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Three Dark Crowns

byKendare Blake

Hardcover | September 20, 2016

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New York Times Bestseller * New York Public Library Best Book of 2016 * Chicago Public Library Best Book of 2016 * Kirkus Best Book of the Year

Fans of acclaimed author Kendare Blake’s Anna Dressed in Blood will devour Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. And don't miss the highly anticipated sequel, One Dark Throne!

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.

Be sure to catch the stunning sequel to this New York Times bestseller, One Dark Throne.

About The Author

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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Title:Three Dark CrownsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:416 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.29 inPublished:September 20, 2016Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from It gets better Read this last year as soon as it came out. The start was sooo slow I almost gave up on this one. But thankfully, it got really interesting in the middle and the ending was better than how it started! I read this thinking it was a standalone though so I found myself dumbfounded at the end when I finally found out it's a trilogy. Errr.. I cannot wait for the next one!!
Date published: 2017-09-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Three Dark Crowns I am a competitive person, I love competitions. I also like how there is more than one set of relationship problems.
Date published: 2017-09-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Honestly Loved it Looking at other reviews, I do get why not everyone would like it, but the world was so well-built, and the lore is really interesting. Personally, I'm waiting on the next one.
Date published: 2017-09-08
Rated 1 out of 5 by from OMG Slowest book ever This book was super disappointing and I definitely will not be reading the sequel. I don't understand how a book with three magical sisters fighting over a throne would be boring but it was. There's an unnecessary amount of romance, love triangles and relationship betrayals without any characters development which left me shrugging and not caring about every "twist." The ending didn't justify the previous 95% of the book which I had to force myself through.
Date published: 2017-09-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved I loved how unique the world created by Kendrea Blake was, instead of women being subjected to the king or prince the three sisters are on a journey to find themselves and what they truly are. Such a twist at the end of the book and I cannot wait to see which queen comes out in the next book.
Date published: 2017-09-06
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not great I liked the concept but the book was very slow and not very interesting.
Date published: 2017-08-31
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not great I liked the concept but the book was very slow and not very interesting.
Date published: 2017-08-31
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not interesting The premise sounded good and who hasn't had sister rivalry? But this book was boring and slow that at the end, I was not interested in the next book at all. It was too slow and then I found this was to be a four book series. Just wanting to make money.
Date published: 2017-08-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Odd and Dark Enjoyable. A great presentation of Female Strength.
Date published: 2017-08-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very Quick Read Three Dark Crowns had me hooked, I could not put it down. I wasn't in love with some parts of the story but overall I found it very fascinating. I cannot wait to start One Dark Throne!
Date published: 2017-08-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I got sucked in At first I was like what have I gotten myself into?? But once I was 100 pages in I was sucked in.. I fell in love with Arsione and Jules! Strong girls right there! Jules and Josephs relationship sucked me in I wanted to know what was going to happen with them and can't wait for the next book!!
Date published: 2017-08-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Nice if not trop-y I enjoyed that book mostly, it has the same promises as so many other YA in this genre. But I liked how it was oriented about three sisters. The romantic Interest are a bit predictable, but the ending is really promising for the second book, and i'll definitely read it.
Date published: 2017-08-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was OKAY this book was alright. what i mean by that is, it was a great concept of a book, but the actully writing style held it back from being a page turner. Still is a good book. I only recomend to avid readers who don't already have their sights on something.
Date published: 2017-08-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from meh... I was super interested to read this book. but it was confusing and hard to follow and all the sisters have a similar mind process and had to remind myself which sister's perspective I was currently reading.
Date published: 2017-08-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good It was well written just not my type of book.
Date published: 2017-08-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Enthralling!! I was absolutely taken by this novel! I read this novel and couldn't put it down, I finished it in one sitting. The story of the three sisters and the things each of them has been through is so different and each has their own specific strengths and weaknesses, whether it is physical or emotional. Also if you're a lover of plot twists THIS IS THE BOOK FOR YOU. No spoilers here but the plot twists in this novel will throw you for a loop and leave you waiting anxiously for the second book in the series.
Date published: 2017-07-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Something different! Really enjoyed this novel. It had a little bit of a different story than the usual YA book, which was nice! it is pretty unique and I am really looking forward to the sequel.
Date published: 2017-07-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Captivating! Great story and great concept. Takes a while to get used to the sheer amount of characters but overall a wonderful read!
Date published: 2017-07-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from dark but lovely the message is powerful and the cover is prety
Date published: 2017-07-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Read This book was a little bit tough to start with the 3 separate story lines but once I got into it I couldn't stop reading, I finished it in a day. It was a little more romance-y than I would have liked, however I have high hopes for the second book.
Date published: 2017-07-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great story, fast read Loved the concept of this book and the characters, especially the three sisters, are interesting and complex. Would have given a full 5 stars but I found myself finishing this rather quickly and I wish there had been more depth to the world to bulk out the story a bit more. Excited to see where the series goes, though.
Date published: 2017-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Could put this down! Once you start reading you just can't stop. Definitely a breath taking page turner, with amazing characters to fall in love with. Recommend to everyone. Amazing book!
Date published: 2017-07-09
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Overhyped There are to many different point of views. Plus there was more horrible romance then actually bloodshed. I didn't bother finishing.
Date published: 2017-06-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! It takes a bit to get accustomed to the world and characters, but once you're in this book is so good! I started out rooting for one sister but then ended up caring about all three. Can't wait for the next book!
Date published: 2017-06-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from so good! I loved this book, very thrilling
Date published: 2017-06-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really good! I thought the concept was very creative and intriguing. It started a bit slow for me, but it kept me interested all the way through!
Date published: 2017-06-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my all-time favourite reads This book is one of my favourite books! I loved all three sisters and had a hard time choosing a favourite.. I eventually narrowed it down to Arsinoe and Katherine, but I'm still undecided, even after re-reading the book 3 times. Cannot wait for One Dark Throne!!!!
Date published: 2017-06-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cool Premise Such a dark and interesting story. Although the beginning is a bit slow the ending begins to pick up pace, can't wait for the second book
Date published: 2017-05-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Really liked this concept, and the "plot twists" were interesting. Can't wait for the second book!
Date published: 2017-05-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love, love, loved it! I've already started the count down 'till september 19th (i.e. the release date of the second book "One Dark Crown"). Definitely worth the read.
Date published: 2017-05-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Dark and twisted Interesting and new idea. Nothing like I have read before
Date published: 2017-05-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Book!!! First read it in my school library and fell in love with it so I bought it and pre-ordered the second book. I read Three Dark Crowns in one sitting and couldn't put it down. I can hardly wait for the second book One Dark Throne.
Date published: 2017-05-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Meh I loved the concept behind this book and the first few chapters, but I found it difficult to follow and keep reading...I lost interest about halfway through the book and stopped reading it.
Date published: 2017-05-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Can't wait for the second one This book starts a bit slow as you learn where it takes place and who the characters are but once it gets going WOOO. The ending caught me way off guard and I'm crazy excited for the next book.
Date published: 2017-05-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great Premise, Not-So-Great Execution I went into this book expecting it to be dark, gritty, and intriguing. Unfortunately, what I was met with instead was what felt like a set-up for books to come, because for a lot of the book, not much happened apart from the the sisters' day-to-day lives and preparations for their fight to the death (instead of, you know, the actual fight to the death) and some rather cringe-worthy instalove. However, I did find the sisters, especially Katharine, to be compelling characters and the ending really picked up the pace and was promising enough that I will be picking up the sequel (presumably in which there will be the actual fight to the death).
Date published: 2017-05-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love! I couldn't put the book down. Each chapter kept getting more and more interesting. Loved each of the princesses so much and I am excited for the next book. Definitely recommend to read this!
Date published: 2017-04-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting Enough It took me about four hours to get through this book, it's not very big but it is packed with a ton of interesting characters and a good story line.
Date published: 2017-04-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just Amazing I really enjoyed the concept and the interwoven and deep relationship that the characters share. The ending just leaves you wanting for more. I can't wait to see what happens next.
Date published: 2017-04-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting I enjoyed reading this book, but at times it became sort of pointless and some scenes were just not as interesting as others.
Date published: 2017-03-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great new read I was skeptical at first but really enjoyed the concept. Looking forward to the next book
Date published: 2017-03-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from plot twist Read until the very end and it'll be worth it!!
Date published: 2017-03-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not my favourite but loved the ending! I was excited to read this novel but unfortunately, this was not my favourite. Don't get me wrong, it wasn't awful but it wasn't OMG great either. The idea was fascinating and I find myself rooting for each of the queens at one point or another but there were parts of the book that I found pointless and figured they were put in just so that this could be made into a multiple book series instead of a single novel. I will say (without giving anything away), that the ending made me want to read the sequel and it did surprise me. I would recommend this one because the ending was worth the read and I will read the next one but am keeping my fingers crossed that the book won't be all filler to make it longer!
Date published: 2017-03-22
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Predictable I thought I would love 'Three Dark Crowns'. The synopsis was intriguing and the cover was beautiful (yes, I can't help judging books by the cover haha) but I found the book INCREDIBLY predictable, which just spoiled all the fun for me.
Date published: 2017-03-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from #plumreview Really enjoyed this book! Interesting story excited to see how it will be continued
Date published: 2017-03-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Phenomenal Read I preordered it. I didn't really know what it was about other than others were really excited about it. I read it pretty soon after and wow. It was one of my favourite reads of 2016. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from In the middle I loved reading Kendra Blakes other books but this one seemed as if it was written by someone else. It started off good then it got boring but the end showed promise. Maybe all the setting up in this book will lead to a an amazing adventure in the next.
Date published: 2017-03-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book!! I bought this book about a month ago and I could not put it down until I finished it! Wonderfully written!
Date published: 2017-03-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It was a good read It was a slow book for me to read and I'm not even entirely sure why. The writing is great, the story is amazing and the way it ends is to die for!
Date published: 2017-03-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! I love this book, it's a great read. I absolutely cannot wait for the next book in the series. I would definitely recommend it
Date published: 2017-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't Put It Down Another book I need more stars for. Ten kinds of excellent, and now I understand why so many Goodreads users are asking for the next book. I can't blame them, because it's one of the best books I've read this year. While there isn't much for the plot of the story (basically a string of events and plots leading to one hell of a finale), the world building and character building is absolutely stellar. This is one of the most ruthless worlds I've read about in fantasy fiction, and I loved every aspect of it. The queens are well developed and diverse characters, with Jules added as the "mystery" character. The romantic leads are all loveable in their own way, though Joseph's story took a twist I wasn't expecting. The sisters face devious trials and dangers even before they reach the finale, which had me biting my nails down to the quick and took shocking twists. While I'm a big fan of Kendare Blake and loved the story for everything it is, it was the very last chapter that cemented me. There is an EPIC twist and while it's a bit of a cliffhanger, it's one that won't have me screaming with terror. It opens the door to a thousand different possibilities that I can only speculate at. Blake knocked it out of the part in this one, and I seriously cannot wait to see what happens in the next book. An absolute must read.
Date published: 2017-02-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't Put It Down Another book I need more stars for. Ten kinds of excellent, and now I understand why so many Goodreads users are asking for the next book. I can't blame them, because it's one of the best books I've read this year. While there isn't much for the plot of the story (basically a string of events and plots leading to one hell of a finale), the world building and character building is absolutely stellar. This is one of the most ruthless worlds I've read about in fantasy fiction, and I loved every aspect of it. The queens are well developed and diverse characters, with Jules added as the "mystery" character. The romantic leads are all loveable in their own way, though Joseph's story took a twist I wasn't expecting. The sisters face devious trials and dangers even before they reach the finale, which had me biting my nails down to the quick and took shocking twists. While I'm a big fan of Kendare Blake and loved the story for everything it is, it was the very last chapter that cemented me. There is an EPIC twist and while it's a bit of a cliffhanger, it's one that won't have me screaming with terror. It opens the door to a thousand different possibilities that I can only speculate at. Blake knocked it out of the part in this one, and I seriously cannot wait to see what happens in the next book. An absolute must read.
Date published: 2017-02-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Tried to love this! I bought this book because i love everything when it comes to queens with supernatural powers. It started off with a real bang, which I really enjoyed but it got so boring and dull throughout. I can normally finish a book within a day but this took me forever to finish! The ending however was excellent. It's getting there though!
Date published: 2017-02-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the best books I've read all year So original in its story line, so dark and incredibly compelling. You get conflicting emotions throughout the story - I couldn't decide which characters I was routing for!! Incredibly delicious start to a series. The sequel can't come out fast enough!
Date published: 2017-02-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this book! Great characters, can't wait for the next one!
Date published: 2017-02-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it This was such a great novel, I loved every moment of it. I highly recommend this novel to everyone.
Date published: 2017-02-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it. Thought this book was slow going, but always a good read. There wasn't anything major that ever happened but I couldn't stop reading. If you read this book and find the same thing, please read to the end anyways it's definitely worth the read!
Date published: 2017-02-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved every page! I read this book in a day! Could not put it down. When I was done, I was left wanting more! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE I could't put the book down! It just drew me in, and I was obsessed until I finished it. The ending, oh my gosh! Such a cliff hanger! Really hope there is a second book and that it comes out soon!
Date published: 2017-02-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from simply amazing this book is so captivating it will have you at the edge of your seat.
Date published: 2017-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love! I loved this book! I loved the idea of triplet queens competing for the throne. I loved that we got to see each queen in her environment, and how differently they were raised. I loved the mystery of the island. And I loved the twist at the end! I was only disappointed to find that it is the beginning of yet another series - would love a few more YA stand alones! But I'm looking forward to finding out what happens next to the queens and their friends.
Date published: 2017-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this! Absolutely loved this book! I found the whole premise to be really interesting, and the last page made me beyond excited for the second book!
Date published: 2017-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great concept I love the idea of triplet queens being raised to fight to death for the right to rule. I also love what this book makes me feel as a reader when I find myself becoming attached to the characters and knowing it is not supposed to end well for all of them. I did, however, find the description of the book is a little misleading. If you're hoping to actually see these sisters fight to the death you will be disappointed. It was more of a character/world building build up...but the story was still amazing and I can't wait to read the second book! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-02-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Creative concept YA fantasy I really enjoyed this book, but I could never get over the fact that I was supposed to believe that someone who can withstand poison is supposed to be as powerful as someone who can control the weather. Nope. Not having it. That annoyance aside, I think the concept of triplet sisters fighting for their reign (and thus their lives) is a great concept. I'm interested to see where the next book goes.
Date published: 2017-02-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING I loved each of the three Queens and I still don't know who I want to win! I can't wait for the sequel to be released!! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-02-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Great Read It was a little slow to start but overall a very fantastic book. I received it for Christmas and finished it a few days not realizing there would be a second book. I truly cannot wait the next book to be released. A very neat dystonia world.
Date published: 2017-01-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book Great start to a series. The ending was so good!
Date published: 2017-01-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from LOVED THIS I really enjoyed this one. I thought there were some slow parts and I’m super sad that one of the triplets didn’t end up being a lesbian (because there were hints!! and then it was just being straight again. #sadJamie). But there is so much excitement for the next book and I’m really looking forward to the rest of this series! I really liked all the sisters, but my heart is with Kat. She was so fierce and did everything she had to in order to survive. I mean, she literally poisoned herself even though her gift was really weak and it caused her to be sick. If that’s not BAMF behaviour, IDK what is. I feel like even though I liked her the most, she was the most overlooked. She was right smack in the middle of her sisters and, to her, the only reason she stood out was because she was under the Arron rule. I thought the other sisters were interesting but I would have been more interested in Mira if she had ended up being a lesbian. The scene in question was so awkward and didn’t feel natural AT ALL. It served literally just to create angst and issues tbh. I rolled my eyes the whole time and my heart was shattered because I thought she had something special with Elizabeth. The pacing was really slow but it added to such meticulous and intricate back story and world building that I didn’t really mind that much. I was a little weary at about 32% because I wanted it to go a bit faster but I ended up really enjoying the pace since I got to spend a lot of time with the sisters and learn to love them before they were to be killed. Now that the ceremony is over and anyone could die at any time, I am WORRIED. I also thought that the ending was really quick. Too much happened in too short a period of time. I thought the main magic that the girls wielded was really well explained and thought out but I had a bit of a hard time with the Island containing all the magic. I thought it wasn’t really explained as to why the girls couldn’t leave the mainland and the whole “fog” thing was just an awkward way of keeping them there in my opinion. I have high hopes that there will be more of an explanation in the next book but I am still a little cautious about it tbh. THREE DARK CROWNS does leave me with LOTS of questions though!! And I am SUPER looking forward to the sequel but I fear I have read this one too early because now I have OVER A YEAR to wait for the sequel (since I read it in July). I highly recommend this one. It’s an intricate look at familial relationships, magic, and what it means to really be a leader and I loved it. Plus Kat.
Date published: 2017-01-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from it was an ok book it is a great story about sisters but it isn't one of my favourites
Date published: 2017-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic! I loved this book so much! I received it in my Owlcrate book subscription box. I now consider this to be one of my favourite books, can't wait for the next one to come out. I strongly recommend this book
Date published: 2017-01-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from take it or leave it. Not a fan of fantasy but wanted to read it anyway. Soso
Date published: 2017-01-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting World I had heard a lot of mixed reviews regarding this book but I wanted to give it a shot and I'm glad I did. I enjoyed this book. I really liked the whole concept of the three sister queens harnessing different powers. I personally enjoy books with multiple perspectives and found that it worked well with this type of story. It allows the reader to really get to know the sisters - their motivations, their own horrors, their differences and their similarities. However I can understand some of the critiques. The story and world isn't completely developed and with the amount of characters, it could sometimes be confusing. But overall, it was an entertaining and interesting read. With magic, royalty, romance, and more darkness than I expected, I'm looking forward to the sequel. And not that it matters to the story, but the cover is absolutely beautiful!
Date published: 2017-01-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Off to a grand start First thing you should know is this book is world building, After reading the synopsis and very few review to not spoil it, I excepted this to be more of the whole story, nope, it world builds and really gets you ready for what I am hoping explosion of amazement. She has set us up real well I hope it continues in the second book. I fully enjoyed this and am excited to see where this goes.
Date published: 2017-01-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from could have been better not terrible but does have plenty of promise
Date published: 2017-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mind-blowing! Such a good book! Oh man, my heart just about stopped at the end. There are so many twists in this book and I wish so much that next year would get here right now so that I can read what will happen next. The twists at the end really blew my minds!
Date published: 2017-01-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good start to a promising series I must say that it took me some time to get into the story. At times it felt like the plot wasn't going anywhere. But that ending though!! I feel like the second book will be action-packed as this first book seemed to be overly descriptive. With that being said, i loved it :)
Date published: 2017-01-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Can't wait for the next installment! Loved the magic and fantasy and almost Mists of Avalon feel, not so patiently waiting for the next book...
Date published: 2017-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Could not put this down! I bought this book only because I found a book challenge online that had a Young Adult book as one of the challenges. The title and cover of this one caught my eye, so i brought it home. I seriously could not put this down! Each character is so thoughtfully developed and I have a place in my heart for each of the doomed queens. The story is full of twists and emotions and will definitely keep you on your toes. The twist at the end was totally unexpected and I cannot wait for the second book - i have already pre-ordered it. Highly recommend for any one interested in fantasy.
Date published: 2017-01-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting Definitely an interesting book. Some parts seemed to drag but overall was worth it:)
Date published: 2017-01-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it! can't wait for the next book
Date published: 2017-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved this book this book was awesome, it had a great story, and was very descriptive
Date published: 2017-01-05
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Meh The Idea was pretty cool, but I found myself bored while reading, everything that happened was interesting enough but the writing itself was too dry to REALLY pull me into the book. It's nice as an in between book if you really find yourself stuck on finding something to read.
Date published: 2016-12-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from READ THIS My friend got this for me for my birthday and I read it within a day. The characters are so cool and I just love the story line and how three sisters have to try and kill each other to try and be queen. Really unique and I cant wait for the next book!
Date published: 2016-12-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from AMAZING I could not put the book down it was so well-written and had such a good storyline. One of the best books i read
Date published: 2016-12-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Review from Giselle at Book Nerd Canada 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!
Date published: 2016-12-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Definitely praise-worthy! I usually procrastinate for a while before I read the book. This book however, really drew me in and I could not put it down. It's hard to believe but I actually finished reading it in 2 days! I totally don't regret pushing aside my homework. My only criticism would be that the Queens should have been shown more in the story, hopefully the sequel doesn't disappoint! Overall, I loved it <3
Date published: 2016-12-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really loved this Immediately the cover captivated me. The premises of this book was pretty interesting and the story of each character was amazing. A couple things I didn't like was the secondary characters getting more "screen" time than the original three girls. (talking about Jules). And I wish there was more to Katherine's story. She's my favourite queen. This is a good series so far. Can't wait for the rest!
Date published: 2016-12-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fantastic! This book is full of many different characters and story arcs that are sure to keep you interested. It follows not only the 3 queen's but characters close to them as well. With power, family, friends, politics, love, life, death and the kingdom on the line, it is a thrilling read. I recommend this to all YA fantasy lovers!!
Date published: 2016-12-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Review from Giselle at Book Nerd Canada An Electronic Advance Reader Copy was provided by the publisher via Edelweiss for review. 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!
Date published: 2016-12-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good book This book was a very interesting read for me
Date published: 2016-11-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from really nice nice piece of creativity.
Date published: 2016-11-25
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 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 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 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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