Book Review: Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake


Goodreads blurb
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.

First line: “A young queen stands barefoot on a wooden block with her arms outstretched.”

Title: Three Dark Crowns
Series: Book 1, Three Dark Crowns
Author: Kendare Blake
My edition: A hardcover published by HarperTeen in 2016 with 398 pages.
Age: 15+
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy

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First of all, look at this cover, it’s just beautiful in every single way. Second of all, I love YA fantasy, and the plot sounded just amazing!


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I have never ever read a book like this. It was a completely new and exciting experience. The book is about a place where there are only born triplet queens. Each queen is separated when they are about six years old, and go live in separate homes. In this book we meet Arsinoe who has naturalist powers, Katharine who has poison powers and Mirabella who has elemental powers. Every time a queen has to be chosen, and she is chosen based on how powerful she really is.

First of all, I thought it was confusing, but then I got into it, and it was so interesting. I loved how the plot evolved around three different characters, where each chapter gave us a look into each character’s life. It was such a good plot, and throughout the book I felt like I couldn’t put it down because I needed to know what happened next.

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The book is written so interesting, I fell in love with the writing from page one.

Three dark queens
are born in a glen,
sweet little triplets
will never be friends.

Three dark sisters
all fair to be seen,
two to devour
and one to be Queen.

It’s just a book you need to read in order to understand why the writing is so amazing, and one-of-a-kind!

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Arsinoe, the naturalist, was to me kind of strange. I liked her towards the end of the book, but I found her kind of boring in the beginning. Arsinoe hasn’t really gotten her gift (powers) yet, and she’s freaking out about it. Plus, she lives a very different life compared to her sisters. I kind of imagined this small society by the ocean with boats and ships, and wooden houses that looks like sheds. So her lifestyle was more “normal”.

Katharine was my favorite from the beginning, I have no idea why, but I guess that I have a thing for the dark and scary or something. Katharine is the poisoner, and the most realistic girl of the three. She probably has the “coolest” place to live, and I have to say that her “lifestyle” kind of reminded me of King’s landing in GOT.

Mirabella is the elementalist, and she was the strongest of the three. I liked her, but not as much as Katharine, and her choice in men, ah-ah. But, she was the one who was the most “human” of the three.

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The book is really good, and the writing is so good. I really liked the characters, and even though the plot was kind of slow at the beginning, it ended with such a BIG cliff-hanger!


08/22-16 Marked as to-read

12/28-16 Marked as currently reading
12/28-16 Page 24 “This is sick!”

12/29-16 Page 62 “There’s so many names :O”

12/30-16 Page 117 “Such a weird book, but so hard to put down!”

01/01-16 Page 136 “‘You will need it to be true,’ the High Priestess says. ‘For it is too cruel otherwise, to force a queen to kill that which she loves. Her own sisters. And for her to see that which she loves come to her door like wolves, seeking her head.'”

01/02-16 Page 181 “Me likey”
01/02-16 Page 267 “‘Three Black Witches are born in a glen, Sweet little triplets, Will never be friends. Three Black Witches, all fair to be seen. Two to devour,  And one to be queen’ This book is so strange and lovely”

01/03-16 “How will this end??!!”

01/04-16 “whaaaaaat”
01/04-16 Marked as read

Absolutely! I love that I have it in my bookshelf!

If you like YA fantasy with a really dark plot, you should read this book!

“Every gift is light and dark.”



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