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.
This is really why I should pay attention to author’s blogs. I liked Three Dark Crowns and because it ended on a cliffhanger I of course needed to read the sequel. Now I went into reading this thinking it was a duology backed up by Amazon even having on their site this is the 2 of a 2 book series. Then I got to the ending and was like “WTH?” and not in a good way. A few clicks later found me on the author’s blog which confirmed way back in June that apparently this is going to be a FOUR book series. Also according to Kendare Blake “PLUS A NOVELLA! In December, an ebook novella titled THE YOUNG QUEENS will arrive for any of you who are curious about the sisters’ childhood, their birth and their separation.”
The Novella I can handle but having to wait through 2 more books?
Obviously if you were, like me, expecting to find out who the last remaining Queen is that didn’t happen. I don’t even consider that a spoiler just more of a heads up so you don’t have your expectations dashed. Since it’s only Book 2 of 4 you get the requisite details that are setting up for Book 3 so try to hold back your irritation at more holes and a cliffhanger.
That was the negative but there were enough positives I still felt glad I read this.
The personalities of the three queens are developed much more fully in this novel to the point you’ll probably pick your favorite if you already haven’t or even switch sides. Katharine is back from the dead and is apparently possessed by the Demon of Revenge because she is not the same sweet girl you knew before. Arsinoe still kind of feels like she sucked up all the good from her sisters who just inherited all the edginess. Mirabella is the sister in the middle swinging along the spectrum.
Joseph definitely finds more depth in this continuation after the fallout from the previous book and we get to see more about the people around the queens instead of just purely focusing on them. The other characters become deeper and more important so you can actually care about more than who is going to sit on the throne.
The action begins to pick up as the gloves come off and everyone comes out swinging. Whatever plans were supposed to be in place to keep this under Marquess of Queensberry rules is out and chaos is the new master. That’s probably the biggest difference between the first book and this one is that this has a faster pace and things are just happening quicker than you can move to the next chapter which I guess you’d expect since the first book is always slower since it has to set the foundation.
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