Three Dark Crowns

Three Dark Crowns

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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.
Publisher: New York : Harperteen, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2016]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780062385437
Branch Call Number: YAF BLAKE, KENDARE
Characteristics: 398 pages : map ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: 3 dark crowns


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kirstd31 Aug 13, 2018

Three sisters, each with a different power, torn apart at age 6 to live within the society of that power. They will have to fight to the death to see who will become queen.
I enjoyed the book it reminded me of a dark teen version of Game of Thrones.
I can't wait to read the next one.

sundanced Jul 13, 2018

Three triplet sisters, princesses with their own magical ability, must battle to the death before one emerges to wear the crown. A dark tale of magic, rivalry, and power.

Feb 18, 2018

I enjoyed reading this book and recommend it to anyone who enjoys rivalries and supernatural powers. If you are looking for something more political, this isn't the series for you. The plot revolves around triplets who are being pushed to take the throne from their respective guardians. The series is reminiscent of Hunger Games with a splash of supernatural gifts. The character development throughout the series is great to observe, the plot is self driven and the entirely of it is wonderfully written. The sequel, "One Dark Throne" really puts a nice bow on top of the series. Overall I give the book a 8/10, the sequel a 10/10 and the series as a whole a 9/10.

sarahbru17 Dec 28, 2017

Characters: 4/10
Plot: 6/10
Writing: 7/10

I'm still not sure what to make of this book. True to the title, it was very dark--almost too dark for me. There were so many gruesome things. The whole culture is basically a massive abusive relationship. There's dismemberment, mauling, torture, and murder. I'm a bit on the squeamish side, and it kissed the line of "too much."

I didn't really connect with any of the characters. The low rating is because I did not get a good sense of anyone's personalities. For instance, I wouldn't be able to write fanfiction based on this, because I don't have a good sense of what even the 3 main queens would do in different scenarios. They were unpredictable because I couldn't get grounded in who they were. Katherine seemed like an empty puppet except for a few moments where she was passionate in lust or bloodlust, but these passions came from nowhere. I heard way more about Mirabella from the perspectives of the other characters than I was actually able to judge from seeing her myself. I liked Arsinoe best, but I still struggled to connect with her as well.

There were SO many named side-characters, and only a very few of them even mattered. I couldn't keep track of the side-characters in one of the Queen's storylines, let alone all three.

As with much high fantasy, there were a lot of world-building terms thrown in from early on, but they were not explained until at least halfway through the book, and even then not very thoroughly. I understand the desire to avoid info-dumping, but I was scrounging for scraps.

The "romantic" subplots were not, in fact, romantic. They were purely sexual, and insubstantial at that. It felt like I was watching PDA instead of actually caring about their relationships.

I just don't feel any sort of resolution, and I *want* that. I want to know how this ends because everything is so messed up that I have no idea how they're going to fix it. I just wish I could have gotten that resolution in one book instead of getting pulled into another series when I'm not all that attached to the characters. That said, I'm undecided whether or not I'll read the sequel.

The twist at the end was something I saw coming from the very beginning, but I had to wait until the very end to actually see this theory come to (partial) fruition.

Oct 12, 2017

Written well, love the cover, interesting storyline. I just wish the twist was more difficult to spot.

Oct 04, 2017

Such an amazing book!! Don't be unmotivated by the slow beginning, there are a lot of characters and you need time to understand and link them, but once you do everything comes to place and you feel as one of them... The ending is by far the best part and you definitely won't see it coming... cant wait for the next one

Sep 21, 2017

A 2018-2019 Missouri Gateway Readers Award preliminary nominee (grades 9-12).

The premise of this novel is fairly simple. In the world of this series every generation triplets are born to the reigning queen who are raised separately and must battle for the right to rule shortly after their sixteenth birthdays. They are all gifted in different ways and must use their gifts to defeat their sisters.

It's an interesting premise, and I was drawn in, but also not. It's kind of a weird custom, and I would love to know how it came to be. Otherwise, it's just kind of barbaric. Also can Joseph die? Please?

Aug 23, 2017

Not quite understand the hype of the book. the story rolls out between the three queen to be sisters. Of course, there will be conflicts and conspiracy. However, the story lines didn't fell together until the last 30 pages of the story. There should also be more political intrigues but that part turns out very superficial to me.

Not sure if I would read the second book.

Aug 15, 2017

Can't wait for the second book!

Aug 02, 2017

Three Dark Crowns has an interesting premise and plot. I was excited when I first picked it up, but it turns out that this book fell short of my expectations.
The summary got me hyped, but the book itself? Mehhh... There's too much romance in there for my liking as well as makeout scenes and love interests. I didn't feel like there was enough action, and I was often bored by the fact that nothing was really happening. Yes, there are some minor details/events, and maybe this first book is just intended to provide background information, but honestly? It was unnecessary and redundant, especially since the actual ascension year starts WAY, WAY, WAY later in the book. I couldn't get enough out of Three Dark Crowns.
Matthew and Joseph Sandrin are players, Billy is the only loyal boy, Katharine is a little brat, Pietyr is jealous, Arsinoe is strong-willed, Jules is powerful, Mirabella is perfect, and everyone else is irrelevant. That's really all you need to know about the characters. Everything they do is basically boring too, so you don't need to know much.
There were some things that I did like though such as the writing and the setting. I just hope that the second book will focus more on emotions and action.

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sarahbru17 Dec 28, 2017

Sexual Content: Multiple fade-to-black or implied sex scenes

sarahbru17 Dec 28, 2017

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Disturbing dreams. Torture/dismemberment.

sarahbru17 Dec 28, 2017

Violence: Dismemberment. Violent poisoning/sickness and abuse.

Aug 02, 2017

Sexual Content: Kissing and making out


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Three sisters, each with unique powers, must fight for the throne in a game of life and death.


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