Monday, September 17, 2018

Book Review: Three Dark Crowns

by Jenn Seiler-Patrick, Five Points West Regional Branch Library

Three Dark Crowns
Kendare Blake

This young-adult fantasy book begins with the cryptic poem:

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.

And from there, I knew this book is meant for me—as someone who is a fan of true crime and has often been accused of having a dark sense of “humor”—I was all in. Throw in magical powers, and I’m in heaven. The three dark queens of our story each wield a remarkable power. Or at least they should. From birth, Katherine should be able to eat poison and not sicken. Arsinoe should be able to make plants grow and control animals. But the only sister who is able to use her magic is Mirabella, the strongest queen in many years, an elemental who can control lightening and shake the earth. So it seems that we know who the last queen standing will be…or do we?

This was one of my favorite fantasy books that I have read in a while. I went through love/hate relationships which each of the queens, and I almost threw the book in the air with surprise at the twist ending. Finally, the best news is that rest of the trilogy is already released to indulge your binging desires!

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