Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

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.”

-Synopsis taken from Goodreads

Hey guys! Meaghan here with another review! I actually finished this book a few days ago, but just got around to writing the review now!

“No one really wishes to be a queen.”

Stars (Out of 10): 6/10

Overall Thoughts: I quite liked this book, although it was a tad boring/slow in the beginning. The plot really picked up throughout the novel though, and I ended up really enjoying how it ended! I’m extremely curious how everything that happened so fast at the end will be explained later. In addition, I liked the cast of characters we had, and felt each point of view was actually equally interesting, which is not a common trait of multiple POV books.

The Good: I really liked how developed each character was, and how different they all seemed. In addition, we saw how the society and family they were raised in majorly affected their personalities. The ending also shocked me, and I cannot wait to see what this all means for the next book.

The Bad: Not quite what I expected from the whole dark queen war hype, but it’s possible that’s seen in the second book. We also saw a biased amount of POVs for certain characters, as if one queen was favored over the others. There were also portions that seemed a bit boring, and some aspects of the plot that seemed entirely unnecessary or purely for filler plot.

SPOILERS BEGIN HERE

The Characters: I liked the diversity we saw in this novel. Even though it was the same author writing each character, their voices and personalities felt so different. In addition, the side characters introduced in each situation definitely added to the story, and even though there were many, it was easy to keep track of them all after the first couple characters (a rare trait in novels with a huge cast of characters.)

The Plot: For the most part, I liked this. I liked the trials and the build up we saw in the novel to the sneaky tricks and battles to come. However, it did feel like too much build up. I originally thought we would see some beginning fighting in this novel, not just the months and events directly before, and then a cut off when things get interesting. I also hated this random love triangle between Jules, Joseph, and Mirabella. Everything we learned about Joseph suddenly didn’t match up, and now he’s completely lusting after Mirabella for almost no reason. Not quite sure what’s going on there, but I hope it gets resolved/explained soon.

The World Building: I was quite intrigued by the world built in this novel, and am curious how it’s development will continue. I hope we learn more about this Goddess and tradition of Queens in the second book, as some descriptions of the history seemed a tad lacking. Overall though, it was enough to understand the story.

The Favorite Character: Arsinoe

Buy it, Borrow it, or Bin it: Buy it

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