Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

Spoiler-Free Review

I have many, many questions.

Overall: 3/5⭐️
Overall, I did enjoy this book. The concept is extremely clever, and I’m interested to see where the rest of the series takes it. Based on the back-of-book copy, I went into this book expecting to watch three sisters try to kill each other—this was not the case. At least not yet. Book 2, perhaps.

Plot & Characters: 3.5/5⭐️
For a book based around 3 queens, there are a lot of SHITTY MEN prominently featured. One of them had a particular purpose, which I liked, but the other was just…Joseph’s character arc almost made me DNF this book, I’m not going to lie. But because I had come to love sweet Katherine so much, I pushed through. Glad I did—but still. I’ll elaborate in a spoiler-y review later on. Just know that I hate Joseph and love Katherine, okay?

Seeing as this is a series, I expected some of the plot points to remain hidden. I didn’t expect them to remain THAT hidden. I feel as if I could have cut out half of this book and still have been into it. There was a lot of side-bar stuff that is so tied up later in the series that I didn’t understand it now, or it’s just unrelated and I could have done without it. If this is the case, I’ll come back and update this review later!

Romance: 3/5⭐️
A lot more making out in this book than I anticipated. Two of the romances/flirtations I really, really liked. The lower score is for the love triangle that I really, really didn’t need. And I love love triangles! This one has a bigger meaning, I’m sure, but it just felt SO forced.

Writing: 4/5⭐️
No complaints here! Lovely writing, great world-building, and creativity. I’m excited to see where the rest of the series takes me.

Published by Jessie Lovene

Fantasy Author & Book Blog.

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