Though I wasn’t overly impressed with much of Kendare Blake’s Three Dark Crowns, the ending had a twist compelling enough for me to want to continue with the series. In the second book, One Dark Throne, I found more of the opposite to be true. Far stronger in narrative, this novel ended with the obvious intent of continuing the series (and I’ve seen that there are more books planned), but it wrapped up the open threads satisfactorily enough that I feel no need to read more.
The three queens, Mirabella, Arsinoe, and Katharine have officially started their battle for the throne. Gentle Mirabella seems to have accepted that she will need to fight and kill her sisters after all but when Arsinoe too seems reluctant to attack, it throws the island’s centuries-old traditions into doubt and the powerful foster families that have upheld those traditions into a scramble. Katharine is altered following her mysterious disappearance and return. She is more reckless and more blood-thirsty than she had been, her determination to best her sisters going beyond a drive to survive. Continue reading