Three Dark Crowns – A Review

For those celebrating, are you excited for Thanksgiving!?

Right now it’s a few days prior to the big day and we’re ready … well, we have turkey. And stuffing. Some cranberries, green beans with fried onions, and most of the fixin’s for a homemade pecan pie. Almost ready.

Ew. I don’t like pecan pie. It’s the husband’s favorite, but I think he’s crazypants.

But we don’t have potatoes or pumpkin/apple pie, or even pie crust! As the host I should be ready, right? Every year, it’s the same thing. I don’t know how other people do it! I need to sit back, put on my fat pants and chill. Bring on the banquet!

Oops. Yeah, right.

Speaking of lavish meals, feast your eyes on this:

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Title: Three Dark Crowns 

Author: Kendare Blake

Genre: Dark Fantasy, YA Fiction

Summary:  Three little sisters, born to be Queen. Thriving and killing, with powers to glean. Who earns the crown remains to be seen.

Released: September 2016  / Read: October 2016

About the Author: Kendare Blake is the author of several novels and short stories … 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 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. (from her bio page here)

First Impression: What kind of weird, sadistic shit is this!? I like it.

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On a remote island, triplets are born every generation – girls with equal right to be Queen of Fennbirn, possessors of great magic.

Mirabella is an elemental, capable of creating and controlling earth, air, fire, and water.

Arsinoe is a naturalist – an affinity for making the world bloom around her and animals bow at her feet.

Katharine is a poisoner, not only skilled in making deadly poisons, but also the iron stomach to survive their ingestion.

At a young age, the sisters are separated and sent to be raised amongst their people, those who share their magical capabilities (to a lesser extent). But they aren’t there just to hone their craft. The sisters are bred and raised to kill each other. After all, there can only be one true Queen.

Will the strongest survive the tasks and kill her sisters or will cunning and manipulation serve the sisters their death and hand the new queen her crown?

For the record, I did not choose this book for myself and that is a shame. It seems to be happening more often, thanks to Owlcrate and bookstagram. In the past year there have been a few books I probably would have passed by in the bookstore in search of something else, but thanks to other bookstagrammers or the curators of the subscription box, I have come into possession of many rare gems. This is one of them.

I. Cannot. Even. From the first page, this book had me. The writing is superb, the characters both perfect and flawed in the best ways. And the plot! Don’t get me started because there will be spoilers and nobody wants that – especially me because what goes around, comes around. Ugh! Vegas rules apply here: what happens in this book should stay in this book, at least until  you read it. And you’re going to kick yourself if you don’t pick this one up. I know I would have!

Final Thoughts: What the actual fuck! That’s how it ends!?

Side Note: This was my exact reaction upon finishing the book and I took said reaction to Twitter. This is what happened:

Star Rating:

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Disclaimer: I have not been compensated in any way for this review and all opinions contained herein are my own and in no way reflect the ideas or opinions of people or sites I may reference.  This is intended for entertainment purposes only.

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