Friday, October 12, 2018

Review: Queens of Fennbirn by Kendare Blake

Title: Queens of Fennbirn
Series: Three Dark Crowns #0.5
Author: Kendare Blake
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: April 3, 2018

Format: Paperback
Page Count: 232


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.(taken from

Oooooooooh, this has just made me even more pumped for book three in this series.

Queens of Fennbrin contains two different tales. The first details the beginning of the three dark queens we all know and love so much (Arsinoe, Mirabella, and Katharine). The second reveals the history behind Queen Elsabet, who has been alluded to in Blake's previous novels. If either of these backstories piques your interest, then buckle up and jump on this wild ride.

I was seriously surprised by how much enjoyment I reaped while reading Queens of Fennbrin. I don't usually enjoy novellas, but because I enjoyed One Dark Throne so much, I was excited to get a peek into the lives of the three sisters before they began battling for power. Elsabet's story was equally as interesting, and both left me anxiously awaiting Two Dark Reigns. Congrats to Blake for winning me over with this short book, and fingers crossed that her next release is equally (if not more) impressive.