Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake Review

23207027.jpgTitle:Three Dark Crowns
Author: Kendare Blake
Genre: Ya, Fantasy
Pages: 416
Rating: 4 Stars



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.



The beginning dragged on and the author gives each girl her own pov, describing there lives. Which I understand is needed to further the plot I just found it was long. About 50-60% into the book it really picked up and I really enjoyed it. There is a love triangle, but it’s definitely not the one you expect.

The first sister is Katharine, the poisoner queen is considered to be the weakest and smallest of the potential Queens. She’s not my favorite but I did like her and am invested in how her story will turn out.
The second sister is Arsinoe the naturalist queen, she is my favorite as she has a weak gift. She accepts that fact but doesn’t give up trying to compete with the others. I found her to be refreshing and I’m curious to see what she would do next.

The third sister is Mirabella. The elemental queen, she is said to be the strongest and has the backing on the temple behind her. Even though she is said to be the strongest she has a very kind heart.

One thing I really loved about the book was the different levels of magic, each queen represented a different element of magic, and then Arsinoe was exposed to low magic which she had to use her own blood to cast spells.

It ended on a huge cliffhanger and I’m so sad I don’t own the second book, but I’ll definitely be picking it up soon. I need to know what happens now!!

Goodreads: Stephanie Gillespie

7 thoughts on “Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake Review

  1. Great review! I have this one on my shelf, and am particularly interested in it because the girls are triplets, yes? And I have triplets (though they aren’t all girls) and love YA fantasy. Hoping to get to this one in 2018.

    Do you read ebooks? Maybe you can get the second in series as a digital checkout at your local library? Then you don’t have to wait. 😀

    Happy Holidays!

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  2. That cliff hanger was the worst and the best! I felt pity for the poisoner until the very end! I agree that the book was a bit slow too much talk, but I think that the author was creating a world that had centuries of history so I kind of understand why the whole setting 🙂

    Great review! I hope you can take a look at my blog! I am totally checking out yours!

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