Three Dark Crowns, by Kendare Blake
Three sisters. Different magics. Born together. Raised apart. The mage. The poisoner. And the druid. Their childhoods rigid, and unforgiving. Because only the strongest will survive.
It’s been a New York Times bestseller. It received Best Book of 2016 awards from the New York Public Library, the Chicago Public Library, and Kirkus. But reader reviews are mixed. Why?
We sampled the reviews, and we sampled the book. Right from the beginning, it’s rich. Dense. Complex. Like a fine wine, it’s not for everyone. You have to read it slowly if you want to take it all in. (Genevieve… okay, she’s the mean one. Who’s Natalia? Ah, I see. They’re sisters. The poisoner family. Important people. They’re worried Katharine is weak, but they need her…)
If you’re willing to tease out the relationships, piece together the history, there’s immediate sympathy for Katharine’s entire childhood, summed up in the very first scene. And she’s just the first of the three.
It’s not going to be light. It’s not going to be simple. But it is going to be savored. We can tell that already. And at $1.99, it’s absurdly inexpensive for the chance to spend long, quiet hours in another world.
If you haven’t read book one, DO NOT READ THE PUBLISHER BLURBS FOR BOOK 2 OR 3! They spoil the series.
(Don’t worry, you can safely read everything on this post. The Daily Bookaholic is a spoiler-free zone.)
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From the publisher (about book one):
New York Times Bestseller
New York Public Library Best Book of 2016
Chicago Public Library Best Book of 2016
Kirkus Best Book of the Year
Fans of acclaimed author Kendare Blake’s Anna Dressed in Blood will devour Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. And don’t miss the highly anticipated sequel, One Dark Throne!
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.
Be sure to catch the stunning sequel to this New York Times bestseller, One Dark Throne.
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