The Young Queens (Three Dark Crowns, #0.5) by Kendare Blake

The Young Queens (Three Dark Crowns, #0.5)

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, elemental and naturalist, they were children, sisters and friends . . .

Details The Young Queens (Three Dark Crowns, #0.5)

TitleThe Young Queens (Three Dark Crowns, #0.5)
Release DateDec 26th, 2017
GenreFantasy, Young Adult

Reviews The Young Queens (Three Dark Crowns, #0.5)

  • Faye*
    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 ab...
  • 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 i...
  • Fables&Wren
    WrensReads Review:"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...
  • emma
    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 interesti...
  • Nadhira Satria
    This little story is essential for all three dark crowns readers. It tells us what really happened back in the black cottage, (view spoiler)[ why Arsinoe was "mistaken" as a naturalist (hide spoiler)], and who Katharine really is. I JUST CANT WAIT FOR THE THIRD BOOK IM SDKJNFDGJN
  • Sheila {}
    *Review for book 1 in series: Three Dark Crowns*Review for book 2 in series: One Dark ThroneOut 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...
  • Skyeler
    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 ...
  • Alaina Meserole
    I've said it before and I will continue to say it (unless it's the princess diaries series!): I FREAKING LOVE NOVELLAS!!
  • Rissa
    3.5⭐ 3.5⭐️
  • Nancy The book junkie
    Rating: 3.5/5Review to come!
  • Lena ❃
    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 l...
  • Emily
    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)[was locked in a basement for...
  • Crazy4Books
    What an emotional read. Wow definitely recommend this prequel novella if you liked the other books.
  • Heather
    Amazing! THIS is what a novella should be. This book answered EVERY SINGLE question I had! My highlights: (view spoiler)[-Caragh and Matthew and her banishment. Heartbreaking.-Natalia's love and adoration for Katharine.-Some background about Madrigal knowing she must be evil somehow!-To KNOW the story of Mirabella and her lightening storms when she was a child.-Jules acquiring Camden.-The bit about the Mad Queen...I cannot wait for The Oracle Que...
  • Nicole Hewitt
    This review and many more can be found on my blog: Feed Your Fiction AddictionThe 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 hom...
  • 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 QU...
  • Olivia
    This was a really fun novella. I loved seeing the princesses as young girls. Their love for one another was so pure. They were so pure. Reading this made me even more excited to read One Dark Throne!
  • Echo C
    Perfection! The only improvement possible would be to make it a full novel. Bravo!
  • Marna Saunders
    I loved this book and can't wait to read the second installment. It's a darkish fairy tale with a heavy dose of The Hunger Games.
  • Anthony ➳ KeepReadingForward ➳
    4/5Date Reviewed: 6 January 2018This Review was first posted on Keep Reading Forward. If you want to see more, check out our other locations as well as here.As one reader that is really into this world and is dedicated to digging up the secrets behind everything and everyone, I was really happy when this book finally released. It only took a single sitting to read it all. After paying a close attention to the short 93 pages (or less in my Kindle ...
  • Elisa (Bookish Expat)
    This is a GREAT prequel. The story fits seamlessly with the existing books, filling in the blanks in many spots where most readers probably wondered “what happened there?” and craved more details and more background. None of it is of vital importance to understand the plots of Three Dark Crowns and One Dark Throne, and these details would have very little significance to anyone not familiar with the books — in fact, they would likely find t...
  • Teri
    While impatiently awaiting the third book in this series, this short novella satisfied me for the moment.  It offers the reader keen insight on the backstory of not only the three queens, but many other characters and fills in some blanks about certain motivations and occurrences in Three Dark Crowns and One Dark Throne. If you're a fan of dark fantasy, complex characters, and stellar world-building, I can't recommend this series enough, but mu...
  • Michaela
    If you want to read this novella, read Three Dark Crowns and One Dark Throne first, otherwise you will be spoiled. However, it is not necessary to read, because it confirmed things we already knew from the previous books and it only provided some background information.I love the Three Dark Crowns series, but I expected more from the novella, so I'm giving it only 3 stars.
  • Kayla (Book-Stacked Blonde)
    Tears were splattering the screen of my kindle throughout this entire story. I was aching learning more about the stories of these girls, but woven within the sadness was joy. So many tears. So many feels. I loved this with all of my heart. I live for this series! #EpicBuddyReadswithWren♥♥♥ Tears were splattering the screen of my kindle throughout this entire story. I was aching learning more about the stories of these girls, but woven wi...
  • Cassidy
    Love this seriesI really didn’t want this book to end. It was great getting the perspective each of the girls had growing up and what it was like for them. It was also cool to hear more about the queens of the past. Can’t wait for the Oracle Queen to come out to learn more about “Elsabet the Mad”
  • Sameeksha Ugvekar
    this is the Prequel to Three Dark Crowns and all the above books released in futureIt starts by the Three Queen's Mother Camille's Perspectiveamd continues with the Same format as Three Dark CrownsIt makes all the doubts clear which we had in The bookabout Mother their CaretakerCaitcaragh Mathew and Milones + josephIt really was an easy Book but I Liked Kat's Povshe makes Us understand about not having a specific power or Elements in her that she...
  • Luna
    *4,5*It made a lot of things more clear and I enjoyed reading it. Hopefully will see more of them as little kids in the next novella!
  • Vanessa
    I'm telling you.... I'm in love with this world Kendare has created! I loved Three Dark Crowns, One Dark Throne and now this novella I have finished in only a few hours. I'm in serious, desperate need of book three.