- Page Count: 464
- Release Date: September 19, 2017
- My Rating: 3.5 stars
The battle for the Crown has begun, but which of the three sisters will prevail?
With the unforgettable events of the Quickening behind them and the Ascension Year underway, all bets are off. Katharine, once the weak and feeble sister, is stronger than ever before. Arsinoe, after discovering the truth about her powers, must figure out how to make her secret talent work in her favor without anyone finding out. And Mirabella, once thought to be the strongest sister of all and the certain Queen Crowned, faces attacks like never before—ones that put those around her in danger she can’t seem to prevent.
In this enthralling sequel to Kendare Blake’s New York Times bestselling Three Dark Crowns, Fennbirn’s deadliest queens must face the one thing standing in their way of the crown: each other.
That was a lot like my experience with Three Dark Crowns where I had a hard time getting into the first bit, was interested enough in the middle to keep going, and then LOVED the last 30% SO MUCH.
I think it was just really hard for me to initially get at the story through the present tense writing. But by about halfway through I was totally into the style and did see how it brought something to the story! So it’s not really a complaint… just definitely took some getting used to.
Aaaah that last 1/3 was so good I really don’t know what else to say. I am sad but also so ready for the next book!!
This plot picks up where the first book left off (so I won’t spoil anything) and focuses mostly on the three sisters making alliances and trying to kill each other. The drama with their suitors gets pretty entertaining, too.
And I still don’t know which sister I want to live! Just when I thought I didn’t like Katharine as much, she turned around and became a favorite. Actually, Jules is my favorite character… pretty sure she should end up on a throne.
Anyways, there’s not much I can cover here without spoiling the plot, so I’ll just say this ended up being a strong story in a complex world. It might take a bit to get into, but it’s worth it if you enjoyed the first book!
Thank you to the publisher for sending me an ARC.