Ok so I’ve just finished this book:
And I’m still all pumped from it. This book blew my mind:
And by the end I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. There was something happening on every page. I’ve done a post before on a book that was similar to this in that it too had action on every page, but unlike that book, this one didn’t lose any of the quality of the story by having so much happening all the time. Oh right, the story; as usual because Amazon knows best:
‘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.’
As I was saying, this one doesn’t lose any depth of the story even with such a quick progression. I read some of James Patterson’s Maximum Ride when I was younger and this book reminds me of that, only because nearer the end when things were racing along there were more of those short, sharp staccato sentences which make everything a lot more dramatic. Unlike some books that use these short dramatic sentences too much, Three Dark Crowns didn’t end up sounding at all superficial; the whole writing style flowed beautifully.
I know I’m raving about this book but I have literally just finished it; I’ve been cantering about the house for the past half hour and I’m both elated and crushed because I was again completely wrong in assuming this was a standalone novel; there’s going to be a sequel, there has even been talk of a series, and this one only came out in September 2016 and I’ll probably have to wait for like a year now
I probably would have seen that coming if I hadn’t been so much in denial; I was doing the whole no it’s fine, of course the whole story will be tied up even though there’s only *flicks pages in stressed fashion* 20 pages left?!?! it’s going to be fine, there’s time to sort everything, ha ha ha HA
You get the picture.
Basically it’s feeling very difficult to discuss this book without any spoilers (of which I promise there are none) so all I will say is; this book felt like a mind cleanse. It was so refreshing after finishing this term of uni to read a book simply for the story, and it’s the most intriguing premise for a fantasy story that I’ve come across in ages. It’s also really nice to find a story where the romance doesn’t eclipse the fantasy; there are no “languishing sighs”, no “memorising the planes of faces”, no “tracing his cheekbones”
Plus people might find it refreshing that it’s an old school fairytale in ye olde times yet the monarchy is a matriarchy (three queens, y’all) so there’s that too. Plus, I’ve seen some reviews where people don’t like the fact that the book skips between so many perspectives, and normally I find that a little annoying in other books because there’s always that one chapter where you’re like HURRY UP and get back to the interesting stuff, but it actually really works in this book. The whole premise is that it’s a fight between these three queens, and different perspectives help you to build up ideas of what each queen is like, and it’s also pretty cool to hear the rumours about each of them from their enemies before reading from their own perspectives. Plus, if it was only written from one queen’s point of view, it’d be pretty hard to feel sympathetic for the others. Basically, this book is:
And you all should read it