"Book II: The Reluctant Queen" comes out on July 4th! Be sure to check out our review at FictionUnbound.com here is a look back at Book I in the "The Queens of Renthia" series:
CS Peterson: As an epic fantasy, Durst’s book has all the requisite tropes and variations that readers of the genre crave. One of the things I enjoyed about the book was her playful use of tropes and trope reversals. A brief list of well-used tropes include: a Hogwarts-type school; elites in gowns; rough, honest woodsmen who wear green; rough, honest woodsmen who watch young women and pick the most promising as their padawans; a Hunger Games-type arena to pick the winners; a tyrant who will do anything to stay in power; a hero who just wants to stay home and live in the swamp; and vicious, can’t live with ‘em, can’t live without ‘em fairies. And there’s casual sex—so it’s in the Adult Epic Fantasy section and not the YA section.