Hey guys! So I don’t know if any of you remember this but I reviewed Three Dark Crowns wayyyyy back at the beginning of this blog, and the sequel was finally released! I have been waiting for this for SO long (it’s literally been on my calendar since last fall) and I’m beyond hyped to share my (spoiler free) thoughts on it.
So, for those of you that don’t know, Three Dark Crowns is an incredible YA fantasy set on a magical island called Fennbirn. The Queen of Fennbirn always has triplets, and when the triplets turn sixteen they must fight to the death to become the next queen. Each queen has a magical gift: they are either a Naturalist (control plant/ animals), an Elemental (can control the elements) or a Poisoner (can ingest any poison without weakening). The queens must use these gifts to fight/ kill each other, until only the true queen remains.
So you guys already know I loved Three Dark Crowns. Like, a lot. And I loved One Dark throne just as much. All of the elements that made me love the first book were there: the sense of danger, the twisted, beautiful imagery, the darkness looming over the queens at every turn. It was a beautifully dark read, and it was particularly perfect for the fall.
The plot of this book picks up where the first one ended, with the queens preparing to kill each other off. The Quickening has begun, which means that no one is safe any longer. The queens are free to do their worst. And Katharine definitely wants to.
Oh, Katharine. My personal favorite of the queens. She was already pretty dark and twisted in the first book, after growing up in the torturous household of the Arrons, but after the events at the end of the last book, Katharine is more bloodthirsty than ever. SHe is more cunning and dark than the other two queens combined, which just makes me love her all the more.
Another really strong aspect of this book was Jules’s development. Although she is not a queen, she is a strong player on the board. With the strength of her Naturalist power, she could easily have been born a queen, and the others never would have stood a chance. In this book we see more development of Jules’s character and of her powers, which made for an interesting read.
Now that the quickening has begun, this book had a sense of urgency that upped the stakes at every turn. In every scene with a queen (which is pretty much all of them), there is an undertone of oh god oh god oh god what is going to happen, which made this a fun (and a bit stressful) read.
Overall, I thought this was a strong sequel to an incredible book, and I’m already getting excited for The Young Queens. If you haven’t already read Three Dark Crowns I HIGHLY suggest you do so, because this series is one of my new faves. You can get the book here One Dark Throne (Three Dark Crowns)
Final rating- 5/5
Thanks for reading my review, and until next time, happy reading 🙂