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The Reluctant Queen
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Sarah Beth Durst is the award-winning author of sixteen fantasy books for adults, teens, and kids, including The Queens of Renthia series, Drink Slay Love, and The Stone Girl's Story. She won an ALA Alex Award and a 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, her children, and her ill-mannered cat. For more information, visit her at sarahbethdurst.com.

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"Durst is a very gifted storyteller with a knack for comforting prose, both qualities which make The Reluctant Queen an extremely engaging novel and one that is difficult to put down." -- SFFWorld
"It is a pleasure to visit Renthia again. Durst paints a gorgeous, leaf-strewn horror house setting that makes it easy to immerse yourself in her world, and stay there." -- B&N Sci-fi & Fantasy Blog
"Durst's excellent second Queens of Renthia fantasy." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"The Reluctant Queen was a fantastic next installment for this trilogy." -- Girls in Capes
"The Reluctant Queen makes for a worthy follow-up to The Queen of Blood." -- Culturess
"Ms. Durst has penned a series that can be enjoyed by readers of all ages. The characters are diverse, both in age and life experience, making this a perfect pick for pretty much anyone who enjoys a well-crafted fantasy with strong heroines and a very unique world." -- All About Romance
"The Queen of Blood made it onto my list of books that I felt were deserving of more attention, and I maintain that more than ever, especially with how good The Reluctant Queen turned out....The Queens of Renthia is shaping up to be an excellent series." -- Bibliosanctum
"A thrilling beginning to a sweeping series about searching for sovereignty and truth in order to save one's land." -- Library Journal (starred review)
"The Queen of Blood is full of rich tension from the opening scene to the nail-biting finale." -- Jeff Wheeler, Wall Street Journal bestselling author of Kingfountain and Muirwood series
Praise for The Queen of Blood: "Mythopoeic Award-winner Durst launches her Queens of Renthia series with a stellar and imaginative tale." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Thrilling--heartrending--enchanting--absolutely un-put-down-able!" -- Tamora Pierce, New York Times bestselling author
"What a great story! A truly wonderful fantasy novel which doubles as an allegory for our own earthly struggle between Man and Nature. Filled with fresh ideas and excitement, told with verve and heart. This book deserves a wide readership, and I think it will find one." -- Terry Brooks, New York Times bestselling author of the Shannara series

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