One Dark Throne by Kendare BlakeOne Dark Throne by Kendare Blake

One Dark Throne

byKendare Blake

Hardcover | September 19, 2017

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The battle for the crown has begun, but which of the three sisters will prevail?

With the unforgettable events of the Quickening behind them and the Ascension Year underway, all bets are off.

Katharine, once the weak and feeble sister, is stronger than ever before. Arsinoe, after discovering the truth about her powers, must figure out how to make her secret talent work in her favor without anyone finding out. And Mirabella, once thought to be the strongest sister of all and the certain Queen Crowned, faces attacks like never before—ones that put those around her in danger she can’t seem to prevent.

In this enthralling sequel to Kendare Blake’s New York Times bestselling Three Dark Crowns, Fennbirn’s deadliest queens must face the one thing standing in their way of the crown: each other.

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 Awards finalist; Girl of Nightmares; Antigoddess; Mortal Gods; Ungodly; and the New York Times bestselling Three Dark Crowns. Her books have been translated into 18 languages, have been featur...
Title:One Dark ThroneFormat:HardcoverDimensions:464 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.41 inPublished:September 19, 2017Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062385461

ISBN - 13:9780062385468

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from One Dark Throne Slow at first but by the end I couldn't put it down.
Date published: 2018-08-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One Dark Throne I love the twists and the surprises, can't wait for the third
Date published: 2018-07-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really good I did not enjoy Blake's other novels, but this one is quite good.
Date published: 2018-06-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from One Dark Throne It was a little slow at the beginning, but it picked up and I liked the ending.
Date published: 2018-04-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Marvelous Great book! Considerate to see that Arsinoe was well. This book was definitely extremely intense and was enhanced from the first book.
Date published: 2018-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Better than the first 'book I loved this better than the first book! Three Dark Crowns left me intrigued because of how it ended; obviously made me excited about this book. But there were some parts in the previous book when it seemed like a drag and somehow boring, which almost made me stop reading it. However, I am so glad I didn't. But this book had no dull moments! It got me so curious about what could be the next twist and reveal, which I like most when I read. I couldn't guess which character's being honest or isn't - that definitely makes me not to put the book down until the end! I cannot wait for the 3rd book! I already ordered the Queens of Fennbirn!!
Date published: 2018-04-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Did not disappoint I am horrible at not giving spoilers, so all I can say is it's a great book
Date published: 2018-03-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Left me wanting more I love the freshness of this series with regards to the sisters and their destinies. The story continues and moves seamlessly, leaving you a little out of breath and desperate for the story to continue. Just pure fun.
Date published: 2018-03-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Better than the First This is what I expected from this series, more action. I love the idea of this series and how unique this world is. It's completely unpredictable, can't wait to read what happens next.
Date published: 2018-02-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It's finally here! It feels like I've waited a lifetime for this book to come out...and it was definitely worth the wait. This is such a good read...
Date published: 2018-02-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Feast of Enthralling Drama Oh my, Kendare Blake has done it again. 'Three Dark Crowns' was rich with drama and shrouded in mystery. The well-deserved sequel does not disappoint! The characters are so much more than figureheads of an ancient political game, and Fennbirn's peoples are turning their heads cautiously at this revealed truth. The action is potent, the love is strong, and the three Queens are more powerful than ever. I am addicted to Blake's writing, as she manages to explore mystery without unveiling plot, and keep her readers on the verge of madness as the journey to the throne grows more complicated each chapter. A must read for lovers of fiction, mystery, drama, and suspense!
Date published: 2018-01-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from WOWZ this BLEW my mind considering book one was just okay for me. totally loved the character development and cannot wait to see where these wicked sisters go in book 3!
Date published: 2018-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Give me more please!! This series has me hooked! Kendare Blake is on my 'buy immediately upon release' list!! This world building and relationship building in this series just makes you fall head over heels into the book!! Loved every second!
Date published: 2018-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One Dark Throne The first book intrigued me, the second book got me hooked on the series.
Date published: 2018-01-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Eh Not my favourite, but still a good read
Date published: 2018-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this book! The first book in this series was capturing and it just got even better with this book. The story progressed so well and I loved seeing the girls develop connections with each other. This book kept me on the edge of my seat with something new every few chapters. I couldn't put the book down and can't wait for the next 2 installments.
Date published: 2017-12-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok I was a little disappointed with the ending
Date published: 2017-12-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok I was a little disappointed with the ending
Date published: 2017-12-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from More of the Same I had the same issues with this book as i did with the previous Three Dark Crowns. Again the clumsy romance was at the forefront of the story, with the actually interesting plot hidden in the back ground. The writing style is still really dry like the first book in the series, but it isn't awful, just wordy metaphors.
Date published: 2017-12-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok i got bored halfway through
Date published: 2017-12-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from meh this was decent overall, however it could have been much better.
Date published: 2017-12-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok This book has made me want to read more contemporary! What a GREAT story.
Date published: 2017-12-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok This book was really good and full of action in the second half
Date published: 2017-12-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok Amazing author with great character development.
Date published: 2017-12-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok Decent book. Could've been more interesting though
Date published: 2017-12-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok Riveting. This book is riveting.
Date published: 2017-11-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok i am so excited for this to arrive!
Date published: 2017-10-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved IT!!! An amazing sequel loved the plot and the characters I need the next book like now!
Date published: 2017-10-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Lovely but Unsatisfied I enjoyed the first book so much that I pre-ordered the second one in great anticipation. The story line was very slow and I was unsatisfied with the conclusion. I know Arsinoe has her own charm but I could not help but feel she was a very weak character. Otherwise, I am a still fan of this author's work and hope another book could help with the conclusion.
Date published: 2017-10-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok Very well written but cvould have been ore descriptive of each of the instances that were felt.
Date published: 2017-10-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good...But not good enough I was waiting for the release of this book for over a year, and when it came I was so excited to read it. The first book was amazing, but this one was a huge let down. For one, it was supposed to be a sequel, so I was ready for the ending of the novel, and it turns out it's now a trilogy. Not a fan of the decision to extend the plot since the best part of it was how fast paced it was. Also, it started off as a dark and vengeful story that somehow dwindled down to family drama, and more emotional issues. Personally, a huge let down
Date published: 2017-10-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok was hyped for this book, and was somewhat pleased, but not entirely. Good for a quick read, but will not match your highest expectations.
Date published: 2017-10-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE THIS BOOK! I preordered this book and I am so happy I did because it came in early. I waited for this book for a year and it did not disappoint. Kendare Blake is such a captivating writer, I could not put this book down. I love how the chapters are designed specifically to one Queen at a time, it makes the book easier to follow along. If you like dark twisted tales, then this book is a DEFINITE must read. This book, along with Three Dark Crowns are in my top 5 all time favourites. Also, the book covers are GORGEOUS!!
Date published: 2017-10-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing! This book is really good! Would definitely recommend!
Date published: 2017-10-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Fast Paced, Darkly Magical Wonder I don’t know how to start describing a book that I devoured in two days straight. I just kept flipping page after page, desperate to know what would happen to the characters that I love, unable to put it down because One Dark Throne was JUST THAT GOOD. If you read its prequel, Three Dark Crowns, and found it slightly slow, it was because Kendare was giving you time to get to know everyone in this book before giving you the marvel that is One Dark Throne. Also, let us take a moment to just appreciate HOW UTTERLY BEAUTIFUL THE SERIES’ COVERS ARE. Both the US and the UK covers are SO SO GORGEOUS and perfectly reflect that ‘Black is the colour of the Queens.’ Let’s break it down: PLOT: For the most part, I absolutely LOVED how the plot built up. It was some genius plot and world building that had me filled with adrenaline in this fast paced magical wonder. The small chapters and the scheming and plotting on all sides was SO MUCH FUN to witness. *** MINOR SPOILER *** I did, however, say ‘for the most part’. There was a point in the book where a duel between Mirabella and Katharine ensures when I realised that Kendare wasn’t ready to kill off her queens just yet and that put a dampener on the whole experience of a competition to the death for the throne.After that, I enjoyed the book, but not AS MUCH AS I PREVIOUSLY WAS. *** SPOILER OVER *** I’m also slightly upset that the two major plot twists that hit us in book one weren’t ACTUALLY HANDLED in book two but instead we were given vague half answers like ‘Only the Queen Knows Why’ and ‘Pietyr doesn’t need to know, but he knows what happened to Katharine.’ WHAT. EVEN. IS. THAT? CHARACTERS: I spent the majority of book one rooting for Arsinoe and Jules and all things Naturalist but I LOVE how Kendare managed to show you the good and the bad of all her characters so much so that I WAS SO CONFUSED ABOUT WHICH ONE I SUPPORTED? I honestly wanted all of them to hug it out and I also wanted to see one queen survive and I love that Kendare managed to change my perceptions because it made the book that much more fun to read. I adored all the secondary characters as well – Joseph, Sara, Bree, Nicolas, Billy, Pietyr, Luca, Natalia and everyone else. I felt like I knew them so well after book one and I loved it. WRITING: Kendare Blake’s writing was simply and easy to read. Despite the fact that she was telling the story from SO MANY people’s point of view, she managed to make me feel the difference with each one of them. Third person and multiple points of view was the perfect way to tell a story that has so many sides and I loved it. CONCLUSION: I’d just about reached the halfway mark in this book before a fellow book lover told me that there were two more (I was under the impression that this was a duology) and that left me both happy and sad. I LOVED ONE DARK THRONE. It was a well written, fast paced, dark magical adventure and one of the best fantasies I’ve read all year. 4.5 stars.
Date published: 2017-09-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyable Read I quite enjoyed reading this book, although it is not in my personal to 10. I do recommend it though so give it a try
Date published: 2017-09-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from good a very good and interesting book to read!
Date published: 2017-09-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! Yeesh. I'd forgotten how absolutely ruthless this world is. Not that it took me long to remember, and just as before, once I fell into the world, I was happily and contently lost. The story moved really fast, but I was always engaged and it kept the action scenes intense and thrilling. The characters became way more developed, though I have to say that Katharine was quite terrifying. The dialogue is fantastically creepy and amps up the tension. The lore is expanded upon and adds a lot more depth to the world, especially in regards to Jules and what she is. There were a lot of surprises and great twists that had me re-reading pages to make sure what I thought happened actually happened. The end is heartbreaking and I can only imagine how it will lead into the next book. I absolutely love this series. It truly stands out in the Young Adult Fantasy genre and I absolutely recommend it to readers who aren't looking for horror, but still want a little bit of a creepy, gothic feel in their books. Don't miss out on this one!
Date published: 2017-09-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from yes this is such a great book! I loved the plot, storyline, and everything in between!
Date published: 2017-09-20
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not the sequel I was hoping for. (2.5 stars) Although I enjoyed Three Dark Crowns, the ending was what really drew my attention into this series. I was very excited to read the sequel, but unfortunately, I was a little disappointed. With unexplained rules, confusing timeline, and a cast list that remains way too large, It was difficult keeping up with this story without getting too confused throughout. This was a pretty long book and it could have easily been cut down. A lot of parts dragged on and on and I wish the point was reached quicker. The length could have also been cut down if it weren’t for the copious amounts of side character stories that felt random and unrelated. I really didn’t need to know so much about each and every character unless it was to be relevant to the story at some point, and a lot of the time that didn’t feel the case.
Date published: 2017-09-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Compelling and Well Written Characters are dynamic and interesting and I found the writing to be superb. I kept turning the pages until 3am.
Date published: 2017-08-23

Editorial Reviews

“Blake establishes myriad side plots and relationships, builds complex characters, and leaves plenty of compelling avenues to explore in future books.”