Waiting on Wednesday - Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

Wednesday, May 18, 2016



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.

If only it was that simple. Katharine is unable to tolerate the weakest poison, and Arsinoe, no matter how hard she tries, can’t make even a weed grow. The two queens have been shamefully faking their powers, taking care to keep each other, the island, and their powerful sister Mirabella none the wiser. But with alliances being formed, betrayals taking shape, and ruthless revenge haunting the queens’ every move, one thing is certain: the last queen standing might not be the strongest…but she may be the darkest.


I was a really big fan of Blake’s Anna Dressed in Blood series and her newest series looks very promising, as well. I’ve always been a fan of darker YA stories and if there’s a set of sisters trying to kill each other for rights to a crown? Even more, they each have unique magical abilities? (Well, at least one does.) Yup. I’m sold. I hope it’ll be just as dark and gritty as I’m expecting!
Of course, if two sisters are faking their powers and are teaming up to overthrow the third sister, what will happen once she’s been taken care of? I doubt there can be two queens, so I’m almost certain there will be plenty of bloodshed and treachery afoot. Niiiiice.
Have you heard and/or excited about this title? What are you waiting on this week? Feel free to tell me I the comments and link me to your own WoWs!

24 comments :

  1. I'M TOTALLY SOLD! Thanks for sharing and I'm glad I stopped by your blog! It's totally worth it. I'd knew what to read next. <3 Tho I have not heard of this author.

    Yani - Paper Boulevard

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    1. Killer triplets! Who wouldn't be, right? XD

      Thanks for your sweet words! They really made my day. I've made my way over to your blog, too, and it's beautiful! =D

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  2. I wasn't a fan of Kendare Blake's Anna Duology.. but I'm really willing to giver her another go. I've been seeing this book (A LOT) and kind of like the sound of it. I'll most likely get this once it comes out :)

    czai @ the Blacksheep Project

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    1. I like creepy/gory, so it was right up my alley, lol. But sometimes one series sticks with you when another doesn't. I hope this one is better for you!

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  3. Super excited for this one as well!

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  4. Yes!!!!! I absolutely can't wait to read this one.

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    1. It sounds pretty dark and exciting! I'm hoping it's just as creepy as her Anna duology. =3

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  5. Ooo! I was a fan of Blake's "Anna" but not so much of her series after that. I hope this one pays off for Blake!

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    1. I actually haven't read her Antigoddess series, though I have to the first book sitting at home on my shelf. I might just read this one instead; the premise seems more interesting anyhow.

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  6. Oh I love this pick!! I have it from Edelweiss and will start it after I finish Rosamund Hodge's new novel!! Great pick :D

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    1. Ooh, you're so lucky! Rosamund Hodge's new book has been on my radar, too! I actually really liked Cruel Beauty, despite so many conflicting reviews. Plus the covers are gorgeous!

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  7. After Anna Dressed in Blood I will definitely be picking this one up! :)

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    1. Yup! I certainly have high hopes for it! =D

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  8. I have an e-arc of this but haven't read any books by the author yet so I'm very curious about it!

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    1. Oooh! You're so lucky! I'll have to keep en eye out for your review. I hope you enjoy your first taste of Kendare Blake. ^-^

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  9. This book is new to me! Sounds very interesting...

    Happy Reading! <a href="http://paulettespapers.com/?p=10704”>Dani @ Paulette’s Papers</a>

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    1. I'm very intrigued, too! I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it's as awesome as I hope!

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  10. I haven't read anything by this author before. I hope you enjoy reading this book!
    My WoW

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    1. I've read her Anna Dressed in Blood duology, which was nice and creepy. I'm hoping this one is just as dark. ;)

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  11. I'm so excited for this one as well! Loved her Anna series but wished it had a different ending, if I remember correctly ... oh well, I hope this one will be as amazing as I hope it'll be! :D

    Yvonne @ A World Between Folded Pages

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    1. Yeah, I enjoyed the last book, but I DO wish that it had ended a little differently. But I guess going into the series, I know it would be hard for my ship to stay afloat, if you know what I mean. All things considered, I think Blake did a good job wrapping up the tale as a whole.

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  12. OH MY GOSH. YES! This is one of my most anticipated books of the year, so I'm glad you're excited for it as well. Crossing my fingers that it ends up being as amazing as it sounds!

    ~ Zoe @ Stories on Stage

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    1. Same here! I knew that Blake had been writing something new, but it wasn't until I saw the synopsis for the book that I really started to get excited. ^-^

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