Three Dark Crowns – Kendare Blake

Title: Three Dark Crowns 

Author: Kendare Blake 

Publisher: HarperTeen

Year: 2016

Genre: fantasy, supernatural, teen fiction

Page count: 398

My rating: 

Goodreads synopsis:

 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. 

My thoughts: I DEVOURED this book. I started it yesterday and just now finished it and woah, she was a gooden! 

First positives: this book was slow moving BUT and this might be the only time I ever say this but I LIKED that it was slow. Let me explain. The only thing I knew about this book prior to reading was the synopsis posted from Goodreads above. It’s a short one but very compelling. Drew me in instantly. So the whole time I was reading this book (and each chapter focuses on one of the three queens so you get all sides of the story) I had the synopsis in the back of my head and kept reminding myself that two of these queens were going die. I alternated who I wanted to be queen throughout the entire book as I got to know each queen through their chapters.  As it grew closer to the end, I literally had no idea who I wanted to survive but I knew I didn’t want any of them to die. However, Kendare Blake had me CONVINCED that 2 of them dying was the only option here. So the ending completely blew me away! I was left with my mouth hanging open. 

I had some questions, though, throughout the book that led me to give it only a 4 star rating but I have confidence that those questions will be answered in the next book. First and foremost being how the queens acquire their powers and how do they know so early which queen has which power if their gift hasn’t developed yet. But like I said, I feel very confident that we will get more into those answers in One Dark Throne. 

Another reason this only received 4 stars from me was I felt some of the sentence structure (especially within the characters’ dialogue) was a little awkward but it could just be a stylistic choice since this is obviously a totally different world and time period than the present. 

This was a perfect dark and mysterious read for fall! It has such a dark, Game of Thrones type feel to it.  I could easily see the imagery so clear in my mind of Greavesdrake and the island and all the black that everyone wears all the time and the black and white tents of the festivals. It was all very dark and dreary and I was totally digging it. Definetly pick this one up this fall and be sure to check out the second book One Dark Crown (I am currently buying it off amazon as we speak!)

Below is the link to purchase this book from If you use this link to buy the book, I will receive a small commission because I am an Amazon affiliate. 

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