Three Dark Crowns | Review
Oh boy. This book surprised me. I was so looking forward to it for months prior to it’s release, and I had high expectations…. but….. this book ending up having this creepy, dark undertone that I didn’t expect but I found oh so delicious and wonderful. This mysterious darkness is really what pulled me into the story, as the switching POVs was a little hard to get into at first. The first few chapters were a little confusing at first because of this, but just hang in there, it starts to make sense.
But, if you don’t know, Three Dark Crowns is the story of triplet sisters who are all queens, but only one of them can rule in the end. Each sister was born with a different gift and was raised in the family of that gift to hone and strengthen their abilities. Once the sisters turn 16, they will have to face each other… and kill each other. Whoever is left standing is queen.
Arsinoe is a naturalist and is supposed to have powers over flora and fauna, making flowers bloom and calling animals to her. But her gifts have yet to manifest. Katharine is a poisoner and is supposed to be able to have a natural resistance to poison, however Katharine’s gift is weak and she is often sick and is frail. Mirabella is an elemental, and is the only sister that shows strength in her power. Mirabella’s gifts give her powers over all the elements, including fire and wind.
The entire world building in this book is fantastic and there are a lot of supporting characters that are well developed and have their own lives and motives, which I greatly appreciate. Each sister is raised in a separate family who’s entire goal is to strengthen the gift of the sister (sometimes at no matter the cost). Each family is different and has their own set of motives and desire. Despite this, each family is intertwined with the other two. There is some romance, as well as a few plot twists that keep the book fresh and the reader on their toes.
Also, the ending of this book was absolutely. glorious. The ending itself made the book go from three to four stars for me. It was superb and so unexpected. I can’t wait for the next book.
My favorite line: “No one really wishes to be a queen.”
My favorite visual: The feasts.
Rating: 4 stars
Have you read Three Dark Crowns? What did you think? Let me know in the comments!
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