Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
Series: Three Dark Crowns #1
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
September 22nd 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
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.
If only it was that simple. Katharine is unable to tolerate the weakest poison, and Arsinoe, no matter how hard she tries, can’t make even a weed grow. The two queens have been shamefully faking their powers, taking care to keep each other, the island, and their powerful sister Mirabella none the wiser. But with alliances being formed, betrayals taking shape, and ruthless revenge haunting the queens’ every move, one thing is certain: the last queen standing might not be the strongest…but she may be the darkest.
A Fight to the Death”
The book is about Katharine, Arsinoe and Mirabella – three sisters, three queens, that are competing for one throne. They live in different parts of the land, each with a distinct power, and surrounded with people dedicated to that power to help them.
Each generation has always 3 queens that represent the 3 powers. But only one can get the throne. To do that they have to kill the other two.
Mirabella is an elemental and the most powerful of the three. She can conjure lightning, play with fire, create earthquakes,…
Katharine is a poisoner. She knows a lot about poisons and she is supposed to be immune to them.
Arsinoe is a naturalist. She is supposed to be connected to animals and to earth. But she is considered the weaker of the three.
I have mixed feeling about this one.
I loved the idea of the book, but it was incredibly slow for the first half (or even a bit more).
On the other hand, I loved the end and I am incredibly excited for the second book!
I don’t think I can do this review without some (minor) spoilers but I will try my best!
The first part of the book is a bit boring, because you are seeing each queen individually and they don’t “know” each other. Imagine it as a beginning. Normally beginnings are naturally slow, right? Well, times 3… I guess you got the point!
I really liked the characters. Well, mainly because of the magic and the end. They are not that interesting characters, but they are able to surprise, anyway! Each one of them thinks very differently. Mirabella is the most sensible. Arsinoe the most careless. And Katharine the most dedicated.
I don’t have a favorite by now, but I did enjoy reading one more than the others. The book makes Katharine seem the most exciting to read about but I do like some characteristics of the others. (Also, poor Sweetheart! *wink*)
Arsione was kind of out in the story. Her friend Jules (and her familiar Camden) have the main focus in those parts of the book. And you kinda pity her till almost the end. But I still enjoyed to read about her.
And Mirabelle has it all. She is the prettiest one and the most powerful one, but she is also the only one that doesn’t like the idea of killing the others. Plus there’s a ridiculous romance where she is involved that was very weird and I don’t know what to think of it!
The world seems nice and mysterious and I absolutely loved the map. I hope we get to read a bit more about it!
Overall I have a lot of doubts, but I am really excited to see where THAT end will lead us! It was a very exciting and tease-y end! I totally need the next book!
Which one is your favorite Queen?