Two Dark Reigns
Author: Kendare Blake
Series: Three Dark Crowns, #3
Publication Date: September 4th, 2018
Synopsis: #1 New York Times bestselling author Kendare Blake returns with the highly anticipated third book in the Three Dark Crowns series!
Katharine sits on the throne, Mirabella and Arsinoe are in hiding, and an unexpected renegade is about to wage a war of her own. The crown has been won, but these queens are far from done.
Praise for TWO DARK REIGNS
“Tragic, devastating, horrifying, enthralling.” ―Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
Praise for ONE DARK THRONE
★ “Blake’s already pitch-dark tale shades even darker. Exquisitely restrained prose, deliberate pacing, paying off in a tumultuous climax that piles one shocking twist upon another. Achingly gorgeous and gruesomely fascinating.” ―Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“This sequel to Three Dark Crowns loses none of that book’s momentum, powering toward a conclusion that leaves several doors open. With wonderfully drawn characters and a lethal, unpredictable plot, this follow-up will leave readers breathless as the queens’ fates unfold.” ―ALA Booklist
Praise for THREE DARK CROWNS
“New exciting heights with a driving plot. Dark indeed, and exploring themes of loyalty, this is a thrilling sequel with everything from action to romance to entice readers. A strong purchase for YA fantasy shelves.” ―School Library Journal
“Three Dark Crowns is a brutal and inventive fantasy that is as addictive as it is horrifying. I can’t begin to guess the fates of these three remarkable sister-queens, but I’m salivating like poisoners at a feast to find out what will happen next.” ―Marissa Meyer, New York Times bestselling author of the Lunar Chronicles
“Full of mystery, intrigue, and deadly girls I wouldn’t dare cross, Fennbirn is a darkly magical world I’m both drawn to and frightened by. In short, this is a book I could linger in for months, with three girls I am rooting for with all my heart.” ―Megan Shepherd, New York Times bestselling author of The Cage series
★ “With exquisite world building and luminous detail, this is high fantasy at its best. The magic is fierce and the plot intensely twisted, but at this novel’s dark heart beats a story about sisterhood, the unbreakable bonds of family, and ties that bind enough to kill.” ―Booklist (starred review)
★ “The opener to a pitch-black epic fantasy series. Blake has constructed an insular, matriarchal society from convincing intimate details, vivid, complicated characters, [and] sumptuous, poetic prose. Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting. ” ―Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“I loved this book. Blake’s Three Dark Crowns is hypnotic, twisting, and beautiful…as satisfying as a drop of poison in an enemy’s cup.” ―April Genevieve Tucholke, author of Wink, Poppy, Midnight
“Readers will be riveted by Blake’s ingenious world-building, stunning developments of main and supporting characters, and spiraling tensions. Highly recommended for fans of fantasy action thrillers with strong female leads, such as Victoria Aveyard’s ‘Red Queen’ and Sarah J. Maas’s ‘Throne of Glass’ series.” ―School Library Journal
I fell in love with this series back when Three Dark Crowns first came out – I thought it was a beautifully written fantasy with the perfect amount of politics going on. It was interesting, and it was so easy to get swept up into the world.
When the second book in the series came out, I loved that one, too; the characters, the plot, and of course, again, the world building. Needless to say, I was super excited for Two Dark Reigns, because I know that I was going to love this one, too.
In this book, the author once again delivers with her beautiful talent for setting up a gorgeous world, scenery, and a plot that keeps you on the edge of your seat until the very end. I honestly didn’t see that ending coming, either – I thought it was going to end differently, so I loved how unpredictable the book was!
The characters are, once again, wonderfully developed and fleshed out, with their personalities truly making this whole series an interesting read. There is so much going on with them in this book, and so much happening that honestly there wasn’t a single dull moment in the book.
Along with the lovely world building and the characters that we know and love from the first books, this book reminds me so much of why I fell in love with the series in the first place. There is just so much passion going on in Two Dark Reigns, and I love that. It really shows how much the author loved these books and the characters that she wrote.
I was kind of sad when this book ended – I hoped it would go on a lot longer because I enjoyed it so much.
If you love fantasy with a bit of politics going on and a whole lot of queen drama, this series is one of the best out there to get hooked on!
Note: I received an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Kendare Blake is the author of several novels and short stories, most of which you can find information about via the links above. Her work is sort of dark, always violent, and features passages describing food from when she writes while hungry. She was born in July (for those of you doing book reports) in Seoul, South Korea, but doesn’t speak a lick of Korean, as she was packed off at a very early age to her adoptive parents in the United States. That might be just an excuse, though, as she is pretty bad at learning foreign languages. She enjoys the work of Milan Kundera, Caitlin R Kiernan, Bret Easton Ellis, Richard Linklater, and the late, great Michael Jackson, I mean, come on, he gave us Thriller.
She lives and writes in Kent, Washington, with her husband, their cat son Tyrion Cattister, red Doberman dog son Obi-Dog Kenobi, rottie mix dog daughter Agent Scully, and naked sphynx cat son Armpit McGee.
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