Hi everyone! I’m back with another installment of the Fall Favorite Things Blog Tour. Next up on this tour is Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake. Three Dark Crowns just hit shelves last week and it is a perfect read for this time of year! Keep reading to see my review!Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
Published by HarperCollins on September 20th 2016
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 lose...it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins.
The last queen standing gets the crown.
I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
When I first picked up Three Dark Crowns, I was hoping for the perfect read for the gloomy, chilly, fall weather that we have been having where I live – and I was not disappointed. This is a great book to get you into the fall spirit. In the typical Kendare Blake style, it is dark and twisty and it doesn’t pull punches. I know this sounds silly, considering the title is Three DARK Crowns, but it was even darker than I expected – in a way that kept me turning the pages, yet also saying, “EWWWW gross.” 🙂
Three Dark Crowns tells the story of Katharine, Mirabella, and Arsinoe, triplet queens who each hold different powers. In the tradition of their land, when they turn sixteen, the queens must try to kill their sisters in order to become the one true queen. (Sounds like a lovely family, doesn’t it?) The queens were raised separately, so that they could learn to strengthen their power and eventually overcome their sisters. I personally liked Mirabella and Arsinoe more than Katharine, but all of the queens were pretty darn badass. One of my favorite things about this book was that, while there were romances, the queens made it perfectly clear that they did not need a man to get things done. The romances did not overpower the story, because the queens were strong and powerful on their own. While I really enjoyed the story of Three Dark Crowns, I did have a few things that prevented me from loving it as much as I could have.
I don’t normally have problems with multiple points of view, but I struggled a little bit with Three Dark Crowns. I felt like I couldn’t connect with the characters as much as I would have liked because I kept jumping from person to person within the story. For me, this made the middle part of the book drag a bit, because I didn’t feel very connected to anyone. However, as the story continued, I did find that I cared for the queens – it just took me a while to get there. There was also a very strange love triangle that popped up in the middle of the story that didn’t seem to make much sense to me. Hopefully this is more fleshed out as the series continues, so its existence makes a bit more sense.
I loved the plot twist in this story, but I wish it had happened sooner! It was a really cool twist, but it didn’t get a chance to get developed. I know that this was probably intentional and it is what the sequel will be for, but I feel so unfulfilled because I don’t know what happens next! I think having that bit of action sooner in the story would have helped me a lot with feeling connected to the characters. Either way, I loved the twist and I still want to know what happens next. I can’t even imagine what will happen in the sequel.
If you are looking for a perfect fall read, then go pick up Three Dark Crowns. You will get sucked into a dark world that is like nothing you have ever read before. This book has a bit of a slow start, but that is so that you can take your time discovering the awesome world that you have entered. If you are ready to get in the fall spirit, light some candles on a gloomy night and cozy up with Three Dark Crowns.
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Meet the Author!
Kendare Blake holds an MA in creative writing from Middlesex University in northern London. She is the author of Anna Dressed in Blood, a Cybils Award finalist; Girl of Nightmares; Antigoddess; Morta
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