Three dark sisters, all fair to be seen, two to devour, and one to be queen.
-Three Dark Crowns, Kendare Blake
When kingdom come, there will be one.
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. – Goodreads Synopsis
Eden: You know, I was so excited to read this book. When I heard about it before it came out I was intrigued. The premise is something I haven’t seen from a fantasy novel yet and that excited me. I gave this book 250 pages. I tried so hard but I couldn’t care. The characters were flat and the story dragged. So. That left me with my second DNF of the year. I won’t rate it though. I don’t think it would be fair of me to do when I never finished it.
Caitlynn: I really wanted to like this book and I didn’t hate it by any means but I just was left with way too many questions to fully enjoy the book. There were too many people throughout the book for me to keep up with and I just couldn’t keep all of the stories straight and it wasn’t from my lack of trying. I probably will pick up the next book when it comes out just to see if my questions are answered. I gave it a 3.5/5 stars.
Jenn: This book had so much potential. But I just couldn’t get into it. I was most disappointed because I didn’t feel a connection with any of the characters. So, though the idea is really interesting the story itself didn’t keep me interested. There was a lot of build up but I never got the climax I wanted. I gave it 3/5 stars.
J: I didn’t score it on Goodreads but I would probably give it a 3/5 or 3.5 at the most.
E: I DNFed.
J: You didn’t pick it back up?
E: No, I stopped at the part right after Mirabella saved that dude after she left…
J: Joseph, so why did you DNF?
E: It was too slow, I’m all for a slow-build, but I’m 200 pages in and I didn’t care about any of the characters. There was so much world building and I’m all for good world building but I felt like there was so much that it overshadowed the rest of the story.
J: The way that you have to structure these types of books, especially if it is going to be a series is your first one has to be more about connecting readers to the characters and the second one has to be more world building. If your not connected to your characters then your not going to continue to read the story no matter what the world is.
E: Exactly, I despised Arsinoe; I didn’t care about Mirabella, I found Katharine the most interesting but was still…
C: She was just so annoying.
J: None of them were good characters, they had such potential to be really cool and bad-ass and they were just nothing. They were just there and listened to what everyone around them was saying. I liked reading the poison part because I liked the poisoners not Kat.
E: You got to see more of the magic side… in contrast to Mirabella’s side where well, here is this all-powerful creature. Arsinoe’s story revolved around some island where everyone was just poor and really liked cake.
J: I was really confused with Arsinoe because I didn’t know who the actual queen was. There was so much focus on Jules that I figured she was the queen. All of the relationships were so confusing to me, like Madrigal, who was she even related to Jules?
C: She was her mother! It was terrible.
J: I was so confused how they were actually intertwined until Madrigal said something about “My daughter!” then I was like oh, yeah… that’s right.
C: There were so many characters, it was like I was reading Game of Throne all over again!
E: Kendare Blake broke like one of the cardinal rules of writing by having too many characters in the same scene with a name that starts with the same letter. Like Giselle and Genevieve.
C: Luca and Luke…
E: I could never remember who these characters were!
C: I still don’t understand what Genevieve’s issues were with Kat and why she was such a bitch!
J: I don’t understand any of the connections that were made. Blake tried to create conflicts within their worlds and none of them made sense because we didn’t know these characters.
C: I felt like I missed a whole book before this book!
[We proceed to inform Eden what happened at the end of the book.]
E: I don’t understand how they know from birth what they are.
J: Cause their mother can just feel it!
E: What if you are drowning the wrong element when they are killing the Seers?
J: They just know, don’t question this weird magic!
E: I still have so many questions.
J: Me too, and I am still confused and I think that’s why I didn’t like it. I wasn’t confused for a good reason, like I have to find out what is going on, it was more because you already told us what is going on but in a way that it makes it where I didn’t understand it still.
E: Also, why is the low magic so bad?
J: I think it mostly has to do with the fact that it has to do more with people than the elements like the girls magic is. With low magic you have to bleed or blood is involved and you are trying to affect the outcomes for actual people.
E: So was Katharine’s snake her familiar?
J: Oh! It could have been!
C: It totally could be, but what about when she gets the new snake and she doesn’t recognize the difference between the two?
J: I think it’s different because Kat doesn’t know that it would be her familiar… everyone did say that it was strange that the snake was so calm.
J: My problem was that I was waiting for this all out battle and it never came!
C: I was so ready to find out what happened during the Quickening and it just never happened!
J: And the synopsis for the book was totally different, it said something about two of the weak ones pair up to defeat the strong one and that never happened!
E: I figured the Quickening would happen quickly and then we would get into the thick of the book.
J: It wasn’t that at all, it was basically let’s see how many romantic relationships we can form and then destroy and have them all be useless.
J: Was there anything that y’all really liked about the book?
C: There were a lot of things that I could have really liked about it. I was really hoping for a connection to one of the girls so that I had someone to root for when everything started to happen.None of that happened because I didn’t care about any of them.
J: Yeah, cause Blake made the background characters more important than the main characters in the book!
J: They had no power for themselves, they didn’t make any decisions for themselves. The only one that made a decision for themselves was Mirabella but that changed almost instantly cause she saves Joseph.
C: Mira and Joseph’s relationship was so confusing! They just have sex with random people that they find on the beach?
J: That’s what I thought! It was so weird.
J: Also, I was really confused about the different powers…
E: Like poisoners can ingest poison but they can’t poison from their own hands…?
J: They forgot about their healing powers, so they don’t do that any more… the Elemental was the only one that I understood.
C: Naturalist can make flowers bloom…
J: I don’t know why they are such great powers!
E: I’m really disappointed because I was so excited about this book.
J: Yeah, me too.