Review: One Dark Throne

One Dark Throne

Title: One Dark Throne

Author: Kendare Blake

Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books

Year: 2017

Wow. I think starting this review with that one word is a great start because this book was incredible. As soon as I finished Three Dark Crowns I dived straight into the sequel and I loved it so much more than the first (if that was even possible). The UK cover is, once again, better than the US and beautiful, with the sisters abilities wrapping around the sword.

The second instalment picks up where the first left off and Kendare Blake doesn’t keep us waiting. The action begins practically straight away. Compared to the first book, the pace is a lot quicker and not once did I feel like I was plodding through the chapters. The plot was so much darker than the first too, something that I was hoping for more of in the sequel. I got just what I wanted, with the sisters plotting each others’ demise and evil schemes falling into place. Katharine definitely shone in that department (but we always knew she was harsher than the other two from the first book alone).

In terms of character development, it was greatly improved with this book and I felt a connection with some that I didn’t care for in the first book. My favourite sister from the first book, Arsinoe, is still the one I relate to and love the most, and she definitely got her chance to shine. Mirabella grew on me, slightly redeeming herself for some of her actions in the first book, and I couldn’t help but root for her too. I even felt sorry for Katharine (which isn’t easy when she’s one of the most evil in the book). And in a story where two out of the three sisters has to die? It makes it very complicated when I care about two of them. I still couldn’t make my mind up about who I wanted to be Queen. In a perfect world none of them would die and they could live happily ever after with the people they love. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem that happy endings exist in Fennbirn.

The relationships between character were put to test throughout the book and the romantic ones in particular felt much more genuine this time round. My personal favourite has to be Arsinoe and Billy who had such a sweet friendship that was natural and made me smile when reading. I can’t not mention Jules, the kind of friend to Arsinoe that I would love to have for myself. She is strong, protective and her story definitely took a few turns along the way.

Having gotten used to the POV that Blake uses in the first book, I found it a lot easier to keep track of all the characters and the events taking place. It flowed so perfectly and there was no stopping with this book. The tension kept building, the story growing more complicated. There is violence, blood shed and so much emotion. Especially towards the end of the book. You can’t predict where this story will go and there were twists that I didn’t expect at all. I am beyond excited for the third one. I just hate that I have to wait until next year.

It is so hard to review this book without giving too much away and spoiling it, but it is definitely one of my favourite reads of the year so far. I am going to give this book 4.5 out of 5 stars.

My Reading Habits

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I have seen a couple of book bloggers doing this tag before and thought it would be great to do it myself. Plus, you get to know a little bit more about me.

1. Do you have a certain place at home for reading?

Normally I tend to read last thing at night in bed. It’s the cosiest place for me personally (although instead of making me more tired some books can keep me up for hours).

2. Bookmark or random piece of paper?

When I was younger I had way too many bookmarks, thanks to my mum creating them for me and laminating them. But, up until recently I had just been dog-earring the pages (I can just hear you all telling me off for that). You’ll be glad to know I am using the trusty Book Depository bookmarks that came with my delivery, and I even coloured in one of them, too.

3. Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop after a chapter/ a certain amount of pages?

If I have to stop reading for whatever reason, I have to finish it after a chapter is over. Either that, or I can stop if there is a break in the chapter, but that is only if I am desperate to go do something.

4. Do you eat or drink while reading?

When I think about it, I don’t tend to do either in all honesty. I feel like it distracts me too much from the book, but every so often I will make a coffee and have that (praying I don’t forget about it and drink cold coffee).

5. Multitasking: Music or TV while reading?

I’m one of these people that prefers to read in silence. I love when I’m able to focus on just the book alone and conjure up the story in my mind. My sister is the opposite to me, she has to have something on in the background.

6. One book at a time or several at once?

I have only ever tried reading one book at a time. I think I would get too distracted if I tried to read one too many.

7. Reading at home or everywhere?

Normally I tend to just read at home, but if I am travelling on a train or plane somewhere then you can definitely count on me packing a book in my bag.

8. Reading out loud or silently in your head?

When I was younger I would read out loud if I was with my mum, but it is always in my head now.

9. Do you read ahead or even skip pages?

I had this thing when I was younger where I would always read the last page. I have no idea why I did that because, yes, sometimes it did ruin the book for me. As for skipping pages, sometimes I am tempted to, but I resist. I could miss some important information that is crucial to the story and that wouldn’t be good.

10. Breaking the spine or keeping it like new?

When it comes to breaking the spine I do this really weird thing where I have to split it into quarters or thirds, depending on how big the book is. I have always done that for as long as I can remember. Although, I do hate it when there are too many breaks in the spine, pet peeve.

11. Do you write in your books?

The only books I have ever written in have been the one that I used when I was at school for English Literature and Language. It definitely helped when it came to exams!

I really hope you enjoyed reading my answers. If you have ever done this tag then leave me the link in the comments, I would love to check it out!