Book Reviews

Three Dark Crowns ~ Book Review

Book Title: Three Dark Crowns
Author: Kendare Blake
Genre: Fantasy
Target Audience: Young Adult
Publication Date: September 20th 2016 by HarperTeen

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“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”

Why I chose this?

I chose this because a few people I know have enjoyed these however looking at reviews it seems a bit mixed. I like the idea of this book.

What it’s about

Three Dark Crowns (Three Dark Crowns, #1)

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.

Three Dark Crowns (Three Dark Crowns #1)


First Impressions

First Impressions of this book are it does seem dark. The sole crown covered in roses seems a little ominous. When we get to the back cover it gives us a little information about the Queens. Mirabella seems bad ass and in control, Katharine seems dangerous and one I would stay away from, and Arsinoe seems odd. Why would you give the name Arsinoe to someone that can control blossoms blooming? Surly with a name similar to arsenic they’d be the poisoner. The promise of the fight to the death to me seems unlikely especially since this is the first book but I could be wrong. It has been known

What I Thought

Well, I was both wrong and right at the same time, it seems.

For the start of a series, this seemed very slow paced. I didn’t mind the whole rotating chapters of each of the girls as once I got the hang of this I knew which one of them would be next.

We start off with Katharine who is scantily clad and way too thin for her guardians liking, preparing to go to her birthday party. As you can probably tell I wasn’t really liking the idea of Katharine and her “powers” but I actually felt sorry for her. She never asked for all this but is going through this anyways and that is how things are done on Fennbirn and that’s that.

Arsinoe annoyed me a little bit. I think it was her need to have people with her at all times, whether it’s Jules (until Joseph returns) or Billy. She doesn’t appear to put any effort into anything yet begging for a familiar (or animal friend the naturalists have a connection with).

Mirabella is certainly powerful but softhearted which wasn’t something I thought would go together when I read the blurb. Especially since the triplets have to kill each other. It feels like the author is pushing people in Mirabella’s direction as a favourite.

So I think the reason why it felt slow to me is that it promises battles and death but instead it seems mainly centred towards parties, formalities and traditions. What happened to “two to devour, and one to be queen”?

This book only started picking up in the last 80 pages or so and I was so close to DNFing it but I have been told that it is worth it for the other two books in the series is better. I do like the way Katharine ended her chapter though I just hope it all pulls through and doesn’t leave me feeling as though I have wasted my time.

Star Rating

Honestly 2.5 is the best I can give this at the moment.

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