Three Dark Crowns. Kendare Blake. HarperTeen, 2016. 398 pages.
Trigger Warning: violence—the idea of the sisters having to kill each other to become Queen; one sister cuts herself for magical uses; bear mauling, negative poison ingestion. A short, but not very graphic sex scene.
Kendare Blake is the bestselling author of several novels and short stories. Her work is sort of dark and violent. She was born in Seoul, South Korea but came to the United States at a very young age with her adoptive parents. Kendare is the author of the Anna Series, Goddess of War Series, and the New York Times bestselling Three Dark Crowns.
Three Dark Crowns is about a set of triplet sisters destined from birth to kill one another once they reach their sixteenth birthday. One sister has powers over the elementals and can create hurricanes that can wipe out a fleet of ships or fire hot enough to melt the bones off her enemies. The second sister is a poisoner, able to ingest the strongest poisons and not feel a thing. The third sister is said to have control over nature, able to grow the most beautiful flowers and control the greatest beasts. But when these three sisters face off after years apart, will they be able to kill the other two in order to become Queen?
“No one really wishes to be a queen.”
I greatly enjoyed the storyline of Three Dark Crowns. It is written in third-person omniscient, so we get a look into everyone’s mind. The story takes place in the three different towns of the three sisters, allowing readers to know what goes on in each place in relation to one another. While I enjoyed the story, it moved very slow. The event the story advanced towards, Beltane, took over half the novel to reach. And once Beltane arrived, it moved too quickly to truly understand the importance of the event. A revelation of one sister at the end of the novel came all too quickly as well and I would have liked to see her discover this epiphany more slowly to build the tension. Although Three Dark Crowns was a slower read, I look forward to reading the next book in the installment, One Dark Throne.
PRR Writer, Meghan Reinholz