Review: ‘Three Dark Crowns’ by Kendare Blake

I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: ‘Three Dark Crowns’ by Kendare BlakeThree Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
Series: Three Dark Crowns #1
Published by HarperTeen on September 20th, 2016
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Young Adult
Pages: 398
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss
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.

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The writing was great, against the heavily developed characters sparking all those tempestuous sibling relationships. The strongest point has to be how each sister is wholly similar even though they’re all trying to gain the upper hand. Dark heavily gruesome scenes, but there was also a lot of dialogue which made it drag on too much. At one point, I was so bored, that I wanted to stop reading just because nothing was happening, but I pushed on and found myself liking it. Another thing that bothered me was that there was so many characters that I got confused. And usually if we spend more time with these characters, it wouldn’t be so hard to remember, but we didn’t, and I promptly forgot who was who.

I still don’t understand why these three sisters HAVE to murder each other. The fact that wasn’t even answered is super frustrating. I really wanted to know the reason, and for the entire book, we’re pretty much left without any answers. The ending was a positive one, so I knew it was finally going to go somewhere.

One of the best highlights was the magical powers each of the sisters had. I wasn’t sure which one I was rooting for, but this is probably why it’s written so well. I believe there’s a great premise and story to be told, but the execution felt off or it wasn’t as polished.

If you’re all for slow character development and magical powers that can turn into a windstorm, then be sure to pick this one up!

book quotes

I should think that is what anyone would wish—to be loved for themselves and not their position.
Out there, men don’t tremble when women speak.
You have choices. You have all the choices in the world.
My whole life I have heard that it has to be her. That I have to die, so that she can lead. That I do not matter, because she’s here.

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  1. Vera

    February 1, 2017 at 11:57 AM

    I’ve seen this book mentioned on BookTube and the premise definitely sounded intriguing, but after reading your review, I might wait to pick this one up.

    • giselle

      February 14, 2017 at 10:52 AM

      It’s worth it until the end 🙂

  2. Melissa

    December 15, 2016 at 10:38 AM

    Hmmm…not sure this author is for me…I never finished her other series!
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    • giselle

      December 16, 2016 at 7:22 PM

      The mythology one?? I think you should give Anna Dressed in Blood a try. I liked it!

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