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, 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.
The Queen of Blood takes readers on an exciting ride filled with magic and terror. Everything in this story is amazing-from the magic, the creepy atmosphere, and the strong female characters.
The setting in The Queen of Blood is fantastic. I love the descriptions and how creepy and scary it can get. In this world of Aratay, the Queen controls all the spirits and protects the citizens from the violence caused by the spirits. As the story develops, readers find out that the current queen is losing control, which introduces the main character, Daleina. She discovers that she has the power to control spirits and is soon brought to the academy to be trained.
I love Daleina’s character. She is so strong and determined. However, she isn’t the best when compared to the rest of the heirs. I can feel her determination as I flip the pages. I love that the story isn’t about a “special” girl, but rather a not so special girl that strives and works really hard to achieve her goal.
There’s also a bit of romance and I found it really cute. (I also might have shipped the wrong couple in the beginning.) I really enjoy how the romance didn’t take over the plot. Everything is very smooth and just too perfect.
To sum it up, would I recommend The Queen of Blood? YES!! I can’t wait to read the sequel. The magic and characters are all AWESOME! You will fall in love with this book!