The Reluctant Queen

The Reluctant Queen

Book - 2017 | First edition
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"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 ... And those spirits want to kill you. It's the first lesson that every Renthian learns. Not long ago, Daleina used her strength and skill to survive those spirits and assume the royal throne. Since then, the new queen has kept the peace and protected the humans of her land. But now for all her power, she is hiding a terrible secret: she is dying. And if she leaves the world before a new heir is ready, the spirits that inhabit her beloved realm will run wild, destroying her cities and slaughtering her people. Naelin is one such person, and she couldn't be further removed from the Queen--and she wouldn't have it any other way. Her world is her two children, her husband, and the remote village tucked deep in the forest that is her home, and that's all she needs. But when Ven, the Queens champion, passes through the village, Naelin's ambitious husband proudly tells him of his wife's ability to control spirits--magic that Naelin fervently denies"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper Voyager, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2017]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062413352
Branch Call Number: F DURST-S
Characteristics: 360 pages : map ; 24 cm


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Nov 25, 2019

In this follow-on to The Queen of Blood, the heroine of the first novel is sidelined by illness and another potential monarch is reluctantly convinced to step in and protect the kingdom from the nature spirits which both nurture and threaten the inhabitants. Motherly new protagonist Naelin has different abilities and obstacles than the previous protagonist, near-child Daleina, making for a fresh tale set in the existing fantasy world.

Apr 17, 2018

Excellent and exciting book from start to finish. Definitely a page turning book for sure, love how it fits in with book one. 🙂

Mar 26, 2018

Such wonderful fantasy, full of cleverness and emotion

Apr 04, 2017

loved the 1st book! waiting for this one to come out.


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