Three Dark Crowns and One Dark Throne | Kendare Blake

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As I mentioned doing in my recent book haul, I thought I would but both my reviews for Kendare Blake's Three Dark Crowns and it's sequel, One Dark Throne, in one big post. If you haven't read either and want a spoiler-free review, keep on reading but obviously, stop when it gets onto the One Dark Throne and pop back once you have finished the first book and ready for the next. If you have read both, read as much of the reviews as you like and comment below what you thought! 



THREE DARK CROWNS

Three sisters. One Crown. A fight to the death.

In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heir to the crown and each possessor of a converted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katerine is a prisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomach ache, Arsinow, 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 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.

So I was really excited to get into this book as I loved the Red Queen series, which was one of the first fantasies I read, and I felt that this definitely had the same feel to it. I was fully prepared to love it just as much, but sadly that didn't happen. Before I list the things that ultimately lead to it being a bit of a disappointment, I do want to say that this is a good book. Not great or especially unique, but a good book that I would still say for people to read and I know a lot of people love it and have been raving about. For me, it's just not the first one I would recommend if people asked. So if you have this book or were thinking of picking it up, still do as you may like it more than me!

I found this book to be slow. Especially the first half and kept finding myself becoming distracted and had to really tell myself to power through. When reading a fantasy, and this may just be because I haven't read too broadly within the genre, but I want something that has action, pace and intrigue, as well as building the world and story around it. But with this book, I just felt that there was too much of just building how the world worked, and the action was kind of put away to the side until the last third of the book, which consequently I flew through.

Something that was only a small bugbear but something I noticed was the changing in perspective was very erratic and took me a while to get over. It was told in the third person but one paragraph it would be focusing on the feelings and thoughts of one person in the scene, and then changed to another in the next paragraph. 

And the romance... I was not sold on it at all. There was some instant love in there and also some brewing love (I have no idea if that is the best way to describe it but I'm going with it) but I didn't even find that completely believable and did not like the guy who it involved. Overall it was a bit meh and I wasn't rooting for it or that intrigued. I am not ashamed to admit that I am a complete romantic when it comes to characters in books (less so in real life but that is totally acceptable...) and sadly I just didn't feel that excited when it came to reading those parts when reading this book. 

However, after saying all that, the ending was good and it left me needing to read the next book ASAP. As I did have the second book, I was able to jump straight into it momentum from the faster paced ending meant I speed through that book too, enjoying it much more than the first. Reading them both one after the other was probably the best way to do it for me as I have a feeling that if I left it, I would have taken a while to go out and buy it, and may not have gotten round to doing so at all.



ONE DARK THRONE

The battle of the crowns has begun, but which of the three sisters will prevail?

With the unforgettable events of the Quickening behind them and the Ascension Year underway, all bets are off. Katherine, once the weak and feeble sister, is stronger than ever before. Arsinoe, after discovering the truth about her powers, must figure out how to make her secret talent work in her favour without anyone finding out. And Mirabella, once thought to be the strongest sister of all and the certain Queen Crowned, faces attacks like never before - ones that put those around her in danger she can't seem to prevent.

Fennbirn's deadliest queens must face the one thing standing in their way of the crown: each other.

With much more action and plot, I enjoyed the second instalment of the Three Dark Crown series much more than the first. I was still left feeling as though it wasn't my going to be one of favourite series I've read, but I am definitely more intrigued to carry on with the series.

The romance improved, becoming much more believable and I was more interested in it and the character. Not as much as I normally would have been as I wasn't completely rooting for them or bothered if it all worked out. I'm not sure why but I think it is because I didn't really connect with the characters in this series, there was no one I particularly liked, and no one I really, really hated, mainly reading it as I hate not finishing a book and it was really quite a quick read. I just feel as though something was missing for me but I am not sure entirely what. The ending wasn't as good as the last and I wasn't left desperate to read the next book but I do think I will probably be picking up the next one just to see how it all ends and wraps up. 

I feel as though I have just been completely destroying these books and I am so sorry if you are someone who loved this series! I don't want to completely turn away from this books after reading this review as I did give both three stars and it was an enjoyable read, I just wouldn't go in expecting it to be a new found favourite. Please comment below your thoughts on these books or if you plan on reading them as I would love to know who agrees with me and who disagrees! Happy Thursday everyone! 

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