Title: Three Dark Crowns
Author: Kendare Blake
Date Started: January 26
Date Finished: January 27
Format: Hardcover from local library
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.
Do not let the summary fool you, this whole book – all 398 pages of it – does not involve the fight for the crown at all. If anything this is a prequel of things to come in the next book and I wished I would have known that. The three sisters – Katharine, Mirabella, and Arsinoe – are all weak. Katharine is weak because she is supposed to be a poisoner – someone resistant to all forms of poison – but she isn’t. Her caretaker Natalia tries to help her by feeding and injecting her with poison to build up an immunity to it. It really doesn’t work and just made me cry for Katharine. Arsinoe doesn’t really have a power yet either. She’s supposed to be a naturalist like her friend and loyal protector Jules, but she can’t make a rose bloom to save her life. I was actually more interested in Jules and her back and forth romance with Joseph, who is a real tool. Mirabella, on the other hand, is too sentimental for her own good. Out of all three sisters, she is the most powerful, but she doesn’t have the heart to kill her own blood.
I’m still trying to figure out what exactly was going on in the final pages there. What exactly was being orchestrated behind the scenes by the priestesses and Natalia. I mean, all of a sudden, Katharine is pushed into a cliff and when she comes back alive she wants revenge. Revenge for what exactly? And does Mirabella really think Arsinoe tried to kill her? And what about the stunning revelation from Arsinoe at the end of the book? What does this mean? Damn it, it looks I’m going to have to find out.
Final Rating: 3 out of 5 stars. This book kind of reminded me of The Young Elites series, just a little bit darker. Characters weren’t really fleshed out too well, but I’m hoping that’s because there is more to be had in the sequel. Also the tensing was really weird.
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