by Kendare Blake
Series: Three Dark Crowns #2
Release Date: September 20th 2016
Narrator: Amy Landon
Length: 9 Hours 52 Minutes
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When kingdom come, there will be one.
In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born—three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions.
But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose…it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins.
The last queen standing gets the crown.
“Three dark queens, Are born in a glen,
Sweet little triplets, Will never be friends
Three dark sisters, All fair to be seen,
Two to devour, And one to be Queen”
I wasn’t sure what to expect going into Three Dark Crowns, I was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked it! This is the story of 3 sisters, each born to be a Queen. Each one possesses a special power, Mirabella can control the elements, Katherine is a poisoner and Arsinoe has a connection to all living things in nature (animals, plants etc). They are separated at the age of 6 and sent to live with families to help them hone their powers. They are trained to kill one another once they reach the age of 16, because only one Queen can win… only one Queen can reign while the others die.
I found the concept of the 3 queens and their powers totally fascinating! I really loved getting to know each of them and to learn about each power. I even had a favorite… but I will not name her to prevent spoilers! Arsinoe was so fierce and such a fighter, Katherine was so soft spoken, sweet and subtle and Mirabella was so powerful and yet somehow compassionate. I really loved each of them!
I have noticed many saying that they felt this was boring and slow paced and while I understand where they are coming from, I always give books with a Fantasy element the benefit of the doubt with pacing. There is often so much to build that it can seem a little slow at the beginning. Meeting each sister, learning about each power and discovering each place that they lived took a lot of building and I really enjoyed it.
“I don’t think it is strange at all,’ Arsinoe says. ‘Don’t you see? It has to be one of us. It has to be her. My whole life I have heard that it has to be her. That I have to die, so that she can lead. That I do not matter, because she’s here.”
There was a little romance in this book and I while I enjoyed the small amounts, the romances were a little controversial and not my favorite thing about the book. I am curious to see where Blake takes these relationships next.
The three points of view were done so well, each girl had a unique voice and personality. I really felt that Blake did a great job incorporating all three sisters and keeping the plot on track.
I really loved what Kendare Blake did with these characters and this magical world. She ended the book on a note that had me gasping in surprise and SO excited for the next book, which I will definitely be reading!
“For it is too cruel otherwise, to force a queen to kill that which she loves. Her own sisters. And for her to see that which she loves come at her door like wolves, seeking her head.”
Have you read Three Dark Crowns?
What did you think of it?