Book Review: Five Dark Fates by Kendare Blake

The final installment in the Three Dark Crowns series. Add it to your Goodreads TBR here:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35391237-five-dark-fates

But wait!

If you’ve not read the predecessors, which I definitely advocate that you do, you can add the wonderfully dark first installment, Three Dark Crowns to your Goodreads TBR here:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28374007-three-dark-crowns

And you can find my review for Three Dark Crowns here:

https://wp.me/p82sSb-5t

Add the sequel, One Dark Throne to your Goodreads TBR here:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29923707-one-dark-throne

And find my review for it here:

https://wp.me/p82sSb-ak

Add the third installment, Two Dark Reigns to your Goodreads TBR here:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/37486213-two-dark-reigns

And find my review for it here:

https://wp.me/p82sSb-i6

Five Dark Fates purchase links:

Pan Macmillan Australia:

https://www.panmacmillan.com.au/9781509899135/five-dark-fates-three-dark-crowns-book-4/

Booktopia:

https://www.booktopia.com.au/five-dark-fates-kendare-blake/book/9781509899135.html

Book Depository:

https://www.bookdepository.com/Five-Dark-Fates-Kendare-Blake/9781509899135

Angus & Robertson:

http://www.angusrobertson.com.au/books/five-dark-fates-kendare-blake/p/9781509899135

Dymocks:

https://www.dymocks.com.au/book/five-dark-fates-by-kendare-blake-9781509899135

Australian RRP: $17.99 (Paperback).

Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Romance, Fantasy, Family.

Published in Australia on the 24th September, 2019 by Macmillan Children’s Books, an imprint of Pan Macmillan Australia.

Page Count: 320

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars.

Sypnosis from Pan Macmillan Australia:

Three dark sisters rise to fight. Allegiances shift. Bonds break. Secrets surface.

Mirabella has returned to the capital, seemingly under a banner of truce.

Katharine maintains her rule over Fennbirn – for now – but at huge personal cost.

Arsinoe is lost, the responsibility of stopping the ravaging mist heavy on her shoulders.

As oldest and youngest circle each other, and Katharine begins to yearn for the closeness that Mirabella and Arsinoe share, the dead queens hiss caution. They whisper that Mirabella is not to be trusted. But even they are drawn to her power …

The fate of the island lies in the hands of its queens.

My Review:

I recieved a finished copy of Five Dark Fates from Pan Macmillan Australia in exchange for an honest review,

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.”

– Three Dark Crowns (#1) by Kendare Blake.

It seems fitting to start off my review with the poem that sets the premise for the first installment in this series.

Katharine, Mirabella and Arsinoe. Three triplets, pitched against one another for the crown. Only one can rule, only one may survive.

This series has honestly been one of my all time favourites and of course I’m sad to see it come to an end, but this was such an epic, emotional and completely satisfying finale!

Right from the first page, I just knew that Five Dark Fates was building up to an epic and memorable finale, every moment had me reeling and constantly wondering what on earth might happen next!

Was I worried that I may have forgotten some minor details throughout the series? Why yes, I was – though mind you, at the release of Two Dark Reigns I actually reread the first two books, just so everything was ingrained in my mind! However, when I started reading Five Dark Fates, I found all of those climatic feelings from Two Dark Reigns come right back and the emotions felt as strong as ever!

I love how each chapter of this book focused on a different sister, as always and even though that it’s written in third person, I felt like I could visualise and feel each sister’s emotions! From Katharine’s progression into fear and desperation, thirst for revenge and losing control over her own being, to Mirabella knowing something is not at all quite right with Katharine, who goes to her sister to seek answers but knows she must tread carefully, to Arsinoe, who also has to be careful too, who finds herself also determined to bring back her closest confidante, Jules, so she is once again the dear friend that Arsinoe had.

Jules’ storyline throughout this book was utterly amazing and addictive too! Jules had always been my favourite secondary character, along with her Cougar Familiar, Camden. Truthfully I was slightly worried for them both during this book, with a big war looming, but then again that could be said for all of these characters, truly.

No one was safe!

I was specifically pleased by Pietyr’s character during this book – I remember being so shocked at the events that went down near the end of Two Dark Reigns, but it was definitely satisfying with what came next!

The pacing of this book was absolute perfection! As I had mentioned, right from the get go I was hooked! I didn’t know some of the character’s true instincts or if they could be trusted and frankly I think that just added so much to this reading experience! Especially with everything that had gone down in the previous books, the stakes were high and so were the emotions! As I was reading this, I felt a sense of bittersweet, “wow, this is it, the final installment,” but not at once did it disappoint! There was one specific scene where what was about to happen had been hinted at, and I was just shocked and devastated! I’m still processing it, as well as that incredibly sad but moving ending!

This may just be my favourite book of the series and definitely one of my all time favourites. I’m going to miss the world of Three Dark Crowns so much! Kendare Blake just weaves the tale of three Elemental triplet Queens so vividly and uniquely, I daresay there won’t be anything like these books again!

If you haven’t read these books, I cannot recommend them enough! They’re definitely a series I would love to revisit one day in the near future!

Happy Reading,

Brooklyn.

About Kendare Blake (from Pan Macmillan Australia):

Kendare Blake is originally from South Korea, but was brought up in the US. She has a BA in Business from Ithaca College in New York and an MA in Writing from Middlesex University in London. She is the author of Anna Dressed in Blood, Girl of Nightmares and Antigoddess, all published by Orchard Books. She lives with her husband in Kent, Washington. Anna Dressed in Blood has been optioned for film by Stephenie Meyer’s production company.

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