Three Dark Crowns

Three Dark Crowns

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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, the first book in a dark and inventive fantasy series 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's life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins. The last queen standing gets the crown.

Don't miss Five Dark Fates, the thrilling conclusion to the series!

Publisher: New York, NY : HarperTeen, [2016]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780062385437
Branch Call Number: TEEN BLA
Teen fiction - Series T PBK
Characteristics: 398 pages


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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.

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Oct 13, 2020

Absolutely loved this book. Completely drew me into the story. Excited to read the rest of the series!

Sep 27, 2020

I think this is a GREAT beginners fantasy book. It’s not complex and it’s easy to read and follow. Although, I did forget some characters and their positions since there are a lot of supporting characters per queen.

This entire book is simply character development. It didn’t get spicy until the last 20 pages or so. I will definitely be reading the next book, even though I kind of predicted the ending early on. Even with my correct prediction I still think that the next book will be intriguing and interesting enough.
I also thought it was weird that the queens did not train for their match.. Why didn’t Arsinoe and Mirabella learn about the basics of poison to protect themselves? Why did they just have all the queens locked away protected their whole lives when they were supposed to fight for their lives in the end? They should have been training, but instead they were just waiting for their gifts and waiting for the fight. I found that to be unrealistic.

The plot and story ideas is what makes the book so interesting. I rated it 3 stars because I usually like more complex stories, but this is still worth reading and, like i said, i will be continuing the series.

Sep 01, 2020

I thought this was a very good book. I felt that the world in which it was set had been very thought out. The cliffhanger was unexpected. Although, it was definitely a teen book. I feel like my opinion seems very surface level though. sarahbru17 gave a very accurate assessment of the book. I would look at her comment if you want to know the facts described in the best way.

Aug 14, 2020

Unable to form words over that cliffhanger. Wow a must read!

CCPL_Teens Jul 20, 2020

An amazing Fantasy set in a unique and well-build world, Three Dark Crowns is a fantastic book that is hard to put down!

I absolutely love love LOVED THIS BOOK. One of my favourites in FOREVER. I was hooked into the story from the first page and I couldn't stop reading. The whole mythology of the witches was fascinating, and I was so invested in all three of the sisters that it made it impossible to root for only one. I highly recommend this one; I will be eagerly, impatiently waiting the next one.

Wow, this book competly sucks and I usually like all books. All the characters personalities aren’t described very well and I hate all the characters. Nothing very exciting happens and it is hard to remember what happened to which characters, because it switches point of view every chapter. It is so horrible, I couldn’t even finish the book. Plus it is too sappy and all of the characters just seem to always think about their true love. My recommendation is to not read this book, unless you want to be bored out of your mind. Plus it is so bad I couldn’t even rate it, unless you could rate it negative a million stars.

Jan 07, 2019

I am really eager to see how this story continues. The characters are all so compelling: angry and vengeful in one moment, compassionate and hopeful in the next, and the premise is intriguing. I feel so invested in everyone's lives, I am hopeful for an outcome that, where this novel leaves off, seems impossible.

PimaLib_ChristineR Nov 28, 2018

Honestly, I've put off reading this for a while, thinking it's another fight for the crown like so many YA fantasy have been lately. After reading so many positive reviews I had to give it a go, and it turns out they were right.

So the premise is that on the island of Fennbirn every generation the queen gives birth to triplet girls who each have a gift. They are separated young and raised separately so that when they turn 16 they will feel no remorse about having to kill the other two to rule.

I wasn't buying it, but Blake makes this novel more about the political machinations behind the girls, as well as the rumors and misunderstandings that guide each girl's decisions.

The three ruling houses and their interactions with the mainland are intriguing, and Blake does a lovely job of filling out the characters of each of the girls when it could have been easy to make them one-dimensional.

A star off because this isn't even close to a stand-alone. Serious cliffhanger territory.

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.

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Oct 09, 2020

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Oct 23, 2018

burgundy_wren_15 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 13 and 16

sarahbru17 Dec 28, 2017

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Sep 01, 2020

Other: Everything that sarahbru17 said is correct. I’ve read the book, and it’s all true. Not in a bad way though if you like that kind of thing. Just be warned.

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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Aug 02, 2017

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


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Mar 24, 2019

"Three dark queens are born in a glen, sweet little triplets will never be friends. Three dark sisters all fair to be seen, two to devour and one to be queen."- Mainlander Saying

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