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The Crown of the Queen

(The Twelve Kingdoms #3.6)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  112 ratings  ·  19 reviews
Dafne Mailloux, librarian and temporary babysitter to the heirs to the High Throne of the Twelve – now Thirteen – Kingdoms, finds it difficult to leave the paradise of Annfwn behind. Particularly that trove of rare books in temptingly unfamiliar languages. But duty calls, and hers is to the crown. It’s not like her heart belongs elsewhere. But how can she crown a queen who ...more
Kindle Edition, 95 pages
Published November 22nd 2016 by Brightlynx Publishing (first published March 24th 2016)
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May 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Originally published at Reading Reality

Jeffe Kennedy’s The Talon of the Hawk made my “Best of 2015” list. I have adored every entry in her Twelve Kingdoms series, and was just a bit sad to see this epic fantasy series conclude last year, no matter how much I loved that conclusion. So I was pleased as punch when I was contacted to review The Crown of the Queen, a bridge novella between The Twelve Kingdoms and their continuation in The Uncharted Realms, which begins with The Pages of the Mind late
Bambi Unbridled
The Crown of the Queen is a short novella in the Twelve Kingdoms series that is bridging the original series with the upcoming spinoff series, The Uncharted Realms. The first book of the new series, The Pages of the Mind, is scheduled for release May 31, 2016. (It appears The Twelve Kingdoms series will continue instead of spinning off.)

This novella is the story of High Queen Ursula's coronation, and is told by Dafne Mallouix. You may recall Dafne from other books as the librarian who advised al
Douglas Meeks
May 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Well stories like this make it hard for a reviewer to rate.

What we have here is an excellent story that bridges the gap between the last of the Twelve Kingdoms (almost as an epilogue) and setting the groundwork for book #1 The Pages of the Mind of the new Uncharted Realms follow-on series.

Basically this is mostly a combination of setting up the scenario for the new series and putting finishing touches on the Twelve Kingdoms with the coronation of High Queen Ursula.

We get a bit of all the 3 coupl
Grace Troxel
Aug 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
This review originally appeared on my blog, Books Without Any Pictures:

The Crown of the Queen by Jeffe Kennedy is a novella that takes place in between two fantasy romance trilogies in the Twelve Kingdoms world. You can find it in the For Crown and Kingdom duo with another novella by Grace Draven.

Actually, a novella isn’t quite the right word for it. I prefer to think of For Crown and Kingdom as an interlude rather than it’s own story. Daphne Mailloux is t
Maria Rose
This fantasy novella is an interlude of sorts, a bridge between the first three full novels of the Twelve Kingdoms series, and those yet to come. It's told by Dafne - librarian, archivist and counselor to Ursula, one of three sisters who rule in the twelve kingdoms. For a new reader to the series (like myself), or for a longtime fan, it's an excellent review of what has happened to date, while moving the overall story arc forward. Each of the three full novels has featured a complete couple roma ...more
Blodeuedd Finland
I know this was your story Dafne, but I was all about the rest and the whole omg, will they never be able to marry? No one is having babies!
Saaaaaaaaaaaaaadness! And since the next book is about Dafne, that is just, sad you know. No one gets to share their love, well except for Andi. No one is having babies, except for Ami. Now I am sad.

Now when I have that off my chest. This is about Ursula having doubts, others having doubts about her taking the High Crown (to me it would be better if everyon
Dec 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook-owned
In For Crown and Kingdom duology
Jess Hale
Jun 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Nothing objectionable (probably because the author didn't include any romance since I'm just not digging her vibe), a perfectly pleasant little read.

It was nice to focus on Dafne - quite a different character than the three sisters, and I'm looking forward to spending more time with her in the next book in the series.

I did think that this story could have been stronger if it were a story about Ursula (she went very quickly from "you should execute me and/or I should stand down" to "sure, coronat
Oct 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great read and an excellent storyline ending

This book closed the chapter in the Twelve Kingdoms for Salene's daughters and Uorsin' rule. As is Ms. Kennedy's style, it was done with great attention to detail and a touch of magic.

I love this series for its apparent simplicity yet it's underlying lessons in power, loyalty and the bonds of love. So glad I was invited to see Ursula assume her rightful place.

The Twelve Kingdoms It might be fiction but it is grounded in history and the understanding o
May 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It's so easy for novelettes to be just little vignettes that are unsatisfying. Or conversely, embroider events that should have been mentioned in the main line. Jeffe Kennedy does a wonderful job of creating a short story worth reading - expounding on relationships and backstories - without putting in enough to make the next book confusing if you skip it.
An epilogue to the trilogy showing Ursula's coronation. Great read.
Jo Oehrlein
Jul 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: short-fiction
Dafne organizes Ursula and gets her crowned High Queen.
Mar 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, owned, fantasy, novella
Dafne has been in Annfwn, relishing her time with their ancient scrolls, when she is called back to take her place as Ursula's adviser.

Ursula is wracked with guilt about her role in her father's death, and not taking the steps to consolidate her power. Dafne really comes into her own as adviser, and figuring out how to best navigate some tricky waters. Much of the story centers around her own longing for something and the feeling that love has passed her by, which serves as a prequel for her nex
Britney (BookDrunkSloth)
Originally posted at Ramblings From This Chick

I read The Crown of the Queen at the wrong time. Jeffe Kennedy started a series called The Twelve Kingdoms and I have yet to read it. I had the opportunity to read this little novella and thought it would be a great intro to this author. I had thought that this was a short love story to introduce a completely different series set in the same world. From what I've now researched and read, this new series is real
Jen (That's What I'm Talking About)
The Crown of the Queen (from the duology, For Crown and Kingdom) is a very enjoyable look behind the scenes, as it were, as the series transitions from the original Twelve Kingdoms trilogy to the upcoming series which will focus on the changes to the kingdoms after the fall of Uorsin and the reintroduction of the Tala magic to all the lands.

Told in the first person POV of the loyal historian/librarian, Dafne, the novella focuses on the coronation of Ursula to High Queen. I loved this short for
Molly Smith
Apr 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Initial Thoughts: Truly a novella for those that have been following the Twelve Kingdoms series. It is a must read for anyone that is going to read the new spin off, The Uncharted Realms or wants to experience Ursula’s coronation (and the events that led up to it). I really enjoyed being able to see all the sisters together, watching them interact free of the dark clouds that was Urosin. I enjoyed the pomp and circumstance of planning the coronation as well as Ursula’s reluctance to submit. It w ...more
Pilar Seacord
Sep 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The story is from the perspective of the librarian Dafne. I really likeed her, intelligent with a strong character. Ursula, the eldest daughter of the former king of the Twelve now Thirteen Kingdoms should be crowned but because of circumstances in the prior books doesn't think now is the time. There are a lot of characters in the story but it doesn't get bogged down or confusing. Dafne was away and when she gets to the castle she finds that Ursula hasn't been crowned. Ursula's lover, her sister ...more
I really enjoyed The Crown of the Queen. It does a great job of bridging the gap between The Talons of the Hawk and The Pages of the Mind. A lot happens between the two books…all of it needed and we get a great look at it going down. We get to see just how important Dafne’s role in court is. We get to see Ursula as she takes over ruling the Twelve…Thirteen Kingdoms.

This was a very satisfying novella and I highly recommend reading it.
Nicole Luiken
Novella set between Talon of the Hawk and Pages of the Mind. A pleasant read for fans of the series like me, concerning Ursula's coronation and setting up things to come, but if you're looking to test drive the author's writing, I'd advise going for the same-world-but-complete-on-its-own novella Heart's Blood.
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Other books in the series

The Twelve Kingdoms (3 books)
  • The Mark of the Tala (The Twelve Kingdoms, #1)
  • The Tears of the Rose (The Twelve Kingdoms, #2)
  • The Talon of the Hawk (The Twelve Kingdoms, #3)