Fantasy (YA) | Young Adult fiction

Review: One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake (#2 Three Dark Crowns)

7. June 2018


Fantasy/Young Adult

The battle for the Crown has begun, but which of the three sisters will prevail?

With the unforgettable events of the Quickening behind them and the Ascension Year underway, all bets are off. Katharine, once the weak and feeble sister, is stronger than ever before. Arsinoe, after discovering the truth about her powers, must figure out how to make her secret talent work in her favor without anyone finding out. And Mirabella, once thought to be the strongest sister of all and the certain Queen Crowned, faces attacks like never before—ones that put those around her in danger she can’t seem to prevent.

In this enthralling sequel to Kendare Blake’s New York Times bestselling Three Dark Crowns, Fennbirn’s deadliest queens must face the one thing standing in their way of the crown: each other.




I was super excited about Three Dark Crowns because it was so different from what I’d read earlier in the fantasy genre. I liked the idea of triplet queens who had to fight for their throne, and that deadly game was bizarre and exciting at the same time. In the first book I really liked Katharine, and I couldn’t really get into Arsinoe or Mirabella, because let’s be honest, the “bad” guy is always more interesting.

One Dark Throne started off slow, and it continued slow all the way to the end. As I’m writing this I had to kind of remember what really happened because it was not exciting enough to make me want to read on. Katharine goes even more bad this time around, and Arsinoe just annoyed me even more. Actually in this book, Mirabella is the likable one, because she’s so little in it that it doesn’t really matter.

I’m not going to hate on the book, not really. My rating is personal, it’s what I thought about it, and I felt like One Dark Throne actually became that super-annoying sequel where nothing really happens. I wanted to like it, I really did, because I adored the first book, but this time around it just didn’t excite me, and it didn’t make me want to read more.

I don’t think I’ll continue the series, which is kind of sad because it’s a really exciting plotline to the whole series, but this time around I felt like it just lost me along the way. One Dark Throne could have been excluded, it wouldn’t have needed to be in the series to be honest, and one could have just taken some of those exciting moments and put them into the next book or a short story.


  • When Katharine drank that poison she got from Nicholas like a bad ass
  • When Billy is being sassy against Katharine
  • How Mirabella and Billy kind of teamed together
  • When Katharine was being sassy to Pietyr about Nicholas not being right for her
  • When Jules kind of worked her badass war-magic-gifts-thing and made Katharine fly

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