Three Dark Crowns by Kendare BlakeThree Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

Three Dark Crowns

byKendare Blake

Paperback | April 3, 2018

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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.

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 One Dark Throne, the sequel to Three Dark Crowns, a New York Times bestseller. Her books have been translated into 1...
Title:Three Dark CrownsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.97 inPublished:April 3, 2018Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062385445

ISBN - 13:9780062385444

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this story I’m so excited about this series! I wish I hadn’t waited so long to start it, but I’m glad that I can read the next two books right away. I found the story a little confusing at first because there were so many characters! Each Queen lives with a different guardian family, and they each specialize in a different power, so it was hard to keep track of them. Also, there were some names that looked similar, such as Luca and Luke. This slowed down my reading at first, but once I figured everyone out, it was so good! The narrative switched between each of the three Queens. I loved reading about each of them, but then I wanted to keep reading their stories when it switched to the next girl. The final chapters were so fast paced. They were each just a few pages long so I flew through them. I have to admit that I guessed the ending correctly. I was glad that I was right, and now I can’t wait to read the next book!
Date published: 2018-09-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! This was an amazing story that is very easy to read! I loved how the three triplets were all so different, and had different morals. I especially loved Arsinoe and how she didn't let anyone's opinion of her bring her down and she wasn't afraid to be herself. The book has a really cool concept, and was very enjoyable!
Date published: 2018-08-10
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Slow and cluttered The pacing for this book is too slow with way too many characters to memorize. I can imagine many readers DNF-ing the book despite the cool ending/twist. I think this book wasn't marketed correctly because this book doesn't feature a battle between 3 queens, but is the set up for that story in One Dark Throne.
Date published: 2018-08-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really good Started off slow, but gradually got more interesting as it progressed.
Date published: 2018-08-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved, Loved, Loved this book! Had me hooked the whole way through, I loved being able to experience the same story through the different characters points of view. This has become a new favourite series of mine.
Date published: 2018-07-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Three Dark Crowns. Parts of it were a bit slow at first, but once you got into it, it as great
Date published: 2018-07-06
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Into it I could not get into this book, i read a couple different chapters, but I never could get hooked. Once i finish a couple other books I will definitely try again with this one. Very cool concept, just slow. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-06-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Highly Recommend! I absolutely loved this novel!! I think the firm basis of feminism is amazing, and the fact that it is there but not mentioned but is also so prevalent is so well done! It's not shoved down your throat but you know it's there when you are reading. I think the story line is intricate, and enticing that it will draw anybody in. It is so well written, and is so easy to read!
Date published: 2018-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fresh and Dark Feminism is prevalent, but is not the main theme, and is not even addressed. An excellent read
Date published: 2018-06-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I was spellbound Spoiler Alert - read when finished book!!! This book amazed me. Kendare Blake outdid herself. Everything about it was mesmerizing from the title, to the plot. When I finished the book, a melancholy came over me, I was so ingrained in the world that Kendare painted. Three Dark Crowns is written in a unique way, where every chapter is from another person's point of view, letting you experience the book. The main message shows that power motivates people to do bad things. Kendare Blake has written the thrilling series Anna Dressed in Blood, and One Dark Throne, Two dark Reigns and so many other breathtaking novels. Kendare was born in Seoul, South Korea though she doesn’t speak a lick of Korean. My favourite part of this book is the soul chilling ending, where it evokes your pity and at the same time makes you shiver. When Katherine comes back as a different person after being thrown down the chasm, is a really powerful part. My least favourite part of the book is how powerful Jules is. Comparing Jules to Arisone, it falls a bit flat. I would definitely recommend this great book to another person. The story line is very dark, and if you happen to be a person who enjoys stories about someone finding their dog, then don’t read a story where they has gone mad, and tears their dog, limb from limb. This story is perfection through and through and there is nothing but minor changes that could be made. - Dalia
Date published: 2018-06-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must Read! This book was sitting on my to be read pile for quite a while until I finally picked it up. Thank God I did it was an amazing read fro start to finish! The plot was captivating and the characters are so well done.
Date published: 2018-05-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Phenomenal This novel is soon to be one of my favourite and cherished books! The plot was dark and alluring and was very well written. Each page or chapter had me captivated because it was all cliffhangers. One thing that I didn't like was that the beginning was confusing and whenever the plot would get intense and amusing it would change perspective and you would have to wait for the next chapter.
Date published: 2018-04-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good This book was pretty slow but it was good and has potential.
Date published: 2018-04-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put the book down I loved the book the moment I started to read it. It was a little difficult to understand at the beginning, but as I kept reading the plot drew me in closer and I couldn't stop reading it.
Date published: 2018-04-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it This book took a whole other turn on royalty and family. It's dark and gruesome, but will keep you hooked
Date published: 2018-03-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Didn't Love It, But Enjoyed It While I enjoyed this book, I didn't go crazy over it like I thought I would. At times it's really captivating, and others it's really simple and boring. With the concept, I feel like more could have been done with the characters and the story
Date published: 2018-02-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! Three sisters must fight to the death. The winner, becomes queen until her own triplets are born. Three Dark Crowns is a story about Katherine the poisoner, Mirabella the elemental, and Arsinoe the naturalist. Honestly, I loved this book with all my heart. I was so scared because I read the synopsis, loved the book and bought it online, while it was shipping I read some bad reviews for it and was very scared that I bought this book and it would suck. I'm very happy to say that I'm so glad I bought a copy because the book was everything I love, I cannot wait for the next one to be released. Usually when there are three main characters, you pick your favourite and kind of skip over the other main character's parts. At least that is what I usually do. For Three Dark Crowns I could not pick my favourite character (well I'm kind of leaning towards Arsinoe atm but they're still really close). Every Queen is so very different, yet they're all loveable in their own way. Katherine starts off as the anorexic little weakling, not having her poisoner powers come in yet she is basically tortured every day. Once she meets and falls in love with Pietyr she instantly starts growing as a character. Her character development throughout the book is absolutely amazing, I loved watching her develop into such a strong woman. Mirabella is the sweetheart. Even though she's the most powerful of the three sisters, she feels great remorse knowing that she has to kill her siblings. Mira is the only one of the three sisters that has memories of their past, back to when they were 6 years old and lived together. While some view her emotion as a weakness, I think it makes her incredibly strong emotionally. Also I believe she is the smartest of the three sisters and I definitely admire her for it. Arsinoe is the wild one. She is outdoorsy and doesn't give af about her looks. Arsinoe is extremely likeable, she just has that aura around her that makes everyone like her. While she has no powers yet, she keeps working towards them on her own and never ceases to try. I loved her work ethic and her realism in this book. She knows she is weak, but she never stops trying to get better. The romance in this book was very fascinating. It was basically the only part of the book that really managed to surprise me (especially in the end). Having said that, there were parts of the book that I kind of predicted, and then told myself "nah that's not gonna happen" and then it happened. So I wasn't too shocked, I thought the author kind of made the twists obvious. I have a feeling what will happen in the books to come, so I hope the author can throw in some curve balls. The world building was really great as well. We get to see the three town the queens are staying in, as well as a few places here and there. The author was very descriptive and did a fantastic job creating a new world. Overall, I loved this book from beginning to end and I absolutely cannot wait for the next one. I highly recommend it to other people who love fantasy. Take my word for it, just because a book has a few bad reviews doesn't mean you won't love it.
Date published: 2018-02-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I want mooooore This book was absolutely amazing. Dark and chilling...I couldn't put it down
Date published: 2018-02-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WHOA - Game changer I love the matriarchal ruling of this land. very refreshing. I could not put it down and I can no wait to read the next one!!
Date published: 2018-02-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Boring and Overrated Full review here: Wow, I did not like this book. There were some parts that I thought were ok, but overall I wasn't a fan of the characters, the "plot twists" they have to overcome, and - in general - the story itself. It seems like this book is being talked about everywhere, so I was surprised by how unimpressed I was with it. ou would think that a book based on a mystical world filled with magic where three sisters are preparing to kill each other would have some epic adventures along the way. Not so. We have Mirabella randomly deciding to run away, only to save someone from drowning and decide that having sex with him will save him from hypothermia. And then, surprise! He's the love interest of a different character. Of course he is. We then have to read as they sleep together twice, him returning to Jules, beginning forgiveness...and then later have sex with Mirabella again! (I hope it's clear how useless I think Joseph is. Such an awful character.) God, this book was awful and I only gave it 3 stars because of Arisone and Billy's relationship being the books saving grace. This book did not live up to the hype for me. I have the sequel and I'll be reading it (because a series should never be left unfinished), but so far I'm really not falling for this series.
Date published: 2018-02-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Book! I bought this from coles a few months ago and I loved it! I couldn't put it down at all. I bought the second book of the series and it was just as good as the first!
Date published: 2018-01-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from High-stakes, murderously dark The Nitty-Gritty: I love high-stakes, murderously dark fantasy, and Kendare Blake delivered. The world that she built was incredibly vivid (which is quite a feat when switching back and forth between three different points of view). The characters she created were complex and incredibly flawed. The politics of Fennbirn were fascinating. And the magic had rules (I love me some good magic rules). My only issue – the only thing that kept this from being a five-star book – was the plot twist. Don’t get me wrong, it was a good plot twist. I just hate it when I call the plot twist 50 pages into the story. I distinctly remember asking myself, “Wait, why has no one considered this possibility?” And then the plot twist came and I was like, “Ah, yes, exactly what I was considering at page 50.” It was one of those things where if I was doing a read-along, and I had mentioned my question, it would have ruined the book for everyone who was doing the read-along with me. I like feeling smart when I’m reading a story, but this was too easy to call. That being said, I loved that I developed an attachment to each of the sisters. I find that in these stories where characters are headed for death, or are required to kill each other, I tend to pick my favourites, or at least start rooting for one over the others. But I found myself rooting for whichever sister’s chapter I was reading at that moment. Arsinoe, Katherine, and Mirabella were all so different and fascinating, and I didn’t want to have to watch any of them die. I found the political system so unfair, and I was rooting for revolution the entire story – I got invested. The Verdict: Three Dark Crowns is an excellent addition to the YA Fantasy canon, and I cannot wait to get my hands on One Dark Throne.
Date published: 2018-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is a really unique tale full of twists This was one story I really enjoyed. Unique with three strong main characters, each with her own charms and shortcomings, I was hooked from the start. Just when I would start rooting for one sister to win and become the next Queen Crowned, my sympathies would shift to one of the others. With stakes already high, knowing that only one sister can be queen but also that her sisters who lose the crown will also lose their lives kept the suspense and tension high right to the end of the book. This is a really unique tale full of twists and just when you think there will be a resolution, you end up finishing the book craving for what will come next. Good thing there is One Dark Throne for you start on as soon as you're finished!
Date published: 2018-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from really enjoyed this not my favorite novel ever. the writing style didn't work for me but it was definitely original and i love all the queens so much! will definitely read book 2!
Date published: 2018-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from lovew it loved this book. reccommend to everyone
Date published: 2018-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE. I'd been meaning to read this for about a year and FINALLY picked it up, and holy crap this book was amazing. It was dark, full of many different perspectives, and had so many unexpected twists. You just need to pick up this book
Date published: 2017-12-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I am such a fan of this book. I thought the concept was very interesting and I never felt like putting the book down. The ending could not have been more perfect. Immediatly after finishing the book I had to go buy the second one.
Date published: 2017-09-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This book is amazing! I found this book very interesting and LOVED the ending!
Date published: 2017-09-12

Editorial Reviews

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