Published by HarperCollins on September 20th 2016
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.
I have to admit… even after hearing all the great things about this book, I didn’t pick it up for a long time. Honestly, I was a bit scared to! I don’t do well with scary books. For some reason I had it in my head that this would be a scary read. However, earlier this year Kendare Blake and Veronica Roth were doing an event together so I decided to brave Three Dark Crowns. This was a good life choice! I absolutely loved it. It was totally creepy but in the way I like… atmospheric and mysterious.
I was immediately drawn in by the idea of triplet sisters vying to be queen. It’s pretty horrific, right? Knowing that to become queen you have to kill your sisters? And even if you don’t want it that badly, you have to do it or be killed? It’s one of those things that is not awesome in real life but fascinating in a story!
I loved the world building in this story. Each sister is associated with a different type of magic and they are raised within communities centered around that magic. The narration of the story switches between the sisters and their worlds so we get to see so much of it. There is so much interesting history and traditions and I just ate it all up! There is a very dark fairy tale feel to the world and the story.
I loved the writing style. I loved the characters. I loved the world. I loved the twists. Basically, Three Dark Crowns was exactly my type of read. And after that ending I need the next book!!