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ONE DARK THRONE is the second book in the Three Dark Crowns series. I absolutely loved THREE DARK CROWNS  and I was really excited to read this. In short I will say that I was not disappointed. This sequel is even darker then the first book. If you haven’t read THREE DARK CROWNS I highly recommend you run out and get it.

I have to admit I forgot some of the characters and ships going into this book, so it took me a few chapters to catch up. Once I figured out what was going on, I was completely hooked, again. I still have my personal favorite but all three of these Queens have grown and changed so much from who they were in book one.

The story starts off with all three sisters now having free reign to kill each other. Some are getting better at it, some are even more hesitant, and some choose an alliance I can’t see working out for all parties involved.There will be plenty of chances for these three Queens to face off as the houses love putting these three together for sport.

The sisters gain depth and get fleshed out in this installment.

Katherine, The Poisoner and my personal favorite, becomes this dark and powerful Queen hell bent on claiming the crown. I loved that the once weakest Queen is now clearly on top, for some reason, but she and her house are absolutely ruthless in their pursuit.

Arsinoe, The Naturalist, is much changed now that her true gift has been revealed. Her objective is to stay alive long enough to figure out how to use it to her advantage. Arsinoe grew much more interesting for me in this book. She is my second favorite.

Mirabella, The Elemental, is the one everyone thought would easily take the crown. Her power is still strong, but she deflects and chooses not to kill his sisters. I am still not on board with #teamMirabella simply because she is badass and chooses to be “good”. Ugh, that bored me about her.

This story moves at such a fast pace, I dare you to try to keep up with which sister is in the lead. There were some very interesting side characters (both enemies and allies) which kept each Queen in check. Jules, Arsinoe’s bff, plays a major role in this story and of all those side characters, she is the one I am interested in the most. Although all the side characters have some interesting going on.

There isn’t much more I can say about this book without giving away major spoilers. I will say that the end definitely left me wanting, nae needing, much more. I am elated to see that there will be two more books after this and you can bet I will be reading them both. Fans of Dark Fantasy should add this series to their lists and get reading immediately.

My Rating

Three Dark Crowns series

Review: ONE DARK THRONE by Kendare BlakeOne Dark Throne by Kendare Blake
Series: Three Dark Crowns #2
Also in this series: Three Dark Crowns
Published by Harper Teen on September 19th 2017
Pages: 464
Genres: Young Adult Fiction, Fantasy, Epic, Royalty, Family, Siblings
Also by this author: Three Dark Crowns
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The battle for the crown has begun, but which of the three sisters will prevail?
With the unforgettable events of the Quickening behind them and the Ascension Year underway, all bets are off. Katharine, once the weak and feeble sister, is stronger than ever before. Arsinoe, after discovering the truth about her powers, must figure out how to make her secret talent work in her favor without anyone finding out. And Mirabella, once thought to be the strongest sister of all and the certain Queen Crowned, faces attacks like never before—ones that put those around her in danger she can’t seem to prevent.
In this enthralling sequel to Kendare Blake’s New York Times bestselling Three Dark Crowns, Fennbirn’s deadliest queens must face the one thing standing in their way of the crown: each other.

About Kendare Blake

Kendare Blake is the author of several novels and short stories, most of which you can find information about via the links above. Her work is sort of dark, always violent, and features passages describing food from when she writes while hungry. She was born in July (for those of you doing book reports) in Seoul, South Korea, but doesn’t speak a lick of Korean, as she was packed off at a very early age to her adoptive parents in the United States. That might be just an excuse, though, as she is pretty bad at learning foreign languages. She enjoys the work of Milan Kundera, Caitlin R Kiernan, Bret Easton Ellis, Richard Linklater, and the late, great Michael Jackson, I mean, come on, he gave us Thriller.

She lives and writes in Kent, Washington, with her husband, their two cat sons (Tybalt and Tyrion Cattister) and their red Doberman dog son, Obi Dog Kenobi.

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