Series: Three Dark Crowns #1
Release Date: 22nd September 2016
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books
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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 don’t know what I was expecting from Three Dark Crowns, but I didn’t like Blake’s debut novel, and so my hopes weren’t set too high for this fantasy series. I think having low expectations really helped me enjoy the book, because it’s by no means the best fantasy story I have ever read, but it was certainly entertaining.
I really liked the world building and the ruling queens idea. The island that these queens rule is isolated and completely different to the mainland, which we found out through comments from other minor characters. I would have loved to have had this expanded upon because the world building was the most interesting part to me.
As for the sisters, my favourite was Arsinoe. Of course. Mirabella was a bit whiny, but whatever, she was pretty cool. Katherine was… interesting. I liked the alternating points of view, but to make the most of them, I feel like the book should have been longer. Multiple points of view only really work if you have enough time to flesh out the characters properly.
I hated the love story though. Haaaaated it. I hated Joseph, and I hated everything that he did in this book. He did not deserve the flawless Jules. I spent the entire book wishing he would die.
This is the start of an entertaining book series that certainly keeps you reading. It’s not the best, and it’s not a masterpiece, but it’s a good one.