Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

If this book and Anna Dressed in Blood are any indication, Kendare Blake is excellent at building suspense. The premise of the book was enough to hook me, but that first chapter where Katherine tries and fails to prove her poison resistance is so tense and suspenseful I couldn’t put the book down after that.

Three Dark Crowns focuses on three potential queens: Katherine, a poisoner; Arsinoe, a naturalist; and Mirabella and elementalist. In this world, everytime a queen gives birth she has triplets. Those triplets, once they come of age, are in battle to kill each other for a year. The last sister standing becomes the new reigning queen. It happens generation after generation, only this one poses a threat to this process. Katherine and Arsinoe haven’t developed their prophesized powers and Mirabella, the only strong one among the sisters, has no desire to kill.

Like I said before, the premise of the book is fascinating. Aside from one predictable twist, I didn’t know what to expect from the plot. Every character, aside from the sisters themselves, showed a devious, sneaky side in this story. Even with all three sisters getting a chance to narrate during the book, it was hard to predict the actions of the other characters.

The sequel to this book, One Dark Throne, is available now. Initially, I think the series was meant to be a duology but One Dark Throne is no longer the conclusion to Three Dark Crowns. More books will be coming. For read-a-likes to this series, try any YA fantasy series, like the Red Queen series by Victoria Aveyard.

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