The Queen of Blood

  • by Sarah Beth Durst
  • Narrated by Khristine Hvam
  • 13 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

An idealistic young student and a banished warrior become allies in a battle to save their realm in this first book of a mesmerizing epic fantasy series filled with political intrigue, violent magic, malevolent spirits, and thrilling adventure.
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.
But the spirits that reside within this land want to rid it of all humans. One woman stands between these malevolent spirits and the end of humankind: the queen. She alone has the magical power to prevent the spirits from destroying every man, woman, and child. But queens are still just human, and no matter how strong or good they are, the threat of danger always looms.
With the position so precarious, young women are chosen to train as heirs. Daleina, a seemingly quiet academy student, is under no illusions as to her claim to the throne but simply wants to right the wrongs that have befallen the land. Ven, a disgraced champion, has spent his exile secretly fighting against the growing number of spirit attacks. Joining forces, these daring partners embark on a treacherous quest to find the source of the spirits' restlessness - a journey that will test their courage and trust and force them to stand against both enemies and friends to save their land before it's bathed in blood.


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Customer Reviews

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This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

This book I believe would appeal to readers who remember "The Littles" or have read "The Borrowers". The entire story I kept picturing little people who live in trees; even though the author makes it clear from descriptions this is not the case. However, the juvenile plot and predictable story line kept pulling me back into those 2 directions.

What was most disappointing about Sarah Beth Durst’s story?

Most disappointing thing I would say that the premise of the story is unique. However, it was incredibly boring and fell extremely flat.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator did a decent job with what she was given.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment. Mad at myself for seeing it through. Hoping the end would do an about face and surprise me.

Any additional comments?

Listening to this book felt like being trapped in a huge hedge maze blindfolded and having someone direct you to the end. Every time you get excited you are going the right way, you into thorn bushes. You think its just going to take your guide a minute to get in the groove and direct you right and here comes the bush.

The characters were in constant contradiction. Their dialogue v. behavior.

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- MRR "Michelle"

Fantastic Narrator, Story Needs Work

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I would only if they don't read a lot of fantasy, or just trying fantasy out as a genre. It does have a fun and unique world and magic, as well as a solid ending. But characters were just stock characters, ridiculous instalove and a weak writing style.

Have you listened to any of Khristine Hvam’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes I listened to the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy. Hvam is a fantastic and passionate narrator. She puts everything she has into every story she does, from the voices to the scale of emotions throughout. She saved this book for me; I would've given up if I had read the physical copy.

Do you think The Queen of Blood needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

It does wrap up enough that people might not need the next books. But I am curious of how she's going to expand the world and lore of the spirits.

Any additional comments?

Great narrator that brings life to a story that is slow in many places, stock characters and a writing style that's way too much "telling" and not enough "showing." If you read a lot of fantasy, you might be disappointed by it. But the cool world and magic and solid ending is worth a shot in audiobook format.

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- A. Cooper "Poison"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-20-2016
  • Publisher: HarperAudio