Book Review: One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake

One Dark Throne

One Dark Throne

Release date: October 4 2017

4 stars

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.

This sequel picked up soon after Three Dark Crown’s left off and, in very typical Kendare Blake fashion, built on everything the first book delivered and added even more darkness, blurred lines, and engaging plot details. I liked that this series so far balances the big shock moments with little reveals that can be just as surprising. A lot of times I find myself more surprised by the little reveals since I’m not looking for them as much as I am the big twists. I really like the moral greyness of so many of the characters. They can be brutal but it would usually be for their survival or the survival of a loved one.

After this second book, I would say my favourite sister is a toss up between Mirabella and Arsinoe. Katharine was very interesting and I can’t wait to see where her story arc goes but so far, I feel more of a connection to the other two sisters. Mirabella, the original favourite to win who now seemed like the underdog, and Arsinoe, the one no one thought had a chance. We can see how devoted and loyal these girls are to the ones they love and they would have been the best of sisters if they’d been given the chance instead of being pit against each other. All three girls had a lot of development through this second book and it set up the last book so well.

Jules was a character who also got quite a bit of POV time and we see her dedication to Arsinoe through her arc. She discovered a lot more about herself and her family and I can’t wait to see where the third book takes her.

I loved that this sequel retained the elements I loved from the first book and pushed them even further. The magic, the dynamics between the sisters, the battle for the throne, all of it was more intense and darker. I’m excited to see just how dark it will get in the last book.

*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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