Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Blog Tour: Queen of Blood by Sarah Beth Durst with Giveaway


by Sarah Beth Durst

Book One of the Queens of Renthia 


Filled with political intrigue, violent magic, and malevolent spirits, Sarah Beth Durst’s mesmerizing entry into adult fantasy is sure to capture the imaginations of anyone who reads it.

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 these are not sweet, frolicking nature sprites. The spirits that reside within this land want to kill all humans. Only a few women have the power to command and control the spirits. These women become queens—or die trying. Without a queen, humans will die at the hands and teeth of hostile spirits. But with an unstable queen, no one and nothing is safe.

Born during the reign of a paranoid and bloodthirsty queen, Daleina is determined to become queen and right the wrongs in her land. Ven is a disgraced champion, a man whose life has been destroyed by the queen. Hating her cruelty, he wants to replace her with a queen of his own. He chooses an overlooked student at one of the academies: Daleina. Together, they must find the strength and skill to stand against both enemies and friends, before their beloved land is bathed in blood.


Sarah Beth Durst is the author of ten fantasy novels for adults, teens, and children, including THE LOST, VESSEL, and THE GIRL WHO COULD NOT DREAM. She was awarded the 2013 Mythopoeic Fantasy Award and has been a finalist for SFWA’s Andre Norton Award three times. She is a graduate of Princeton University, where she spent four years studying English, writing about dragons, and wondering what the campus gargoyles would say if they could talk. Sarah lives in Stony Brook, New York, with her husband and children. Visit her at www.sarahbethdurst.com.


The Queen of Blood is awesome! I haven't read anything by Sarah Beth Durst before, so besides reading the blurb I didn't know what to expect from her writing style. No worries there, because I loved it. Sarah Beth Durst is very descriptive, and when she described the spirits I was a bit scared, honestly! Also, I loved that the entire village was living in a tree, I just find trees awesome and there should be more stories like this! I guess it kind of reminded me of Ferngully, at first anyway! The beginning of the book also hooked me in with:

Don't trust the fire, for it will burn you.
Don't trust the ice, for it will freeze you.
Don't trust the water, for it will drown you.
Don't trust the air, for it will choke you.
Don't trust the earth, for it will bury you.
Don't trust the trees, for they will rip you,
rend you, tear you, kill you dead.

I liked that people had to have magic/skill to become queen, they weren't just born into it! In fact, Daleina is told at the beginning of the story, that she isn't all that powerful using magic, and when Ven talks about her he basically says she will just be a hedgewitch. (Don't worry, none of the above was a spoiler, it's early on in the book). 

I can't wait to read book 2, and finish the rest of this series! I also look forwarding to reading some of Sarah Beth Durst's other works.

Thank you to Irish Banana Tours, Sarah Beth Durst, and Harper Voyager for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review on this blog tour!

Tour Schedule

Week 1:
9/26: The Irish Banana Review
9/27: Mundie Moms
9/28: Novel Novice
9/29: A Backwards Story
9/30: Fangs and Fur Fantasy Book Review

Week 2:
10/3: Bookiemoji
10/4: Kara the Redhead
10/5: The Reading Addict
10/6: Owl Always Be Reading
10/7: The Plot Bunny


1 winner will receive a copy of THE QUEEN OF BLOOD and a woodland fairy tiara (US Only)

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Release Blitz: The Rift Uprising by Amy S. Foster


Normal seventeen-year-old girls go to high school, binge watch TV shows all weekend, and flirt with everyone on the face of the Earth. But Ryn Whitaker is trying to save it.

Ryn is a Citadel. A soldier. A liar. Ryn and her fellow Citadels were specially chosen and trained to guard a Rift—one of fourteen unpredictable tears in the fabric of the universe that serve as doorways to alternate Earths. Unbeknownst to her family, Ryn leaves for school each day and then reports for duty as an elite, cybernetically-altered soldier who can run faster, jump farther, and fight better than a Navy SEAL—which comes in handy when she’s not sure if axe-wielding Vikings or any number of other terrified and often dangerous beings come through the Rift. A fine-tuned weapon, Ryn is a picture-perfect Citadel. But that’s all about to change.

When a young man named Ezra is pulled through the Rift, Ryn finds herself immediately drawn to him, despite her training. What starts as a physical attraction quickly grows deeper, and Ezra’s curiosity throws Ryn off balance when he starts questioning the Rifts, the mysterious organization that oversees them, and the Citadels themselves—questions that lead Ryn to wonder if the lies she’s been telling her family are just the surface of a much bigger lie told to her. As Ryn and Ezra desperately try to get to that truth, they discover that each revelation blurs the line between the villains and the heroes even more. 


Amy S. Foster is a celebrated songwriter, best known as Michael BublĂ©’s writing partner. You might recognize her work in his four hit singles, including "Home" and "Haven't Met You Yet.”  She has also collaborated with Destiny’s Child, Diana Krall, Andrea Bocelli, Josh Groban and a host of other artists. She is also the author of the novel When Autumn Leaves. When she's not in a studio in Nashville, Amy lives in the Pacific Northwest with her family. Amy is the daughter of singer B.J. Cook and the legendary music producer, David Foster. Fun fact about Amy: Her extended family tree includes Bella and Gigi Hadid, Sara and Erin Foster and Brody and Brandon Jenner, and Clay Aiken! The Rift Uprising, her YA debut, will be released on October 4, 2016.