Queens of Fennbirn by Kendare Blake – Spoiler Free Review

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Title: Queens of Fennbirn
Author: 
Kendare Blake
Series Name: 
Three Dark Crowns
Genre: 
YA Fantasy
Publication Date: May 3rd, 2018
Pages: 232 (Paperback)
Publishers: Pan Macmillan
Overall Rating:
3 and a half star

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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.

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So I liked one story more than the other, so I’m just going to break this review into 2 mini-reviews for each story.

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3 star

This was my least favourite of the two stories. While it was interesting, I honestly didn’t think most of it was that important. My favourite part of this one is right at the beginning when we get to meet the previous Queen as she is giving birth to the three queens we meet in Three Dark Crowns. That bit was quite interesting and did explain something that is discovered at the end of Three Dark Crowns. Besides that part, the rest of this story just kinda heightens how cruel this whole royal system is in this world. The rest of this story didn’t really shed any light on anything or really serve a purpose, so I didn’t find it overly necessary or entertaining.

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4 and a half star

This story follows a previous queen that we hear mentioned often throughout Three Dark Crowns and One Dark Throne books. There is a lot of disturbing rumours about what happened during that queen’s rule. This story basically explains what actually happened. And HOLY SHIT. First off I loved the characters, I connected with them all straight away and considering how short the story is, they were very well developed and thought out. By the end of this story, I actually felt like stabbing someone. Just the intense as hell stuff that happens in this story!! My god, I was so angry by the end of it.
This is definitely a story that drags you in from the first chapter and you end up so invested in the characters that when something happens to them you can’t help being sad/angry/etc.

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*There is an alternate cover for this book. See the covers below*

Also, note that the two stories are not available on eBook (well I haven’t been able to find them)

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Left: UK edition
Right: US edition

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One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake – Spoiler Free Review

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Title: One Dark Throne
Author: 
Kendare Blake
Series: Three Dark Crowns
Genre: 
YA Fantasy
Publication Date: Sept 21st, 2017
Pages: 450 (Paperback)
Publishers: Macmillan Children’s Books
Rating:
4 and a half star

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The battle for the crown has begun, but which of the three sisters will prevail?

With the unforgettable events of the Quickening behind them and the Ascension Year underway, all bets are off. Katharine, once the weak and feeble sister, is stronger than ever before. Arsinoe, after discovering the truth about her powers, must figure out how to make her secret talent work in her favor without anyone finding out. And Mirabella, the elemental sister once thought to be the certain Queen Crowned, faces attacks like never before—ones that put those around her in danger she can’t seem to prevent.

Fennbirn’s deadliest queens must confront the one thing standing in their way of the crown: each other.

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I feel like the Three Dark Crowns & One Dark Thrones books look so much better in person than the images you find online. I love how that most of the book is dark and then there is the pop of colour in the middle representing the 3 queens.

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My favourite part about this book is the Multi-POV. We follow I think around 10 or more people. Mostly the three queens, Arsinoe, Katharine & Mirabella but also Jules, Joseph, Natalia and a few more. This made it easy to get every POV of the story and not just hearing the stories from other characters. It makes for a very in-depth read!

I love the map in this book! And I also really enjoyed the addition of a ‘Cast of Characters’ list. This was a handy little recap when jumping back into this series after such a long break between books.

Also, I’m just going to completely ignore the love triangles in this book!

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This plot is intense. It’s just one thing after an another which makes this book gripping and completely unpredictable! You don’t even have a chance to think about’s what’s coming because it’s so fast paced and action packed. The ending was a little underwhelming. The last book ended on a huge cliffhanger whereas this one kinda just ended. Usually, I come out of a great book thinking ‘I NEED MOREE!’ but with this one, it wasn’t as much of the case. I kinda felt like the end of the story but there is a third book coming.

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I feel like there is kinda 2 main characters out of all the POVs and those are Katharine & Arsinoe.
Arsinoe has finally grown into her character in this book. She has accepted that she has a chance in this and she turns into such a strong and caring character!
Katharine is just cruel and obsessed with being on top. Her choices were reckless and it felt like she never fully thought anything through before doing it. I wouldn’t say she was a ‘well-done villain’ but she was definitely determined and cunning.

Mirabella kinda took a back seat in this book. She was just kinda there and just did what others wanted or told her to do. There was only once where she really stood up and made a change in her life but it didn’t last long. It definitely felt like there was more effort put into Arsinoe & Katharine than in Mirabella! I really hope more is done with her in book 3.

Jules was a bit iffy in this book. Yes, she is strong and loyal to Arsinoe but she also got a bit annoying in this book. I can’t really talk about this without spoilers but I can basically only say that she was kinda strange and made some questionable choices in this book. I know there is a reason for it but it was still annoying.

Madigal irritates the crap out of me. She just makes so many choices that you are thinking ‘what the actual fuck did I just read!’

Joseph was okay. I didn’t love him in book 1 but I do like him a little more in this one. I can’t talk about why without spoilers for book 1, but he does something in book 1 that I hated but in this book not only does he discover that choice he made was not 100% his vault (someone else uses low magic that affected him) and he redeemed himself a bit in this book.

Nicolas is just irritating. He is obsessed with anything that will get him power and as soon as he gets that power he abuses it and pays the price for it. I actually laughed at what happens to him.

Pietyr was just kinda desperate. He wouldn’t take no for an answer and always thought that he knew what Katharine wanted and what she said she wanted wasn’t valid and that pisses me off.

Billy is probably my favourite male character. Well compared to the 3 above, he is my favourite as the others are kinda horrible. But Billy is kind, loyal and loving. Also, I don’t think he was involved in a love triangle like some people say. If you want to know why I think that then keep reading (in bold) but it will contain spoilers! So just skip to ‘Overall’ if you don’t want to spoil yourself!
So when Billy goes to Mirabella it is done for a reason and that reason is not to for a relationship. He even says he tried to hate her but she was too nice and they came to an understanding. When they think Arsinoe is killed then they form an agreement for him to become king if Mirabella wins as a way to fight back against Katharine. When they find out Arsinoe is not dead there is no question about Billy going to her. He never loved Mirabella, it was simply a mutual agreement and mutual goals. 

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Overall I loved the plot! It is action packed and fast paced. The writing is really good and I loved the Multi POV! Some of the characters are great and some are a bit iffy and some are just what the hell! I really hope book 3 expands on Mirabella a bit more!



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Top Ten Tuesday – Anticipated Books for the Second Half of 2017

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Top Ten Tuesday is a monthly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and you can find all the info and upcoming prompts Here.

This week’s prompts is: Top Ten Most Anticipated Books For The Second Half of 2017

Well I don’t know if I have 10, so I’ll just put as many as I have


1. One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake

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I have read Three Dark Crowns and really enjoyed it! So I’m keen to get to the second/last book in the series! This one comes out in September.

2. The Becoming of Noah Shaw by Michelle Hodkin

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This is the first book in a new companion series to the Mara Dyer series. I hope to get to the Mara Dyer series soon and then if I enjoy it as much as I hope then I will go straight onto this series when it comes out in November.

3. Whichwood by Tahereh Mafi

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This is another companion book, this one to the book Futhermore by Tahereh Mafi. I also plan to read Furthermore very soon as it has been on my radar for a while and I’m keen to get to it once I get my current physical TBR down a bit more! At the moment I can’t fit anymore books on my TBR shelves! This one is released in August.

4. Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo

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I have only read one book from Leigh Bardugo and that was Shadow and Bone, the first book in the Grisha trilogy! I loved Leigh Bardugo’s writing and I’m interested to see what’s next for her away from the Grisha world! This one is released in August.


Well that is all I have! I haven’t been paying attention to new releases as much this year as last year. There is sooo many books that aren’t new releases that I really want to get to! So I haven’t been checking out tonnes of new releases! There was some I couldn’t stay away from like The Hate U Give, A Court of Wings and Ruin, Caraval, etc. But overall concentrating on older books.

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Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Unique Sounding Books on my TBR

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Top Ten Tuesday is a monthly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and you can find all the info and upcoming prompts Here.

This week’s prompts is: Top Ten Of The Most Unique Books I’ve Read (topic originally done 4/14) Some variations: top ten unique sounding books on my TBR, top ten most unique books I’ve read in X genre, etc

Obviously these books are on my TBR, so I don’t actually know that they are unique or not. And these are also books that are unique compared to what I have read. So they may not be unique to you, but are to me.


1. Daughter of Smoke and Bone Series by Laini Taylor

2. Study Series by Maria V. Snyder

3. The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare

4. Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series by Rick Riordan

5. Anna Series by Kendare Blake

6. Witch in the Woods Series by Taylor Ann Bunker

7. Sky Ghosts: All For One by Alexandra Engellmann

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8. The Light Key Trilogy by Tracy Clark

9. Eon Series by Alison Goodman

10. The Iron Fey Series by Julie Kagawa

I have read the first book in this series.


Well that is all for this week!

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Book Travelling Thursday – Book You Want To Read This Spring

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Book Travelling Thursday is a weekly meme created by Danielle and Cátia. All you have to do is a pick a book that is related to the theme, the themes are announced on the Goodreads page. Once you have chosen a book you need to find the original cover, the covers from your country, your favourite cover and your least favourite cover.

This week’s prompt is: Spring is here! Choose a book you want to read this Spring.


Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

Original Cover:

They are all original covers for this book as when it came out you could get a US edition with one design or the UK edition that there was three different covers, each having a different crown on it from one of the sisters in the story I’m assuming.

However on every website I have tried I can only find the red edition for some reason, so I don’t know where you can get the other as I’m checked Book Depository, Booktopia, QBD, Dymocks, Angus and Robertson Bookworld, BookOutlet, Amazon and Collins Booksellers. Maybe the others were only available for a limited time or something

Cover I Own:

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Favourite Covers:

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I don’t know which crown belongs to who as I haven’t read it. So the first 3 are all from the same publisher and everything.

Top Left, Top Right, Bottom Left: UK Macmillan Children’s Books Editions

Bottom Right: US Harper Teen Edition

Least Favourite Cover:

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This is the only other edition of this book on Goodreads. I don’t like the cartoon style of this book cover.

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Well that is all for now! I don’t know if this is the next book I will read. I’m currently reading A Court of Thorns and Roses and want to read the next book A Court of Mist and Fury when I finish it, but I don’t own it at the moment, and I have put a book buying ban on myself for now. I might leave it and wait until A Court of Wings and Ruin  comes out to read both of them! So I might read Three Dark Crowns next, I will see what I feel like when it comes.

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