Wednesday, August 10

Early Review: Three Dark Crowns (Three Dark Crowns #1)

Three Dark Crowns (Three Dark Crowns #1)
Kendare Blake

Published By: Pan Macmillan
Publication Date: September 22, 2016
Date Read: August 9, 2016
Genre: YA - Fantasy
Source: ARC from My Kinda Book/Pan Macmillan
Format: Paperback
Pages: 405

From Goodreads:
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 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.

Three Dark Crowns was a book that I couldn't wait to get my hands on. I am a massive fan of YA Fantasy books and this one just sounded amazing. Three magic queens? A fight to the death? This just sounded all kinds of awesome. And it was. I really enjoyed this book and I can't wait to read the second book and see what's going to happen.

In every generation there is a set of triplets born to the Queen. Each of the triplets is born with a magical gift. An Elemental who can control the elements, a Poisoner who can stomach the strongest poisons and never get ill or a Naturalist who can control the plants and animals. Each of these queens must be pitted against each and the one left standing will be Queen. But are they strong enough to kill their sisters, and do they feel anything for each other at all?

I really enjoyed this book. It is completely my kind of book and right from the start I was captured in with this incredible storyline. Usually it takes me a while to get into a book but right from the start I was completely on board with this story and loving finding out about the island of Fennbirn, the politics of this world and the magic of the three sisters. I really loved all 3 of the sisters but I think my favourite has to be Mirabella. She is the strongest of the three and the one everyone is backing to be queen but she remembers her sisters and doesn't want to hurt them. She is merciful and I loved the friends that she has around her as well. I found myself really looking forward to reading her parts the most as I found her to be the one I identified with the most. I also really liked Arsinoe and Katherine, Katherine probably being my least favourite. I couldn't really connect with her as I did the other two and I can't put my finger on why. I liked her story just like the others but I just couldn't get involved as I did with the others.

One thing that let this book down a little bit for me is it's pretty slow going and I found myself getting a little bored in the middle. This is a really strange thing for me. I usually get a little bored at the beginning but once I get into the book I love it from them on. With Three Dark Crowns I got into it right from the start and then it slowed down a lot in the middle and I really had to force myself to keep reading. I always accept that the first book in a fantasy series is quite slow due to the building up of the world and the characters and the politics but I felt like this one could have done with a little bit less. I didn't feel like we needed the first part to be as long as it was. To me we seemed to have around 300 pages of building up the world, politics and getting to know the girls and their stories and then we had about 100 pages of the action right at the end and the ending seemed really rushed and I was left feeling a little stunned.

Overall Three Dark Crowns is definitely my kind of book. I really enjoyed it and I can't wait to see what is going to happen. I have no doubt that I am going to love the second book even more that this one and I can't wait to see what will happen to the three sisters. If you like slow-burning books filled with magic, intrigue and political power-play then this is the perfect book for you. It was full to the brim of magic, politics, deviance and a small dash of romance. I can't wait to see what happens next.


Giveaway 1: Open to UK Residents Only

Win my print ARC of Three Dark Crowns. 

Giveaway 2: Open Internationally

The awesome UK publisher, Macmillan, have created not 1 but 3 stunning covers of Three Dark Crowns. One for each of the sisters. Enter the giveaway to win the cover of your choice. Book will be ordered when it releases via The Book Depository so please check that they ship to you before entering.

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