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The Young Queens

(Three Dark Crowns #0.2)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  4,439 ratings  ·  425 reviews
Three black witches, born to a descending queen. One would rise to become queen in her place. Perhaps the strongest of the three. Perhaps the cleverest. Or perhaps it would be the girl born under the best shield of luck.

Katharine, Arsinoe and Mirabella - three young queens born to fulfil their destiny - to fight to the death to win the crown. But before they were poisoner,
ebook, 112 pages
Published December 26th 2017 by Quill Tree Books
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Cora It has been printed (I think, could be wrong) with the Oracle Queen in a book called Queens of Fennbirn.
Cora The two novellas (the Young Queens and the Oracle Queens) have, I think, been printed together as Queens of Fennbirn.

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lily ☁️
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Jan 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Generally speaking, I'm just not really a fan of this trend where seemingly every second series is complemented by one or more novellas. I'd much rather this information were integrated into the actual book(s) than published as a separate work.
While this is still my opinion, I do, however, see that it would probably not have been easy to integrate all of these stories into the trilogy series*. Through these additional stories, we learn things about the queens that the author could not have show
Jessi ♥️ H. Vojsk

Actual rating: 4,2⭐️

„How relieved he would be to return to the world.
His world, where men ruled.”

Story ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
In the prologue we get to meet Queen Camille 👑 and king-consort Philippe - Arsinoes, Mirabella and Katherine’s parents.
That was by far my favorite part of this short book.
Also we see how the triplets treated each other like real sisters before being separated and what their childhood was like in the different parts of the island with their new families.
The book had a lot of
Wren (fablesandwren)
"Three black witches, the mainland would say. Born to a descending queen. One would rise to become queen in her place. Perhaps the strongest of the three. Perhaps the cleverest. Or perhaps it would be the girl born under the best shield of luck."

Okay... *deep breath*

Public Service Announcement: There were a lot of confirmations in this novella. This is something you need to read before you read book three and after you read book two. Novellas these days are actually starting to be necessary to a
Sep 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: those wanting some good old fashioned feminist fairy tales
Recommended to Jaidee by: can't stop reading these :)
Shelves: four-stars-books
4 "oreos and milk" stars !!

Ms. Kendare Blake I am convinced. This is the third book of yours that I have read this year. These books are not meant for me. They are for YA readers prolly around 14 to 16 year old girls. But I enjoy these books a great deal and I will continue to read them and savor them and wear my metaphorical crown as I read them.

This is about the birth and young years of the three young queens. A prequel if you may for Three Dark Crowns. This excellent little novella gives ad
Feb 13, 2018 rated it liked it
yeah, ok. sure. whatever.

i read this book as kind of a test to see whether i want to read the second book in the series, and - astoundingly - i do!!! maybe i will even enjoy it!!!

but also the level of confusion i had while i was reading this made me realize i'm going to have to reread the first one before continuing. and that is just about the worst news in the entire goddamn world.

but yes, as i remembered, this world is kind of dry and interesting, katharine is cool, and everyone else sucks tim

I've said it before and I will continue to say it (unless it's the princess diaries series!): I FREAKING LOVE NOVELLAS!!<3<3<3

I just wish this novella came out BEFORE I read all of the previous books BECAUSE now I want to reread all of them AGAIN. Which I'm not complaining at all because I loved the books before so I wouldn't mind rereading them but I need to read new books, series, and authors! DAMN YOU KENDARE BLAKE!

Oh, uh.. spoilers below? beware? don't read? idk?

Okay, so The Young Queens bri
Nadhira Satria
Oct 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
This little story is essential for all three dark crowns readers. It tells us what really happened back in the black cottage, (view spoiler), and who Katharine really is.

Sheila G
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Out today!

This prequel to the Three Dark Crowns series serves mainly as a detail-gap filler. While there are some moments of enlightenment as we peek into the past, there isn't really any big reveal

Despite that fact, I simply enjoyed being back on the island of Fennbirn whilst waiting for The Oracle Queen and the third book in the series to come out in 2018. 

I loved how the point-of-view followed the same rh
Dec 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, 2017
This was so much fun, I'm so glad I decided to pick it up! I love this world SO much. This novella definitely added some more dimensions to it, and I'm so happy about that! This was great!

Do I think this is a necessary read for the series? At this point, no. I think it's a fun added bonus if you're someone who's really invested into this series and these characters, but there isn't any huge chunk of information or giant twist you HAVE to know to read these books. (As of now, it could change when
Athena (OneReadingNurse)
Sep 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I liked this! It can be read at any point in the series with no spoilers but isn't necessary for the main text

A cute but dark and kind of sad prequel story about the queens as children. Mirabella's was the biggest surprise to me, it shined a whole new light on Luca and her necessary involvement in the queen's upbringing

Definitely a must read for those wanting more background to the three dark crowns series!
May 13, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: decent, prettyy, meh
i enjoyed reading this short novella from Three Dark Crowns. the queens when they were little were really cute and this book explained some things that i was confused about with the worldbuilding and stuff. although it felt like everything was kinda rushed and nothing was really emphasized. something would happen in this book that is a thing in Three Dark Crowns (giving an example because my explanation of it is trash: Madrigal coming back from the mainland; Jules bonding with Cam; etc) and Blak ...more
Aug 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this world

I honestly can’t get enough of this world, this novella was perfect just what we need to get a glimpse into what the young queens went through before we were introduced to them in the first book.
Nancy The book junkie
Rating: 3.5/5

Review to come!
Barbara Senteney
May 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite-author
I really enjoyed and needed to read this prequel novella, it explained a lot about the young queens upbringing, and issues with separation.It also gives you insight on why 2 of the young queens are showing no signs of their gifts.
It gives you a closeup look at the building of friendships, and coping with the loss of their sisters.
Also introducing the characters that are in the background , so to speak. You meet the families that raise the queens, and a priestess. It also reveals harsh punishme
Nov 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, fantasy
SO. This book is set before the start of Three Dark Crowns, my favorite YA book that I read in 2017, and I demolished it in like an hour. I would recommend reading it if you, like me, CANNOT WAIT to get back to Fennbirn, but otherwise nothing really *happens* and we don't learn anything that isn't at least alluded to in the first two books, so you can skip it.

I thought it was really crazy that Mirabella (view spoiler)
Lena ❃
Jan 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-releases
I really enjoyed this prequel! I might've enjoyed it even more than the books themselves.

The mood really contrasts with that of Three Dark Crowns and One Dark Throne. It is almost sweet and adoring and you really feel for the sisters. The scene where the 3 queens were split up honestly broke my heart :'( I love how protective they were of one another and I'm glad they all had a heart at one point.

I'm not sure if this is possible but I grew to love Caragh and Jules even more. I feel so bad for
I actually really enjoyed this! I feel like I would've enjoyed the whole series more if I had read this first. We get some great background of our 3 queens and get to see how they were before they were separated and how difficult the separation was for them. Definitely not required reading for the series but I would recommend it, especially if you haven't started the series yet. ...more
Nicole M. Hewitt
This review and many more can be found on my blog: Feed Your Fiction Addiction

The minute this novella came out, I had to read it immediately, and it did not disappoint. This little gem lets us experience some of those past events that the main books refer to—the birth of the queens, the switch of Katharine and Arsinoe, the separation of the girls when they were six, bits and pieces of their experiences growing up, Jules’s mother returning home, and Jules meeting Camden for the first time. We als
Amazing! THIS is what a novella should be. This book answered EVERY SINGLE question I had!

My highlights: (view spoiler)

There is so much more packed in
Nov 28, 2017 marked it as to-read
I love how people rated this book one star before it's actually released.... ...more
Arielle ⭐ Cursebreaker ⭐
Alright, this is another case of me being pissed off that I've waited so long to read this series because of reading multiple reviews that talked about the books being just...meh....

UGH WHY. That's honestly the only reason why I dislike GR at times. I have been EATING these up. I was halfway through the first book and decided that I needed to read the novellas first. Honestly that might have been a mistake because I learned something about sisters that I'm sure will come to have a big impact on
Ashley Lloyd
Nov 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Being able to go back and read about when the queens were young answered so many questions. It was like I was peeking in on the private moments of my favorite characters that I had always wondered about! Part of me wished I had read this earlier, before the other books, and the rest of me loved revisiting it now before everything changed!
Jul 16, 2018 rated it liked it
I'm not even reading these novellas in order but am I caring? Nope. ...more
Annabelle ✨
„No fighting.” Mirabella reaches for a length of black ribbon. “This is our last day together.”
“But we will see each other sometimes. At festivals,” says Arsinoe.
„We will see one another when we are all grown up,” Mirabella corrects her. “That is what Willa said. When we are tall.”
“Then we will never see Kat again. She will never be tall.”

I DIDN'T KNOW SUCH A SHORT NOVELLA WOULD BE ABLE TO RIP MY HEART OUT BUT THE YOUNG QUEENS DID IT! While there is not that much new information, we get to read
Lacey D-Bell
May 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
I truly enjoyed what I read, but I wanted more! This was just a tad choppy — bouncing around locations/characters/years a little haphazardly. I honestly feel like this could be a complete novel rather than just 115 pages. And I would also really love to see a complete Queen Camille story as well!
Nicole aka FromReading2Dreaming
Review in overall review of Queens of Fennbir
The Young Queens is a novella set in the Three Darks Crowns series, and gives us a little insight into the Queen's birth and childhood. We meet their parents, witness them going to live with their foster families, and see how they all cope with being apart.

Okay, so not a lot happens in this novella. I don't normally like novellas unless they add something to the story, and I feel like this didn't add enough for me. It was interesting to meet Queen Camille, and find out how she felt about the gi
Kaysia (bookskay)
Oct 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed seeing some of the young queen’s lives in action, however a lot of the things I felt like I already knew. The birth of the queens and seeing from Camille’s perspective was probably my favourite part. However seeing the process of the queens’ childhood and how they forget each other was super interesting also!
Manon Chartier
Mar 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: to-buy-books
I really loved that novella. It was good to know more about the queens when they were younger and the prologue explains so much !
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