“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 series. They aren’t just fillers or side stories you don’t need to worry about; they are actually short stories that are dire to the story as a whole. This is one of those instances. Do not read this book before you read book one or after you read book three.
The first story in this, you meet the Triplet Queen’s mother Camille and their father Philippe. It was so heartbreaking to see how these parents weren’t even allowed to hold their own children. And the fact that the triplets were torn away from them and taken to another room before the parents leave to go to the main land.
“Philippe was a strong consort, but he was too softhearted for this. If he saw the triplet queens, he might want to hold them. And if he held them, he might start to feel that they were his instead of Fennbirn’s.”
I just don’t understand why the parents can’t raise their own children. And the Queen reigns for like five years basically until she gives birth to the kids and then leaves and then there is no one ruling for a long time besides the counsels… It’s all kind of heartbreaking and confusing, but mostly heartbreaking. One of the last thoughts we get is the mother wishing that she could save her daughters from the pain and the hurt she went through with her own sisters.
“But when Camille looked at the babies, for just a moment she wished she had jaws like her beloved snakes, so she could unhinge them and swallow the girls back down under her heart forever.”
We see the girls grow up with one another until they are taken to the separate corners of the island. The girls did not want to leave one another, and they didn’t go quietly.
The whole concept of this book is really heartbreaking, and reading about it happening instead of being told it happened is completely different. You see what is expected of the girls, you see why they are at the places they are in the beginning of the book, and you also learn more about Jules and Joseph’s back story with Arsinoe as well. Honestly, Arsinoe got the best deal out of all three of the girls.
The one who got the worse is Katharine. I mean, can you imagine your poisoner gift not appearing and the people in charge of you forcing you to continually put poison in your body that you aren’t ready for? The things that can do to your skin, hair, your insides, your internal clock, your brain…. I just feel for Katharine the most and where she left off at the end of book two makes me so worried for her…
I can’t wait for the next novella, but I really can’t wait until the third book. Can I get at least a title reveal please?!