Hello humans! I’m catching up on my TBR from last year (or my ‘want to reads’ from last year at least! I loved the first book in this series (Three Dark Crowns) and am extremely grateful to my darling husband who bought me the sequel for Christmas. If you’re into murder, plots, and subterfuge then these books will be up your alley.
(Warning for potential small spoilers for book one.)
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.
What a sequel! I’m reading over my review of Three Dark Crowns and realizing that this book addressed a lot of my concerns with book one. It feels much more balanced than the first did, though perhaps just because different sisters are favored? Either way, between the two books I think a happy balance has been struck.
I say happy, these books are still gloriously dark, with none of the sweetness of glamour that often pervades books about female siblings. None of them are perfect, none of them are truly ideal to rule so you kind of have to root for all three.
Character development was one of the biggest factors in this book, as it should be in a sequel. I felt like I not only got to know the characters and the side character’s personalities better, but those personalities grew and changed as their circumstances changed. The best example of this is Katherine (who if you read my review was my favorite character before) I don’t think I could say the same thing now, though she is still amazing and gets more badass by the minute. I think that is where the true beauty of the writing in these books is, if this were typical cookie-cutter YA there would be a clear winner/goodie by now, and there just isn’t. I still can’t tell you what’s going to happen at the end of book three, though I can hazard a guess at some of the stops along the way.
One thing that I also appreciated was that, while events in this story have a clear expected timeline, in a similar way to how many sequels which contain games or tournaments have, except this seems to revolve around seasons and festivals. However, this book never felt formulaic, or that it was just filling time in between big events, everything felt purposeful and relevant, without forcing you to be on the edge of your seat throughout the entire story, which can get a bit exhausting.
I’m so excited for all the secrets to be laid bare in the third book, I want the resolution so much it is killing me.
This is as gorgeously written – if not more so – as the first book in the series. If you have been wavering about starting this series then let me reassure you that you will get at least two great books out of it. I’ll keep you posted about the sequel.
My rating: 4/5 stars
All opinions are my own.
What say you? Is this on your TBR? Let me know in the comments below!