Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

January 15, 2017 // Posted by Becca in Uncategorized // 19 Comments

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare BlakeThree Dark Crowns
by Kendare Blake
Series: Three Dark Crowns #2
Release Date: September 20th 2016
Publisher: HarperTeen
Narrator: Amy Landon
Length: 9 Hours 52 Minutes
Genres: Fantasy
Format: Audiobook
Source: Publisher
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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. 

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“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.”


About Kendare Blake

So, I write books. The Anna Dressed in Blood duo is horror, The Goddess War trilogy is mythology, and Sleepwalk Society is contemporary, because the world don't move to the beat of just one drum. What might be right for you, may not be right for some. Love to read, too. Fiction, philosophy, good books, bad books, because you take the good you take the bad you take them both and there you have a stack of books and stuff. I mean, you've got to be adventurous. There's more to life that what you're living, so take a chance and face the wind.

There's more coming soon like Scary Out There and THREE DARK CROWNS so don't waste another minute on your cryin. We're nowhere near the end.

My likes include animals, food, and nostalgia. I mean, whatever happened to predictability? The milkman, the paperboy, the evening TV? Used to be everywhere you look, there's a heart, a hand to hold on to.

Anyway, I love to hear from readers so drop me a line here or at my website and we'll talk about friends to know, and ways to grow, and how if you threw a party you would see that the biggest gift would be from me and the card attached would say, thank you for being a friend.

We can also talk about all the sitcom theme songs in this bio. Sha la la la.

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  • I’m glad you enjoyed this book. I liked it too but not sure which queen to root for. Cant wait for the next book since this ending really took me by surprise 🙂 Great review!

    • LostinLit Becca

      I am really excited for the next book too!

  • I’m so happy to hear that you liked this! I’m hoping to read it soon. 🙂

    • LostinLit Becca

      I hope that you enjoy it when you get to it Lori!

  • I was curious about this one and pretty excited about it too, but I have to admit that my excitement fizzled out when reviews started coming in. It does sound like a fascinating concept, and I definitely get what you mean about fantasies being slower for the sake of building up the plot. I might give it a try once the whole series is out.

    • LostinLit Becca

      I hope that you get the chance to read it and that you enjoy it Nick!

  • Yay! I am so glad to see you loved this book too. I do agree that building a whole world takes some time and some people may interpret that as being slow. Good point! This is a great review, thanks for sharing!

    • LostinLit Becca

      Thanks so much Karen, so glad you enjoyed it too!

  • Megan McDade

    This is a book I have heard so much about. I own a copy in just need to get to it hopefully later in the year. Great review.

    Megan @reading away the days

    • LostinLit Becca

      I hope that you enjoy it when you get to it Megan!

  • When I first heard about this one I was super excited about it, but as a couple of my friend’s reviews started coming in, I decided maybe it wasn’t going to be the book for me. Bummer! So glad to hear you enjoyed it tho!

    • LostinLit Becca

      Thanks Julie, sorry it’s not for you!

  • I’m so glad you enjoyed this! I’ve seen so many people dislike it or even DNF it. I’m still hesitant to read it myself, though.

    • LostinLit Becca

      Different books for different people right? I hope that you enjoy it if you decide to read it Bee!

  • Felicity Pendragon

    Yeah, this is a tough one to rate: it’s slow to start but once it ramps up, it really kicks ass! I felt the same way about the romantic relationships though… definitely some problematic stuff going on there. But the ending… omg, the ending! I had mixed feelings when I first read it, but it kind of improved on me after a bit of time and distance. It’ll be interesting to see how everything comes together in the next book, that’s for sure.

    • LostinLit Becca

      It was a bit slow at the beginning and that ending was AMAZING!!!! I can’t wait for the next book!

  • Oh YAY, I am so glad you enjoyed this one! It was one of my favorites of 2016, so yessss I agree completely! I also loved the distinct personalities of all the sisters too, and I cannot even pick a favorite I don’t think! I loved them all, just in different ways 😉 Great review!

    • LostinLit Becca

      Yay Shannon! I am so happy that you loved this one too!

  • Yay someone else who enjoyed it!! 😀