Review: Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

Review by Poo Penny

Contains SPOILERS

It is hard to tell when to round stars up or down, but I decided to round up because I liked how savage Katharine seemed at the end.

To be really honest, the first half of this book is slow. It’s about the 3 sisters, with 3 different abilities, and them honing their skills. Katharine is a poisoner, which should mean she can eat any poisons, the more she can eat, the stronger a poisoner she is. Arsinoe is a naturalist, so she can control nature? And Mirabelle is an elemental, she appears to be the strongest so far.


We all saw that Arsinoe and Katharine were switched right? HOWEVER, why did the snake try to bite Katharine at the beginning of the book if she is the actual naturalist queen?

Besides that, the book had its moments of being dull, and being pretty good. Mostly the dull moments were around Arsinoe for me; I really like Katharine and Pietyr, until he pulled that this is sparta move on her. I wonder what her revenge will be.

I hope this will only continue to be a 2 or 3 book series, I don’t think I will be able to keep up with it if it gets longer. But so far Three Dark Crowns has my attention, and I will be on a lookout for the next book.

Grade: 3.5 Stars.

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About the book:

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.

One thought on “Review: Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

  • June 24, 2017 at 1:52 pm
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    Yeah, def. saw the switch coming and was disappointed that it took so long to reveal.

    I agree on the rotating parts of dull and pretty good. I’m looking forward to the next one. I think with all the build up done here, the second book will be more action and plot oriented.

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