Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Three Dark Crowns (Untitled #1) by Kendare Blake

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Three Dark Crowns
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Fans of acclaimed author Kendare Blake’s Anna Dressed in Blood will devour her latest novel, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. 

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’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins.

The last queen standing gets the crown.

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

My rating: 3.25 of 5 stars

Three Dark Crowns ““I want revenge,” she whispers, and her fingers trail bloody streaks down Natalia’s arms.
“And then I want my crown.””

This was a YA fantasy story, about three sister queens, who must kill each other to ascend to the throne.

Queen Asinoe was quite a weak queen, and her gift didn’t seem to show at all. I felt quite sorry for her in that respect, as everyone seemed to view her as a bit of a disappointment.

““And what about your sister Arsinoe, the naturalist?” Pietyr asks casually. They both laugh. No one says anything about Arsinoe.”

Queen Katharine was the poisoner queen, and her power was also quite weak. I felt quite sorry for her as she had been repeatedly poisoned all her life to try to improve her gift!

“You are a poisoner queen,” says Giselle. “What else matters but that?”

Queen Mirabella was able to control the elements, and was the strongest of the three queens. She did seem to have a bit of a softer side though, which others didn’t seem to appreciate very much.

“They think Mirabella is chosen. That she is untouchable. But you and I know that if Mirabella rules, it will not be her ruling but the temple.”

The storyline in this was about the three queens preparing separately for their sixteenth birthday, and the time when they would have to kill each other, I have to say that I was a little disappointed that this book was all about the planning stage, and that the fighting didn’t really start until right at the end of the book. There were a couple of interesting plot twists though, and a little bit of romance.

The ending to this was pretty good, and it will be interesting to see these three battling it out in the next book in the series.

6.5 out of 10


  1. I agree! I can't wait to see how the next book turns out, despite her powers being weak and everyone making fun of her, I think Arsinoe was my favourite of the three! Probably for those reasons!

  2. It sounds like an interesting book, I need to keep my eyes open for it. Thank you for your review!