Book Review: Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

Book 1 in the Three Dark Crowns series

Published: 2016 by HarperTeen

Pages: 398 (hardback)

Rating: 4/5 

What I liked:

– The characters, well, the three sisters, mostly. 

“Three dark queens are born in a glen, sweet little triplets will never be friends. Three Dark sisters all fair to be seen, two to devour, and one to be queen.”

It was this blurb that initially appealed to me, along with this epic title. I knew I’d love this book, well, I definitely hoped I would. I hadn’t read anything by this author before and I wasn’t sure what to expect in terms of writing style. 

I definitely wasn’t disappointed. This was intriguing, enthralling and above all, dark.


There was never a moment in this book that wasn’t accompanied by a feeling of utter darkness. There were truly twists and turns through every corner, and there were many a time when I was exclaiming:


I loved the concept of the familiar, an animal that accompanied some of the characters. It reminded me a bit of the Starks and their Direwolves from Game of Thrones. 

From the first page, I instantly loved Katharine, the poisoner, and was cheering for her all the way. I felt sorry for her the most, especially in the early stages of the novel. 

That’s not to say I didn’t like Mirabella or Arsinoe, they each have their own qualities which makes them interesting characters, but it’s Katherine that did it the most for me. I was really starting to love her and Pietyr in some ways, until something happened that made me HATE him and I hope he burns in hell in the next book, I mean what he did?! 


How dare he! I hadn’t been so angry by a book character in a long time! But at the same time I loved being angry at the idiot. And there was an epic twist at the end which literally had me cheering!


What else did I like? The constant reference to the prophecy mentioned above, one of these sisters will rule, and the other two will ultimately meet their end. I didn’t know if this would be resolved by the end of the book, and I’m not going to say whether or not it did, because frankly, this book ought to be read. 

The secondary characters were all solid, they proved to be a set of strong supports for the three queens. Except that vermin, Pietyr. All will make sense when the book is read. But I cannot wait for book 2! This was an excellent start to what will be an enthralling series! 

Favourite quote:

I want revenge.” She whispers, and her fingers trail bloody streaks down Natalia’s arms; And then I want my crown.” 

(You go girl! I’ll be waiting!)

And that concludes my review: Until next time, thanks for reading! πŸ™‚ 

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