Review: Three Dark Crowns

 

Three dark queens are born in a glen… this young adult fantasy series takes place on the isle of Fennbirn, where every generation the queen gives birth to triplets, each one possessing a different powerful magic. But only one can become heir and rule the island, so on their sixteenth birthday, the young queens are unleashed upon each other in a fight to the death for the crown.

Mirabella is an elemental, able to control the winds and fire. Katharine is a poisoner, trained in crafting poisons and immune to them herself. Arsinoe, a naturalist, can command the plants and animals. Raised apart from each other in three cities of magic, the queens have not met since they were children. But as their sixteenth birthday at the Winter Solstice, and the Beltane ceremony approaches, it becomes apparent that the rise to power of the next queen is dependent on a lot more than their natural gifts, as some of their natural gifts are lacking. Mirabella is the most talented and has the support of the Temple, but Arsinoe and Katharine each have powerful friends and allies willing to risk,  themselves for the queen who shares their magic.

The cliffhanger ending of Three Dark Crowns will make you eager to keep reading. After the second book, One Dark Throne, make sure you read the prequel stories The Oracle Queen and The Young Queens, as separate ebooks or collected together in print as Queens of Fennbirn. These novellas will explain some backstory referenced in the main series, giving a depth to the mysterious world and answering some of your questions. I’m currently reading Two Dark Reigns, where the history of queens is influencing the present, and the Goddess’s power rises. Read it! You know you want to.

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