Date Read: September 6, 2018 – September 8, 2018
Series: Three Dark Crowns, #2
STOP! This is a sequel and that means spoilers! If you want to know more about the series, check out my review of the first book, Three Dark Crowns!
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.
So unlike Three Dark Crowns, this is the first time I am reading this novel! I do also apologize, this review isn’t going to be as long as I hoped as it didn’t save the first time around (Isn’t technology great?) and I was already halfway through Two Dark Reigns when I realized this and my thoughts were not separating between the two books. Also, this isn’t a super spoilerly review where I tell you the end (that will happen in the Two Dark Reigns review because it is a lot to unpack) but you know there will be somethings that happen.
This book was a wild ride. And this novel did not suffer from middle child syndrome! You know when a middle book in the series (usually the second book) isn’t as good as the first book.
Going into this book I was expecting Mirabella to die, it announced that Katharine had a War Gift, and to get a lot of answers. I only got one thing and I am completely okay with that.
To explain, Mirabella made it very clear in the first book that she was not going to harm her sisters and I knew that there had to be more books so I figured that she would be the one to perish in this book. Also, Katharine was thrown down the Breccia Domain by Pietyr (ugh, Pietyr) at the end of TDC and came back a bit different and I had figured since clearly, this girl is not a Poisoner.
We find out why Arsinoe is a Poisoner. Though do wonder, does that mean that Katharine is actually a naturalist and that is why she is so good with Sweetheart or does she lack gifts completely? This also allows me to understand the Queen’s abilities better as to how she knows what gifts the triplets will have. I think it is also kind of funny because Katharine is technically Arsinoe and vice versa so the Queen’s comment from the first book about Arsinoe being the weakest makes total sense. Though a good lot this how mixing up the babies did Queen Camille!
The one thing that I am surprised at but also kind of not is how much I have really grown to like Mirabella.
Blake expanded more on why on this government is around. Arsinoe explains that in the beginning of Feinnbirn’s history, the Queens had a natural instinct to kill each other and that has seen weakened over time as it seems that magic is no longer as strong as it once was (or so we thought). Also, their deaths feed the island. Yes, I know it is so weird but just stay with me because we do get answers.
Cover Image and Synopsis From GoodReads