Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
"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 stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions.
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."- summary from Amazon
This is my first book by Kendare Blake, though I've heard wonderful things about her over the past few years and have always meant to read her books. Three Dark Crowns had a bit of a slow start and I did consider doing a DNF on it, but I told myself to at least read through the first three chapters (and therefore meeting each queen) before putting it down. Eventually, I was pulled into this dark fantasy and Blake's prose and twists kept the pages turning. I loved getting to know all three different queens (and several other secondary characters that were occasionally featured as well) as the novel jumps around from kingdom to kingdom. The concept is so original and the ending had me yearning for the second book in the series.
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