Ugh, original review seems to have been lost to the ether. Thanks a lot, Booklikes :/
Part of the genius of this series is the brilliantly conflict-rich concept Blake came up with. Three MC with entourages who may also be each other's antagonists. Tension tension tension. Murder plots, romance plots, sisterly love? plots, friendship plots . . . it's no wonder the film crews are circling.
Add to that Blake's consistently strong writing, vibrant settings and talent for making deplorable character actions if not relatable, at least comprehensible. Dark magic, poison, not-so-cuddly mascot characters, fierce girls, assassins, elaborate and sometimes deadly fashions . . . a perfect round-up of everything readers adore.
Since a lot of the fun of the first book was in being blown away by Blake, like, totally going there with it, and then that killer cliffhanger, this sequel feels somewhat less shocking, more familiar. Entertaining, but not mind-blowing. It sets up a direction, subverts it, twists it, but more or less heads where you'd expect. Solid and entertaining second entry in the series, just filling out the world and characters and moving the plot along. In terms of age rating, there is quite a bit of violence, pretty minimal language, and mostly-offscreen but frankly acknowledged sex. Shouldn't be a problem for older readers, maybe a mild parental guidance alert for youngest teens, mostly on the violence.
Excited to see what's coming next (on the page and hopefully on the screen as well!)
I finished Three Dark Crowns at the beginning of the month and I really wanted to see what was going to happen next. So I picked up One Dark Throne and read it quite quickly. It was really good!
Again, I really love the atmosphere of this book. All the characters are so interesting; I still really love Queen Katharine in spite of what happened to her. She is different from what she used to be and I was really curious about why. Queen Arsinoe is more developed in this one and I start to like her a lot. And about Queen Mirabella well… I don’t really know what to think of her. She is great sure, she has a great heart and everything, but her personality is too flat in my opinion.
It is difficult to talk about this book without spoiling the first one but many interesting things happened here. I just feel like we did not really get anywhere before the end of the book. The ending was fast-paced and really intense; the middle part was just a bit too slow to my taste. Still, it was amazing.
Now I just want to get my hand on the next book, can’t wait for this one to be out!
This is a fast paced, blood soaked, twisty turny rollercoaster Love story that builds up to a high octane scream yet ends with a slow, limping whimper. This book has love stories of all kinds...Love of Family (both blood and adopted), Friends, Power, Abilities, Home and Romantical Insta free amore to boot.
The writing felt clinical, like it was merely reporting the facts which ultimately kept me from getting immersed or connecting with the characters and their ordeals. The writing was raw and the pacing fast but never felt rushed as a result. The characters were beautifully crafted and the world was one that I really enjoyed visiting but would HATE to stay in. We all (not so secretly) have our favorite sister and I adore reading everyone's reviews to see the rationale behind their choices. For me I always loved Mirabella and recently found myself enjoying Arsinoe more and more. Yes Mirabella is believed to be the strongest, the most beautiful and a pampered, spoiled (man stealing) lump. She may be some of that but she is also: extremely capable of inflicting serious bodily harm yet refuses to direct that against the sisters she not only remembers but loves..truly loves.
Ok, bring on book #3. I'm (not so) patiently waiting.