One Dark Throne (Three Dark Crowns #2) by Kendare Blake #bookreview #fantasy

Title: One Dark Throne

Author: Kendare Blake

Publisher: HarperTeen

Publication Date: September 19, 2017

Page Count: 469

My rating: 3 1/2 stars

About the book:

#1 New York Times bestseller!

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.


One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake is the second book of the young adult fantasy Three Dark Crowns series. This one would be a darker fantasy tale seeing that the story centers around the three sisters needing to kill each other.

On the island of Fennbirn every generation a new set of triplets is born bringing on a new generation of royalty. Each of the sisters is born with a magical gift and has a right to the crown and becoming Fennbirn’s next queen but in order to rule they must kill their siblings.

The three potential queens were raised separately and are now coming upon their sixteenth birthdays at which time the battle for the crown begins. Mirabella is a  elemental, Katharine is a poisoner, and Arsinoe, a naturalist but each has to master their suspected skill and then conquer the others to take the crown.

This second book picks up again from the ending of the first and it’s best to read the series in order as jumping into this fantasy series probably would not make sense. For me I think this one was a bit of an improvement over the first but that may just be from getting to know the characters better by now since there were so many to keep track of when starting. I do wish they’d spend more on the sisters battle with each other than the side romances and relationships sometimes but I’m definitely interested in how it turns out.

Find this book online: 

Goodreads  /   Amazon

About the author:

Kendare Blake grew up in the small city of Cambridge, Minnesota. She is a graduate of Ithaca College, in Ithaca, New York and received a Master of Arts in Creative Writing from Middlesex University in London, England. She loves to travel, is an advocate for animals, and cheats a lot when she plays Final Fantasy. Adopted from South Korea at the age of seven months, she arrived with the following instruction: “Feed her chocolate.” Though not medically advisable, she and her parents are eternally grateful for this advice.

Kendare is the author of six novels: the contemporary SLEEPWALK SOCIETY, YA horror duo ANNA DRESSED IN BLOOD (2011 NPR Top 5, Kirkus Top Ten), and GIRL OF NIGHTMARES (2012 Kirkus Reviews Top Ten), and the Goddess War trilogy (ANTIGODDESS, MORTAL GODS, UNGODLY).


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