Unrelated to the rest of this review: I don’t know why I didn’t connect Kendare Blake, author of Three Dark Crowns, to Kendare Blake, author of Anna Dressed in Blood (one of my favourite books) until now. I think it’s because the book themes and plots and her writing style seems to be completely different in both. And that’s sad because I loved Anna and Girl of Nightmares but didn’t really like this book.
I don’t really have much to say on the book as a whole, so I’m just going to focus on the characters and their individual storylines.
She is the first queen introduced, and she’s my favourite. Unfortunately, she seems to be the one with the least number of chapters, and the chapters set in her town/city/house/whatever started to focus on her mentors more than her in later chapters. She is the only one of the queens that I was interested in, let alone cared about, but that was mainly because using her gift had consequences. Every time we see her, she’s dealing with scars and blisters from her latest poisoning, and I love a vulnerable character.
All of the poisoners are incredibly strange and creepy and I’m a little obsessed with them. #SlytherinPride
Personally, I found her to be the most boring queen, even though she is the most powerful queen and has the most exciting gift. But she’s just too good. The plot is driven by the idea that the queens are separated as children and taught to hate each other and that they have to kill each other for the crown, but Mirabella spends all of her chapters nostalgic for the good times they had together and refusing to kill them (which is probably a good thing, just not in this world). She is physically the strongest but mentally the weakest queen and I don’t really care for her.
She had the most chapters in the book and didn’t really have to share them with anyone else from her town/city/house/whatever and I still feel like I knew her the least out of the three queens. She spends most of her time wandering around being useless (sorry). I was more interested in Jules than Arisnoe, and even Jules was more interested in her boyfriend than her friend’s impending death.
+ The ending
I hate this book a little bit because I spent the entire time just feeling ‘meh’ about it, but the ending threw in so many plot twists that I’m desperate for the sequel, even though I didn’t particularly like this book. Also, we managed to get to the end of the book and still didn’t explain why the queens are raised separately or why they had to wait until they were sixteen to kill each other or why they even had to kill each other.
So, in conclusion, this book was slow and underwhelming until literally the last few pages. It had potential to be so exciting and I was expecting a lot more fighting and killing but there really wasn’t much action.
Rating: ★★★☆☆ (maybe 3.5 stars?? I don’t really know)