When I first saw this book I hesitated buying it. I hadn’t seen anyone post about it on social media, so I was immediately skeptical about the quality of this book. Of course, not all good books are all over the internet, but this is Barnes & Noble we’re talking about and I wasn’t in the mood to spend $15+ on a book I might not even enjoy! Needless to say, I went ahead and bought it anyway.
I still haven’t decided how I feel about this book, exactly. The plot was unique and had a lot of aspects that I enjoyed, but nothing really significant happened until the last 100 pages. The majority of the book consisted of watching the queens interact with their families and handlers, not the actual Ascension Year. I think the reason why I didn’t love the book immediately is because I was convinced that the battle for the throne would occur in this book, not its sequel. I’m conflicted because I know the second book will be more interesting, but I’ also not willing to be subjected to another 400+ pages of exposition. How many times can you show how weak the other two queens are? Ugh.
The love interests were quite frustrating. I didn’t like the insta-love between Pietyr and Katharine, or between Jules and Joseph. Also, WHAT THE HECK JOSEPH?!
The “love triangle” between Mirabella, Joseph and Jules was pretty much the most interesting part of the book before Beltane, which says a lot. I did like the budding romance between Arsinoe and Billy, though. Thank you Kendare Blake for giving me at least ONE cute ship in this book.
Side note: Why did Pietyr throw Katharine down the Breccia Domain?? I thought he ~loved~ her? Honestly, Katharine was my favorite of all three queens, and I feel personally attacked by Kendare Blake because of that little incident.
Even though nothing happened, I still enjoyed the overall aesthetic of the book. I’m stuck between wanting to be a naturalist, an elemental, or a warrior.
I hope you enjoyed my review of Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake! I gave the book 3/5 stars on Goodreads, which is a generous score for how little the book impressed me. I’ll stay optimistic and hope that the sequel, One Dark Throne, is more action-packed than its predecessor.
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