The Queen of Sorrow

Harper Voyager. (Queens of Renthia, Bk. 3). May 2018. 432p. ISBN 9780062413383. $21.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062413390. FANTASY
The forest of Aratay has been left damaged by the battles waged in The Queen of Blood and The Reluctant Queen. But with two queens now ruling Aratay—the healed-from-death Daleina, and the woodswoman mother-turned-queen Naelin—the healing can begin. Yet the question of succession still plagues the realm. Semo's Queen Merecot continues in her desire to claim Aratay, and the malevolent spirits of nature that seek to destroy humanity are becoming more threatening. When Merecot kidnaps Naelin's children, Naelin is ready to use her powers to get them back, no matter the cost. However, ruling Aratay is only one step in Merecot's full plan to end the power of the spirits, and she is not afraid of taking action that could result in complete destruction for all Renthia. Loyalty to land, lovers, and family will be up for grabs in this action-packed and emotional epic.
VERDICT This engrossing conclusion to the "Queens of Renthia" trilogy has been worth the wait, providing a challenging but satisfying ending. [See Prepub Alert, 11/11/17.]
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