(Three Dark Crowns #1)
by Kendare Blake
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Publication Date: September 20th 2016
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy | Magic
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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. (Goodreads)
I was super excited to finally start reading Three Dark Crowns, as I'm a huge fan of Kendare Blake. Her Anna series is one of my favorites, and while I've had her Goddess War series on my TBR for quite a while now, I haven't yet had the chance to read it. But I was really, really looking forward to reading something new by her, and I definitely was not disappointed!
There were a lot of characters in the novel to keep up with, but I found myself having quite a few favorites. The three triplet queens were all interesting, and each so different from each other, which I loved. My favorite character in the novel is, in fact, not one of the queens at all. Jules is really, really awesome, and I really hope we see even more from her in the next book. I have high hopes to, anyway!
The storyline for the book was a lot darker than I expected, but I really enjoyed that, and there were some bright spots as well. I setting and the descriptions in the book were so well written, I could picture everything so perfectly. The book ends in a way that leaves me very much wanting to get my hands on the next book. I have SO MANY questions, and I really, really need the answers.
I'm super curious to know if this series is going to be a duology, or a trilogy. I'm hoping for a trilogy, since there are, in fact, three queens, but would be happy with a duology as well!
Overall; I enjoyed Three Dark Crowns so very much, and I need to get my hands on the next book ASAP! I need to know what's going on, and what's going to happen next. 2017 just can't get here soon enough! If you're in the market for a dark-reading fairytale story, definitely check out Three Dark Crowns!