Review: “One Dark Throne” by Kendare Blake

I wasn’t quite sure what to expect going into this book. When I initially read Three Dark Crowns, I rated it 3 stars, but when I reread it in prep for Two Dark Reigns, I bumped my rating by half a star. Can you imagine how I rated One Dark Throne? 😛

One Dark ThroneTitle: One Dark Throne (Three Dark Crowns #2)
Author: Kendare Blake
Publisher: Harper Teen
Release date: September 19, 2017
Genre: Young adult, fantasy
Length: 464 pages (hardcover)
Synopsis: (via Goodreads) “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.”

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Oh man! This book was a nail biter and had me on the edge of my seat, especially the last 1/4 of the book! For me, this book had a quicker pace than the first book, which was one of my main problems with the first book. One Dark Throne is action-packed, and to be quite honest, felt a bit like a thriller to me. I normally don’t care much for dark fantasy, but there’s just something about the sister relationship and the romance in this book that makes it a step above some of the other dark fantasy books I’ve read.

Oh, the characters! The discovery of Jules’s true gift, and Katherine just being generally creepy, Mirabella and Arisinoe coming together… I really just enjoyed all of it. The mystery shrouding Katherine and what happened to her at the end of book 1. (At one point, I couldn’t quite remember what happened but as the story progressed, this was my face: 😱!) It’s interesting to see how that particular event changed her, and it makes me curious to know what exactly she is. I enjoyed meeting a couple of characters we read about in the previous book, and now to know that there’s someone who knows why Arisinoe is the way she is… Well, dang! Why? As for the romance between some of the characters, I thought it was really sweet, though I remained skeptical for a bit. I’m intrigued to know more about Jules, and was really sad to see what happened to Joseph. I wonder if this will trigger something in Jules.

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Well, considering I listened to this via audiobook… I was enraptured! The world-building has been so good, and while I’m still confused in some parts, overall, this book has been incredibly enjoyable. Blake ends her chapters in such a way that you’re like, Excuse me. How dare you?! (Okay, maybe I’m the only one who felt that way, but still!)

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