Three Dark Crowns | Kendare Blake | Review

“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”





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’m just going to come out with it … I LOVED THIS BOOK.

I am ashamed to say that this may be the book that has been on my shelf for the longest. I have left it waiting and waiting. I wasn’t necessarily anxious to pick it up, I don’t feel like there is much of a hype for this series anymore … probably because I am the last person in the world to pick it up. I just didn’t pick it up. I am so glad I managed to pick this out of my tbr jar and start it. I am also glad that I started it when I was on my rest days from work due to the fact once I started I could not put it down. I am a fast reader, with fantasy I am slightly slower – however I flew through Three Dark Crowns in less than 24 hours and I only didn’t finish it in one sitting because I had to be an adult in between which did not impress me.

I don’t even know where to start with this one. I love all of the characters. I think the characters are what made my enjoyment so prevalent. I will admit that I was confused to start with because there are a vast amount of characters within it. But once you have got your head round who is who and what characters belong to which of the three queens I feel like my enjoyment just continually soared from that point onwards. I love each of the queens in their own way. I love that they all have different powers AND THE PLOT TWIST! OMG. I also enjoyed all the little romances. I used little happily as none of the romance I feel took over the plot which is something that I am really grateful for.

I also really liked the structure of this book. It begins with fairly long chapters full of character and world building. However as the drama begins to kick in the chapter shorten dramatically which really adds to the atmosphere and the effect that it had on me. I found myself reading faster and faster to the point where I just couldn’t put it down, I didn’t want to put it down. I liked that each chapter was a POV for each queen, I liked seeing things from their point of view and seeing what was going on in each go their lives. I enjoyed that regardless of the fact they are deemed to be one they also have their own story and plot line.

Three Dark Crowns is not filled to the brim of action and plot twist. However it is something that I feel is necessary for the rest of the series. I have come away with such a love for the characters and a great understanding for the world and the magic. I have enough now to enjoy the rest without having to concern myself with this. There was action a lot of it being at the end. There were also a few plot twists that took me by surprise and the ending I DID NOT SEE COMING.

This book is the first book I have given 5 stars too and it may well make it to one of my favourites and the year .. that’s it I’m calling it already and we are only at the start of March. Honestly this was excellent and it was the first time this year that I have finished a book and immediately picked up the next in the series. I am not impressed i have to wait a whole day until I am able to read it but I will be picking it up immediately.

If you haven’t picked up this book I suggest you do it immediately. I don’t think you will regret it. I don’t know why I’ve written that, I must be the only person in the book community to have only just read this one!

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