The Queen of Sorrow (The Queens of Renthia #3) by Sarah Beth Durst

Fantasy, 419 pages, published in 2018

After stopping the threat of an invading queen, Naelin and Daleina must repair the damage left in the aftermath, until Naelin’s children get kidnapped.

Spoiler Free Review:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Content Warnings: violence, kidnapping, death

I was a little hesitant about this book because the Goodreads ratings are quite a bit lower than the previous book, and while I didn’t end up absolutely loving it, it was still a pretty good book!

The biggest thing about this book that I didn’t love was that some characters felt out of character, Naelin and Ven specifically. Naelin did things that I didn’t think she would do, even given the circumstances.

It also felt like there was a lot about this world that was brought up in this book that wasn’t previously mentioned. This information was important to the ending, so I would have liked if it had been in the series more consistently, rather than just being brought up when it was needed.

The world also opened up a tad. Previously, the books have focused mainly on Aratay, and while this book does explore an additional country, there were hints about the other countries in Renthia. Again, I would have preferred more mention of them throughout the series. This is a trilogy, but I feel like the author did leave it open for additions. (She does have another book set in one of those other countries)

I’ve only been mentioning the bad things because I feel like I’ve sung my praises for the rest of the series! I still love the world, the magic, and the vibe of this series though! I loved the characters, even if they were a little off in this book. There is also a side romance that took me by surprise in this book! I would love to see it explored in a future book.

Overall, this is still one of my favorite series, even if there were some elements of the last book that I didn’t completely love. I definitely recommend it if you’re into fantasy, and especially if you like forest settings! I am really excited to check out what else Sarah Beth Durst has written!

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