Book Review: Queens of Fennbirn by Kendare Blake

Queens of Fennbirn contains two gripping stories from the New York Times bestselling Three Dark Crowns universe, written by Kendare Blake.

The Young Queens is the story of the three queens when they were born, before they were separated – it gives a short glimpse of the time when they all lived together, loved each other and protected one another. It’s also the story of the day they were torn apart and the immediate years that followed before the opening of Three Dark Crowns.

The Oracle Queen – historically, baby queens born with the sight gift were drowned. This had been the practice for hundreds of years, so long that few were even born any more, as if the Goddess knew it would be a waste. It is a harsh sentence, but necessary, for it is well-known that in a queen the sight gift will run strong. Strong enough to drive her mad. This is the tale of the last sight-gift queen to be allowed to live. She was overcome by paranoia and false visions, driven past the brink by the phantom thoughts of others in her head, so she set upon the capital with bloody ruin, murdering whole houses, whole family lines, without trial. Or at least, that is how the tale is told. This is her story.

What I Thought:
When it first came out I absolutely adored Three Dark Crowns. Having firmly labelled myself as not a fan of Fantasy, I’ve had to refine my definition as I LOVED that book and the world Kendare Blake has created with Fennbirn and its warring Queens!

Queens of Fennbirn unites two short stories that take place within the world of Three Dark Crowns, one of which explores the relationship between the three Queens before they were separated, and one that looks at the history of one of Fennbirn’s most interesting Queens.

Both give new depth to Three Dark Crowns but I will warn you that if you even vaguely identify with Feminist ideals, The Oracle Queen will make you very, very angry…

I really love the world that Kendare Blake has created and her writing style is so easy to read. Having two more books in this series to read, I was thrilled to get hold of this companion piece to add extra depth to it all and it’s definitely worth grabbing a copy – if only for the gorgeous cover art which unites the books in the series.

Queens of Fennbirn is published by Macmillan Children’s Books, and is available now. To find out more about this book and Kendare Blake, you can check out her website.

Keep an eye on the blog at the beginning of next month, and I might have something exciting for you from the Three Dark Crowns world!

Please note: I was sent a copy of this book for review purposes. All opinions are, as ever, my own.

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2 Responses to Book Review: Queens of Fennbirn by Kendare Blake

  1. Yvie says:

    I had a similar experience, considering myself as not a fan of fantasy, however was drawn to the cover of the first book. Once I’d started it I couldn’t put it down. Just picked up my copy of the third one last week and can’t wait to get started on it!

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