I am super excited to be on this blog tour because Kendare Blake is such an imaginative author!
Series: Three Dark Crowns #1
Publication Date: September 20, 2016
Reading Level: Young Adult
Pages: 416 (eARC)
Source: From Publisher For Review
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.
Without getting into too much detail as to not spoil anything, the three sisters are vastly different. This can be attributed to their magical abilities and unique upbringings, but either way I am thankful to be able to tell them apart. One is very likable, one not at all. Either way, they bring out strong emotions and opinions, and what more could you want from a book?
The simple idea of this book is breathtaking. It pulls you in immediately, made even better by hidden love affairs, crazy plot twists, and all the death, doom, and destruction. It does start off very slow, though. It's a build up promising epicness in the future, but worth pushing through.
One thing to keep note of is that this is a series. I initially thought it was a stand alone so when I got to the ending I was shocked. Surprise series is surprising.
The book is super dark and good for fantasy readers looking for something unique. I can't believe I'm saying this, BUT I NEED MORE MURDER! A definite library read!
The tour-wide giveaway features 3 hardcovers of the book to 3 different winners in the US!