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Three Dark Crowns

Three Dark Crowns

Scritto da Kendare Blake

Narrato da Amy Landon


Three Dark Crowns

Scritto da Kendare Blake

Narrato da Amy Landon

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Sep 20, 2016
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9780062570437
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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.

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Kendare Blake is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the 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 Nightmares; Antigoddess; Mortal Gods; and Ungodly. Her books have been translated into over twenty languages, have been featured on multiple best-of-year lists, and have received many regional and librarian awards. Kendare lives and writes in Gig Harbor, Washington. Visit her online at www.kendareblake.com.


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  • (4/5)
    This is the story of 3 sisters, triplets. One of them is born to be the Queen of Fennbirn, but which one? That won't be decided until their 16th birthday, when a fight to the death begins. Only one will survive to be Queen.

    Each sister has special powers and was raised by others with the same gifts. Mirabella is an elemental, able to control the elements like fire and wind. Katharine is a poisoner, able to consume all poisons without fear of injury. Arsinoe is a naturalist, with power over animals and plants. This is more of a getting to know you type of book. We are introduced to the three sisters in the months before their 16th birthday, and see the environment in which they were raised, and get some insight into their training. Seriously, the poisoner training sounds horrible. I felt very sorry for Katharine.

    There is a lot of political intrigue, mainly between the factions that raised the girls. Each wants their Queen to win, so they will have controlling interest in the Island. Did I mention that this takes place on an island? Even though that is clearly spelled out in the description, it still took me awhile to fully grasp the fact. There are many references to the mainland, which seems to have their own ruling system. And suitors for the Queen's hand come from the mainland.

    I liked the element of magic in the story. So far, it is there but we are not hit over the head with it. Instead we get to know the girls as people. The girls are presented as complicated people, neither completely good or completely bad. Each girl has been raised to know that only one will survive. So they are very paranoid about their sisters, and even the most innocent gesture can be misinterpreted as a threat. This adds to the tension, but also makes for frustration at times. I don't want them to kill each other, but right now that is where the story is headed.

    I enjoyed this book. At times it was a little slow. Mostly when focused on the girls budding romances. The ending really kicked everything into high gear. We are left with things unresolved, but a second book is coming in 2017. I will definitely pick that one up. I give this book 4 out of 5 stars.
  • (4/5)
    Much more engaging than I'd expected. Somehow, these kinds of books seem to manage to still feel fresh sometimes despite the plot being done so frequently. That's definitely the case here. I will be continuing on to the rest of the series shortly, but have been delayed by illness.
  • (5/5)
    Took me a bit to really get into it. But once i did i quickly fell in love with all three queens and was rooting for them all.
  • (3/5)
    This is the first book in the Three Dark Crowns series. This is another one I am setting aside (I know two this week). I read the first 100 pages and just could not get into this story. I really enjoyed Blake’s “Anna Dress in Blood” series, but did not enjoy her Goddess War series.The book switches between the three heirs to the throne (three sisters) and each chapter for them is very long (about 20-30 pages). By the time you get to the next heir I had started to forget what happened to the previous one. It takes a long time to introduce the sisters and the multitudes of characters surrounding them. Finally around 90 pages in introductions are getting wrapped up….I was also not a fan of the premise of these three sisters fighting to the death...although I could have possibly got into that if anything had happened. In the first 100 pages nothing happens and it's very very boring. This was another book for me where I would pick it up, read a couple pages, and then look for something else...absolutely anything else...to do. Overall this was definitely not the book for me which made me a bit sad. Between this book and “Antigoddess” I think I am done picking up books from Blake. Oh, well on to something else.
  • (5/5)
    The ending bumped the star rating from a 3.5 to a 5. Great story line, strong secondary characters, and a twist in the plot that has me hunting down the sequel.
  • (3/5)
    Okay that ending was something that I predicted at page 100. I literally went to my partner and said at some point we are going to find out this about two of the queens. When I read the last sentence of this book I said to him that I was right and threw the book into a nearby chair semi-disgusted. What is sad is I really wanted to love this book, especially since it is the first book I ever purchased the day it came out, but for the vast majority of the book you are wondering what the overall point of the story is. It does not feel like the plot has a substantial backbone that makes it a unique and interesting story. It is lacking something substantive in terms of a point. While I did enjoy certain characterizations, which is the strongest point of this book for me, it feels like the likable characters are few and far between. In a story like this that makes it hard to get through.

    It feels like Blake was trying to write her own version of "A Song of Fire and Ice" and unfortunately is not as successful as one would hope. The perks are the few likable characters and I found myself interested in the various romantic entanglements shown throughout. If Blake creates a second book in this series I hope she focuses on telling one major story with a singular overall focus. This will greatly help with what was lacking here. Still this was not the most horrific book I ever read and has redeemable moments, so I do recommend the book for others. I recommend it to people who greatly enjoy books like "The Hunger Games" series or the aforementioned "A Song of Fire and Ice" series.
  • (3/5)
    Read for the Biannualbiblothon. 3.5 starsIt was ok, I liked parts of it better than others. I liked the intrigue and how each princess was brought up. I didn't like most of the romance, it seemed like it was forced and only there because it was expected. I'll give the second book in the series a shot at some point since at the moment I would like to continue the series.
  • (5/5)
    The ending bumped the star rating from a 3.5 to a 5. Great story line, strong secondary characters, and a twist in the plot that has me hunting down the sequel.
  • (4/5)
    One of the most unique teen fantasy novels I've read in a while. Three triplets with special abilities are born to the queen and on their 16th birthday they must fight to the death to see which will become the future ruler. The three sisters are raised apart from each other by people who share their talents; Mirabella is an elemental and seemingly the strongest of the sisters, Arisnoe is a naturalist and has so far been unable to develop any of her talents, same goes for Katherine, the poisoner, she too is helpless at her craft. Their time is running short, they must soon face each other and see what damage their talents can afflict, wonderfully written with one hell of an ending. I'll definitely be reading the rest of the series!
  • (3/5)
    So.... this novel was different for sure. I had expected this novel to be fast-paced and have a lot of dark points to it. However, this story was quite slow-paced and dealt with more emotional aspects. I was looking for a lot of action, but that didn't really happen until close to the end. While I liked reading from the perspectives of each sister, not all of them were the stars of the show. For example, Jules overshadowed Arsinoe, and Katharine almost had no personality. Only Mirabella had something going for her, so she was the easiest one for me to connect with. There was one sister whose love angle I absolutely hated - but I'm not going to say who or why, since I don't want to give anything away! I wish there had been more plotting and darkness in the story, because it all seemed a bit light to me. There were certain elements that could have been explained better, like how this triplet phenomenon came to be and why they have to fight and how each sister gets selected and taken away. The ending definitely caught my eye and while there was a twist thrown in there that I had suspected was the case all along, I know that I will definitely be waiting to read the next book in this series! I hope it will have a faster pace than this one!
  • (4/5)
    It took me a REALLY long time to get in to this book. I think that might just be because I am not used to reading fantasy though. It takes a while to world build and set the settings with fantasy that I'm just not used to reading. There are also SO many characters in this book that it's difficult to remember who they all are and how they relate to one another. It got a little easier for the main characters but there are still some side characters that even in the end I would read their name and not be quite sure who they really were. I was expecting the twist at the end, however I didn't guess it completely right. I thought the mix up would be with Jules somehow. Anyway it was a decent book that I plan to read the next one because I am interested in seeing where the story goes. Hopefully since it is the second one it won't be so slow moving in the beginning.
  • (4/5)
    This was so much better than I was expecting. I wasn't sure the plot would be believable, but it was. I thought it was an interesting story and I loved the ending! Not expecting it at all. Excited for book 2.
  • (4/5)
    When triplets are born to the queen, those are the new queens they are raised to enhance their gifts (poisoner, naturalist, elemental) and kill their sisters to become the new queen. The book rotates to the different camps exploring the girls' lives. Mirabella is the most gifted elemental in ages but she still holds love for her sisters and doesn't want to kill them. Kathrine and Arsinoe are weak in their gifts, the temple of the goddess wants to tke them down and claim power. Lots of intrigue, lots of relationships. A compelling story with a twist ending.
  • (5/5)
    OMG - from start to finish, I loved this story. For a while there I felt as if I couldpredict what was going to happen, but after I was wrong four times (yes I was still determined to figure it out) I was buried deep in this story. LOVED IT, did I mention that already???
  • (5/5)
    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!
  • (4/5)
    Interesting plot, similar to Hunger Games, where one ruler will be alive at the end of the "contest." For Three Dark Crowns, each "queen" is raised by a realm leader who trains her to excel in her special quality: poisons, elements, or nature. Told from alternating queens, background history about the island and the process of the selection as well as updates on what each realm's queen's progress is revealed. Something "different" is is going to happen this selection year, as hinted in the beginning. The finale begs for a sequel. Recommended to: Hunger Games fans; kingdom aficionados; magic and queens; fans of naturalists, poisons, or elementalists; high school teens; and readers interested in foster or adoption stories.
  • (5/5)
    Just finished reading Three Dark Crowns and I absolutely loved it! It will be hard waiting for the next book (yes folks, it's a series) but I know it will be worth the wait. It's about female triplets who each possess a powerful gift: Arsinoe is a naturalist, Mirabella is an elemental and Katharine is a poisoner. The three girls were separated when they were young to hone their gifts and prepare for the day when they should meet again. They will fight each other for the crown, whoever survives gets the crown. I found myself switching sides throughout the story, I like Arsinoe for her fierceness, Mirabella for her compassion and Katharine for her strength. Yet each girl is flawed in her own way which made choosing sides difficult. I still don't know who's side I'm on (although I'm leaning towards Arsinoe) so It would be interesting to see how the story continues in the next book. I have to say that Three Dark Crowns is my new favorite among Kendare Blake's novels.
  • (5/5)
    HOOOO. MY. GOODNESS.Did this author write this novel specifically for me? It's possible. SOOOO many things I love, all in one book. Dark fantasy - check. Complicated religious structure - check. Twisty turns I don't see coming - check. Kick**s heroine - check TIMES THREE. It's been a while since I've read a good YA fantasy, and I'd forgotten how much fun it is to loose myself so completely in a world. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough, yet I didn't want it to end. I am SO all in for this series. Cannot WAIT for volume two!!
  • (5/5)
    Three sisters destined to fight to be queen, but the twist of events that entail to the end will leave cheering! But who will win? It is a fight to the death for each one. Meet each sister and learn their secrets!
  • (4/5)
    Wow, that was FUN! A wicked, sexy tale of twisted political factions and women who cross boundaries of loyalty and tradition. I sometimes felt stretched thin between three protagonists, and I also figured out the plot arc very early. However, the deliciously written scenes and action-packed conclusion made it very worth it.
  • (4/5)
    Every generation, the reigning queen gives birth to triplet girls, each with her own magical gift. When the girls turn 16, they fight for the crown. Two will die, and the strongest will reign. In this generation, it seems obvious that Mirabella, with her strong elemental magic, will come out on top -- but the other two have their own strengths and their own factions, and nothing is as simple as it seems.Hmm. This book takes a lot of suspension of disbelief (to wit: the description above), but the plot moves along at a good clip, and I found at least two of the sisters sympathetic characters, so I enjoyed listening to this audiobook. The dialogue struck me as a little stilted in spots, though. If you like your teen fantasy a little bit dark and a little bit bloody, this is worth a try. Be warned: the ending will leave you with lots of questions, so best have the sequel on hand.
  • (4/5)
    Each generation, three sisters are born to the reigning queen. They live together for 6 years and then are separated to be raised by their faction based on their power. Arsinoe is a naturalist with no discernible power and Katherine is a poisoner with no resistance to any poison. Mirabella is a powerful elementalist with fire as her favorite element to control. All three of them will have to fight for the crown and kill their two sisters to do it. Which queen will reign victorious?The first bit of the book was difficult for me because there were so very many characters and places all at once. The three queens live on three different islands with their own set of guardians, friends, and enemies. It was a bit overwhelming at first and I kept having to refer back to remember who some were. After the initial confusion of being thrown into the world, I began to invest in each of the potential queen's stories. Although the competition aspect has been done before, I really enjoyed the magic system. Poisoners are immune to poison and have the ability to heal. Naturalists hold power over plants and animals. Elementalists wield the elements. The war power can be used to attack or protect. Each of the factions (poisoner, elementalist, naturalists, and the very rare war power) wants to rule in their own way and resents the others with fervor. All scheme to get their queen into power by any means necessary.My favorite of the sisters is Mirabella. She is the most compassionate and actually remembers the time she spent with her sisters. Her instinct is to protect them rather than kill them as she is expected to. Her power is unparalleled and assumed to be the next ruler. Arsinoe is a naturalist with no power over nature. As a child, she tried to escape the island and failed, causing grave punishments to all but her. She is my least favorite because her selfishness led to so much heartbreak and ruined lives not only as a child but as an adult. Her selfless friend Jules is a much better character that is deserving of so much more. Katherine doesn't have any poisoner abilities as she should, but she dutifully consumes poison and endures much abuse to try to kickstart her gift. I felt the most sorry for her because the people around her didn't even have her best interests at heart even though he success would greatly benefit them. All three are bound by circumstance and try to cope with it in their own way. All of them hate the arrangement, but can see no way out of it. Three Dark Queens is a unique fantasy novel with a dark premise, but moments of light, friendship, romance, and hope. The world and magic system is the biggest strength of the novel. The ending was the weakest. The events are actually exciting, but it feels so abrupt. It ends in the middle of a scene and doesn't really resolve much. I love the story and I'm invested in the characters, but the ending was a let down. I will be eagerly awaiting the next book.
  • (5/5)
    This was a great read! It took a little bit to get into each character but once I did I couldn’t stop. Can’t wait to read the sequel!
  • (5/5)
    A fabulous concept and really well written!! I highly recommend this book!
  • (4/5)
    Three Dark Crowns follows three twin sisters (three queens) all gifted with magic. They are torn from each other and their queen mother around the age of 6 or so only to be sent to different parts of the Island of Fennbirn to prepare for their 16th birthdays or their ascension year. The sisters must learn to fight for the one crown and be prepared to die in the process. First, what I liked... I liked the shifting of perspectives it was done well. It shifted and flowed well just like watching a TV show shifting from one character perspective to another. The writing was good, and the story and concept held my attention and built suspense steadily, although as usual I figured out so many things before the end (that's not the fault of the writer just the way my brain works). There is a lot of abuse towards these three queens, and let's be honest they are children, who from the text have endured such abuse since their separation. They are brought up to hate each other by those from the different magical factions, I guess you'd call them. Factions being elementals, naturalists, and poisoners. I had a hard time with the abuse and the almost flippant way the lives of these three queens were treated to gain power, their lives and or deaths being a loss or gain nothing more. One queen mentions that they are not even considered human but monsters. What I liked though, is each queen finding her own strength. We are shown so many of their weaknesses in the eyes of those who are supposed to help them succeed when truly all it seems like they are doing is tearing them down and holding them prisoner. I was torn because I was angry about so many things that happened but gave it four stars because Kendare Blake got me. I got angry wanting these three queens to band together and kick the butts of all those who "cared" for them growing up. I knew there would be no neat bow tied at the end of this story, but I appreciate Blake not dangling us all the way over the edge as we move on to the next book. I am hooked and ready for book two.
  • (5/5)
    Simply Amazing
    Recommendation if you like Fantasy + Great Worldbuilding
  • (5/5)
    Really great read with lots of twist and turns
  • (4/5)
    Nice plot twists. If you like Queens, magic, Love Stories, give it a try.
  • (5/5)
    OMG - from start to finish, I loved this story. For a while there I felt as if I couldpredict what was going to happen, but after I was wrong four times (yes I was still determined to figure it out) I was buried deep in this story. LOVED IT, did I mention that already???
  • (3/5)
    It was okay. Not what I was expecting. But I did still enjoy it.