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” – Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
Three Dark Crowns is a dark book about triplet queens, all born with different abilities, who pretty much have to fight for the throne once they turn sixteen. Mirabella is the one that everyone believes will win as her abilities as an elemental are very strong. Both Katharine and Arsinoe, a poisoner and a naturalist, are believed to be weak since their abilities have not awakened as of yet. Strong-willed and devoted to win no matter what, they will do what they can do attain the throne. Containing surprising betrayals, a well-developed world and LOTS of unsuspecting twists, this is the perfect dark tale for the fall season.
Oh man, my heart just about stopped at the end. There are so many twists in this book and I wish so much that next year would get here right now so that I can read what will happen next. Book club was very interesting this time since we all had various opinions of this book. Personally, I feel like this was the best book club pick so far. It was definitely a book down my alley. I loved the dark dialogue and the world was just so interestingly written and very mysterious. I don’t want to get too much into describing it since you guys should really read it firsthand. It was really cool and different. The queens were so alike in the sense that they were all going through similar situations but they are so unlike each other at the same time. It’s not just the queens that are bad-ass either, there are other really cool characters that really stand out. Kendare Blake's character development is on point. Taking a step back to when I mentioned the various opinions, it was brought up that there were a little too many characters in this book. With three different queens growing up in separate regions, there are three different groups of people. It’s a long introduction of names but they get easier to remember with how different the characters are from one another.
The twists at the end really blew our minds and we couldn’t help but discuss so many possible ideas that can happen in the next book. It was overall a very fun book to read and is definitely one of my favorite reads this year.
I give this book a 5 out of 5 rating while the other members had ratings varying between 4 and 4.5.
If you had the chance to read this book, who was your favorite queen?
I felt like Arsinoe was the most bad-ass.
P.S. We have a great pick for our next book of the month! I can’t wait to announce it on Tuesday so stay tuned!