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Queens of Fennbirn: Three Dark Crowns Series

By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Two prequel stories deftly explore betrayal and power.

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Fans of this deliciously dark series about murderous triplet queens will fawn over these novellas that explore the power struggles on the magical island of Fennbirn. Previously released separately online, the novellas seem quite different at first. The Young Queens shows the queens from the Three Dark Crowns trilogy growing up, separating, and moving in with their guardians to grow their magical gifts. The Oracle Queen steps back 500 years to when a queen was betrayed by the power-hungry. Both together are clever cautionary tales for the queens as they come of age. They ignite a foreboding for the outcome of the rest of the trilogy. Questions arise: Will the poisoners ever relinquish control? How much power are the queens really given after all they go through? Is there any way to abolish tradition?

There are places these novellas could have dug deeper and been much more than the novella format allows -- it's especially disappointing when Mirabella's fascinating story is cut short. But overall, Queens of Fennbirn serves the Three Dark Crowns trilogy well. It adds another delicious layer to author Kendare Blake's dark fantasy confection.

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