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review 2017-11-08 02:30
One Dark Throne (Three Dark Crowns) - Kendare Blake


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!)

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text 2017-11-05 20:55
16 Festive Tasks - Square 15 - Boxing Day and St. Stephen's Day
One Dark Throne (Three Dark Crowns) - Kendare Blake

One Dark Throne, the sequel to Three Dark Crowns, has 3 queens as main characters, and they all have servants.




Book themes for Boxing Day/St. Stephen’s Day: Read anything where the main character has servants (paid servants count, NOT unpaid) or is working as a servant him-/ herself.


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review 2017-10-28 13:59
#70 - One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake
One Dark Throne (Three Dark Crowns) - Kendare Blake

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!

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review 2017-10-09 20:21
One Dark Throne (Three Dark Crowns) - Kendare Blake

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.

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review 2017-09-30 14:36
#64 - Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
Three Dark Crowns - Kendare Blake

It was weird. I loved this book; it was really macabre and gloomy. I was not expecting that at all but it was a great surprise.


Three Dark Crowns is the story of triplets Queens, one poisoner, one elemental and one naturalist. They live apart until they turn sixteen, when each Queen will have to kill her sisters to become the one true Queen (and then have triplets as well.)


The idea of this book was really unique and I love this strange Island full of magic. The story begins when the triplets are almost sixteen and you do not know anything about this world. I love that we discover the world bit by bit but I think it would have been better to just have a little more context at the beginning , I felt a bit lost.


I love all the characters and all the Queens are really different while being similar as well. Queen Katharine was definitely my favourite! The other characters were nice but really clichés, but in a good way.


As for the pacing, what a race! It was really easy to read and I did not want to put it down, I think I could have read it in one sitting if I had had the time at the moment.


The sequel is already out and I can’t wait to put my hands on it, the ending left me hanging…


I definitely recommend this book is you are in the mood for something different.

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