Monday, March 13, 2017

Review: Three Dark Crowns

     WHYYYYYYYYY is Kendare Blake not, just, THE most famous Young Adult author in the world by now? This woman is amazing, and Anna Dressed In Blood is one of my favorite books of all time.
     Three Dark Crowns is her newest effort, and it's a very different type of story than her other works (but honestly, every single thing that she writes is different from every other thing that she writes, which is what makes her so awesome!) Whereas Anna was horror and The Goddess Wars trilogy was action/fantasy with Green mythology as the focus, this new book, which Blake has promised is the first of at least a two-parter, is the closest she has come so far to true fantasy.
     The Kingdom of Fennbirn has always been ruled by Queens, not Kings. Every generation, each Queen gives birth to a set of girl triplets. Each of these triplets has a specific gift: one girl is always a naturalist who can control animals and make plants grow, one is always a poisoner, who can ingest and prepare the deadliest toxins and never sicken, and the last is always an elemental who can control fire, water and wind.
     At birth, triplet queens are always separated and raised by sponsor families until they turn 16. On their 16th birthday the queens reunite - in order to kill each other. Only one of triplets can be Queen, and in Fennbrin this means a fight to the death in which the new Queen becomes the last girl standing.  It has been this way for as long as anyone can remember, except this time something has changed. This time, two of the Queens have been born without power. Only Mirabella, the elemental has true power, and her sisters Katharine (the poisoner) and Arsinoe (the naturalist) have been doing everything they can think of to fake their way through life. But now the time has come for the girls to face each other, and only one can live.
     The only thing I will tell you about how this all plays out is that the book is a slow burn. You sort of feel like not much is really HAPPENING, until about the last 1/3. But then you realize that everything that had come before was actually really important, and the ending... well, the ending kicks you straight in the stomach from out of left field. I am DYING to get my hands on the sequel, tentatively titled One Dark Throne, which is scheduled for release this September.


Final Review: 4/5 bookmarks.


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