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Three Dark Crowns

(Three Dark Crowns #1)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  46,619 ratings  ·  8,788 reviews
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 natu ...more
Kindle Edition, 416 pages
Published September 20th 2016 by HarperTeen
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Kendare Blake Yes! Book Two is almost a wrap. Should be out next year. I'm so glad you liked Three Dark Crowns! Thank you for reading ;)
Kendare Blake Depends on the reader? If it were a movie, I'd go PG-13 for adult themes/violence. Of course, I wrote it, so I'm probably not the best judge.

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Emily May
Three Dark Crowns has an interesting premise, but it manages to be insufferably boring for the first 75%. I foresee many DNFs on the horizon for this book.

It's about three sisters, three queens, essentially competing for the throne. They - Katharine, Arsinoe and Mirabella - each live in different parts of the land, each have a different power, and each have a different group of supporters aiding them. This is an "in every generation, there are three chosen ones..." kind of thing. However, throug
Kat O'Keeffe
Feb 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
really enjoyed this one, especially the second half (and that ending!!!!!! i had to pick up book 2 IMMEDIATELY.)

i do think you need a bit of patience going into this, because the beginning is a bit slow as we build everything up--we're introduced to three different storylines and three main characters (kind of four main characters actually?) and the world is AWESOME but complex, so it took me a while to really get a good grasp on it.

but overall this was a great opening to a series! i really enj
Cait • A Page with a View
I AM SHRIEKING INTERNALLY RIGHT NOW at how genius that ending was. I almost called this a DNF towards the beginning because there were so many characters and I didn't know what was happening, but I'm so glad I stuck with it because this story became absolutely awesome. I NEED the sequel now!

Three Black Witches are born in a glen,
sweet little triplets
will never be friends.

Three Black Witches, all fair to be seen
two to devour
and one to be queen

The whole story is just so delightfully creepy, intens
Jan 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: new-releases
Do you like fantasy?
Do you like badass morally-grey women?
Do you want to burn the patriarchy?
If so, this is the book for you.
Natalie Monroe
2.5 stars

"Three dark sisters
All fair to be seen,
Two to devour
And one to be queen"

Three Dark Crowns offends me. It promised me scheming sisters and political intrigue and power plays. Instead I get this:

And this:

And a whole lot of this:

80% of the book is the sisters (Katharine, Mirabella, and Arinsoe) waffling around, training, and getting acquainted with their love interests. What's each island's culture? How did the tradition of Triplets Hunger Games begin? No fucking idea, but look, dreamy
Emma Giordano
3.5 stars! I struggled with this start to a new series, but I’m currently reading the sequel and am SERIOUSLY enjoying it, so it was worthwhile for me to push through the first novel!

I will always admit when I feel choosing the audio version of a book may have impacted my reading experience. I restarted the first few hours of Three Dark Crowns about four times because I just could not keep track of the story. And that was my biggest issue with this story – I just could not get engaged. There’s a
Brittney ~ Reverie and Ink
4.5 stars. Wow this was bloody fantastic.


The first 35% or so was ROUGH. I honestly would have DNF'ed this had it not been for friends telling me to keep going. I'M SO GLAD I DID. So if you're reading this and you get bored/overwhelmed with all the names/generally disinterested... it WILL pick up! (And don't worry about memorizing all the character names/who is who.)

Basically we have three triplets. They are separated at a young age and each raised in separate parts of the kingdom/island thi
Hailey (HaileyinBookland)
Nov 21, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned, fantasy
This was incredibly hard for me to get into. I found the first half to be quite boring but I just found the whole concept to be so interesting that I had to stick with it. I'm glad that I did because it did get better, but half of a book is a long time to not really be enjoying it.

Wow. Wow. Let me start off by saying that this is going to be messy and probably inarticulate. But just go with it. Had to let it out.

Alright. How does one express rage in just a few words? Because in the last quarter of this book (fine, all) - I had to constantly take breaks to calm and compose myself because I was too LIVID and could feel my blood boiling and chest pain arising. Then why, you may ask did I continue?
Because 1) I hate DNFing books. 2) I hone
Jul 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Three dark queens
are born in a glen,
sweet little triplets
will never be friends.

Three dark sisters
all fair to be seen,
two to devour
and one to be Queen.

This was SO much darker than I originally expected and it is GOOD. The world-building, the twists, the characters, the premise itself. It's hard not to be pulled deep into the story. Consider me invested! For a first book where clearly the concept had to be set up, as well as the world..I still found there was a lot going on. This just gives me m
C.G. Drews
This was not good and was not bad either. I'm just going to sit here and admit I have no idea how I feel. Like my #1 reaction when I closed it was: "I NEED THE NEXT BOOK." Because holy heck to that cliffhanger. But overall it was really dry and slow and there were way way too many POVs.

L I K E S:
I thought the world was really interesting! Like we have this island and this psycho queen and the royal lie always has three triplets who then have to fight to the death for the throne. NICE.

“No one really wishes to be a queen.”

Oh my, I loved this. This book seems to be very polarizing on my feed, and from people I love, trust, and have similar reading tastes as, so I was a little apprehensive going in. I read that first chapter with my mouth open the entire time. Instantly drawn in, immersed, and in love.

Most of you probably know the synopsis of this book, but it will still bring me immense joy to tell those few who might not know. Basically, this story is set in a world with

Three dark sisters
All fair to be seen,
Two to devour
And one to be Queen”


well that was misleading and disappointing

finally im done typing out this longass rant& im conflicted because IDK if i should give this 2 stars?

I am so surprised I didn’t like this book because this kind of books are my kind of books. I am so pissed and honestly this review will just be messy paragraphs of me talking about how disappoint
Claudia Ramírez
4.5 stars.

I loved this.

(Please let Joseph die in the next book).
chandler ainsley ❁
Apr 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 2018

this book was a real fcking treat. but i can't say i'm all that surprised given the description & how much i love

~dark shit™~

so imma break it down for you like this: we got 3 black haired hoes (shhh i know, thats misogynistic of me whatever i do my part in dismantling the patriarchy too) and they got some POWERS


more specifically we've got

kat the rat:
- overall pretty lame
- kind of described as a drowned rat, hence the name
- terrible taste in men

mirror mirror:
- also pretty lame but like she'
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
My September Owlcrate Box! I wasn't sure I was going to read this book, but I am now of course :-)


I didn't like much of anything about this book but the ending.

And NOT because it was the ending, I mean the ending was really good. I will get the next book from the library just to see what happens because some things that I thought might be happening did but in a different way <--- which only makes sense to me. AND there is the note of revenge! I love revenge and this person deserves revenge!!
Ben Alderson
Jun 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Firstly, I have to say that I really did not jell with this book. It took me a moment to get used to the POV it was written in and also, didn't really understand what was happening in the first three chapters, then when I realised that it was written from different perspectives every chapters i GOT IT!
P.s that is not the books fault, completely my fault!
I really did enjoy this novel, the ending was brilliant.
My only issues was it could be slow at times, and not much happened in the middle of
How could a book with such a promising premise fall so flat? (This is a stupid question and by now, having been a Goodreads member for seven years, I ought to know better.)

The thing is, right, that the first chapter was absolutely mesmerizing. In fact, Katharine remained the only character I was even mildly interested in for the rest of the book. But sometimes I like to look at it this way: if I were a literary agent, and this book came into my query inbox, and the author had attached the first
3.25/5. but a FUN 3.25!!

This book was far from perfect, but hell if it wasn’t a good time. And after two not so fun reads, I needed it!

Did I like any of the characters? Uh, not totally. In fact, I hated a bunch of them. (I would physically fight Mirabella and Joseph if I was ever given the chance, and I would like roughly 50% of the characters to line up so I can efficiently slap each of them across the face.) Most of them were super flat--I’d say all of t
April (Aprilius Maximus)
Nov 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, 2018
The first half was pretty slow, but THAT ENDING THO!
Trina (Between Chapters)
While I was reading this I had several people tell me they were hesitant to read it because of the mixed reviews and wanted to know what my thoughts were, so I will try to address whether or not I think you will enjoy this book.

It has a slow start, and I think that's why a lot of people struggle getting into it. There are 3 POVs, set in different locations, with different politics, side characters, and types magic to learn. You essentially get 3x the introduction. It did feel slow at first to me
This review and other non-spoilery reviews can be found @The Book Prescription

My version of the story:

“Three dark crowns
is not a bad book
Three dark queens
a bit undercooked

Three dark sisters
Who are well known,
enough to make me read
one dark throne”

“Every gift is light and dark.”

🌟 I feel my reviews are becoming a bit clichéd because I keep talking about expectations.

🌟 But really I have found that expectations really affect how we review and rate books. Three Dark Crowns biggest problem was its syn
Reynita Maharani ★ The Night Reader ★

Review to come.


Actually, I didn't want to dnf this but I just can't bear reading it anymore. I quite enjoyed reading it, the plot was pretty good but sometimes I somehow just felt bored with this book and the characters weren't annoying or boring. They were all pretty good to read for me. ( except Joseph and he's also the reason I didn't finish this book)

I didn't finish this book because of the love triangles. I HATE love triangles so much and bef
Dec 08, 2016 rated it really liked it

“Three dark queens
Are born in a glen,
Sweet little triplets
Will never be friends

Three dark sisters
All fair to be seen,
Two to devour
And one to be Queen”

When I first heard about the premise of this book, I instantly knew I was going to enjoy it because it sounded right up my alley. Basically, there are three dark sisters who have to try to kill each other after their sixteenth birthday because only one of them can be queen. DUN DUN DUUUUN. Tell me this doesn’t sound like the coolest story ever.

Nadhira Satria
I reread this book again. yes, I did.
and I still love it, yes I do.

Buddy read with chandler✨ who (thankfully) liked this book and was a blast to br with 💞
may ❀

Buddy read with my girl, Bianca

One word: A N T I C L I M A C T I C

What was even the purpose of this book, omg.

Three dark queens
are born in a glen,
sweet little triplets
will never be friends

Three dark sisters
all fair to be seen,
two to devour
and one to be Queen

^^That’s probably the best part of the book.

Let’s do a quick introduction to our characters, shall we? I saw these on EpicReads and was likes yasssss. #accurate




So these are our main characters, the three queens who must prove to t
Dec 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Having loved Kendare's other series, I was beyond excited to get my hands on this one.

First off, love love loved that we got POV from all three of the sisters. It made it so easy to relate to their turmoil and the situation as a whole. Because we got to see and know everything, it definitely made for some delicious tension and screaming while reading.

I don't want to say too much and ruin the reading experience for anyone else, so I'll just say that this is one of the best roller coasters I've ev
Aimee ♥ | Aimee, Always
Kendare Blake's my go-to author for vivid descriptions, intimidating plotlines, and shocking surprises. She delivered all three of those in Three Dark Crowns, but the pacing and romance were so off that I couldn't fall in love with the book in the way I wanted to.


1. The writing was so easy to get into. Kendare Blake has a way of writing novels in a way that feels dark, but is still very casual and easy to read. She has these gorgeous descriptions that aren't bo
Sep 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
WrensReads Review:

So, triplets.

Three queens are born. They bond when they are little, bond a little when they are little, separated to strengthen their individual powers (naturalist, poisoner, and elemental) and then…

… then they must kill each other so one can sit on the throne, have triplets, and start the cycle over again.

Three Black Witches are born in a glen,
sweet little triplets
will never be friends.

Three Black Witches, all fair to be seen
two to devour
and one to be queen.

I know what you ar
Jenna Major
Dec 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fantasy fans!
MY QUICK REVIEW: I gave Three Dark Crown's 4.5/5 stars! I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

This is my personal current ranking of the queen's:

Even though I did rank the queen's, I did like all of them,
I think the world is super interesting. I enjoyed all of the little story arcs, characters and writing. I found the writing style different then what I am used to, but not in a bad way. I quite enjoyed it. THE ENDING WAS SUCH A GOOD ENDING BUT I WISH IT WAS LONGER! WE
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“Three dark queens
Are born in a glen,
Sweet little triplets
Will never be friends

Three dark sisters
All fair to be seen,
Two to devour
And one to be Queen”
“I want revenge." She whispers, and her fingers trail bloody streaks down Natalia's arms.
"And then I want my crown.”
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