Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
398 pages | Published September 20th, 2016
Rating: 5/5 stars
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.
Ah, how I missed the excitement of diving into a new fantasy series and being consumed by it!
I enjoyed THREE DARK CROWNS way more than I had anticipated. For starters, it has such a different story and world from any other YA book that I’ve read, and that alone deserves a round of applause. I can see some influence from Greek and Roman mythology in this, starting with the triplets aspect, which is definitely a point in its favor. You know how much I love mythology, so this should come as no surprise 😄
Another aspect that makes THREE DARK CROWNS stand out is how the Fennbirn society is a matriarchy. It is men that are intimidated and ruled by women and not the other way around. I can’t remember any other series I’ve read that features a matriarchy, so if you have any recommendations of other series like Three Dark Crowns, please let me know in the comments! 🙏🏼
This plot is so damn interesting! Who wouldn’t want to read about triplet queens who have to kill one another by using their different powers in order to get the throne, am I right?? I absolutely loved seeing every queen’s perspective and what goes on in each of the ‘courts’ (if you can call them that). I also like how dark this series is, and how a lot of the characters were cunning, vicious, and ruthless – I mean, when you live in a place like that, you can’t really be mild, can you? That brings me to the political aspect of the story, which was very interesting. Seeing each character’s plans to overtake the other was very entertaining. I’m not a politics fan but, apparently, it’s only if they’re real… fictional politics are totally fine and fascinating 😄
Don’t get me started on the romance and all the relationships between the different characters… There is betrayal, but also so much true love, and I don’t mean that only in a romantic way – family ties, friendship, diplomatic relations, everything. Oh, and pets!!! Very cute pets!! It’s just an amazing book, I’m so excited to be this immersed in a fantasy series once again 😍
I’ve become super invested in the characters and developed deep love for some, and deep hatred for others. The poor queens have gone through a lot and I felt so bad when they were bossed around and couldn’t really do much else except obey. Such a terrible fate they all must face – so terrible that, at one point, someone says that “no one really wishes to be a queen”, which shows you how dreadful their duty is 😓
AND. THAT. ENDING. I cannot wait to get to the next books, I need to know what happens after that revelation! The whole book is filled with revelations and surprising twists throughout. So much so, that it got to a point where I simply couldn’t put it down – I had to find out what would come next!
Overall, Three Dark Crowns is a dark story with an original plotline, filled with magic, betrayal, and vicious characters. It’s also a perfect Autumn read, especially on a chilly and rainy day ♡
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