Book Review: Three Dark Crowns

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Three Dark Crowns #1
Kendare Blake
YA Fantasy

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.

Oh my goodness. All you need to know is that this is a cucumber of awesomeness (even though I literally hate cucumbers???) WHICH FITS because I had much to complain about this book but STILL ENDED UP LOVING IT, which is why I waited THREE DAYS AFTER FINISHING IT to write this review haha. SO obviously you need to know more. LET US JUMP RIGHT IN. I’m doing this backwards this time so don’t be alarmed:


  • Where do I even begin?? First of all, there are just SO MANY SECONDARY CHARACTERS. There were so many, in fact, that I cared about none of them until the book was almost done, and couldn’t remember most of their names for all of the book. The only one I really ended up feeling for was Jules, even though something awful happened to (Iwant to say Elizabeth???), but since I didn’t know her that well I DIDN’T EVEN CARE.
  • Again, too many people. There are three main characters, which makes sense because this book is about triplets who have to kill each other to become queen. Obvi. But my problem was that I found myself forgetting Arisnoe’s name half the time, only caring about Katharine really, and there was not very much of Mirabella I felt….


  • Also there was a painful lack of action for a lot of the book. So you have this awesome poem, rhyme whatever you want to call it that goes like this:

    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.

  • Um excuse me but that sounds EPIC. 75% of the book was me going WHEN IS THE ACTION GOING TO START??? I was so bored I wanted to throw the book across the room. I actually contemplated DNFing it but one of my favorite bloggers of ever gave it 4 stars so I HAD to see why.


  • The powers are very unique. Well, sort of. I mean, who would ever think of a poisoner (it’s someone who is basically immune to all things poisonous). The other two are controlling elements and controlling nature (they may sound similar but they are very different!


  • THE END. This may sound stupid but it’s true!! I was glued to the page the last 25% of the book BECAUSE THE ACTION FINALLY STARTED. And it was gory, and it was gross and I LOVED IT OMG. I will be buying the next book and I can only hope that the goodness continues my loves! (And that’s saying something because I was SO BORED at the beginning!).


Have you read Three Dark Crowns? What were your feelings about it? Are you buying the next book when it arrives??



2 thoughts on “Book Review: Three Dark Crowns

    1. THAT’S HOW I FELT WHEN I BOUGHT IT. But seriously don’t get TOO excited because the stabbiness starts in the last quarter. BUT STILL. THEN IT IS EPIC ENOUGH TO REDEEM EVERYTHING IN ME EYES. You really do. I CAN’T WAIT FOR THE NEXT ONE OMG

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