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.
This story is unlike any that I’ve ever read. It’s dark, it’s full of love, and coming of age, and power. Three sisters Mirabella, Katherine, and Arsinoe are separated as children and are raised honing 3 very different skills. Mirabella can control the elements such as wind, fire, and water, Katherine is trained as a poisoner, and Arsinoe is waiting for her gift, an animal companion.
These sisters are raised to hate each other because they are each others biggest competition. While there are 3 of them, only 1 can rule the kingdom. Each sister is pitted against each other and must try to ultimately destroy the others, for you cannot be queen with the others still alive out in the world.
One sister is starting to have memories flooding back to her about her childhood and how much she loved her sisters, one is looking in all the wrong places for the answer to her problems, and one is a weakling who must lean on the help of others to help her succeed. So who will win the throne?
This story was equal parts suspense, tragic love story, and fantasy. I loved all of it. And I found myself rooting for unlikely people in the end. I am very excited about Blake’s new book One Dark Throne coming out September 19th of this year. I met Kendare Blake at Texas Teen Book Festival last year in Austin, TX. She is one of the nicest author’s I’ve ever met. Meeting her and meeting Garth Nix have always stood out to me because they we’re the friendliest author’s I’ve ever met. They both took the time to get to know the people waiting in their signing lines and it meant a lot to me.
Kendare had never been to Texas and was telling me about the things she liked about it and asked me if I was student and then talked to me about how I’m a 7th grade Reading teacher. I just really enjoyed meeting her. It’s so funny how someone so friendly and nice writes such dark fantasy. I love that! I hope she returns to Texas sometime so I can get her to sign a copy of One Dark Throne when I get it!
If you’re looking for an interesting story, with unique world building and plot lines you should pick this one up. You won’t be disappointed! It’s unlike anything you have ever read.