The ‘Three Dark Crowns’ series has easily become one of my most anticipated book releases over the past two years, and the publication of the third novel in the quartet, Two Dark Reigns (Three Dark Crowns #3), on September 4th was no exception.
Did Two Dark Reigns continue to keep me enthralled with the story of the Queens of Fennbirn? Keep on reading to find out my thoughts and opinions.
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Two Dark Reigns (Three Dark Crowns #3) by Kendare Blake
Publisher: HarperTeen (September 4 2018)
Print Length: 464 pages
Audiobook Length: 12 hrs and 16 mins
Narrator: Amy Landon
Katharine sits on the throne, Mirabella and Arsinoe are in hiding, and an unexpected renegade is about to wage a war of her own. The crown has been won, but these queens are far from done.
Wow. Just wow.
Two Dark Reigns (Three Dark Crowns #3) is the penultimate novel in the YA fantasy series that follows triplets Mirabella, Arsinoe, and Katharine as they battle it out to become the queen of the island of Fennbirn.
In this novel Blake continues to impress me with just how lush and vivid her writing style is. While I was a tad apprehensive when it was announced that the planned ‘Three Dark Crowns’ duology was being expanded into a quartet, I now couldn’t imagine not being able to look forward to being utterly enchanted by the world Blake has spun. I rather enjoyed her enthusiasm when it came to expanding the world to beyond the Fennbirn, and I found myself enjoying my time on the Mainlands just as much as if the entirety of the novel was set on the familiar island. She also nailed it in terms of adding to the lore of the world. In my First Line Friday post for Two Dark Reigns, I did mention my concern about having chapters alternate between past and present events, but the expansion of previous queens just made me love this book that much more.
The character progression in Two Dark Reigns was also top notch. As with Three Dark Crowns (Three Dark Crowns #1) and One Dark Throne (Three Dark Crowns #2) Katharine continues to be my favourite of the three sisters. Gone is the weak and feeble girl we were introduced to in Three Dark Crowns (Three Dark Crowns #1) and instead we get to see just how capable a ruler she can be. I cannot wait to see what beholds her in the concluding novel, and my only hope for her is that she finds some sort of peace after what she had to deal with in this novel. Likewise, Mirabella and Arsinoe were also able to grow into their purposes, both in regards to the island and to the plot, and I hope that we get to see some sort of closure for two girls who deserve nothing but tranquility in their lives.
All I can finish this review with is the untitled concluding novel, set for publication in 2019, is as mind blowing as I am anticipating it to be.
Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 stars.
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And those are my thoughts on Two Dark Reigns (Three Dark Crowns #3) by Kendare Blake. Have any YA fantasy recommendations you think I should check out? Leave them as a comment below and help my TBR grow.