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9.20.2016

Review: Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

Notes: ARC received via Amazon Vine.
Young Adult, Fantasy
Print/Digital/Audio (416 pages, HARPERTEEN)
Fans of acclaimed author Kendare Blake’s Anna Dressed in Blood will devour her latest novel, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become 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.

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Painfully slow but great final few chapters. (2 stars)


Months before Three Dark Crowns released I read the first chapter and was utterly thrilled. It was dark and unexpected, intense even. So perhaps it was my high hopes that made this one a difficult read. It was painfully slow to the point I spent more than two weeks trying to finish it. TDC plods along jumping from queen to queen and doing lots of hinting but not revealing, telling but not really showing. I was ready to DNF it at one point. Then decided I'd read a page and skim the next just to move it along.

I've avoided reading other reviews but one of the big issues I had was that there was only one character I actually liked and one of the ones I think was intended to be a favorite really just grated on me.

Though I desperately wanted to like TDC and the last 20 pages were pretty good (the last line of the book is phenomenal), I just didn't find it enjoyable as a whole. Rather than outright not recommend it I think this is one of those times when I would rather recommend checking it out from the library or borrowing it from a friend. If the sequel winds up getting rave reviews I may eventually read it, otherwise I will probably pass.

1 comment:

Bambi Unbridled said...

I'm reading this one now and I just can't get interested. I did end up going to read the reviews and now I don't know if I have it in me to continue slogging through just for a good ending. Sigh. Good review.

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