Three Dark Crowns (Three Dark Crowns Series #1)

Three Dark Crowns (Three Dark Crowns Series #1)

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

New York Times Bestseller * New York Public Library Best Book of 2016 * Chicago Public Library Best Book of 2016 * Kirkus Best Book of the Year

Fans of acclaimed author Kendare Blake’s Anna Dressed in Blood will devour Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. And don't miss the highly anticipated sequel, One Dark Throne!

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.

Be sure to catch the stunning sequel to this New York Times bestseller, One Dark Throne.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062385437
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/20/2016
Series: Three Dark Crowns Series , #1
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 12,373
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.50(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Kendare Blake is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Three Dark Crowns series. She holds an MA in creative writing from Middlesex University in northern London. She is also the author of Anna Dressed in Blood, a Cybils Awards finalist; Girl of NightmaresAntigoddessMortal Gods; and Ungodly. Her books have been translated into eighteen languages, have been featured on multiple best-of-year lists, and have received many regional and librarian awards. Kendare lives and writes in Kent, Washington. Visit her online at www.kendareblake.com.

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Three Dark Crowns 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 41 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I overall found Three Dark Crowns to be an enjoyable read. Three sister queens, destined to fight to the death for the crown, go through preparations for the year in which they will meet their fate. Each faces their own unique struggles- Kat, the "poisoner" queen, is weak and sickly from years of ingesting poisons in an attempt to activate her gift, Arsinoe the "naturalist" struggles to connect with nature the way she is supposed to, and Mirabelle the "elemental" is tortured by the expectation that she will kill her sisters. The three of their stories are followed separately but eventually cross paths and intertwine. Lovers of fantasy and darker tales will love this book and the depth of the fantasy world and the society built in this novel. The magical "gifts" described in the book are intriguing and unique, and the characters are even more so. A major theme throughout the book is manipulation and the lengths to which people will go to gain power, and it was interesting to see how different characters experienced being manipulated or manipulation of others. My only complaints stem from the choppiness of the dialogue, which reads very formally and so isn't easy to hear in your head, so to speak. I personally was able to get used to it and enjoy the book anyway but I can see how that might be a turn off. I also could have done without some of the relationship drama, and think that the book could have better brought into play the dynamic between the sisters instead. At times, it was a little bit slow paced, but I found it was suspenseful enough to keep me reading. Over all, I thoroughly enjoyed Three Dark Crowns and would recommend it to any fantasy lovers looking for a new series.
Anonymous 7 days ago
Beautifully written. Captivating.
Courtney_Elena 4 months ago
Original Review: literarychaos.com Rating: 2.5 Stars I really wanted to love this book, unfortunately, I just didn't care for it. I went in beyond excited to read this, the synopsis sounds amazing and I was buddy-reading it with close friends, but it, unfortunately, was just a let down for me. Initially, I thought that I would be getting a story full of action and suspense instead it was more about world building and setting the stage for action later in the series. This made the pacing of the book feel painfully slow, I don't think that it really picked up till about halfway through the book. Even after picking up, I still don't think that I was ever fully as engrossed as I hoped I would be. While I will admit my expectations did play a large role in my feelings of this book, it was not my only reason for disliking the book. I really was not a fan of the writing style of this book. The book was constantly switching from one point of view to another, sometimes even switching between people while still in the same chapter. This made the book very confusing at times, and difficult to understand whose point of view I was reading. I was also annoyed that we got a lot of Kathrine and Mirabella's points of view but very little of Arsionoe's. For me at least, this made it very hard to connect with Arsinoe as a character. I feel that I would have liked the book more if she had found a way to tell the story only from the Queen's points of view. Lastly was the world, while it was beautiful and fantastical, it was just too much and was very confusing at times. The author would often reference historical events of the world and would sometimes explain and sometimes leave the reader hanging. The world is just so intricate it seems like historical preface or appendix to give the reader some context. I was also left confused because the author references the real historical event of Cleopatra VII ( the one we all know as Cleopatra) having her sister Arsinoe murdered, which made me wonder if this world was somehow connected to ours or if this was simply an easter egg. All in all, the book itself was not horrible, but I probably would not have finished it if it were not for the fact that I was buddy reading. That being said, due to the ending, which was probably the best aspect of the book, and the fact that a friend, whose opinion I trust, has raved about the sequel, I will probably try to continue with the series. With any luck, the rest of the series will make up for the slow start.
Anonymous 7 months ago
I loved this book! I can’t wait to read the next one! :)
Anonymous 8 months ago
Oh the ending!!!! I LOVE the kind of ending this book has. I'm so glad that I read it now instead of right when it came out because I just hopped straight onto Amazon and have book 2 coming on Thursday, so I don't have to wait too long for the next installment. Trust me, you will want to read book 2 immediately!
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Shawscribbles More than 1 year ago
This was one story I really enjoyed. Unique with three strong main characters, each with her own charms and shortcomings, I was hooked from the start. Just when I would start rooting for one sister to win and become the next Queen Crowned, my sympathies would shift to one of the others. With stakes already high, knowing that only one sister can be queen but also that her sisters who lose the crown will also lose their lives kept the suspense and tension high right to the end of the book. This is a really unique tale full of twists and just when you think there will be a resolution, you end up finishing the book craving for what will come next. Good thing there is One Dark Throne for you start on as soon as you're finished!
BookWorm221 More than 1 year ago
I have to admit that it was a bit difficult for me to get into the story, I think it was a combinations of the narrations and the different PoV’s and all the character’s names but once I was a little bit more familiar with it all I started to enjoy the book (even if sometimes I didn’t know who was who).
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My all time favorite series. Great plot that keeps readers hooked. I Read it in a span of 48 hours.
19269684 More than 1 year ago
The totally cool rhyme lured me in: 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 I just knew it was going to be a haunting and spectacular fantasy of a read. Keep reading to find out what my thoughts were on this Kendare Blake novel and book series! I truly wanted to enjoy this book, but the premise was just not good (for me). The idea of three queenly sisters, each with an elemental power, against one another, to the death, for rule over the kingdom is cool. Making it something that happens all the time, per so many generations, leaving a queen to rule until she bares children, starting the process all over again is... was dumb. Then the Queen never really rules, since she's got a council that runs things while the queens are preparing for the "Quickening", as of their sixteenth birthdays. Why can't they just run things, choosing the first born to lead, as with most monarchies? Then you have a group of fanatical priestesses who want dominion over the kingdom as well, and each faction is trusted with care for a Queen- WHAT THE HECK!? To me, it was a book of Puppet Mastery! *For the detailed review, visit http://bit.ly/ThreeDarkCrowns Three Dark Crowns Kendare Blake Harper Collins Publishers
YAandWine More than 1 year ago
I am head-over-heels in love with both the premise of this story and this brilliant new fantasy world. This book has this gorgeous, dark tone that I was absolutely enchanted by. We know the stakes are incredibly high right from the get-go, since we know that only one of the three sisters can survive to take the throne. The magic system was so well-done. I loved that all three sisters possessed a different type of magic: Arsinoe with the Naturalist magic, Mirabella with the Elemental magic, and Katherine with the Poisoner magic. While all three forms of magic were captivating, I just adored the idea of Poisoner magic. I haven't seen that in any other novels that I can recall, and there's just something about it that feels so sinister and fascinating. I cannot wait to see more of that in the next book. Kendare Blake really utilized the third person omniscient perspective so well in this story. We get to see into the minds of not only Arsinoe, Mirabella, and Katherine, but some of the other characters as well, which gives us these fantastic glimpses into the political maneuverings in this story. Though the plot does have a slower pace, I was still completely glued to it. All of the scheming and manipulation going on behind the scenes was more than enough to keep me absolutely glued to this story. I'm the type of reader that prefers a well-developed world over a fast-paced plot any day of the week, so this book was perfect for me in that regard. I haven't been swept up into any of the romances in this novel quite yet; however, I feel like the romance, just like the competition, is something that we're just starting to glimpse in this book, and I expect that those elements will be fully fleshed out in the next. I am utterly enthralled by this story, and I cannot wait to see what happens in book two!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So so good!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not at all what I was expecting after reading the sample. But was far from disappointed! The book is slow at first. And slightly confusing as you get introduces to the girls. But it picks up and I wasn't able to put it down. The drama just pulls you in as you wait to see everyone's outcome. A good read if you have the patience!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The cliffhanger ending is amazng! I will definitely be getring One Dark Throne
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Twistdand turns. Kind of slow in the beggining. But ended up being good
ahyperboliclife More than 1 year ago
A Dark Fanciful Story of Power and Aspirations. I absolutely LOVED the overall vibe of the book. It was dark and twisted and filled with backstabbing and schemes. In the story we follow triplet queens, each gifted with a special kind of magic. Katharine, the poisoner queen; Arsione, the naturalist queen; and Mirabella, the elemental queen, and on their 16th birthday begins their fight to the death to become the ruling queen of Fennbirn, an isolated island nation. The characters were the highlight of the story to me, with so many distinct personalities and hidden motivations, they created a vibrant world. Things I Liked : I really loved the magic system in the story. I like that each sister is gifted in one style of magic, and lived with a mentor family to develop their talents. Each representative mentor family really helped create a world, and showcased their magic style incredibly well. They were like their own little mini cultures within the story - each valuing things differently and acting differently. I LIVE for all of the scheming and manipulating in this story. A political story without schemes and manipulations is no fun in my opinion. There was so much plotting and underhandedness that my inner Slytherin was very happy. This story had some pretty fantastic characters too. I actually loved all three queens. The group from Wolf Spring (Arsione, Jules, Billy, & Joseph) was my favorite. And I irrationally loved Pietyr, even though he’s kinda trash. This book isn’t afraid to go there. There are definitely some dark moments and serious consequences for character’s actions. Bad things happen and characters screw up. This really helps create an anything-can-happen feeling in the story. Things I Didn’t Like : I would have liked some more history about Fennbirn. I feel like more information about the history of Fennbirn and it’s people could have only helped the story. It took too long to clearly establish what exactly happens during the competition. From the beginning of the story all of these terms (Beltane, Quickening, Year of Ascension) are all thrown around, but they aren’t explicitly defined until later. It was a bit confusing trying to figure out all of these new terms. Overall this was a really good read for me, and the good outweighed the bad. I absolutely loved the vibe of the story and the characters drew me in. There were also some pretty great twists at the end of the story, though I called one in chapter 2, they are well set up and promise a sequel with even more drama and intrigue!
AvaJae More than 1 year ago
I'm a huge YA Fantasy fan, so when I heard the pitch for Kendare Blake's THREE DARK CROWNS, I was definitely curious. Combined with an awesome cover and an unusual tense choice (third person present) and I was glad I picked it up. Initially I was a little confused about why there were so many POVs—I was expecting three (one for each princess) and I think we end up with...five? Something like that. For the first portion of the book, I know the many POVs made it difficult for some people to get into it. I just rolled with it, and in the end it made sense as to why every POV was necessary. I will say I did find it a little difficult to keep track of all the names and places (the map helped with the latter, though), so sometimes I confused characters. But once I got used to the cast, that became no longer distracting. So that said, there were two things I really liked about this book: the magic, and the sisters themselves. There are a lot of takes on magic in YA, and many of them look like Mirabella: some sort of elemental stuff with extras thrown in. Nothing wrong with that, I love elemental magic portrayals, but I was really fascinated by the magic of the poisoners and naturalists. The poisoners especially was magic I hadn't seen before in YA, and it was super fascinating to see how that magic manifested (or how it was supposed to manifest, anyway), how it affected the way other people looked at them, and how they "showed it off" to demonstrate power—and the ruse of power. What I really liked about the sisters was they exceeded my expectations in multiple ways. I'd expected Mirabella to be the "evil twin" in the sense that as the most powerful (whether she knows it or not) she'd be biting at the bit to take out her other two sisters, but she was much more complicated than that. But what I especially loved about the three was they demonstrated a variety of ways to "be a girl" without ever implying one way is better than the other. Katherine and Mirabella are both traditionally feminine and take power in their femininity—which was awesome to see. On Fennbirn, women are the top of the power totem pole, so the girls never deal with misogyny and in many ways, their femininity was used as a display of power (yay!). Arsinoe, however, is an entirely different kind of girl. She's defiant, cuts her hair short, and never once wears a dress—even in the scenes where the girls are expected to dress formally, she stands beside her two sisters in dresses wearing a black shirt, vest, and pants. I loved this, because I've literally never seen a princess portrayed as anything short of femininely unless she was in disguise—and as a bonus, Arsinoe never gets any grief over it. She's accepted as she is, and while acknowledged as different, no one ever implies her less feminine style is a bad thing. So all in all, I found this book fascinating—and I was so glued I read sixty percent of it in one day. While I didn't love some of the details at the end, I really enjoyed this one overall and I'm very much looking forward to the next book, ONE DARK THRONE. Diversity note: From what I could tell, not much there, unfortunately.
ShannonAThompson More than 1 year ago
A wonderfully twisted and brutal fantasy. Recommended to YA fantasy readers looking for a female-centric cast, magic, and betrayal. Must enjoy romance and be okay with violence.
ManiB More than 1 year ago
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 Look at that. Look at it. Read it. Let it take your imagination away. That is what is printed on the back cover of this book. And just look at that front cover. Doesn’t it draw your eye? Pull you in? Don’t you feel the yearning to read it? The art and the poem tempt you to pick this book up, give it a try. They make you feel like they will not let you down. Oh, my friends, but they do. They do. I have never been left infuriated by a book. I’ve been disappointed. I’ve been disgusted. I’ve been left feeling dirty. I’ve been left with my soul empty, carried away by musty pages. But never, in all my life, have I been infuriated. I promise you honest reviews and, oh, you shall have one. We have three sisters, triplets, who were separated at a young age to be raised by different factions all on the same large island. This island is a kingdom unto itself and nearly entirely cut off from the outside world. Each sister has a gift. Arsinoe was brought up in a village where most people have an animal companion, a familiar. The people of that village are fiercely independent and are people of the land. They can encourage plants and crops to grow, coax fish from the sea, and are skilled at the hunt. Katharine was taken in by the current ruling faction, the poisoners. They are skilled at mixing poisons and being immune to them. The poisoners see any food that does not contain poison detestable and insulting. They are used to being in charge and will do anything to continue that way. Mirabella was raised by the elementals. They have control of, you may have guessed, the elements. Fire, water, wind, and earth. Mirabella can call down a storm, walk through fire, cause an earthquake, and most anything else involving the elements. She is considered the strongest of the sisters and her faction also controls the heart of religion on the island by means of the priestesses. These three sisters were separated to be raised by the factions only to be brought back together during their sixteenth year to, in a nut shell, fight to the death. Two of the sisters must die by the other’s hand. The one left alive will rule. They have their entire sixteenth year to accomplish this. Doesn’t that sound like a great premise of a book? The poisoners have had control for the last three queens and of course they want Katharine to conquer over her sisters so they may continue their rule. The problem is that Katharine is not a very good poisoner. She can mix and brew with the best of them but actually ingesting the poisons still makes her violently ill. She is weak. Arsinoe is a strong willed, brave young woman but she has no familiar and has not learned control over animals and growing. She is also perceived as weak. By contrast, Mirabella is a goddess. She can walk through flames without feeling the heat. She can bring on a storm that can sink ships in the harbors. She can shake the ground and bring buildings crumbling down. Most assume that she will be a shoo in for murdering her sisters and inheriting the crown. And that right there folks is pretty much all you get the entire book. There is all ..... (full review can be read at http://literaryweaponry.com)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think this was the most interesting book I've read in a while. I have no idea what will happen next, and I like that.
EmJay More than 1 year ago
WOW. I absolutely loved this book. Could not put it down. If you're a lover of fantasy, I highly recommend it. It was definitely darker, more violent, and slightly more gruesome than I had guessed, but I totally fell in love with the characters (as vicious as some of them were). It sort of reminded me of a combo of "The Hunger Games" and "The Divergent" trilogies, but again...quite a bit darker. You get the interesting faction-style society from Divergent, where you're loyal to your own kind and stay away from others. And, I mean, the whole society is rooted in the idea of one queen who is crowned after killing her sisters, so, you understand the Hunger Games vibe I'm feeling, right? The story is told from multiple different perspectives, too, so while you might be really loyal to the Dauntless in the Divergent series because of Tris, I found myself rooting for each of the different "gifts" (as they're called in the book) more or less equally. The three queens are truly lovely characters and I got so attached to them--couldn't imagine wanting one to be that "victorious queen" because it would mean the death of the other true. Wow, such a great internal conflict. While I predicted the big "twist" at the end pretty early on, there were smaller ones that I totally didn't see coming. Thinking back, there was definitely some foreshadowing, but pretty subtle, but it would definitely be one of those books that's fun to revisit now that you know the end! I hope there's more to come of Mirabella, Arsinoe, and Katharine! I'm dying to see how the story ends.
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