Dec 16, 2016
Author: Kendare Blake
Format: eBookPublication Date: September 20, 2016
Overall: 4 out of 5 stars
Every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions.
But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose…it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins. The last queen standing gets the crown.
If only it was that simple. Katharine is unable to tolerate the weakest poison, and Arsinoe, no matter how hard she tries, can’t make even a weed grow. The two queens have been shamefully faking their powers, taking care to keep each other, the island, and their powerful sister Mirabella none the wiser. But with alliances being formed, betrayals taking shape, and ruthless revenge haunting the queens’ every move, one thing is certain: the last queen standing might not be the strongest…but she may be the darkest.
This book was phenomenal. I wasn’t sure how I would like 3 different point of views overlapping each other, but surprisingly I barely noticed. The world building was intricate and detailed, and each of the girls were captivating for different reasons. The book itself was surprisingly dark, considering that they are sisters. The entire premise ca be summed up by the rhyme at the beginning of the book.
Three Black Witches are born in a glen,
sweet little triplets
will never be friends.
Three Black Witches, all fair to be seen
two to devour
and one to be queen
Mirabelle was surprising in her compassion for her sisters considering that they are supposed to be trying to kill each other. Arsinoe, in her love for her adopted family and her willingness to do anything for them, even if it has mixed results. Katharine for her ruthlessness, and her desire to be accepted by the poisoners. Katharine was probably my least favorite, because she is so ruthless. I can see Mirabelle and Arsinoe finding that middle ground, and re-discovering each other. As a mother that is probably what was hardest about this book, the fact that these are sisters and they hate each other and want the others dead. That is so incredibly sad to me, and even more that their mother had a role to play in handing each of them their fate.
I will admit to wondering about the twist in about chapter 3 after meeting all of the siblings. It just seemed so odd that Arsinoe and Katharine would be so bad at what is supposed to be their talents. The plot was well developed, and there were many twists and turns. The build up was very slow at times, but for me it was setting up the characters, and letting the reader fully understand them. A bit tedious, but I have a feeling that in the end it will pay off. There is probably alot of foreshadowing that doesn’t make sense just yet. I did have a hard time predicting alot of the outcomes, and I’m excited to see where the girls go from here. The ending just about killed me, and I’m very excited to see where the next book goes. 4 out of 5 stars.
**Please Note: This review is my honest opinion and I did not receive monetary compensation from it.**
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“You will need it to be true, for it is too cruel otherwise, to force a Queen to kill what she loves. Her own sisters. And for her to see that which she loves come at her door like wolves, seeking her head.”
― Kendare Blake