The Crown of the Queen (from For Crown and Kingdom)
Author: Jeffe Kennedy
Reviewers: Gikany & Una
Rating: B & A
What a treat for fans of the Twelve Kingdoms series! The Crown of the Queen is a novella that transitions from the Twelve Kingdoms series to the new Uncharted Realms series. This is also a nice introduction to Dafne, the heroine of the first book in the Uncharted Realms series, The Pages of the Mind.
This novella takes place shortly after the conclusion of The Talon of the Hawk. We witness the aftermath of it all: the reconciliation of the sisters, the strength of the bonds between the previous couples, and the beginnings of recovery for the realm of the Twelve Kingdoms. The banter we enjoyed between our beloved main characters from the previous novels continues. Watching Dafne deftly guide Ursula through the pomp and circumstance required to satisfy politics was enjoyable.
This is a must-read for fans of the series, but it wouldn’t be the best introduction to those new to the series. Gikany and Una do not, however, agree on a rating. Although we both liked it, Una enjoyed it more and was completely satisfied with it in this form. Gikany would have preferred that this novella had been included at either the end of The Talon of the Hawk or at the beginning of the upcoming The Pages of the Mind. She typically does not like short stories or novellas, as they tend to leave her wanting more.
All in all, this is a fabulous diversion in this rich and fantastic world. The mythology continues to be enthralling, the wit and banter of the characters engaging, and the flow of the story gripping. We look forward to the next novel in this world, The Pages of the Mind.
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 hesitates to take the throne?
Release Date: May 24, 2016
Series: The Twelve Kingdoms #3.5 / The Uncharted Realms #0.5
Genre: Fantasy, novella
Book Source: Author
Reviews in the Series:
The Mark of the Tala by Jeffe Kennedy (The Twelve Kingdoms #1)
The Tears of the Rose by Jeffe Kennedy (The Twelve Kingdoms #2)
The Talon of the Hawk by Jeffe Kennedy (The Twelve Kingdoms #3)
“Heart’s Blood” by Jeffe Kennedy (Dark Secrets Anthology) (Twelve Kingdoms world)