Three Dark Crowns, was one of the first books I read in 2017. It’s about three sisters, three queens, essentially competing for the throne, Katharine, Mirabella and Arsinoe. The basic premise of the book, is a fight for the throne between the three sisters. Only one sister can claim the throne, but to do so must murder the other two sisters, who they have only met a handful of times. The three sisters don’t have your normal sibling relationship to say the least.
Each sister has a different power, Katharine is a poisoner who can withstand deadly cocktails; Arsinoe is a naturalist, at one with nature and animals, however no one expects her to win the throne. Finally Mirabella, who is an elemental, and favourite to win the throne.
To me, the whole story is just unlike something I have read previously. The duration of the book, I was constantly wondering what was happening and what was going to happen. It is just so fantastically intense and creepy. If you love fantasy and power battles, I think you would like this! It did remind of a YA Game Of Thrones to some degree. Only in the idea of the power battle for the throne. The three sisters have wound up as puppets being controlled by power-hungry adults. The only criticism I can think of is the fact that it is between three sisters. I much prefer the idea of sisterhood and working together as opposed to a big rift between the three of them, but this may be planned out, so we shall have to see in the next novel!
I am also not sure as to why people have branded it as ‘did not finish’, due to pacing issues. I found the build up to the main events of the novel only led to my excitement about what might happen and how the action will pan out.
I personally found the whole book very interesting and it drew me in so quickly. I did have a favourite sister and that was Arsinoe. I really liked her and all of the characters in her parts of the book. However, all of the characters felt very well fleshed out and I was interested enough in all of their stories. There are some complex female relationships which were very life-like and warming. This world is also effectively run and relies on the matriarchy. The world leads with women: "women and men.” It was refreshing reading a book where the world relies solely on teenage girls and well-written, strong ones at that.
Overall, I really enjoyed ‘Three Dark Crowns’, combined with the main characters who I found very engaging as well as the world setting, I would recommend this. The plot twist at the end was also a great cliff-hanger!
The photo below, very much reminded me of the setting of the novel.