Three Dark Crowns

Hardcover | September 20, 2016

byKendare Blake

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New York Times bestseller!

Fans of acclaimed author Kendare Blake’s Anna Dressed in Blood will 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. 

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New York Times bestseller!Fans of acclaimed author Kendare Blake’s Anna Dressed in Blood will 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 eac...

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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 s...

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 Award finalist; Girl of Nightmares; Antigoddess; Mortal Gods; and Ungodly. Her books have been translated into 18 languages, have been featured on multiple best-of-year lists, and have receive...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:416 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.29 inPublished:September 20, 2016Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062385437

ISBN - 13:9780062385437

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from goog good book
Date published: 2016-11-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book. It was an amazing read I highly recommend it!
Date published: 2016-11-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from great story The storyline of Three Dark Crowns is unique and compelling--three queens are born each generation, each with a specific gift, but only one can be crowned. I found that there were a few characters that I didn't at all enjoy (ahem, Peter), and there were a few plot points that seemed almost cliched, but overall I quite enjoyed the book. I'll read the next installment, and hopefully there aren't as many predictable plot lines in it!
Date published: 2016-11-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from good book liked it
Date published: 2016-11-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great the book is amazing and it shows such great writing from the author
Date published: 2016-11-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting idea The plot is very different from anything I've read before. It is fairly slow throughout with the action only occurring briefly at the end. If you like more fast-paced books this is not for you. But I found it enjoyable and can't wait for the next book in the series.
Date published: 2016-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best book I've read this year. There are so many twists in this book. I loved the dark dialogue and the world was just so interestingly written. I can't wait for the next one to come out!
Date published: 2016-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved it amazing book loved it
Date published: 2016-11-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from That Synopsis Tho I'm interested in seeing how this turns out
Date published: 2016-11-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Solid Intro to a Promising Series This book was everything it promised to be, and so much more. I was expecting cruel queens and a dark, sinister plot. What I was not expecting were the lighthearted moments in between, and the love shared by friends and family. The balance of both animosity and kindheartedness really balanced this book off, and made it feel much more rounded than it would have otherwise felt, had it simply been a battle to the death. The story in this book gets off to a very, very slow start – in fact, most of the book is a slow, meandering story covering the span of a couple weeks. In many instances, this would have been a complete turn off for me – however, in the case of Three Dark Crowns, the world itself, with its magic, Queens, king-consorts and the like, was far too intriguing for the lack of plot to make it boring. However, this book did suffer from some notable issues. Loose ends, abrupt endings and a slow build will definitely leave readers waiting for more, but not in the right way – the book simply feels incomplete. The characters were intriguing, yet neither of the three Queens grew enough or challenged the status quo enough to be a particular note. The magic system, the characters and the world are satisfying complex and engaging, yet tantalizingly underdeveloped. I am looking forward to answers in the sequel, but I won’t get my hopes too high.
Date published: 2016-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Can't wait for the sequel! At first, I was uncertain about this book. Things pick up slowly, and there isn't much action until the end, but it helps to develop a deeper understanding of each sister, though some have more depth than others (the poisoner queen leaves much to be desired, she falls a bit flat, but her circle of characters provide the interest in her story). The ending is twisty, which was great, and I like that each character has their problems, and none of the heroines are given an easy go of it, including Jules, who you definitely feel bad for. All in all, I'm quite looking forward to the next book, the world itself is complex and I want to know more!
Date published: 2016-11-15
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Nope I loved the Anna Dressed in Blood duology, so I was eager to start this series. I am also an avid fantasy lover, so I assumed I would fall in love with the characters, the plot, the world...I was wrong. I found the characters impossible to connect with. I did have high hopes for Mirabella until she did something so laughably ludicrous. I was utterly stunned and couldn't believe I was reading that scene. Is it normal to desire sex with an utter and complete stranger right after you both had a near death experience and are half-unconscious? What a ridiculous scene. It was far too unbelievable for me (you'll understand when you read it.) The book summary is incredibly misleading. It implies that all the queens are forces to be reckoned with, but only Mirabella has strength and power. The truth is I couldn't have cared less about the characters. They're nothing special or unique. They don't stand out to me. Yes the book has an insane cliffhanger/plot twist at the end, but I will not be buying the next book. Maybe I'll get it at a library if I can muster up the energy to read it.
Date published: 2016-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Looking Forward to it Blurb had me hookes
Date published: 2016-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This book is awesome This book is awesome
Date published: 2016-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This book is awesome This book is awesome
Date published: 2016-11-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A For the Lover of Books Review Number of pages: 416 Number of times read (including the time before this review): 1 Rating (out of five stars): 3 This concept has so much potential (hence why it gets three stars like the first 3 books in The Throne of Glass series), but Three Dark Crowns just didn’t deliver what it promised. I’m not disappointed. I’m a hard reader to impress, but rating this book 3 stars is lenient for all the issues I had with it. Before I really get into the review, this review will feature some possibly controversial opinions, so if you disagree with my opinion, I would love to have a discussion with you in the comments. Let’s start with the queens. I really like Mirabella as a character. It was nice to have a softer and more caring main character in a YA Fantasy book. This might just be me, but I am incredibly frustrated with the push for strong female characters. I get why this has happened, but believe it or not, not every girl has a strong personality. I don’t have a strong personality, so it was nice to be able to relate to a character in a time when seemingly every female must be strong. Arisone didn’t really have much of a personality in my opinion, but that may have been a result of not having her chapters be told from her perspective. Katharine was this sweet, yet strong fighter, and all I wanted to do was protect her, especially from the abuse she received. I really don’t know who I want to win the crown. I’m not sure I want Katherine to win, yet I don’t want her to die. I definitely don’t want Arisone to win, yet I don’t want Mirabella to have to kill her sisters. I guess I’ll have to see how it plays out in the next book. This book is not boring, but it isn’t all that interesting. Considering this book is 400 pages long, not much seems to happen. The last 50 pages or so is when the plot actually begins to move forward. Another thing I wasn’t thrilled about plot wise was how this book wasn’t dark. Not a single page contained mildly dark content (maybe I’ve just been desensitized), yet this book was advertised as a dark, murderous fantasy book. I also don’t think the amount of characters dragged down the plot. That large a cast of characters is necessary for a book with this kind of concept. One other thing I want to comment on is how some reviewers have been proclaiming this book as a feminist book. In fact, one thing that particularly rubbed me the wrong way was how men were often treated as lesser than women in this book. If you aren’t aware, feminists are by definition, people fighting for equality between men and women. Having one gender being unequal to the other is not feminism. Therefore, having men be lesser than women is not feminism, its revenge. Overall, Three Dark Crown’s sequel has potential for greatness, but Three Dark Crowns itself didn’t deliver.
Date published: 2016-11-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great start to series 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. This book ended up being a little different than I was expecting but not in a bad way. It was more of a set-up book for the whole series, lots of introductions, lots of world-building, and less action than I was expecting from the dark sounding premise. We got to see into the heads of many characters and I found myself really enjoying the build up to the day the three sisters would meet again. It set up very well for a series packed with action, twists, and character growth. I liked the contrast between the three sisters and the people who raised them. Katherine was a poisoner with a weak ability to withstand the poisons given to her daily. She was supposed to be immune but what she had was built up from tolerance, not from any gift. Arsinoe was a naturalist, able to make flowers bloom, able to control animals, but again there had been no sign of any strong gift from her. The only sister to show a strong gift was Mirabella, an elemental who could control all four elements and who would easily dispose of both her sisters and win the throne if Katherine’s and Arsinoe’s families couldn’t find ways to help them. The plot went between the three sisters and their families as they all prepared for the day the three girls would meet and the battle for the throne would begin. We got to see how sure Mirabella’s family was of her success, how Arsinoe’s and Katherine’s families planned on helping them, the history of other queens and their stories. Everything about it was so creepy and dark. The only way to become the queen on the throne was for your two sisters to die and even being raised apart for most of your life, that’s not an easy way to start a reign. The first book was very character driven and very set-up focused, as mentioned. It did it’s job in making me very excited for the rest of the series to see how everything will play out. I have so many questions and theories that need to be proven or more clues to form them a little better. There were reasons I wanted each sister to be the one to live and each of them felt like they were on equal footing in that regard. I like that Kendare Blake was able to make me care about each sister so there wasn’t really one I would choose over the other. Just because I had a favourite didn’t mean I wanted the other two sacrificed because I cared about the people who cared about them. Definitely a book that made me excited for the whole series. *I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Date published: 2016-09-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Highly recommend I LOVED this book. It is exactly the type of read I am always looking for. I really enjoy reading about royalty in fiction and historical fiction, and I also love a good fantasy novel. Kendare Blake has taken these two categories and combined them perfectly. Three Dark Crowns contains not one plot twist near the end, but two that I guarantee the reader will not see coming. I am already impatiently awaiting the sequel. Also, there is a beautifully illustrated map of Fennbirn (novels location) in the beginning of the book that really adds to the story.
Date published: 2016-06-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not as dark as I expected As a stand-alone book I am not entirely sure how I feel about the novel. I was very excited to receive it, and started reading it immediately, but 100 pages in realized I was 25% of my way through the book and that nothing had really happened yet. There are events throughout the story were stuff ‘happens’ but the reveals of consequence all happen in the last fifty pages or so, which is a pet peeve of mine but does a very good job at building up the suspense and then giving us a cliff-hanger ending so that we are left wondering what is going to happen in the next novels. Despite this, it is an enjoyable read and you get to know each sister much better. They have all been raised differently, but despite any freedoms they may have enjoyed each is a prisoner to their island and is unable to leave. The premise is that two of the Queens do not have their powers, and must keep this secret. Come the Quickening, when they must arrange a show of strength, both Arsinoe and Katharine devise ways to appear strong, they succeed, but a terrible accident occurs which changes everything. At book's end we are left with two Queens entirely different from who they were at the beginning, with one even being eager for the challenges ahead. One peace-loving Queen has learned her sisters cannot be saved and that she must harden her heart. Another has been consumed by a desire for revenge, and is determined to take her crown. While the last turns her heart cold while her friend suffers an attack meant for her. The next book promises to be interesting indeed.
Date published: 2016-06-06

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