Book Review

Three Dark Crowns Review

Title: Three Dark Crowns
Author: Kendare Blake
Publisher: Harper Teen
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

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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.

If only it was that simple. Katharine is unable to tolerate the weakest poison, and Arsinoe, no matter how hard she tries, can’t make even a weed grow. The two queens have been shamefully faking their powers, taking care to keep each other, the island, and their powerful sister Mirabella none the wiser. But with alliances being formed, betrayals taking shape, and ruthless revenge haunting the queens’ every move, one thing is certain: the last queen standing might not be the strongest…but she may be the darkest.

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I had this book on my TBR for a while and I am so glad I finally picked it up. I have to admit it took me a little while to get into the story but once I did I couldn’t put it down. There were so many twists and turns that by the end I was on the edge of my seat. It had an ending I didn’t see coming and now I can’t wait for the next book to read how it will all pan out.

The characters themselves were very endearing. I thought I would like one sister more than the others, especially since the covers are all about you choosing a side, but in the end I found each sisters had their pros and cons. Katharine was a little annoying to begin with but I found she came into her own as the story progressed. I think out of all the sisters she has had the hardest life and it shows in her personality. But she overcomes all this and is a very strong woman. Mirabella is the most powerful and to be honest her power is the one I love to read about. I have always found the power of elementals to be really interesting. I will pretty much read any book that contains someone who can control the elements so I was really excited to read about her. Arsinoe is a naturalist, although one who struggles to even make a flower bloom. However, I really enjoyed reading about her land and people. The idea of familiars was perfect. I couldn’t help but wonder what my familiar would be (WOLF!).

There were a lot of supporting characters in this book. However, they took on a larger role that most supporting characters do. At times I found them overtaking the sisters in chapters, especially Jules. If anything, Jules comes across as the protagonist instead of Arsinoe. It’s not that I didn’t enjoy reading about Jules because I did. She is such a strong young woman that you can’t help but love her strength. But it does take away from Arsinoe’s story on more than one occasion.

Overall I really enjoyed this book. Like I said you may have to push through the first little bit but after that you won’t be able to stop. It will get you hooked and you will want to know what happens.

Have you read this yet? What did you think?


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2 thoughts on “Three Dark Crowns Review

  1. Ooh interesting! I loved how the girls were portrayed, really independent which is always a positive for me. 🙂 I also have to agree about the supporting characters – there were lots of them and at the beginning it was hard to keep track of who was who. Although TDC didn’t hook me as much as other similar books I will be reading the next one to see how that ending plays out…

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    1. I’m glad I am not the only who thought so. I really want to read the next book too, I need to know how the ending plays out.


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