Review: Three Dark Crowns (Three Dark Crowns #1) – Kendare Blake

Oh YA fantasy, how you vex me.

Some YA fantasy has the ability to captivate me, such as anything having to do with the ACOTAR series, whereas others fall flat.

I have read Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake, so I knew going into Three Dark Crowns that I was going to like the writing.

But as you may or may not be aware I do struggle with multiple POV’s and Three Dark Crowns, being a fantasy novel, has quite a few of them.

Was I able to push past my aversion to multiple POV’s? Keep on reading to find out my thoughts and opinions.

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28374007Three Dark Crowns (Three Dark Crowns #1) by Kendare Blake

Publisher: HarperTeen (September 20, 2016)

Print Length: 398 pages

Audiobook Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins

Narrator: Amy Landon

When kingdom come, there will be one.

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.

The Review

This book was just all sorts of amazing.

There wasn’t a boring passage in all 398 pages, and I am pretty sure I finished this gem in one day.

On Goodreads, a lot of the criticism for this novel stems from people finding one of the three main characters POV’s boring, for me this was not the case.

Though I looked forward to Arsinoe’s passages the most, probably because I found her companions to be the most interesting out of the three girls, each of the Queen’s had a quality that made me keep reading until the wee hours of the morning.

I also must say Blake had a way of world building that made it almost feel like, in a way, I already knew roughly the world I was stepping into.

A lot of fantasy novels, at least the firsts in series, almost feel like a prelude to the second, third, or fourth books, but Three Dark Crowns broke that convention.

And can we talk about the last few chapters for a minute. I’m fairly certain my jaw hit the floor for the last three passages from Mirabella, Katharine, and Arsinoe.

The next book, One Dark Throne (Three Dark Crowns #2), isn’t expected to be released until September 2017 at the earliest, so it looks like I will be seeking other YA fantasy novels to satiate my appetite until then.

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 stars.

Purchase Links

 Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Indigo

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And those are my thoughts on Three Dark Crowns (Three Dark Crowns #1) by Kendare Blake. Have any fantasy recommendations? Leave them below and help my TBR grow.



  1. Megan @ Ginger Mom

    Multiple points of view (as long as their done correctly) is one of my favorite things in a book. I love seeing things from other characters’ POV (especially the ones that don’t give away big spoilers). I definitely have to pick this one up. I haven’t read anything by Kendare Blake but she’s been nagging at the top of my TBR for awhile now! New follower 🙂


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