Series: Three Dark Crowns #1
Published by HarperTeen on September 20th 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Magic, Mythology, Romance, YA
Format: Kindle, eARC
Source: Amazon, Edelweiss
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Reading Challenges: 2018 Goodreads Reading Challenge
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.
Time for a review of some books that have been sitting on my TBR for far too long: Three Dark Crowns and One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake! Today’s review also comes with a bonus rec of The Young Queens, which is a prequel novella for the series and is also AMAZING.
They’re dark. I feel like I should have read this as soon as I finished And I Darken by Kiersten White, because the tone of these books are VERY similar. I loved how the book didn’t shy away from it’s completely brutal plot, and instead just WENT IN FOR IT.
The characters. Mirabella, Arsinoe, Jules, Joeseph, Billy, and Katharine (the original, at least) are all characters that I absolutely ADORED. I also LOVED seeing the younger versions of several of them in The Young Queens! It was really great to see how they’ve grown up and changed (or not).
THIS QUOTE AND IT’S IMPLICATIONS.
The mythology of it! There’s this mysterious island where magic is a thing, but beyond that it sounds like our world? I know the magical island is obviously more fun for plot and stuff, but now I’m super curious about the mainland! Like, it sounds like something like our world in the 1800’s or so, so I’m wondering how it will play out in future books.
SPOILERS IF YOU HAVEN’T READ ONE DARK THRONE YET:View Spoiler »The new Katharine!!!! I’m still not 100% sure I buy that it was just the ~spirits~ of the old queens that changed her. I think it had something to do with her dying and the spirits actually taking over her body. I miss the old Katharine (poor sweet thing), but this new one sure makes for some lovely plot! « Hide Spoiler
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