Thursday, September 28, 2023

Book review: Three Dark Crowns


Three Dark Crowns, the first book in a series by Kendare Blake, has been on the New York Times best seller list for young adults a few times. It received the Best Book of 2016 awards from the New York and Chicago Public Libraries. And now Rumaisa Shaikh brings it to the attention of students at Glenbard South High School in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, with a review in the student newspaper.

The book is an action fantasy involving three young triplets, all of them having equal claim to the throne as queen on the island of Fennbim. Each girl has a special gift, such as the ability to eat something poisonous without any suffering, the ability to summon horrible storms, and so on.

The gifts are needed because becoming the actual queen involves a life-or-death struggle between the sisters. The last one alive ascends to the throne.

But as of their 16th birthday, following specialized training tied to their individual gifts, each girl must choose right from wrong, the sisterly way of life from cruel selfishness.

Twists and turns go all the way to the end of the book, available from Amazon, and the books that follow tell the rest of the story in the world Ms Kendare creates:

  • One Dark Throne
  • Two Dark Reigns
  • Five Dark Fates
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