Three Dark Crowns Series by Kendare Blake

Three Dark Crowns Series by Kendare Blake

Three Dark Crowns Series by Kendare Blake

(Three Dark Crowns, One Dark Throne, Two Dark Reigns (Sept 2018))


Rating: (4.5 / 5)

Genre: YA Fantasy

Content: Magic, Battles



“Three dark queens

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”

― Kendare Blake, Three Dark Crowns


Synopsis: On Fennbirn island, Queens always give birth to triplets. One is an elemental, able to control fire, water, air and earth. One is a naturalist, able to bond with animals and grow plants and crops with just a thought. And one is a poisoner, able to ingest enough poison to kill, without any side effects. But only one can become the next Queen. As it has been for centuries, they are separated at a young age and trained to kill the others. Two must die, and one must be crowned.


I LOVED reading this series so far and am so sad I have to wait another few months to read the next one which I think is going to be the last. I can’t say enough good things about these books. One thing I really enjoyed was how different all the sister’s characters were. Mirabella has been trained to believe she is the strongest of the sisters and will inevitably be the next queen. Arsinoe is sassy and rebellious. And Katharine is quiet and reserved. It created a really nice dynamic and you got to read in the point of view of each of them which was nice for some perspective. You also get to read in the POV of a few of the other characters which usually drives me crazy, but in this series, I think it really worked and seemed necessary. Katharine is for sure my favorite character.

The author’s writing style was really nice to read as well. She was descriptive without being too much, and the books have had a nice slow build so far. Generally, I find this makes me bored, but I couldn’t stop reading because she included some very interesting plot points along the way. Some of her plot twists were spectacular! I didn’t see them coming and they were literally making me say “oh my god no way!” out loud. Which I’m sure my husband didn’t find annoying at all.

Lastly, I really liked the history of the triplets. Every Queen gives birth to triplets. It’s the Goddess’ will. And every set of triplets is the same – one elemental, one poisoner, and one naturalist. The Queen is able to feel which one is which at birth and names them accordingly. They are then raised by the Midwife for 6 years, then sent to live with a guardian family who has the same gift as them. They are meant to raise the child to train them to kill their sisters and be crowned as the next Queen. There are also two other gifts that are becoming very rare, and very weak in lineage. The war gifted are able to use some sort of telekinesis, as well as have extreme amounts of physical strength. Then there are oracles which are basically extinct. They have the gift of sight, psychics of sorts. I think the author did a great job of setting up her book’s culture and history. Maybe not quite as much as some universes I have read, but still a job well done on her end. I think any more would have been overkill in this type of series.

Would highly recommend this series! It’s listed as a YA Fantasy but I found it more similar to an Adult Fantasy book. Read it! You won’t regret it.


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