June 7, Retrieved March 6, Sea of Tranquility. Album Reviews. Archived from the original on The Song Remains Insane. Hidden categories: Articles with short description Short description is different from Wikidata Articles with hAudio microformats Album articles lacking alt text for covers. Namespaces Article Talk. I already put a hold for the next two books because there were some really clear pieces that were left open that I can't wait to follow through. What I Liked: Good I'm not quite sure how to articulate how I feel about this book.
I didn't hate it - no, I enjoyed it, to a point. In the end, the book was predictable and a little cliche, as far as adult fantasy fiction novels go. But, it was okay, enjoyable, not terrible. This story follows several protagonists, but mainly Daleina. The story starts with her as a ten-year-old, with her four-year-old sister, and parents.
One day, as the family is going about their business like any normal day, their tree village is decimated by spirits. Spirits are always everywhere, but the queen controls them, so they don't usually attack humans. Why did they attack? Daleina's family is taken to another village, but Daleina is taken to train at Northeast Academy to hone her power she discovers, when her family is attacked, that she has some power over the spirits.
Nine years pass during this story, from beginning to end. After years at the Academy, Daleina is chosen the disgraced champion to be a candidate to be an heir, one of fifty women in the running to be queen, when Queen Fara dies. But Queen Fara has plans of her own, and they don't always seem to line up with the intentions of a good queen. Daleina must learn her power to take on even greater power than she'd ever encountered. This book is written in third-person, limited.
I liked that the story followed Daleina, for about nine years. From a ten-year-old to a nineteen-year-old, we see so much of her life story, and her growth. Then we see her going through the Academy and learning and struggling.
And then Champion Ven comes to the Academy and chooses a candidate which is like an apprentice - her. Champion Ven's story is easily the most important, behind Daleina's. Ven is possibly one of the best Champions to have existed.
A Champion trains candidates to hopefully becomes heirs, who are able to be future queens. Ven is fairly young, maybe thirties or so. He used to be Queen Fara's lover, until she declared him the "Disgraced Champion" and exiled him.
I liked Ven a lot - he's very smart, skilled, well-practiced, and good at what he does. I didn't like how he couldn't ever seem to resist Fara, and was a little blind to her wrongdoing.
One thing I liked seeing in this book was the positive female friendships! Daleina makes a ton of girl friends at the Academy. The Academy encourages competition, for the girls to treat each other like enemies. But Daleina makes friends and the girls help each other and stick together, and not just in the Academy.
Each of them are chosen by Champions, and they help each other to the end of the book. Very good! There is a small aspect of romance in this book. It's very small, involving Daleina and a young Healer. I liked these two together, though you can clearly see the author pushing the Healer to the side and making Daleina seem much more powerful and independent than him.
I don't love this, but at the same time, good for Daleina. Ven has his own weird "romance" with Fara. This book is pure adult fantasy, and the world-building is set up nicely. It doesn't feel particularly unique to me, but that might just be me.
The spirits things spirits of fire, water, air, wood, ice, etc. I didn't love the progression of the story, and the ending was entirely predictable, but it was okay. I must credit the author with excellent writing and world-building and character development.
I liked watching Daleina grow, but her pre-teenage and early Academy years were so, so boring. Things really only started to get interesting when Daleina left the Academy with Ven. I'm not a huge fan of the plot in general - it was very predictable. Maybe it was predictable to me, maybe to everyone, but I could see where things were going pretty much from the start.
There is a little bit of "the chosen one" syndrome in this book too. Did I mention the cliche and totally predictable ending? Good grief, I didn't see that one coming. Nope, because the ending was SO original. I liked Daleina's relationship with Hamon her Healer boyfriend , but I didn't always like how Daleina didn't consider his opinion on things. I know we're all feminists these days this is good , but that doesn't mean we should discredit the thoughts of others.
Or make fictional male love interests two-dimensional lovesick puppies. This bothers me immensely. I wanted to like Hamon, but I feel like Durst was trying to show that Daleina was her own boss, and by doing so, Durst neglected to really craft Hamon. We meet Hamon waaaaay before Daleina meets Ven, In fact, Hamon is introduced to the story when Ven is exiled and Daleina is not a teenager at this point. In general, I just wasn't impressed.
This is not something I can pinpoint. I didn't love the story. I have reasons, and they may not seem like enough, but I didn't love the story. I liked it, but not enough to gush about it.
It was okay! It was okay. Good, but not great. Well-written, but I'm not in love with the story. I feel like others might like it? It's adult fiction not adult romance , very well-written fantasy. Definitely on the predictable and sometimes cliche side, but well-written.
Adult though even though it's something of a coming-of-age story - there is somewhat mature content. Rating: 3. I just didn't like it enough to give it 4 stars. Good but not great is what goes through my mind when I think of this book. I'll probably read the next books in the series. I think they follow different female protagonists, if I'm not mistaken. The next book will probably be more about Merecot!
Feb 26, Lindsay rated it it was amazing. In this world everything has an elemental spirit, each ruled by contradictory impulses, to create and to destroy. For the world to survive there must be a human Queen to rule over the spirits and temper their impulses. In Renthia, a young determined woman trains to become an heir to the current Queen and forms a partnership with a Champion who is in disgrace after questioning the current Queen.
Daleina's origin and struggle to become an heir is against the background of a horrible betrayal and a In this world everything has an elemental spirit, each ruled by contradictory impulses, to create and to destroy. Daleina's origin and struggle to become an heir is against the background of a horrible betrayal and a time of strife for the whole country. This is really good. Daleina's not the most powerful of magic-users, but she's clever, resourceful and shows leadership over raw power.
The Champion Ven is torn between his love for Queen Fara and his duty to the country and to his young student. Add to that some terrific world-building and a fascinating system of magic and I think this is a terrific start to the series. I went into this not having read any reviews or even the flap copy.
I didn't need to. Sarah is a dear friend, and I have loved every one of her books. Every one is amazing, and every one is completely different.
This was no exception. It was of course amazing, but let's talk about different. Not only was it different from her other books. I have never seen a magic system quite like this. I know I've never seen a world like this. I don't want to describe it, because I I went into this not having read any reviews or even the flap copy.
I don't want to describe it, because I won't do it justice, and I would hate to spoil anything. And amazing. If you love magic, and stories about strange new worlds, this is for you. If you like to see girls doing badass stuff, this is for you. If you hate magic and don't like female protagonists, this is not for you. Also, we can not be friends. Sep 06, Dark Faerie Tales rated it really liked it Shelves: reviewed-by-kristie.
I recommend for fans of fantasy and young adult fantasy novels. The novel follows the story of Deleina as she learns to control the spirits that control the land around her. The Queen of Blood is billed as an adult story but it really did feel like a young adult novel.
There are some themes that make it a bit edgier, especially the level of violence but I honestly feel it is no edgier than Sarah J. I actually think those novels are a bit more edgy than this was. First off, I feel like I should describe the world that the characters live in. This is a world where humans are not the top of the food chain.
They think they are but they are not. There are six main spirits that make up the land. Fire, ice, water, air, earth and trees. In my mind, I see these spirits as looking more like faeries or pixies but in reality these spirits are humanoid to an extent. They vary in size and shape.
Each one can look like the different animals found in nature. These spirits have only one driving desire: To kill humans. They hate humans with a passion. The only thing keeping the spirits in check is the Queen. Deleina is the character the story mainly follows as she grows up learning how to control her powers over the spirits that make up the land that the humans live on.
As a child, Deleina survived the slaughter of her town only because of the control she wielded to keep the spirits from killing her and her family. Deleina is not all-powerful. Although we do meet the character who is during the course of this novel. Deleina often struggles with her control over the spirits. She gets by because of her ingenuity and her smarts. She often doubts herself and her place in the world but then she remembers why she is doing it all for in the first place: To protect her family.
Deleina is one character that I really respected. She comes from a good place and her reasons to become a candidate for Queen make her someone that other people should respect.
The reasoning why I think this seems like such a young adult book is because the events take place when Deleina is ten years to eighteen years old. Ven is the badass Champion that ends up picking Deleina as his candidate to become Queen. As a Champion, Ven is a warrior that knows how to fight off the spirits. His first duty is to protect the Queen and then his second duty is to find someone who can take her place when she inevitably dies. He trains Deleina in all things practical so she knows how to deal with the spirits.
Ven, Deleina and Queen Fara have a history that intertwines as the story goes on. There are two side characters that I want to mention because I really want to know what happens to one and the other was just an awesome side character. Merecot is another girl who goes through training with Deleina in a Harry Potter type school that is used to train the students in the ways of controlling spirits.
This school is dangerous and often deadly because spirits are irrational and not easily controlled. There are quite a few people missing limbs.
Merecot is extremely powerful and disappears halfway through the novel. One line let me know where she ended up but I really want to know how her story plays out. She was such a wild card. The other character is loved was a wolf named Bayn. He has such a personality that he felt like another human character. He understood everything and was an awesome wolf.
He is a great companion to Deleina. The Queen of Blood is a novel for fans of fantasy, young and old. The world is dangerous and crazy. It is a world I would not want to live in. The humans have gotten too comfortable that the Queen will protect them but what happens when the spirits decide they no longer need controlled.
Queen of Blood is very much a novel about a girl learning how to deal with her powers and growing into a woman. As a reviewer, I can only speculate that each novel will be about a different woman in each of the five countries.
I could be entirely wrong but I do know that I really want to read the sequel to find out what happens next. Damn man sounded amused. Did you try to talk them out of it? Hanna looked from one to the other, at their identical mulish expressions.
She sighed heavily. Sep 30, Katrin D rated it it was amazing Shelves: favourites , all-time-faves , young-adult-fantasy , read I rarely give such a rating, but in this case, it is so totally deserved.
This is such an amazing book and a great beginning of what I am sure is going to be a classic. Complete RTC! View 2 comments. This is the third time I've read this now and it continues to be one of my favourite books.
I love everything about it, but the worldbuilding is what I love most. It feels like i'm right in this world when I'm reading it, and it's such a unique concept.
I can't wait to read the second one again and finally get to the third book! Sep 28, RG rated it did not like it. Never got going for me. Overly descriptive for such a simple story. Its been directed towards adults but in my opinion should be marketed as YA fantasy.
Girl who isnt the strongest goes to Magic queen spirit school to learn how to control her powers. Ideally the new queen is chosen from this school. The queen can control the spirits. Its very predictable and ended exactly how I thought it would. The characters are a little 1 dimensional in my opinion but I do read alot of fantasy so maybe my vie Never got going for me.
The characters are a little 1 dimensional in my opinion but I do read alot of fantasy so maybe my view is skewed. I think this would definitely appeal to a younger audience, espcially females. It has a tinker bell fern gully feel to it with the spirits and magic system. Probably give the 2nd a miss. Queen of Blood is essentially a story about evil elemental spirits who hate all of human kind. And humans cannot always fight back because these spirits are needed to keep the woods alive.
The Queen is the sole individual who has the power to keep these spirits from slaughtering every human they see. But without a Queen, the spirits are free to ravage anyone they come across. So while there is a Queen, those who have the ability to control spirits will need to train and compete against one anoth Queen of Blood is essentially a story about evil elemental spirits who hate all of human kind.
The novel starts with spirits attacking an entire village. This is where Daleina, our protagonist, comes to the realization that she can control spirits. She manages to save her family, but most of the remaining villagers die during the attack. Being one of the very few women who possess this ability, she knows she needs to train to be heir. Ven is an ex-Champion to the Queen. Though he was banished, he joins forces with Daleina to figure out why the spirits have been acting on edge lately.
Within just the first few pages, I knew the writing would be flawless. The imagery is insanely beautiful. Villages are built upon massive tree branches, and just so much of the story takes place in woodland areas. After three years, she returned to Ruben bearing the title "Red-Haired Knight" and spent time training Elsword. However, the two siblings were ambushed by a horde of demons led by Scar, a Captain of the Demon Realm.
Elesis, with the help of her brother Elsword, dispatched Scar and the demons. Elesis had predicted that demons would bring danger to the continent and, as a result, she leaves Ruben and joins the Velder Knights to stop the demon invasion to protect Elrios and her younger brother. Elesis is not a part of the El search party. Rather, she appears to help them in Velder as she is a Velder knight. Elesis' feature is called Chivalry, a system a bit similar to Elsword, granted her to enter between two modes: Gale and Annihilation.
In Gale mode, certain skills will have reduced mana cost and cooldown, making her capable of spamming skills in rapid succession, although with reduced damage. Also, Mana Breaking while in Annihilation Mode causes her to Stoic Break instead, knocking all enemies back and granting her Super Armor for a few seconds. During a fierce battle, Elesis tried to stop Wally, the tyrannical dictator of the Elder region, from oppressing the people of Elder and exploiting the El, Wally's possession of Nasod power frustrated her efforts which caused her to reflect her ways and abandoned her righteous side to become a ruthless warrior.
With Luichel's help, Elesis charged at Wally's troops, slaughtering most of the defenseless soldiers and enemies who had already surrendered. She now understands that the honorable way isn't always effective, and this time, she must turn to darkness to defeat the enemy. Months later, she was ambushed during the battle against the demons that had conquered Feita, Elesis ended up losing all of the knights and friends under her command and was mortally injured in the process.
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