If my anticipation for Sarah J. Maas’ A Court of Mist and Fury was any inclination of how much I’ve been enjoying the YA fantasy genre lately, then One Dark Throne (Three Dark Crowns #2), Kendare Blake’s follow up to Three Dark Crowns (Three Dark Crowns #1), was on a whole other level.
I was first introduced to the three tantalizing Queens of Fennbirn last year and it completely changed the way I approached multiple POV fantasy novels, so when One Dark Throne was published on September 19, I purchased Amazon Prime just to make sure the book got here the same day.
Was the painful year long wait between sequels worth it? Keep on reading to find out my thoughts and opinions.
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One Dark Throne (Three Dark Crowns #2) by Kendare Blake
Publisher: HarperTeen (September 19, 2017)
Print Length: 464 pages
Audiobook Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
Narrator: Amy Landon
The battle for the Crown has begun, but which of the three sisters will prevail?
With the unforgettable events of the Quickening behind them and the Ascension Year underway, all bets are off. Katharine, once the weak and feeble sister, is stronger than ever before. Arsinoe, after discovering the truth about her powers, must figure out how to make her secret talent work in her favor without anyone finding out. And Mirabella, once thought to be the strongest sister of all and the certain Queen Crowned, faces attacks like never before—ones that put those around her in danger she can’t seem to prevent.
In this enthralling sequel to Kendare Blake’s New York Times bestselling Three Dark Crowns, Fennbirn’s deadliest queens must face the one thing standing in their way of the crown: each other.
This sequel was everything I wanted it to be and more.
If you haven’t had a chance to read Three Dark Crowns, or my review on it, you have been warned that while I will try to keep this review spoiler free, no guarantees.
Each of the characters in One Dark Throne went through more character progression. My love specifically for Queen Arsinoe has not wavered, but holy guacamole do I love me some crazy Katharine. She was just so dark and twisty that I couldn’t help but falling for her blood thirst, which by the way leads to some truly epic fight scenes. And can we talk about Billy for a hot, pun intended, second. He was unwavering in his love for Arsinoe, and in turn he’s currently number one in my heart for the suitors.
Besides the characters, Blake once again has a way with words let me tell you. This book she also ups the ante in the crazy plot twist department. That part with the priestess, oh and the part with Natalia , and the queen twist, be still my heart!
This series has drawn me in, hook, line, and sinker. My only complaint at this point is I have to wait for an unknown publication date for the currently unnamed third book. Hey Kendare, if you’re reading this, help a sister out?!
Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 stars.
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And those are my thoughts on One Dark Throne (Three Dark Crowns #2) by Kendare Blake. Have any dark and delicious YA fantasy recommendations? Leave it as a comment below and help my TBR grow.