Book review: Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

The library may be closed, but to quote the immortal slogan of T-shirts and mugs the world over, ‘readers gonna read’. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be discussing some of the books that have caught our attention during the lockdown. First up is ELS library assistant Aimee with her review of Kendare Blake’s bestselling Young Adult novel, Three Dark Crowns.

This story is set on the mythical island of Fennbirn. We are introduced to triplets, Katharine, Arsinoe and Mirabella who were separated when they were young and brought up in villages in different parts of the island. Each possess a different type of magic: Poison, Elemental and Naturalist. When they turn 16 years old, they must use their magic against each other, to the death, to decide who takes the crown.

This book is very captivating and the characters are all really likeable. There are strong friendships and budding romances along the way which make it all the more intriguing; the character building is brilliant! There are exciting twists and turns throughout and the plot thickens towards the end.  I am hooked and looking forward to the next book in the series – One Dark Throne!


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