleThe Deepest Blue
Release DateMar 19th, 2019
PublisherHarper Voyager
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Fiction, Adult, Magic

Reviews The Deepest Blue

  • Emily May
    A stretch of shallow sea lay between the ship and the lovely sand with its bounty of fruit. The stunningly clear water looked picturesquely perfect: the reef below, with schools of silvery fish. A brilliant green sea turtle glided lazily over delicate fan-like coral that waved in its wake.“It looks like a trap,” Palia muttered beside her. I still love this universe.It makes me sad that more people aren't reading these books. I've enjoyed all ...
  • Jillian
    I read this book only because it came in my once upon a book club book box , it’s not something I normally would have chosen, that being said I actually enjoyed the book. It is about a cluster of islands that are constantly under attack by spirits there are wind spirits, wood spirits, earth spirits, water spirits you get the point, and there are girls born with abilities to fight them off but if they show powers they are immediately taken to ch...
  • Maggie ☘ (Wonderland-Reader)
    The Deepest Blue is a standalone fantasy novel taking place in Durst's highly imaginative Queens of Renthia universe. And yes, it can be read separately without knowing the original trilogy. Although I'd highly recommend giving a chance to The Queen of Blood and the rest of the series.As always I loved loved loved the world Durst created. While the original trilogy took place on a mainland, mostly the wild forests of Aratay and sky-high mountains...
  • Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
    Even though I haven't read the original trilogy to this series, I am familiar with Ms. Durst writing and I just knew I would be able to jump right in and have no issues at all. I do love being right! Not being familiar with how the trilogy ended I was a bit worried I wouldn't get a feel for the world that Durst created, however, after the first few chapters she quickly put my mind at ease with her detail to characters and her setting. I felt like...
  • Dannii Elle
    Apparently I'm dead inside because you can give me an intriguing magical concept and a world on the brink of war, which are two concepts I love to read about, but combine them with one of the purest and innocent of romances and I immediately loose all sense of empathy with the text.Protagonist, Mayara, was almost everything I wanted her to be but in love wasn't one of them. She was feisty and willing to risk everything she knows, loves, and is to...
  • Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen
    4 Solid StarsA good story that kept me mostly entertained. There were a few lagging spots though that I found easy to put the book down. But the anticipation of how the story would progress had me picking it back up to continue.
  • Lisa
    Review from Tenacious Reader: this is the first book from Tales of Renthia that I’ve read, it’s not my first book by Durst. I read Fire and Heist last year, and while I really enjoyed many parts of the book, I ultimately felt like it was aimed at a younger audience, parts of it feeling almost middle grade. I was happy to find The Deepest Blue did not feel this way at all.The Deepest Blue is a stan...
  • Cece ❀Rants, Raves &Reviews❀
    GUYSSSS holy fuckingggg shiiiiitttAwesome review on the way stars stars stars
  • Ashley
    ***spoilers abound***So...I don't think I'll pick up any additional 'Tales of Renthia' in the future. This book took me forrr-eh-vahhhhhhh to read. I don't know what went wrong for me. I LOVED Queen of Blood. I loved Daleina, Ven, Bayn, Merecot, and the giant trees of Aratay that they lived and ran around in while being chased by nature spirits who wanted them dead. QoB was one of my 'Best of' books. But then came Naelin (I literally just had to ...
  • Kazima
    This was a nice, easy and entertaining read! Although it wasn't completely my thing, I would highly recommend it to readers looking for nature based fantasy and strong female characters.
  • Catherine
    "Let’s chase death."After reading The Queens of Renthia trilogy earlier this month, I was so glad to already have this new book set in this amazing universe. I hope very much that Sarah Beth Durst will write more books like this ones, because there's so much potential for others tales of Renthia!In this new book, we're not in Aratay anymore, but in Belene. Without giving away anything, things are different in Belene. Once again, Sarah Beth Durs...
  • Marzie
    4.5 StarsDeepest Blue is the latest installment in The Queens of Renthia series of novels which give us moral heroines who find unique ways to make peace with nature in the form of various elemental spirit entities (fire, air, water, earth, ice, wood, etc.) In this installment, Durst explores an island region of Renthia, Belene, and the harsh fate that awaits those with the power to control the spirits, who are charged with the duty of protecting...
  • Blodeuedd Finland
    My ThoughtsWell this was a horrible place to live! Poor people! There are spirits everywhere, and these spirits hate humans and wants to kill them all, niiice. The only thing that holds them in check is the Queen of the land and heirs. But no one controls the wild ones so they can just go and kill you like that.But that is not the worst in away, not for the main character. See if you magic you have 3 choices. Hide it as long as you can. Get sent ...
  • Erin Decker
    Disclaimer: The author sent me a free finished copy of this novel for the purposes of reviewing.Once again, Sarah Beth Durst absolutely captivates me with a fantastical story which in some ways reminds me of a beach side Game of Thrones meets The Hunger Games. I absolutely adored Fire & Heist by Sarah Beth Durst which I first read in December and I was delighted when she reached out to me and asked me to review The Deepest Blue.The Deepest Blue i...
  • Vanessa ❤️
    It felt like a magical Hunger Games. It felt like a magical Hunger Games. 😉
  • Mogsy (MMOGC)
    4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum Beth Durst’s The Queens of Renthia introduced readers to a world where nature and humankind coexist in a state of precarious balance. While life would cease to exist without the presence of the natural spirits, they also see humans as the invaders of their domain and would gladly see us all dead. If not for the protective powers of a Queen who holds control over all...
  • Luana
    In the lands of Renthia there are spirits of land, sky and sea who endanger its people. Those of the land have long ago been subdued and restrained by the queens but those of the sea are still wild. The duty of protecting the islands and its peoples from these wild spirits and for keeping the leviathans slumbering falls to the queens and their heirs, heirs who must survive the Island of Testing and only a very few do. These heirs are chosen from ...
  • ❀ Crystal ✿ -
    Wow, I absolutely adored this book. I struggled through the first few chapters but once I was in, I was in and even taking small bathroom breaks was a struggle. Mayara, the heroine, is an exceptional character. She’s everything a heroine should be: fearless, kind, brave, bright, loveable. Maraya doesn’t just jump into things unless of course it’s the ocean which she can’t resist. She thinks things over and follows both her gut and her mor...
  • Jessica
    3.5 stars.I love the world that Sarah Beth Durst has a built and the idea behind this book is so interesting. However, the book and the story choices felt a bit bland and left me feeling disconnected from the characters. The story and plot twists were easy to predict for me and I just didn't love this like I wanted to.
  • Jonathan Hord
    If "Queen of Blood" was Druid Harry Potter then "The Deepest Blue" is Druid Hunger Games and I am HERE FOR IT.
  • Helen
    We had a glimpse of this world when reading the main trilogy. Totally enjoyable.
  • Marcy
    ”I wrote this book because I wanted to write about a woman who is made stronger by love—her husband’s love, her family’s love, and her friends’ love.” -Sarah Beth DurstIn this epic fantasy we follow multiple POV’s starting with our main character Mayara, who is fearless but doubts herself way too often, to her loving husband Kelo and also some other wonderful characters you just fall in love with and some that you just loathe. As I ...
  • Heidi
    This was the first novel that I read by Sarah Beth Durst. The reason I picked it up was its beautiful cover. It was in the New Fiction section of my library and I was very curious about it. So glad I picked it up!Mayara is a character that is strong, loving, and compassionate. She is one that feels fear, but takes risks and ultimately wants the best for her loved ones. The author wrote her in a way that is complex, yet simple. Mayara ended up bei...
  • Sarah (CoolCurryBooks)
    I really enjoyed Sarah Beth Durst’s Queens of Renthia trilogy, so I was obviously up for this stand-alone novel set in the same world.The islands of Belene precariously exist in a sea of nature spirits, all of them inimical to humankind and held back only by the power of the Queen and her heirs. Mayara is an oyster diver with a secret — she’s got the power to control the spirits. If found out, she will be forced to chose between giving up h...
  • Rayna
    I liked the trilogy set in this world much more than this standalone. The characters weren't as good this time around, and I found myself not really caring about what happened to them. I liked the main character, Mayara, well enough. She had an interesting life on an island with her family and the man she loved, which was then disrupted when she revealed her magic and was taken away. She didn't want to follow the traditions of the islands and jus...
  • Guylou
    qoтd: wнaт ιѕ тнe cloѕeѕт вlυe oвjecт тo yoυ rιgнт now? My Review:I got The Deepest Blue by Sarah Beth Durst in my April @onceuponabookclub box. This is the story of a world where some women are able to control spirits. When they show signs they have that power, they are given the choice to live and become a Silent One (who vows to never talk, renounces her family and serves the Queen while wearing a white mask to lose their id...
  • Andria Sedig
    I found that, while I did enjoy this book, it took me a really long time to get through and the pacing was a little all over the place. The first few chapters and the last few chapters were action packed and moved quickly, but a lot the middle was inconsistent with pacing. There would be chapters that felt purposeful and moved the plot along and there would be chapters that seemed like their sole purpose was to reinforce the difficulty of the isl...