Review: Three Dark Crowns

Three Dark Crowns
Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is another great story and fantasy novel concept, with 3 strong and unique female leads.
The concept: triplet queens are separated from age 6 and trained (in quite different ways), until they reach the age of sixteen, at which time, one will kill the other 2 with her powers and ascend to the throne.

The story is told in 3rd person, but it follows all 3 stories separately, until they start to combine.
My only minor complaint is that when listening to the audiobook (which has an excellent reader: Amy Landon), there is nothing to mark the changes between the 3 separate stories. I often found myself suddenly flailing, when it would transition to a new batch of characters, without warning. The confusion would sometimes turn me into a poor listener, and I would get distracted trying to sort out what was happening, then have to rewind.

In addition, there is a character called Madrigal in one world, and another called Mirabelle in another. Since those 2 worlds tended to always follow each other in the story, this confused me about 30% of the time, for about 50% of the book. I think it’s a simple author misstep of giving 2 somewhat prominent characters’ names that are way too similar. Don’t get me wrong. I like both names. I just found myself constantly rewinding and confused each time we switched perspectives. This could just be me being a bad listener, and maybe those who read the story in print won’t have any difficulties with this similarity.

Despite this, I still enjoyed this story and really invested into these characters, even some of the side characters. I would recommend this to anyone who loves a good fantasy novel, accompanied by a dose of angst.

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Pages: 398

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