- Hardcover: 416 pages
- Publisher: HarperTeen (Sept. 20 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062385437
- ISBN-13: 978-0062385437
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 3.3 x 21 cm
- Shipping Weight: 499 g
- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #89,226 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Three Dark Crowns Hardcover – Deckle Edge, Sep 20 2016
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“The opener to a pitch-black epic fantasy series. Blake has constructed an insular, matriarchal society from convincing intimate details, vivid, complicated characters, [and] sumptuous, poetic prose. Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting. ” (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))^“With exquisite world building and luminous detail, this is high fantasy at its best. The magic is fierce and the plot intensely twisted, but at this novel’s dark heart beats a story about sisterhood, the unbreakable bonds of family, and ties that bind enough to kill.” (Booklist (starred review))^“Readers will be riveted by Blake’s ingenious world-building, stunning developments of main and supporting characters, and spiraling tensions. Highly recommended for fans of fantasy action thrillers with strong female leads, such as Victoria Aveyard’s ‘Red Queen’ and Sarah J. Maas’s ‘Throne of Glass’ series.” (School Library Journal)^“THREE DARK CROWNS is a brutal and inventive fantasy that is as addictive as it is horrifying. I can’t begin to guess the fates of these three remarkable sister-queens, but I’m salivating like poisoners at a feast to find out what will happen next.” (Marissa Meyer, New York Times bestselling author of the Lunar Chronicles)^“Full of mystery, intrigue, and deadly girls I wouldn’t dare cross, Fennbirn is a darkly magical world I’m both drawn to and frightened by. In short, this is a book I could linger in for months, with three girls I am rooting for with all my heart.” (Megan Shepherd, New York Times bestselling author of The Cage series)^“I loved this book. Blake’s THREE DARK CROWNS is hypnotic, twisting, and beautiful...as satisfying as a drop of poison in an enemy’s cup.” (April Genevieve Tucholke, author of Wink, Poppy, Midnight)^“Blake is a sure hand with complicated and intricate plots, and if that’s not enough to make readers stick around for the next installment, the cliffhanger ending certainly will.” (Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books)^“Blake establishes myriad side plots and relationships, builds complex characters, and leaves plenty of compelling avenues to explore in future books.” (Publishers Weekly)
From the Back Cover
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.See all Product description
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Introducing the world of Three Dark Crowns!
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.
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.
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I love high-stakes, murderously dark fantasy, and Kendare Blake delivered. The world that she built was incredibly vivid (which is quite a feat when switching back and forth between three different points of view). The characters she created were complex and incredibly flawed. The politics of Fennbirn were fascinating. And the magic had rules (I love me some good magic rules).
My only issue – the only thing that kept this from being a five-star book – was the plot twist. Don’t get me wrong, it was a good plot twist. I just hate it when I call the plot twist 50 pages into the story. I distinctly remember asking myself, “Wait, why has no one considered this possibility?” And then the plot twist came and I was like, “Ah, yes, exactly what I was considering at page 50.” It was one of those things where if I was doing a read-along, and I had mentioned my question, it would have ruined the book for everyone who was doing the read-along with me. I like feeling smart when I’m reading a story, but this was too easy to call.
That being said, I loved that I developed an attachment to each of the sisters. I find that in these stories where characters are headed for death, or are required to kill each other, I tend to pick my favourites, or at least start rooting for one over the others. But I found myself rooting for whichever sister’s chapter I was reading at that moment. Arsinoe, Katherine, and Mirabella were all so different and fascinating, and I didn’t want to have to watch any of them die. I found the political system so unfair, and I was rooting for revolution the entire story – I got invested.
Three Dark Crowns is an excellent addition to the YA Fantasy canon, and I cannot wait to get my hands on One Dark Throne.
With stakes already high, knowing that only one sister can be queen but also that her sister who lose the crown will also lose their lives kept the suspense and tension high right to the end of the book.
This is a really unique tale full of twists and just when you think there will be a resolution, you end up finishing the book craving for what will come next. Good thing there is One Dark Throne for you start on as soon as you’re finished!
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