New York Times Bestseller * New York Public Library Best Books of 2016 * Chicago Public Library Best Books of 2016* Kirkus Best Books of the Year
Fans of acclaimed author Kendare Blake’s Anna Dressed in Blood will devour her latest novel, a dark and inventive fantasy 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 lose...it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins.
The last queen standing gets the crown.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I have to disagree with a number of the reviewers out there who thought this book was poorly written. I really enjoyed the writing style and felt is was one of the strong suits of the novel.
My only quibble was more with the pacing than anything else. The book could be extremely slow at times, but it did help provide some time for strong character development. Many of the side characters were some of the best developed I have read in ages, but it was sometimes at the detriment of the main characters development.
Overall, I enjoyed the book and the ending has me looking forward to the next in the series. I cannot compare it to the rest of Blake's writing as I have not read her previous books but plan to check them out now.
I bought this book because of how much I enjoyed Blake's Anna Dressed in Blood and Girl of Nightmares. I was curious what sort of high fantasy story she might tell. I'm conflicted about writing this review because on the one hand I did not like this book. But on the other hand, I think there are a lot of people who will love it. So maybe my opinion on this one doesn't really matter.
The book is the story of 3 sisters, triplets who were separated as children and raised by different magical/political factions. Eventually the sisters will continue the land's mythic tradition of attempting to kill each other using their mystic powers (one can resist poison, one can control the elements, and one can bond with and control animals) and the survivor will be crowned queen. The story moves from sister to sister with each chapter, describing the months leading up to the ceremony which marks the beginning of open war between them.
I think the world Blake is striving to...
Taking us into a bizarre world in which triplets battle to the death for a crown, Three Dark Crowns tells the story of Katharine, who is immune to poison, Arsinoe, a naturalist who can control plants and animals, and Mirabella, an elemental who can control the weather, fire, and water to name a few things. There are rules to the “battle”, and the triplets must wait until they are sixteen to start trying to kill their sisters, with the winner becoming queen. Raised apart from each other, and schooled in their specialties, the triplets don’t have a particular love for each other, as they were separated at an early age and are trained to kill in order to be queen. Out of the three sisters, Arsinoe probably was the most likeable; she seems carefree and down-to-earth and genuinely cares for her friends. Katherine was a bit too obsessed with learning how to seduce for me to really care for her (why must this be a lesson she needs to learn??). Although, I did love...
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