One Dark Throne (Three Dark Crowns #2)

29923707One Dark Throne. Kendare Blake. Young adult/Fantasy. 2017. 464 pages. 4 stars.

If we do not come together, we will lost what is left.

I received an ARC from HarperCollins in exchange for an honest review.


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.

my thoughts

I was a big fan of Blake’s Three Dark Crowns; naturally I was super excited for its sequel and I was lucky enough to have been granted an ARC! The first few chapters did not hesitate to jump right into the plot, picking up where Three Dark Crowns left off.

Given that the three queens are now determined to kill their way to the throne–a huge turnaround from the first book–I was expecting a lot of action and death. Call it violent, but I was itching for one of the queens to die. The nature of the book suggests that it will revolve around death and ill will, however I was a bit disappointed because the plot kept dragging on and on and on with little to nothing happening (read as: no one dying). I’ve read books/series that did not hesitate to kill off characters (A Song of Ice and Fire, Falling Kingdoms, etc.), so when you read a book that cops out or at least prolongs it until it’s practically unbearable, it’s frustrating.

Despite this, I still enjoyed the book! I enjoyed the involvement of a lot of minor characters! We read chapters about Pietyr, Billy, Joseph, and even Madrigal! It’s nice to see the focus shift from the triplets and get a feel of how the other characters are coping with the Ascension Year. As for the sisters, I am living for the changing of hearts. Those moments of disillusionment were very realistic and relatable. I’ve long ditched the idea of budding romances in this book, mainly because there are more important things I can focus on like which queen I’m actually rooting for?! You’d think that picking a side would be easy, but it’s much harder than I thought. I can see where the next book might steer towards, since we’re now given more details about the mysteries of the Breccia Domain, the paths of the queens, and the predicaments Book 2 ended with.

One Dark Throne is set to be released 19 September 2017.

5 Replies to “One Dark Throne (Three Dark Crowns #2)”

  1. Darn, it frustrates me when the premise of a story sets up the potential for violence and death and then the author just fails to pull the trigger.

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      1. I thought Three Dark Crowns was just okay. Most of it felt slow and uneventful. Those last couple chapters are what made me want to read One Dark Throne. I was hoping that would be improved upon for this new book.

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      2. To be fair, it really was improved in terms of character development and plot pacing. It was just the deaths that frustrated me, but heeeeeyyyyy death does come in the later chapters if that’s what you’re worried about! The lack of death makes up for it near the end 😉

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      3. I’m still going to read it in the hopes that I see it as an improvement over the first.


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