Three Dark Crowns- Kendare Blake *Book Review*

On the island of Fennbirn, each generation’s queen gives birth to triplet girls. These girls each possess a different magical gift that they will use to fight to the death once they turn sixteen. Katharine is a poisoner, Arsinoe is a naturalist, and Mirabella is a powerful elemental. They have just come of age and now the throne is up for grabs.

I read this book cover to cover in basically one sitting during my March readathon. I could not put it down! I heard a lot of hype surrounding this title so I was a bit wary when I picked it up at my local Barnes and Noble but I was delightfully surprised. Three Dark Crowns has a lot of very dark aspects from the lore surrounding Fennbirn’s queens, to the lives of our three protagonists (especially Katharine). There is some really creepy and sinister shit in these pages and I loved it.

I was very concerned that this book would pull punches when it came to the the competition for the throne and in some ways it did and it didn’t. This is a bit hard to explain without going into spoilers but I will try my best. What I really didn’t want to have happen was everyone ends up friends and the last page has the sisters all singing kumbaya and making flower crowns together. I wanted there to be some bloodshed and character death. Maybe that’s a bit much to ask of a YA fantasy novel, I’m not sure. Either way, this book delivered on a lot of what I wanted but did leave me hanging on some other things. That being said, I did get some plot twists that gave me whiplash with how unexpected they were and in my mind, that pretty much makes up for what I thought this book was lacking.

There is one character that I want dead in a hole by the end of this series but that’s probably something I’ll be discussing after I read One Dark Throne.

Oh, and I’m Team Katharine all the way. Who are you rooting for?

Final verdict: 5/5 stars

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