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    Great world building

    The Queen of Blood is an adult fantasy novel set in the mythical country of Aratay. It follows young Daleina as she becomes aware of her powers, and Champion Ven as he helps guide her through her training and growth. The world of Aratay (and it's surrounding Countries) are all run by Queens who have power over the angry spirits that inhabit the lands. The spirits are needed for the plants to grow and the waters to run and the wind to blow, but they also thrive on killing humans (and therein lies the need for the Queen). Daleina shows an affinity for the magics needed to control the spirits and so attends The Academy to learn to hone her skills. I have read a few reviews that said the book was predictable. This is partially true. Some of the events that happen within the book were somewhat predictable, however that is likely because they follow a pretty standard Fantasy format, the reasons 'behind' what happens however, aka the why and the how are what is not predictable and a plus to this novel. This is where the book truly shines and we can see Miss Dursts creative heart take over. Her creative capabilities know no bounds and it shines through again with this book. She takes the "predictable" and expands on things we think we know about the fantasy world. I liked how this book had, not only strong female characters but also strong female relationships. Even when Daleina was pitted against some of these other women she treated them as her friends and so they became friends, even Merecot, who seemed set up to be her primary rival at the Academy. Merecot's character makes some interesting decisions in the early book and an even more interesting appearance later on in the book. I like the world building and the character development especially. I have only two critiques about this book. I feel like it could have been longer (and not in the I-loved-it-so-much-I-don't-want-it-to-end longer). There was actually more development that could have been done. A few spots felt a little bit weak or rushed and could have easily been fleshed out more. I don't think this would have slowed down the pacing or made it boring. One example of this is Daleina's relationship with Bayn. The early relationship is not explored beyond the teacher telling her to help the wolf hunt and then suddenly they are together all the time and she can only sleep well when he is there. It developed more as the story goes on, but could have been fleshed out a bit at the beginning. As this is Ms. Durst's first adult novel I can overlook this, as even without the extra meat on the bones this book is really great. There is a feeling of YA about it, merging into adult, but still caught 'just' before it gets there. My other critique was the ending. I have mixed feelings about it, and without giving anything away, I don't think what happened at the end was completely necessary. I could see a few ways the same ending could have been achieved but a different way. Once again Ms. Durst has created a great world and a great book that I thoroughly enjoyed. I eagerly await the next installment.
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    Awesome!

    Awesome read.The characters were well developed and storyline was very original.Couldn't put it down.
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    Jyust great...

    I am facinated by this book. I cannot pout it down.. Sure it is a Fantasy but it is written so eloquently and is a page turner.- I cannot wait for the following book (2)
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    An excellent adventure

    Well written. Enjoyed the description and imagery. Fall in love with the characters...
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    Highly recommended for YA fantasy

    An original take on nature based magic. The characters are well developed and easy to feel for. I thoroughly enjoyed the read. Reminds me a little of Melissa Marr .
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