Three Dark Crowns: Three Dark Crowns (Book 1)
by Kendra Blake
“When kingdom come, there will be one.”
“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”
“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 of death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins.
The last queen standing gets the crown.“
I heard about Three Dark Crowns when it came out on Twitter from people buying it and those that reviewed it. However, I did not know anything about it when I bought it.
Triplets are born to the Queen, who leaves them in the care of a midwife until the age of 6, when they are collected by their foster families. When Beltane comes after their 16th birthday they are shown off to the island at celebrations and then they have a year to kill each other until one is left standing. She will be crowned Queen. Mirabella is an elemental, Katharine is a poisoner and Arsinoe is a naturalist, however, only one of them actually has her gift, the other two are having to train the whole time and mostly faking it.
Oh my gosh! That was incredible, I did not know where in time the book was going to end, but I did not expect that ending at all! I went through all the emotions, and I was hooked through the emotional links. But also through the twists and turns. I now cannot wait for the next installment!
I cannot pick one favourite part, I had so many! I have seen some people say that it is confusing to keep on top of all the characters, but I found it quite easy. I think that the first few chapters introduce a few people in each place so that you are not overwhelmed and then introduce more in the next few. I was also keeping an eye on the place for the first 8-10 chapters, but by then I knew who was in each ‘group’.
I think my favourite characters were Mirabella, Arsinoe, Jules, Elizabeth and Bree. I did not feel as much attachment to Katharine, Pieter and Natalia. There were some characters who were designed for you to dislike them from the beginning, and I felt that all the way through. All the characters were so realistic, I felt completely drawn into the pages.
Three Dark Crowns does end on a cliffhanger, because it is the first in a series? Only two books announced so far, with One Dark Throne out some point next year.
While reading Three Dark Crowns, I described it as three sisters brought up separately, each with a separate struggle, but all knowing they have to eventually kill each other. I would recommend it for older teenagers and adults. 5 out of 5.