Fantasy, Young Adult

Review: Three Dark Crowns – Kendare Blake


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. 

3 Stars

Fantasy | Young Adult Fiction

Beautiful dust jacket, I love the cover – the pages, oh let me gush at the detail of them. Definitely adds character to the book then you have this kickass premise that is beyond intriguing. I absolutely love the potential of the brutality that could come out of this. However this is really majority of the positive comments I can give, aside from smaller details that I will get into later but honestly with such a great backbone of a premise it was ultimately a lack luster read. Plain terms I was bored. 

Before you burn me at the stake, let me explain myself.

There is barely any world building. I say this because if you are big on that factor, you are going to be disappointed right off the bat. I can generally do without as long as the character building has some semblance of making up for this lack. With that being said the characters did not make up for this loss in the least. Majority of the book flirts with the perspective of each sister but in all honesty there isn’t enough depth in each moment of their POV to hone in on anything close to interesting, let alone the ability to find a connection towards them. Between the sisters I am not sure what is more interesting as a reader. Mirabella basically plays nice in her little tower playing with the elements. Arsinoe is just a sideshow for the romance blooming between Jules and Joseph. Katherine basically fiddles with some poisons, oops we have a scar here. Lets not forget about Katherine’s romance with Pietyr. If I am being honest Kat is the ONLY interesting factor within the novel to me and aside from the pointless romances, I have to admit I wasn’t too disappointed with her connection to Pietyr, it added a little drama to the already boring bowl of soup I have to endure, might as well have something good?

That is the book in a nutshell. The sister’s do not interact nor get their hands scuffed with corruption, murder, hell even dirt for majority of the novel. Where is this nasty premise I was lead to believe I would have? No blood, barely any type of interesting drama. It falls flat on its face.

To be fair, there is a point where the novel does pick up some exciting factors. When the sisters ultimately enter their battle point, the pacing picks up for all three perspectives. Unfortunately because of the slow drag of the novel prior to this point I am not invested nor connected with any character. I honestly do not care what happens. So tickle me surprised with I get this cliffhanger that I wasn’t expected and it is actually decent. Like Whoah-bam! And my thoughts are more along the lines of ‘Where the bloody hell was this the entire novel of character building?’ because it wasn’t there until the end. Very anti-climatic for me. 

Overall there are factors I liked, aka Katherine.. I did not entirely HATE the novel it was just to have such an amazing premise then to be such a snoozer type read, the plot is particularly non-existent throughout. The POVs switch so much that the connections are hard to develop, which is why I lacked on the point of investing on majority of the time. 

Previously I was not in any rush to read One Dark Throne, hell I didn’t have intentions of buying the book if I am being honest. The only factor that played in continuing the series is seeing how this cliffhanger played out in the following yet I still have my reserves about this. Is this going to be a happy ending? Or am I going to get my nasty book I was promised? So much potential… yet I am doing a buddy read and I have been told One Dark Throne is kickass. So here we are Blake – show me what you got because right now, you are out of cards in my opinion.

2 thoughts on “Review: Three Dark Crowns – Kendare Blake”

  1. So sad that there isn’t so much world building! It’s often what makes a book great! And I also often get confused when there isn’t enough detail about the surroundings because my head always fills in those missing things and then suddenly something is mentioned that completely doesn’t fit the picture I formed in my head!
    Great review!

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    1. I completely agree! I can generally deal without world building, lord knows I binge read romance and that is nothing but character building but that is the thing, if there is no world set up the characters need to be connectable & the detail was just half there; very confusing. So I am right there with you! & thank you!


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