Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

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.

If only it was that simple. Katharine is unable to tolerate the weakest poison, and Arsinoe, no matter how hard she tries, can’t make even a weed grow. The two queens have been shamefully faking their powers, taking care to keep each other, the island, and their powerful sister Mirabella none the wiser. But with alliances being formed, betrayals taking shape, and ruthless revenge haunting the queens’ every move, one thing is certain: the last queen standing might not be the strongest…but she may be the darkest.

Oh my. If you read this book you are definitely in for a treat. It’s dark and twisted and romantic and complicated and just so, so good. I loved nearly everything about it, from the dynamic of the sisters, to the gifts and familiars and poison.
This book is just so well written and the character are 3D and every word just leaps off the page.
Also–this has multiple POVs in it, alternating between the three sisters. Unlike a lot of books, this was confusing, but actually enhanced the reading experience.
The romance in this story just kept throwing curveballs and I loved that. Honestly the book kept throwing curveballs. Every time things started going well, or just when they calmed down, SOMETHING HAPPENS AND THEN NOTHING IS OKAY.
so what I’m trying to say is this book destroyed me so go read it.
But seriously. It’s like so good. And if you still aren’t sure, EpicReads has a trailer that is amazing so yesssss
Also you should read this so I can gloat over your pain when you finish it BECAUSE THAT ENDING IS NOT OKAY IN THE BEST WAYYYYYYY

-content guide-
Sex/kissing – there is lots of kissing, talk of sex, and two people have sex, but it’s mostly implied. Two other people almost have sex. Two others are implied to and discuss it.
Violence – this book isn’t super violent but it is very dark.
Cussing – none(??)
Drugs/drinking – no drugs, maybe a little drinking??five




4 thoughts on “Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake”

  1. I’ve heard so many things about this book, but haven’t got around to read it! It sounds like one emotional rollercoaster though! I like books that explore sisterhood, even if it’s a very dark book. Thank you for the review, Lucy!


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