Author: Kendare Blake
Series: Book One in the Three Dark Crown Series
Published By: HarperTeen (September 20, 2016)
Source: ARC Copy Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: YA Fantasy
My Rating: 4 Stars!
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.
If only it was that simple. Katharine is unable to tolerate the weakest poison, and Arsinoe, no matter how hard she tries, can’t make even a weed grow. The two queens have been shamefully faking their powers, taking care to keep each other, the island, and their powerful sister Mirabella none the wiser. But with alliances being formed, betrayals taking shape, and ruthless revenge haunting the queens’ every move, one thing is certain: the last queen standing might not be the strongest…but she may be the darkest.
Kendare Blake is known for her uniquely dark and sometimes morbid writing. Stories that suck you in and fascinate you regardless of how gory or disturbing they may be at times. And when I saw her latest read about triplets that must kill one another so one can take the crown, I knew I was all in.
After loving and devouring Anna Dressed in Blood on it's release, I knew another dark story by a very talented writer was just what I needed and even more so, what I craved.
Three Dark Crowns did not disappoint. Unique, beautifully dark, and naturally calling for a thirst of blood, it was hard not to fall in love with these three sisters, all raised in different environments and surroundings, but all raised for murder.
They are each different and unique but each one slowly stole my heart and made me not only like them, but feel for them.
I loved the twists, the deceit, the hidden love and violence, and of course the very unique storyline.
I couldn't get enough and was so disappointed when I came to the end, I did not want it to be over yet and I wanted book two in my hands right away. It will be a long wait until the next book and with the twists that I didn't see coming, and the reveals I never thought imaginable, I can't wait for it.
*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the author or publisher. I was not compensated for this review.*