Once each generation, a set of triplets is born to the sitting queen of Fennbirn. Once the triplets turn sixteen, they have to fight each other to the death until only one rightful queen remains.
Fennbirn is a hidden magical island off the coast of somewhere. That part doesn’t really matter. The three triplet girls are separated at a young age in order to develop the gifts that they are predisposed to, sent to live with separate families who can teach them how to control the gifts. Mirabella is an elemental, able to control the weather, along with things like fire. Arsinoe is a naturalist, able to make plants grow and bonded with a familiar animal. And Katharine is a poisoner, able to survive even the strongest venoms and live to tell the tale. Three Dark Crowns begins just before their sixteenth birthdays, as they prepare for the celebration and the fight for their lives.
I’m already so confused…
Yeah, I know. This one is a complicated one. To add fuel to the fire, it’s told from three distant third-person points of view, so that you get the full story from everyone. Which is cool… except it leads to many MANY secondary characters. And feels a little impersonal. And just gets very confusing. But the world is completely stunning, and I think you’ll find that it’s worth it to wade through the semi-mucky world-building.
Welp. Add the fact that absolutely nothing happens in the first three quarters of the book, and yeah… you have some semi-mucky world-building. I don’t know how else to talk about it. The first 3/4 of the book is just backstory, establishing the background for the crazy-pants climax of the book. There’s a lot going on in terms of secondary characters and parallel storylines, but the actual plot hardly advances. I got a little bit bored in the middle, I’ll be honest. But the end… have I mentioned the end yet?
Anything else I need to know?
As a matter of fact, yes. Do you hate storylines about infidelity? Especially infidelity that DOESN’T NEED TO HAPPEN. Especially infidelity that turns Nerd Lady into a giant squid of anger?
Yeah, maybe skip this one, then.
Three Dark Crowns gets a solid B.
I’m having a lot of trouble talking about this to anyone without giving away any spoilers, so if it sounds at all intriguing to you, you should really read it. And now that the world is developed, the sequel has the potential to be OUTSTANDING. So I’ll leave it at a B and do the whole wait-and-see thing.
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