Three Dark Crowns – Book Review – Amber

Hello, hello! Today I’ll be sharing my thoughts about ‘Three Dark Crowns’ by Kendare Blake. It will, as usual, contain spoilers. Let’s start!

”Three Black Witches are born in a glen,

Sweet little triplets

Will never be friends.


”Three Black Witches, all fair to be seen.

Two to devour,

And one to be queen.


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.

What is the book about?

On the island of Fennbirn every generation there is a set of triplets born, all equal heirs to the throne and they will compete on their sixteenth birthday for the crown. The only thing a queen has to do is kill her sisters. Separated at the age of six, once far away from each other, they don’t remember any good memories about their sisters. They feel hatred against and despise each other. They start training with their powers in order for them to kill each other off.

The book begins with introducing the Queens, Katharine (the youngest), Arsinoe (the middle one) and Mirabella (the oldest). We get to see how they train, their daily lives and the people in their surroundings. Slowly but surely the pace of the book begins to quicken. The queens are meeting suitors, they have small performances to show off their strengths etcetera.

Around the middle of the book, everything really starts happening. The girls start moving their courts to the central place where they are going to show off their powers and where they will see their competition again since they were six. The evening before the girls turn 16 everything begins. The girls have trained, they have wooed their suitors (or at least tried) and then the battle begins. They have a certain amount of time to kill each other but that doesn’t happen on a battlefield or something. They just go home and kill each other whenever they want to. Which is kind of the end.

Main characters

We first meet Queen Katherine (pronounced as Cat-ah-reen) who is supposed to be a poisoner. But she isn’t really, she can mix poisons very well but the point of her being a poisoner is to consume poisons and that’s is what she can’t. Every poison she has ever had made her look ill, made her feel ill and makes her look weird. Her hair falls out and her scalp is very, very sensitive. Throughout the story we see her getting stronger and eventually falling in love. She is my favourite Queen and the end guys, I’m dead and need the next book right now.

Then we meet Queen Arsinoe, a naturalist. She doesn’t have any powers at all. She has a great personality but everyone has accepted that she is going to die, even herself has accepted it. She has tried to escape the Island but the boat just stopped, like there was an invisible wall that kept her inside the waters of the Island. I liked her, but the people around her were, dare I say, more interesting.

The last Queen we met was Queen Mirabella who is an elemental. She is the strongest of the three and the entire Island thinks she will win. I didn’t like her very much. What I did like about her was that she still loved her sisters. She remembers the times they played together. She feels like she can’t kill them while she can since she is the strongest. The people around her were pushing her to do all kinds of things and it kind of really irritated me,  she couldn’t go anywhere without supervision.

My opinion

I really liked this book which is why I gave it 5 stars. Some people will argue with me on this one since it’s kind of slow in the beginning. This is, of course, due to world building and explaining all the characters. I actually really enjoyed this because we get to see a part of their lives before the real battle starts.

Just so you know, the real battle hasn’t started yet. It’s going to happen in the second book: One Dark Throne.

The plot is well thought out and the writing style is very nice, it’s just a very good book. After the middle it really starts to get things moving, it’s getting intense and you really start hating and loving the characters.

Overall it was just a good book with amazing characters and an intense plot. I recommend it to anyone who likes the kind of darker YA fantasy and to anyone who is done with the romance in YA, there is some romance in this book but it’s not something big which I think is a rather good thing.

That’s it for today. I hope you liked it!


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