Review: Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

Teen Guest Blogger: Becky

Three Dark Crowns, by Kendare Blake, is about an island where each generation, a set of royal triplets are born. When they turn sixteen, the fight begins. The last queen standing is crowned. In addition, each queen has a different type of magic; elemental, poisoner or naturalist. In this generation, Mirabella, the elemental queen, is said to be one of the most powerful in the generations. The other two, Arsinoe, the naturalist, and Katharine, the poisoner, are known to be either very weak or entirely powerless.

All three girls were very different in their personalities to the family they lived with. This made it very easy to tell them apart, but also meant you had to familiarize yourself with three sets of characters and places. In the beginning of the book, it was a bit hard to keep track of the girls and what they are doing.

Overall, I thought this was a great book, even though it had a slow start. Once I got through the first few chapters, it sped up a lot. I would definitely recommend reading it. The plot was really unique and had a lot of fantastic twists. Most of the book leads up to Ascension Year (when the competition begins) creating a lot of suspense for the reader and tension for the characters, instead of focusing on the competition. The Ascension chapters are still really intense and include plot twist after plot twist before ending on a cliff hanger, but the build up to it really made this book different. I think that this is a great book for anyone who likes fantasy or royalty books, or just anyone who wants an exciting read.

Age Rating: Middle School and up

Star Rating: 4 out of 5

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Have you read Three Dark Crowns? What did you think?