In 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 stomach-ache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of beasts.
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.
What I Thought:
Wow! What a start to a series! A twisted plot that is full of mystery alongside the fantastical setting, with a veritable buffet of strong, inspirational women, I was absolutely hooked to Three Dark Crowns.
All three Queens must fight for the throne, but only Mirabella has shown any of her power – surely she is the obvious Queen of choice? Whichever Queen succeeds, her representatives will coax, scheme and bribe to get themselves to the Queen’s right hand and everyone seems to have an agenda.
The personal lives of each of the Queens and their retinues are explored here, each showing moments of intimacy and love, and others of grisly determination and violence to either claim the throne or flee from it. Three Dark Crowns is a multi-dimensional epic – I can’t wait for more!
Three Dark Crowns is published today (22nd Sept) by Macmillan Children’s Books and comes in one of three stunning paperback versions. I was sent the Naturalist cover, which represents Queen Arsinoe; the others are the Elemental (Queen Mirabella) and the Poisoner (Queen Katharine).
I was sent a copy of Three Dark Crowns in exchange for an honest review.