The Queen of Blood | Review
From the first page I knew this book would be good. It just had that feeling. That special, sinking into this magical world feeling. You know the one.
In The Queen of Blood humankind lives alongside elemental spirits that must be controlled through the power of the Queen, and the heirs that support her. Without the Queen commanding the spirits, their vengeful, vicious nature takes control and they wreck havoc, destroying entire villages. The story follows Daleina, a young woman who is training at an academy to learn to use to natural gift of magic to control the elemental spirits in her world. Daleina’s magic is not strong, but she has seen first hand the damage these spirits can do to a village, and she is determined to be of help to control them.
As Daleina grows and begins to understand more about her abilities, she, as well as others, start to wonder what is happening with the elemental spirits. More and more deaths are occurring, and more and more villages are being destroyed. One of those trying to save the villages in question is Ven, a disgraced champion. Fate brings Daleina and Ven together and they strike out to strengthen Daleina’s power as she trains to one day become an heir, but they also start to unravel a political plot bigger than themselves.
When I started reading, I was immediately sucked into this this magical world. The pacing was excellent, the action almost constant (with destructive elements, something is bound to go wrong) and the plot inventive. If you love fantasy and magic, this book is for you. The only *possible* negative thing I have to say about it, is there is a small romance in the book that to me seemed to come out of the middle of nowhere, almost as if it was an afterthought that was shoved into the already written book. But despite that, I really loved this book and can’t wait for more in this series.
My favorite line: This creepy opener stole my heart:
“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.”
My favorite visual: The elemental spirits.
Rating: 5 stars
Have you read The Queen of Blood? What did you think? Let me know in the comments!
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