Three Dark Crowns is not at all what I expected. I don’t think it’s what anybody expected. It sounds like it will be a fast paced battle between three murderous sisters, right? Nope. It’s really political. It’s not particularly violent, though there are some very dark scenes, and it is extremely slow. I personally adore slow paced books because usually and definitely in this case they have pretty writing and good character development. Plus I’m just weird and don’t care about action. So I had no problem with the fact that Three Dark Crowns is technically rather boring.
The worldbuilding was wonderful! I like all the legends behind the queens and the customs and culture of the island of Fennbirn. The different groups – poisoners, (my favorite) naturalists, and elementals – were well explained and I could see the differences between them, which sometime isn’t the case with different groups in fantasy.
I did want to know more about the mainland though, and the sight gift. Maybe next book?
There were so many characters. Which I personally loved. The queens are Katharine, the poisoner, whose gift is very weak, but is cunning and ruthless and determined to be queen. She is hands down my favorite, and I think her character development is the strongest. Arsinoe, the naturalist, whom everyone, including herself, knows is going to fail. It’s interesting to watch her deal with that, and change from being resigned to being hopeful. Mirabella, the strongest queen who has pretty much won already. Except…she doesn’t want to. Until…she does.
The other characters are great too. I especially loved the relationship between Katharine and Natalia and Arsinoe and Madrigal.
There was romance, of course, and honestly I’m kind of tired of romance in YA. Sometimes it feels like its just thrown in. Billy and Arsinoe were okay. Mirabella and Joseph were not. Except for Pietyr and Katharine’s, I felt like the romances were unnecessary. But I ship them so hard. No, I entire-navy-of-every-country-in-the-world them. Yes, that is now an expression.
Some things that bothered be.
•I honestly can’t tell Arsinoe and Jules apart. It’s weird. Maybe it’s just me?
•Joseph is fascinating, but in a bad way.
•There isn’t enough of Katharine and the poisoners and there’s waaay too much of Arsinoe.
•What kind of name is Billy? I mean, why?!
•I figured out the twist within 100 pages. Is it just me, or is it super obvious?? But then again, I always guess plot twists so maybe I’m psychic. *grins evilly* It didn’t stop me from enjoying the book though.
Three Dark Crowns was really good. When can I read the sequel? The title is ominous…something tells me this can only end in tears. You know, if I could express emotions like a normal human…
Synopsis – Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
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.
4 Stars I don’t remember there being much swearing besides the usual minor language. As for sexual content, I am honestly not sure…? There was one scene that could go either way but if anything did happen it was super fade to black, so much so that I don’t really know that it happened. So maybe it’s up to interpretation. Hmm.