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Three Dark Crowns

Three Dark Crowns

Written by Kendare Blake

Narrated by Amy Landon


Three Dark Crowns

Written by Kendare Blake

Narrated by Amy Landon

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4/5 (302 ratings)
Length:
9 hours
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Released:
Sep 20, 2016
ISBN:
9780062570437
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Description

New York Times Bestseller * New York Public Library Best Book of 2016 * Chicago Public Library Best Book of 2016 * Kirkus Best Book of the Year

Fans of acclaimed author Kendare Blake's Anna Dressed in Blood will devour Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. And don't miss the highly anticipated sequel, One Dark Throne!

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.

Be sure to catch the stunning sequel to this New York Times bestseller, One Dark Throne.

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Released:
Sep 20, 2016
ISBN:
9780062570437
Format:
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About the author

Kendare Blake is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Three Dark Crowns series. She holds an MA in creative writing from Middlesex University in northern London. She is also the author of Anna Dressed in Blood, a Cybils Awards finalist; Girl of Nightmares; Antigoddess; Mortal Gods; and Ungodly. Her books have been translated into over twenty languages, have been featured on multiple best-of-year lists, and have received many regional and librarian awards. Kendare lives and writes in Gig Harbor, Washington. Visit her online at www.kendareblake.com.



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  • (4/5)
    This is the story of 3 sisters, triplets. One of them is born to be the Queen of Fennbirn, but which one? That won't be decided until their 16th birthday, when a fight to the death begins. Only one will survive to be Queen.

    Each sister has special powers and was raised by others with the same gifts. Mirabella is an elemental, able to control the elements like fire and wind. Katharine is a poisoner, able to consume all poisons without fear of injury. Arsinoe is a naturalist, with power over animals and plants. This is more of a getting to know you type of book. We are introduced to the three sisters in the months before their 16th birthday, and see the environment in which they were raised, and get some insight into their training. Seriously, the poisoner training sounds horrible. I felt very sorry for Katharine.

    There is a lot of political intrigue, mainly between the factions that raised the girls. Each wants their Queen to win, so they will have controlling interest in the Island. Did I mention that this takes place on an island? Even though that is clearly spelled out in the description, it still took me awhile to fully grasp the fact. There are many references to the mainland, which seems to have their own ruling system. And suitors for the Queen's hand come from the mainland.

    I liked the element of magic in the story. So far, it is there but we are not hit over the head with it. Instead we get to know the girls as people. The girls are presented as complicated people, neither completely good or completely bad. Each girl has been raised to know that only one will survive. So they are very paranoid about their sisters, and even the most innocent gesture can be misinterpreted as a threat. This adds to the tension, but also makes for frustration at times. I don't want them to kill each other, but right now that is where the story is headed.

    I enjoyed this book. At times it was a little slow. Mostly when focused on the girls budding romances. The ending really kicked everything into high gear. We are left with things unresolved, but a second book is coming in 2017. I will definitely pick that one up. I give this book 4 out of 5 stars.
  • (4/5)
    Much more engaging than I'd expected. Somehow, these kinds of books seem to manage to still feel fresh sometimes despite the plot being done so frequently. That's definitely the case here. I will be continuing on to the rest of the series shortly, but have been delayed by illness.
  • (5/5)
    Took me a bit to really get into it. But once i did i quickly fell in love with all three queens and was rooting for them all.
  • (3/5)
    This is the first book in the Three Dark Crowns series. This is another one I am setting aside (I know two this week). I read the first 100 pages and just could not get into this story. I really enjoyed Blake’s “Anna Dress in Blood” series, but did not enjoy her Goddess War series.The book switches between the three heirs to the throne (three sisters) and each chapter for them is very long (about 20-30 pages). By the time you get to the next heir I had started to forget what happened to the previous one. It takes a long time to introduce the sisters and the multitudes of characters surrounding them. Finally around 90 pages in introductions are getting wrapped up….I was also not a fan of the premise of these three sisters fighting to the death...although I could have possibly got into that if anything had happened. In the first 100 pages nothing happens and it's very very boring. This was another book for me where I would pick it up, read a couple pages, and then look for something else...absolutely anything else...to do. Overall this was definitely not the book for me which made me a bit sad. Between this book and “Antigoddess” I think I am done picking up books from Blake. Oh, well on to something else.
  • (5/5)
    The ending bumped the star rating from a 3.5 to a 5. Great story line, strong secondary characters, and a twist in the plot that has me hunting down the sequel.
  • (3/5)
    Okay that ending was something that I predicted at page 100. I literally went to my partner and said at some point we are going to find out this about two of the queens. When I read the last sentence of this book I said to him that I was right and threw the book into a nearby chair semi-disgusted. What is sad is I really wanted to love this book, especially since it is the first book I ever purchased the day it came out, but for the vast majority of the book you are wondering what the overall point of the story is. It does not feel like the plot has a substantial backbone that makes it a unique and interesting story. It is lacking something substantive in terms of a point. While I did enjoy certain characterizations, which is the strongest point of this book for me, it feels like the likable characters are few and far between. In a story like this that makes it hard to get through.

    It feels like Blake was trying to write her own version of "A Song of Fire and Ice" and unfortunately is not as successful as one would hope. The perks are the few likable characters and I found myself interested in the various romantic entanglements shown throughout. If Blake creates a second book in this series I hope she focuses on telling one major story with a singular overall focus. This will greatly help with what was lacking here. Still this was not the most horrific book I ever read and has redeemable moments, so I do recommend the book for others. I recommend it to people who greatly enjoy books like "The Hunger Games" series or the aforementioned "A Song of Fire and Ice" series.