Arc Review – Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake


September 11, 2016 by ceresbooksworld

Three dark crowns


Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

Book one in Three Dark Crowns series

Publisher: Harper Teen

Publication Date: September 20th, 2016

Source: eArc from the publisher

Rating: 2 hearts




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.


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


That is the story of Three Dark Crowns, Three dark queens, Katharine, Mirabella and Arsinoe but only one will be a real queen and for that she must kill her two sisters. That’s not so difficult since they haven’t grown up together. They didn’t know each other’s.

Katharine is the first queen we’ve met and she’s a poisoner, she eats poisoned food every day to improve her ability, which is very weak. She’s nice and I like her, her life is not an easy one, poisoners have power since the last two queens. Katharine is weak and they are afraid to lose their control over people. Katharine will be help by Natalia and Pietyr.

Arsinoe is the second queen we’ve met and I hate her, she’s weak, mean, selfish and I don’t understand why people love her. She will be help by Jules, Madrigal, Billy and Joseph. I don’t like how she treats her friends, she used them to have what she wants, and she doesn’t have any consideration for her sisters even when Mirabella wants to see her. She has no power and she’s a naturalist, she must have a familiar but she’s too weak and she has none.

Mirabella is the last queen, she’s an elemental and she’s the stronger. She’s also the only one who remembers her past with her sisters. I like her, she’s sweet, kind and not naïve. She will be help by Luca, Elisabeth and Bree.

The story could have been very great but it was too slow, I was bored until 75% of the book, I had difficulty to becoming attached to the characters. I have some problems with evil characters that are stupid, and Arsinoe is one of them. The action begins at the end and it’s right, I will read the next book because I want to see what will happen.

The writing style is good but the slow pace is not great. Kendare Blake had a wonderful idea but sadly it missed something for me to love the book. And in the end there is something I don’t understand, I don’t understand why this character does this, it’s insane.

About the author

Kendare Blake is the author of several novels and short stories, most of which you can find information about via the links above. Her work is sort of dark, always violent, and features passages describing food from when she writes while hungry. She was born in July (for those of you doing book reports) in Seoul, South Korea, but doesn’t speak a lick of Korean, as she was packed off at a very early age to her adoptive parents in the United States. That might be just an excuse, though, as she is pretty bad at learning foreign languages. She enjoys the work of Milan Kundera, Caitlin R Kiernan, Bret Easton Ellis, Richard Linklater, and the late, great Michael Jackson, I mean, come on, he gave us Thriller.

She lives and writes in Kent, Washington, with her husband, their two cat sons (Tybalt and Tyrion Cattister) and their red Doberman dog son, Obi Dog Kenobi.





One thought on “Arc Review – Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

  1. Pleeaasssee no, pls dont say its slow cuz thats just sad and I like legit just started it.
    I dont get it though, what power do naturalists have??

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