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Three Dark Crowns (Three Dark Crowns #1) by Kendare Blake


∴ Three Dark Crowns (Three Dark Crowns #1) by Kendare Blake


When kingdom come, there will be one.

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.

4.5 🍁s

“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”

I really liked this book. I read the first 100 pages or so a year ago, sat it down, and never picked it up again. There was nothing wrong with the book, it just wasn’t the right time for me to read it. Let me tell you… I am SO glad that I waited to read it until I was ready. Everything in this book was just so much better, I connected more emotionally with the characters, and I was drawn into the story a lot faster.
I was a little hesitant to start this book because of my failure in my previous attempt to read it, but after the first few chapters, I found myself really enjoying the story. I was pulled in to the plot and I didn’t want to stop reading. I actually ended up reading Three Dark Crowns in one sitting because of it.
I went into this book expecting to only like one of the two sisters and I am shocked to say that I actually like all of them. They were each different in their own ways and I really liked each of their point of views. I am really sad that they are each in their situation and I wish that they would have been raised differently. Under other circumstances, I think that they would have been very close as sisters.
I felt bad for Katharine. I think she lets the Arrons walk all over her. It appears like the Arrons are so drunk on power that they have forgotten who their queen is. After the Gave Noir where Katharine threw up, they purposely infect her with a bunch of poisons and tell her that it “isn’t a punishment”, but they then tell her to never disappoint an Arron again. That sounds an awful lot like punishment to me. Even though I think that Natalia cares for her, I don’t like that situation at all.
I liked Mirabella and I sympathized with her the most. Though, I think she is blinded by Luca and the temple. I loved it when she rebelled against them and I was proud of her when she said she wouldn’t kill her sisters. Until the end, when that giant misunderstanding happened and set her on the path she is on now. I hope that her in Arsinoe talk eventually and Mirabella finds out what really happened.
If I had to pick a favorite, I would pick Arsinoe. I love how she bucks the system and how even though she might not be the strongest of the siblings, she doesn’t give up. She wants to live and she is willing to do almost anything to survive. I thought that it was odd that Arsinoe’s people treat her the way they do. Throughout the book, multiple things have been throw at her and the people of Wolf Spring don’t treat her with any respect. I was floored that Arsinoe not only puts up with it, but accepts it. I think the people have always looked at her as weak and they haven’t given her the respect she deserves. Power wise, Arsinoe is not the strongest sister, but in internal strength, I think she beats her sisters hands down. I hope that she rises up in the next book and becomes the powerhouse I know she can be.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I took half of a star away because there were certain points during the book that I was bored and some things were really predictable. Besides that, I didn’t have any major problems with it. I will be continuing the series and I look forward to reading One Dark Throne.

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