Interesting Yet Unnecessary | Review of ‘The Oracle Queen’ (Three Dark Crowns, #0.1)

By Cynthia Bujnicki

The Oracle Queen by Kendare Blake
HarperTeen
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Queen Elsabet was the last Oracle Queen to rule Fennbirn, leaving behind a legacy of blood and horror. But what led to her madness and the practice of drowning every oracle queen born thereafter. Here lies the tragic story of Elsabet, the last oracle queen…

Published April 3, 2018 by HarperTeen The Oracle Queen by Kendare Blake is a prequel novella that introduces readers to the fabled Oracle Queen.

Interesting read. The Oracle Queen has bee a tale that has lingered in the back of the Three Dark Queens series. It’s a tale of warning, of a time when a truly mad queen ruled over Fennbirn and had to be locked up. It was a cautionary tale only hinted at, and now readers get to see the truth behind the story, the truth about who was Elsabet and why her legacy left nothing behind but blood and madness.

It’s not a necessary read to the TDC series as it doesn’t add much or offer anything new to the readers other than a deeper insight into the history of Fennbirn. It does create sympathy and tension within her reign and the decisions that ultimately led to her downfall, but it’s simplistic as far as short stories ago. Again, it really offers nothing. That’s not to say it isn’t written well, it is, Blake is a good writer, but her characters don’t stand out enough from the main series, coming off as pale imitations of characters are very familiar with. Despite that it’s still a good read because of how the events unfold.

One of the more interesting things is to see the Arron’s and their eagerness for power, how much they crave it and the lengths they go through to hold onto it. But again, that is nothing new as readers are familiar with the Arron’s from the main series. That’s about the most interesting aspect of the novella. It may inspire pity from the reader, but again, this short quick read doesn’t add anything to the series and not much else to the reader. (★★★☆☆ | B)

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Product Details:

Pub Date: April 3, 2018

Page count: 120pp

Age Range: 14 & Over

ISBN: 978-0-0627-4827-0

Publisher: HarperTeen

List Price: $3.99

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