Title: One Dark Throne (Three Dark Crowns #2)
Author: Kendare Blake
Release Date: September 19, 2017
“Do not be ridiculous, boy. You cannot kill what is already dead.”
There will be spoilers for book 1, Three Dark Crowns, but no spoilers for this book.
This book was filled with so much darkness and action. The whole gritty and grim vibe from Three Dark Crowns that I LOVED is completely elevated here and the stakes are raised to new heights! One Dark Throne pick up right where book 1 left off. The Ascension year has begun and each queen is fighting for the crown after overcoming the challenges they faced in book 1. Katharine is stronger than ever after surviving the unspeakable, Arsinoe is testing the limits of her newfound powers, and Mirabella is no longer the favored queen. Three queen are vying for the same crown, but only one can win.
Things I Liked
Katharine has gone through some serious changes after surviving the Breccia Domain. She’s darker and more determined than ever. I actually started to like her even more in this book – she is just so compelling and haunting. Plus, I still like Pietyr, even though he’s a pile of garbage, and seeing how their dynamic has changed after the Breccia incident and with other suitors arriving.
I LOVED seeing more magical skills develop in this book. I loved expanding what we know, and learning completely new information about the types of magic that is accessible in Fennbirn. It helped build the world and introduced some new characters.
Billy Chatworth is such a sweetheart and I love him. He and Arisnoe give me butterflies and tug on my heartstrings. I liked seeing him develop an unexpected friendship with another character, it created some nice conversations about expectations and thinking for yourself and what you want instead of doing what you’re told.
There was so much amazing suspense in this book! The pacing is incredibly fast and yields high stakes. We have some great action scenes that make you hold your breath and keep you turning the page. There’s even more plotting and one-upmanship that is so much fun to read.
Things I Didn’t Like
The ending felt a little abrupt to me. It was such a highly emotional scene, but I don’t feel like we got to see the characters reactions enough before the book ended.
Madrigal remains kind of a bleh character to me. I like what she did for Arsinoe helping her with low magic, but that started in book 1 and she really hasn’t done anything more since. She’s just there.
The overall mood of the series remains one of my favorite things: I love the dark and gritty atmosphere and the unapologetic scheming and manipulations. Arsinoe was my favorite in book one, but I grew to love all three queens for different reasons in One Dark Throne. This is such a great series with lots of suspense and unexpected reveals that captivate you. One Dark Throne is a story of strength and power and fighting tooth-and-nail for what you want. It’s so addicting and I can’t wait to see what happens next.
I received a copy of the book from HarperTeen via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.