Title: Three Dark Crowns
Author: Kendare Blake
Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books
I’m going to start this review off by pointing out just how amazing and beautiful the UK covers are. Part of me really wants to collect all three, but when I had a choice I went with the Naturalist cover (which worked out quite well because I think she is my favourite of the sisters).
Before I bought Three Dark Crowns I had heard so many great things about this book, it seemed that everyone was talking about it. I have to admit that the synopsis grabbed my attention and it seemed like my cup of tea. Of course, this set my expectations very high and we all know that can be a dangerous thing sometimes. I had absolutely no reason to worry because I loved this book! I can’t remember the last time I read a book in less than 5 days (life can get very busy at times).
Personally I love reading books that tell the story from multiple points of view and for this story it definitely worked (how else could we find out about all three sisters). As seen on the blurb, we all know that the sisters have different abilities. One a Naturalist (Arisnoe), able to bloom flowers and control animals, one an Elemental (Mirabella), with the ability to control fire and create storms, and the last sister a Poisoner (Katharine), being able to ingest the strongest of poisons and live. But, out of the three sisters only one can become Queen and the others will die.
Each sister is so different from the other and I definitely disliked some more than the others (Katharine, I’m looking at you). We get to find out about how they were brought up by the people around them, having been separated at the age of 6, and it was interesting to see how that had moulded them. I have to admit; this book gave me a bit of a complex. I wanted to feel sorry for certain characters, but then they would give me a reason to dislike them and at times I wasn’t sure which sister I really wanted to become Queen. I felt sorry for the way some of the sisters were treated and the struggles that they had to go through. Especially 2 in particular.
Of course, with the different points of view taking us through the story, we encounter a lot of characters (maybe too many if I’m being honest as some didn’t feel necessary). The way Blake built the world that the sisters lived in was beautiful and deadly, and so well written that I could vividly picture it all. I was completely immersed in their world and I couldn’t get enough.
But, no book can be perfect and something that slightly annoyed me were the romantic relationships. If you read this book you will realise the one that really irked me (I’m still reeling) because I am a little fed up of love triangles now and I wanted one of the characters to get her happy ending. And it seemed a little unrealistic in places, but overall, I wasn’t reading the book for the romantic aspects, I was reading it for the sisters and how they would overcome the fact that they have to kill each other to become the most powerful.
I have to say that the ending was a surprise and made me pick up the second instalment, One Dark Throne, straight away (so expect a review on that very soon). Overall, this book captured my attention and didn’t let me go. While it started off a little slow, it was definitely worth sticking out a few dull chapters to reach the ending. I cannot wait to find out what will become of the sisters now and who will come out on top.
I’m going to give this book 4.5 out of 5 stars.