Book Review: Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

No one really wishes to be a queen

I waited for the hype around Three Dark Crowns to die down before reading it, I worried the hype was too much and it would just be one big disappointment. But it was even though it was well written, which is why I give it three hearts at least because I didn’t care.

Book Review: Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake


Title & Author: Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
Genre: Fantasy, Adventure
Release date: September 20 2016
Series: Three Dark Crowns
Publisher: HarperCollins


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.

I give Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake three out of five hearts because it was very well written, but I really didn’t care about the characters and the story.

The book has nice short chapters and it switches quickly around each of the princesses. The climax felt a bit anti-climatic and made me feel disappointed. The story was well written, but never hooked me and neither did the characters, so all I could do was wait for the book to be finished and wonder whether I would ever pick up the second book, One Dark Throne.

Katharine was the only one who I thought had any interesting aspects about her, but in the end, I felt betrayed when it didn’t last. I expected the girls to get into some sort of fight with each other in this book and it never got there. They didn’t live up to the synopsis and as time went on I cared less and less.

Overall I still don’t know whether I want to pick up One Dark Throne, I didn’t care for it and now that I am writing my review I notice there were even more points I didn’t like about the book. But I stick with my three hearts. If you don’t mind a novel with many characters and that you might not care about them, I would say go ahead and read this book, cause it has some potential. But don’t expect much.

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