Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
Published September 20th, 2016 by HarperTeen
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
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.
First of all, I’m thanking The Hogsmeade Reader for letting me borrow her copy of this book.
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.
So this is the first Kendare Blake book I have read, and holy hell, this is one dark book!
The world building is absolutely interesting, though it takes you some time to get the hang of it. The book starts out pretty slow as shows how different the lives of each queen is, and how they interact with the people who raised them.
The story is told in three POVS:
- We have Katharine the poisoner. Poisoners are basically people immune to all kinds of poisons, and are able to brew the deadliest ones. To be honest, I see the poisoner gift more of a trained thing, rather than something that comes naturally. Even immunity, could be developed overtime. Anyway, Katharine lives with the Arrons, the family currently ruling the council. The family is headed by Natalia, whom I could basically describe using one other fantasy character: Cersei Lannister. She’s powerful, and would do everything to keep it that way.
- We have Arsinoe the elemental. Elementals have the power to control animals and plants, and have animal familiars. Basically the more bad ass the familiar, the more powerful you are. She is taken care of by the Milones, who are warm and affectionate towards here. Her best friend is Jules – who has a mountain lion for a familiar, making her the stronget naturalist to date.
- Then we have Mirabella, the most powerful and most beautiful among the triplets. Her power was so great that the priestesss have already aligned with her house. To be honest though, it was more of the priestesses controlling every part of her life which she didn’t really ask for.
With this in mind, I already readied myself to not get attached to any of them cause two of them are gonna die and the last one remaining will probably regret it. I actually don’t know who I’m rooting for in this. It was great seeing their point of view on things, and how they really differ from each other. You’d see how different the way of living of each queen is, and how their loved ones are handling this whole thing, especially the fact that their queen could possibly die. The side characters are also pretty interesting in this. Jules, Billy, Bree, Elizabeth, Pietyr. I love them all.
The plot twists actually arrive way later in the story, but they are crazy nonetheless. I yelled out loud at some point.And I would like to take a moment to appreciate Katharine’s character development, you go girl!
It made me crave for the second book right away. I need it!