Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake – Review



Oh golly, where do I begin to start!? Carry on reading for a SPOILER FREE review of this little number.

Three Dark Crowns is set on the Island of Fennbirn where three sisters Katharine, Arsinoe, and Mirabella, born of royalty the sisters must fight one another to death to claim the throne. Katharine is a poisoner, capable of digesting the most deadly of poisons. Arsinoe a naturalist, can bloom the reddest of roses. And lastly, Mirabella the elemental who can control fire, wind, and water.

I saw this book plastered on Instagram and Twitter, everyone was reading it and so I had too. I was intrigued. The front cover is ravishing. It such a simple design, a crown with dark red roses on a black background. How could one not want to dive into the book? You can imagine how excited I was when this beautiful book finally arrived… after waiting for so long – well, that’s when the excitement kinda ends.

I adore YA Fantasy. I enjoy the brilliantly detailed maps before the story begins, how the world is then slowly built around me as I turn and turn the pages, engrossing myself into the depths. Unfortunately, Three Dark Crowns just did not do that for me. I felt that I was suddenly thrown into this world having landed on my ass thinking, what’s going on? The world wasn’t really explained indepht and I felt entirely lost most of the time. I wanted an overload of information so I knew where I was. And it’s so disappointing because I really REALLY wanted to read this book. It has been a while since I have been let down by a book.

There were way too many characters all thrown at me from the beginning, I desperately tried to keep up. It was easier to carry on reading without trying to figure it out than give myself a headache.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I DID NOT HATE THIS BOOK. The concept of the story is a really good idea. Three Queenly sisters have to kill one another and take the throne for themselves? COOL.

My favorite out of the three Queenly sisters hands down has to be Katharine. She is just so darn sweet. She’s had a hard upbringing, unlike her other sisters. All she wants to do is prove that she can take the throne. That she is more than capable of killing her sisters, that she is not weak.

Arsinoe is my second favorite. I enjoyed her “I-don’t-give-a-shit” attitude and her friendships that she has in the book. I just felt that I wanted her to be a bit more badass. There needed to be a little push, it never happened for me.

And Mirabella. Well, I don’t have much of an opinion. I found her whiny and slightly annoying. YAWN. You’ll see why.

Definitely a fun read but it was so darn sloooow. There needed to be moreaction and adventure. It became frustrating as I really wanted something badass to happen. Something to make me want to turn to the next page. The ending was reasonable; making me want to read the next book. I just hope that Kendare fully submerges us into her world in One Dark Throne. There is great potential for this to turn into an amazing series of books.

Three Dark Crowns, published by Macmillan Children’s Books is out now!

Have you read this book? What did you think?


R x


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