Book Review: ‘Three Dark Crowns’ by Kendare Blake

Posted in Book Reviews
on February 13, 2017

Dear Reader,

I recently got recommended to read this from a friend at university. After discussing my love for ACOMAF – cos’ isn’t that the best way to make friends? And after completing this I am so unsure how I feel. I’ve literally just finished it now and have so many feels right now. I know for one I need a whole tub of Pringles just to help me digest what actual has happened. Anymore, more in the review below.

  • Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake 
  • Kindle Edition – 416 pages 
  • Release Date: 20th September 2016
  • Published by: HarperTeen 
  • ISBN: 0062385437
  • Goodreads page for the novel here


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. [blurb from Goodreads]

My Review:

“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”

Okay, so as soon as I am about to delve into this book, I’m thinking 1) Witches (YES) 2) This seems so dark and omfg I love dark fantasy and 3) Sisters killing each other? I was SOOOO up for some post Christmas darkness. So as soon as I had read these lines I was literally flapping in my seat.

But, (and there is a big but) there is a lot of things I loved and hated within this novel. So much so that I feel like I need to sum up this review in loving and hating categories.

*Please do not read on if you don’t want any spoilers*

What I loved: 

At first I entered the book thinking right what is going on? What are these three sisters and what are poisoners, naturalists and elemantalists. But, as I read on, I became to involved within the world itself that I actually began to love it. I feel like Blake needed to world build waayy more, certainly at the beginning but how cool is this. The poisoners literally can withstand any poison and they are very creepy people who literally stuff themselves with feasts of amazing food packed full with deadly toxins. I’d say they are the darkest of the bunch, but this makes them so interesting. Then you have the naturalists who each have an animal familiar (kinda like The Golden Compass) and they can communicate with animals and plants around them. They are the most liked and for that reason they usually have the most loved queens. Finally you have the elemantalists who can control earth, wind, water and fire. They’re arrogant and very cocky.

I came to love the three sisters within the novel. They are all so different it is hard not to have your favourite one. Blake did a great job of creating all the sisters so different as it also means the reader can at least identify with one of them. They are also great strong female leads and you know how much I love those.

The massive and I mean massive turny twisty ending. Which, as soon as I had finished reading it, my emotions were just uncontrollable. I cannot wait for the sequel. It’s going to be fantastic and I hope their is so much more world building.

What I hated ( or disliked since hate is strong):

It toke me a while to get into this book. I would say until I got half way through I was thinking ‘meh’ throughout, which isn’t a good thing. I’m not sure if this was because I did get myself so hyped up with the novel in the first place that I kind of had too many expectations that just weren’t set out how I would of hoped. Like, I wasn’t reading a book about queens fighting or trying to kill each other, this book was more a prequel to that.

The ending. I know a lot of people have said they had predicted it throughout the book. But I didn’t. And, I just don’t know how I feel about it. I feel like it was too clique and that really irritated me.

The male love interests. I never liked any of them to begin with (sorry Joseph and Pietyr) and I actually now hate them after finishing the book. Anyone who has read it please say you agree with me? I think they are complete arseholes. I know their could be an explanation for each one of their actions i.e spells and trying to save from misery, but I’m like DANG IT MEN.

So, after a massive rant-ish review, I’d say in the end I did love this book. And will be hopelessly waiting for a sequel.

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