Queens Of Fennbirn by Kendare BlakeQueens Of Fennbirn by Kendare Blake

Queens Of Fennbirn

byKendare Blake

Paperback | April 3, 2018

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#1 New York Times bestselling author Kendare Blake delivers two Three Dark Crowns prequel novellas fans won’t want to miss!

Together in print for the first time in this paperback bind-up, the dazzling prequels to the Three Dark Crowns series are finally available for fans to have and to (literally) hold. Uncover the sisters’ origins, dive deep into the catastrophic reign of the Oracle Queen, and reveal layers of Fennbirn’s past, hidden until now.

The Young Queens

Get a glimpse of triplet queens Mirabella, Arsinoe, and Katharine during a short period of time when they protected and loved one another. From birth until their claiming ceremonies, this is the story of the three sisters’ lives…before they were at stake.

The Oracle Queen

Everyone knows the legend of Elsabet, the Oracle Queen. The one who went mad. The one who orchestrated a senseless, horrific slaying of three entire houses. But what really happened? Discover the true story behind the queen who could foresee the future…just not her own downfall.

Kendare Blake is the bestselling author of several novels and short stories. Her work is sort of dark and violent. She was born in Seoul, South Korea but came to the United States at a very early age with her adoptive parents. Kendare is the author of the Anna Series, Goddess of War Series, and the New York Times bestselling Three Dark...
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Title:Queens Of FennbirnFormat:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.54 inPublished:April 3, 2018Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062748289

ISBN - 13:9780062748287

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Backstory "I do not want normal. I want greatness." Queens of Fennbirn is a compilation of two novellas set in the world of Three Dark Crowns, both taking place before the first book in the series. The first novella follows the queens we know as children, and the second one follows the last oracle queen. Honestly, it had been a while since I had read One Dark Throne, so my expectations for this book weren't that high. Yes, I expected to like it, but I did not expect for it to sweep me away the way it did. Thing is, I've been in a reading slump for a while, and I think this book might have gotten me out of it. This was, to put it simply, a lot of fun. I loved the backstory we got, both from more recent times and more ancient ones, and I simply wanted more and more of both stories. My favourite out of the two was probably The Oracle Queen, but that didn't mean I disliked The Young Queens. In fact, when I first read it, I was certain that the second novella couldn't possibly live up to it. But it did, and it did so oh so well. I grew to love Elsabeth and her friends in a few pages at most, and cared so deeply for them that I couldn't believe I'd only get to spend the length of a novella with them. They were so interesting, and so different from the characters we already know in the series, that I almost wish they had a whole series all to themselves. Also, it was dark. Like, the concept of Three Dark Crowns is dark, but The Oracle Queen went a lot darker than I had expected, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Still, though I just rambled on about The Oracle Queen, The Young Queens still holds a special place in my heart. It was fascinating to see the way the characters we know and love were as children, and I loved seeing the way they adapted to their new lives. It also gave us more backstory into a big event we know about but never really explore in the first two books, and that was something I found really interesting. All in all, I think that this collection of novellas was a great bonus to the main series, and I'm definitely glad that I took the time to read it.
Date published: 2018-09-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Short and Sweet 2 really good short stories that add some extra depth to the main series. Although not required when reading the main novels. I enjoyed both of these though! A quick read too.
Date published: 2018-08-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from so good!! This two short stories were so interesting to read! Although you don't need to read them to understand the main books, they were still very insightful! and Oracle Queen was particularly amazing!!
Date published: 2018-05-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting but not required for full understanding of the main story I did enjoy this book, however I found that it didn't really go in depth about the 3 young queens, nor did it really answer any of my questions that I had about them. The second story was pretty interesting, but again I found that it wasn't super relevant to the main story. Maybe in the third novel, its importance will be more clear. All in all, this novella is absolutely not necessary for full comprehension of the main story.
Date published: 2018-05-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Short Addicting Read A short read, and worth every penny. While there are no true happy endings here, both short stories are compelling, intense, and emotional. THE YOUNG QUEENS was a great, heartbreaking insight to the lives of our three queens before and after they were initially separated, and it has me biting my fingernails for the next book. Between the two however, THE ORACLE QUEEN was my favourite. It was a brutal story about betrayal and deception, and I loved every word of it. Regardless of the story, these were both excellent editions to the THREE DARK CROWNS lore and must-haves for any fans and readers looking to check out this brutal, gothic series.
Date published: 2018-04-07

Editorial Reviews

“Readers will enjoy Blake’s high-quality prose. The author acutely gets at the emotions of her characters, making her readers empathize with intensity from the start as political intrigue drives the plot forward. A must-have. Fans will devour these powerful, world-building novellas.”