Title: One Dark Throne
Author: Kendare Blake
Publisher Info / Release: Harper Teen / September 19, 2016
Source: ARC from BookSparks
Rating: 4 / 5 *’s
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 received this book for free from BookSparks to be on the One Dark Throne blog tour that runs throughout the month of September. If you have not read the first book, please do not continue as this will contain spoilers from.
Thank you again to Kendare & the BookSparks team for letting me be a part of the blog tour! Now off to the review.
Let me state first that this has been easily one of my most anticipated reads for the year! The last book left me so speechless that I wasn’t even sure how I should feel going into One Dark Throne, besides excitement. We were left off with the shocking news that Katharine had not died after being pushed off into the Breccia Domain, Arsinoe was having mixed feelings and Mirabella was ready to throw down.
Now, kind of like Game of Thrones, I wasn’t sure if I should cheer on any certain queen since anything could happen (and I mean literally anything). I will say that I wasn’t a huge fan of Arsinoe even though I love her entourage. And I really enjoyed Mirabella.
Alright, with all of that being said….Wow. What a book. The author did such a great job keeping me on my toes. I had absolutely no idea on what queen was going to do what or when. And the writing was great just as in the first book. At first it did take me a bit to remember who was who since I didn’t re-read the first book to refresh my memory, but I remembered the most important people.
There were a few things in the first book that I had inklings about that were answered, like Arsinoe being a poisoner queen but my question about Katharine didn’t really get answered as in I thought that she was actually a naturalist. I had thought that they were switched roles, but now I’m not quite so sure after that ending – and don’t worry, I won’t spoil or give any hints as to what happened! You do get a couple answers and it gives you a peek into what goes on after a queen is crowned then has her triplets. Another question I had was about the whole love triangle between Joseph, Jules and Mirabella. It gives you a concrete answer, so if you ship any certain one (I personally liked Joseph with Mirabella), you’ll be either ecstatic or disappointed.
I really enjoyed the competition aspect of the book. There was more action and the plot was really well done. There were certain parts that happened (it’s difficult to discuss since I don’t want to give away huge spoilers) and it was fantastic the way they were written. It was almost as if you were there, watching it as it happens. For the aspects of the queens:
- I really liked Katharine in the first book and I was just really confused as to what was going on with her after the ending of Three Dark Crowns. It was great to see her be a little more confident though! Katharine as a character in this book had a very interesting arc. The way it ended had my mind blown. We learn why and how she acts the way she does and it was really unique and something that I did not see coming. At all.
- Arisnoe – I didn’t really care for her in the first book and she grew on me a smidge in this one. A bit of her story line felt repetitive and I got a little frustrated with parts of it, but once it got to the ending, I felt like I could forgive those plot lines because of how it ended. She still frustrates me though.
- Then Mirabella. Man….where do I even start with her? I hope there’s more coming up because I think she deserves better plot time. There was a lot that helped her (for me story wise) at the end to show how strong she is and with a certain part of the ending, it made me feel better. I know that’s confusing but if / when you read the book, come find me and I’ll discuss with you! I just think she deserved so much more than what happened.
All in all, I really enjoyed this book. The series had me hooked from the very beginning from the cover to the synopsis and I’m thrilled that the series is going from two to four books in total. And I believe there is a novella coming up too! (Side note – I read that it got picked up for a movie too) I will casually push this book in any direction of a YA reader because I think it is that interesting and unique of a story line. It is well written and you won’t be bored. You’ll be cheering and your heart will ache. It doesn’t feel rushed or condensed in any way that makes you think there are big gaping holes left unfilled, in my personal opinion.
Again, thank you to Kendare and the team at BookSparkes for letting me be a part of your tour and allowing me the pleasure to work with you and be a part of this world again! I absolutely loved it.
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