Three Dark Crowns

Three Dark Crowns

eBook - 2016
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Fans of acclaimed author Kendare Blake's Anna Dressed in Blood will devour her latest novel, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. 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's life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins. The last queen standing gets the crown."
Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, 2016.
ISBN: 9780062385451
Characteristics: text file
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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Sep 21, 2017

A 2018-2019 Missouri Gateway Readers Award preliminary nominee (grades 9-12).

The premise of this novel is fairly simple. In the world of this series every generation triplets are born to the reigning queen who are raised separately and must battle for the right to rule shortly after their sixteenth birthdays. They are all gifted in different ways and must use their gifts to defeat their sisters.

It's an interesting premise, and I was drawn in, but also not. It's kind of a weird custom, and I would love to know how it came to be. Otherwise, it's just kind of barbaric. Also can Joseph die? Please?

Aug 23, 2017

Not quite understand the hype of the book. the story rolls out between the three queen to be sisters. Of course, there will be conflicts and conspiracy. However, the story lines didn't fell together until the last 30 pages of the story. There should also be more political intrigues but that part turns out very superficial to me.

Not sure if I would read the second book.

Aug 15, 2017

Can't wait for the second book!

Aug 02, 2017

Three Dark Crowns has an interesting premise and plot. I was excited when I first picked it up, but it turns out that this book fell short of my expectations.
The summary got me hyped, but the book itself? Mehhh... There's too much romance in there for my liking as well as makeout scenes and love interests. I didn't feel like there was enough action, and I was often bored by the fact that nothing was really happening. Yes, there are some minor details/events, and maybe this first book is just intended to provide background information, but honestly? It was unnecessary and redundant, especially since the actual ascension year starts WAY, WAY, WAY later in the book. I couldn't get enough out of Three Dark Crowns.
Matthew and Joseph Sandrin are players, Billy is the only loyal boy, Katharine is a little brat, Pietyr is jealous, Arsinoe is strong-willed, Jules is powerful, Mirabella is perfect, and everyone else is irrelevant. That's really all you need to know about the characters. Everything they do is basically boring too, so you don't need to know much.
There were some things that I did like though such as the writing and the setting. I just hope that the second book will focus more on emotions and action.

Jul 24, 2017

This book is told from the viewpoints of all three sisters. You can sympathize with their trials and their desire to help their people, but you can also see how they are all being manipulated by legend, their teachers, their people and the island. Full of twists and turns, but complicated at the same time this book was hard for me to get into. I have said before I tend to be a reader who likes to attach themselves to a character and root for them--that wasn't possible in this novel. I just wanted the mess to be sorted out, but it looks like I will have to wait for the sequel for that.

Apr 09, 2017

What a book. Please don't be fooled by the reviews and ratings given by publishers because I feel rather cheated. It wasn't until the end that stuff actually started happening and the characters got less two-dimensional to me. The whole entire time, there were too many unnecessary names and people that just confused me, and there was literally no action. I expected a more "hunger-games" plot with a lot more violence and intensity, but this book just dragggged through "preparation" and subplots. If there is a sequel, I might just not read it for the sake of my self-respect and avoid putting myself through misery. 2/5
- @Siri of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Apr 08, 2017

I've seen a few mixed review about this book, and mostly they're about the story/characters/plot not being exciting enough. I partially agree with that statement; the book isn't up-and-going, but I don't think it was ever presented that way. The writing seems a bit off initially as well. But the originality of the storyline is so attractive to me (as it should be to other readers) that I was able to ignore everything in its favor. And I have to say, I'm really looking forward to the sequel. Here the queens were unwilling participants, but it will be a different case in the next book. On a side note though, I hope to God, Jules finds another man as Joseph is a sleazeball.

AL_ALYSONC Apr 08, 2017

Great characters and a thrilling ending that will leave you begging for the next book. Can't wait for September to bring the 2nd book.

EvaELPL Apr 05, 2017

I'm a big fan of Blake's Anna Dressed In Blood series, so I was excited to try something new by her, and this premise caught my eye right away. Three triplets, born with unusual (and deadly) gifts, fighting to the death to become Queen. Kendare Blake has such a keen eye for atmosphere and nuanced female characters, and the world-building here was impressive and felt fresh even in the overly-saturated "fantastical kingdom that puts its teens in brutal danger as a matter of bureaucracy" genre. I'm very much looking forward to the next installment.

AL_TIEGAN Feb 19, 2017

What. An. Ending. I am ready for the sequel, now..
This first book really focuses on introducing the three sisters and their world. It allows for the reader to get a feel for who these girls are and what is expected of them. I greatly enjoyed the world building and grew to love each sister for a different reason. The very last line provides a HUGE twist to the entire book and I cannot wait until the next book comes out, where I expect the story will really get into more of the sisters fighting for the crown.

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Aug 02, 2017

Three sisters, each with unique powers, must fight for the throne in a game of life and death.


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Aug 02, 2017

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