Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

Inside cover blurb:

When kingdom come, there will be one.

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.


I really underestimated this book. The beginning was a bit slow going, but I was hooked by the end of the first chapter. And utterly delighted that the narration alternated between the sisters. Awesome concept, three sisters vying for the throne since birth, each with a unique magical gift (which are really cool themselves). FANTASTIC ENDING. Can’t wait to find out what happens next!

Plus: The queens are all awesome in their own way, such unique and strong personalities. And the deceptions!! So much trickery, even I didn’t see the twists coming.

Minus: Some bits near the middle were kind of a drag to get through, but it was definitely worth it at the end.

If you like this book, try:

The Graces by Laure Eve

1 thought on “Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake”

  1. I am currently reading this book and I have liked it so far, I do think it is a bit slow… but it is impressive at the same time!! I have underlined so many quotes and I am so intrigued and I have speculated it so much that I don’t know what to expect now! hahaha

    Thank you for sharing! Hope you could take a look at my blog <3! I will stay stunned with yours :3

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