Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
How she poisoned her sisters so slyly and quietly that it took them days to die. How when it was over they looked so peaceful that had it not been for the froth on their lips, you would have thought they had died in their sleep…
Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake is brilliant. Sinister, grabby, wicked and sly. It’s the best kind of dark, dark fantasy.
She motions to the priestesses, and they draw their knives. “Take her head and her arms. Cut the heart separate from the body. And throw it all into…
With the combination of superb characters and the rich storyline which flows like thick treacle, oozing with venom, this is a book I will not forget. So very dark.
The ocean’s layers, its currents, and cold and churning sand move as she commands. It is not easy, but the water obeys…
It’s chock full of treason, murder, dark magic and unexpected twists, the bendy type of twists that turn the reader inside out.
She will set them both on fire…
Recommended age: 13+
Title: Three Dark Crowns
Series: Three Dark Crowns #1
Author: Kendare Blake
20 September 2016
Publisher: HarperTeen/Pan Macmillan
Source: Review copy
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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.
If only it was that simple. Katharine is unable to tolerate the weakest poison, and Arsinoe, no matter how hard she tries, can’t make even a weed grow. The two queens have been shamefully faking their powers, taking care to keep each other, the island, and their powerful sister Mirabella none the wiser. But with alliances being formed, betrayals taking shape, and ruthless revenge haunting the queens’ every move, one thing is certain: the last queen standing might not be the strongest…but she may be the darkest. — Abstract from Goodreads.com
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