Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake (Review)

28374007Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Summary: Fans of acclaimed author Kendare Blake’s Anna Dressed in Bloodwill 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. 

Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance, Magic

My thoughts: Three Dark Crowns is a tale of deceit, magic, and rivalry. It follows three sisters who each wield a fantastical power as they train to eventually fight to death for the title of queen. Each sister is supposed to contain a strong power. One controls storms and fires. One can withstand the strongest poisons. One can create beautiful plants and tame animals. They each are building up their strength to claim the crown, but who will win? Not is all as it seems as the book develops and people begin to realize that two sisters are hiding the fact that their powers are weak.

This is a great introduction into a fantasy world that gripped me from the very start. The three sisters’ powers were captivating to learn about, especially the one who lived in the realm that controlled animals. I also loved the tension that brewed between them through all three of their PoVs which were all distinct in their voices. The brief interactions they had with one another were exciting and dramatic. I hope to see more of those particular scenes in the sequel to see their personalities clashing with one another.

The only thing that set me off from giving this novel a five star rating was the amount of side characters interacting with the sisters that confused me constantly. It was hard to keep up with everyone that was introduced, but then again I am horrible with names, so that might be my own reading problem. I also didn’t enjoy Joseph’s character because he flip-flopped between two girls in a very disloyal way that set me off. I wished he would just remain loyal to one girl and call it a day. 

Other than that, this is a great first novel for a fantasy series. I really enjoyed the world that was created and the queen’s ceremonies that were introduced. The last chapter left me wanting more, and I cannot wait to see where the story will go next in the sequel.

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* I was given a physical copy of this novel from the publicist in exchange for an honest review! *