Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
Fans of acclaimed author Kendare Blake’s Anna Dressed in Blood will devour Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. And don’t miss the highly anticipated sequel, One Dark Throne!
In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets are 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.
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Five Stars – A dark fantasy that will pull your heartstrings in three different directions
I’m still in awe of what I just read. Kendare Blake is able to deliver a story that will pull your heartstrings in three different directions.
Written in an omniscient point-of-view, Three Dark Crowns takes you into the minds of every character, especially the three queens of the story. Katherine, Arsinoe, and Mirabella are triplets, each born to have dominion over a specific power. After being separated, each queen is taken to a different part of the island to learn and grow in their abilities. For when they turn sixteen, they will have one year to kill each other for the crown.
But something is wrong… From the beginning we learn that two of the sisters have not come into their powers yet, and with their birthday fast approaching, they are forced to turn over every leaf, whether it’s good or bad, to find a way to win the crown. But it’s not just about winning. It’s about surviving.
Each queen has her own motivations, fears, and desires which bring to life a conflict of your mind. In this dark fantasy, it’s not as simple as good vs. evil, and as you read, and find relatability and empathy for each queen, you’ll struggle to figure out who to cheer for.
Kendare Blake writes the perfect balance of dialogue and descriptions. The dialogue keeps the story fast-paced. But with her incredible descriptions of this fantastical island, we’re able to transport to this imaginative world as we read.
This book is 400 pages long and I read it in two days because I just couldn’t put it down. I decided to give Three Dark Crowns five stars and I would definitely recommend it to lovers of fantasy. It truly is a gripping tale of love, betrayal, magic, and heartbreak.