“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”
― Kendare Blake,
My rating: 5/5
Release Date: 20th September 2016
Series: First book in the Three Dark Crowns series
Issue: ebook, review copy
Now i have seen multiple covers, here they are:
The first is Arsinoe’s crown, second Katharine’s and third Mirabella’s.
I guessed it. Seriously I guessed part of that ending about 30% into the book. But even after guessing it I was still so stunned when it happened and still caught off guard. I was expecting it, but i didn’t think it would actually happen. Lucky guess then.
I received the dark crowns by Kendare Blake as an ebook through netgallery in exchange for an honest review. so here it is:
This book was spectacular. I loved everything. It is told in third person and follows all three of the queens. Each chapter is a different queen and tells what is happening in their lives leading up to the Beltane Festival. It also includes the perspective of a few of the other characters like Natalia and Luca.
It took a while for me to fully understand what happened at the Beltane Festival but that didn’t really affect the reading experience in anyways as it wasn’t that important at the current point in time. This book explains everything when you need to know it. Which is good considering there is a hell of a lot of things you need to grasp. But it wasn’t at all hard. White-handed queen, Blue-handed queens, fourth triplet, familiar, the hunt etc. It all gets explained when you need to know it, there wasn’t ever a point where i said ‘i’m confused what the heck is going on’. I do however suggest, you only read it when you are ready to focus, no just looking over it. You will need to pay attention.
I loved a lot about this book. All three of the queens had a completely different personality and a different experience growing up which was really good to see. But i do feel extremely sorry for Katharine who was forced to practice her poisoning skills by building up a tolerance for these poisons. And just so you know, to build up a tolerance for something you need to actually have it. So she grew up in a lot of pain with a lot of illnesses.
Also there is Arsinoe, which took me way to long to learn to pronounce. But now knowing how it is pronounced, it sounds awesome. Arsinoe during this journey has a lot of trouble. Fair to say one of the worst of the three. Sort of a tie between her and Kathrine. Mirabella seemed to have it easy, she wasn’t hurt physically but then i guess emotionally this was very tough for her.
The writing in this book is fabulous and i have just finished this book after staying up all night to finish it. I wanted to know what would happen next. AND I NEED THE NEXT BOOK. luckily for me the end of this copy has a little snippet of the next book, which i haven’t read yet. Only because i was in such a rush to write this review, i needed to express all my feelings!
Along with the awesome characters and wonderful writing the story as a whole was amazing. Every generation a set of triplets is born (exceptions only if there is a fourth child born), their mother knows when they are born what gifts they will have. Naturalist, poisoner, elementalist, war or sight. hint: you don’t want sight… you get killed off. When the queens turn 16 at the Beltane festival they will show off their talents all the members of the island. Once this is done the fight begin, the girls have a year in which to be the only one left (i hope you get what i mean).
This book is too fabulous for words, holy. I am so happy to have this on my phone, whenever i am on the bus without something to read i will reread this one. I feel like this is the kind of book where every time you read it you will find something new about it that you didn’t realise happened before.
The one thing i wished i payed a little more attention to was the names of everyone and who they were. There are so many people in this book, which is fair considering we are following three different queens with different friends and “families”. But even with the many names it was quite easy to follow. With characters who weren’t as big of a deal as the rest, they always came with an introduction. and by that i mean every time someones dog familiar was meantions it said that they were a dog in the sentence and i realised who it was and who it belonged to.
In this book there is some romance, but it doesn’t overshadow the book. A little part of the plot is to do with the romance between the side characters (and by side i mean not the queens, there are still main characters). But even with the romance in this story it isn’t over the top descriptive which i felt was good.
But to even out with the love story going on there were some gruesome things. they weren’t that bad but it is a little shocking when everyone is getting injured and hands are just looking to be cut off.
As a summary of my review; the writing is fantastic and really easy to follow along with, the story is easy to get into and had me wanting to know what happened next. even though i had a sneaky suspicion about one part of the ending (a lot happened) i was still so shocked. Each character in this book has there own personality and are developed very well.
I really do hope you go out and read this book. it is spectacular and i do plan on buying it paperback/hardcover as soon as i see it. Because i love it so much and i just really want to reread it now. here is a trailer for it please watch it then go and read this book. seriously it’s amazing!
Check out my goodread’s review of this book here
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.