One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake

One Dark Throne (Three Dark Crowns, #2)One Dark Throne (Three Dark Crowns #2)

Author: Kendare Blake

Genre: YA, Fantasy

Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books

Publication Date: September 21st 2017

Format: Paperback (448 pages)

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“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 favour 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 that she can’t seem to prevent.

My Rating: ★★★★★

When I reviewed Three Dark Crowns, I remember stating that I felt that although the book was good, it didn’t quite live up to what the blurb had me expecting. One Dark Throne was everything I wanted from the first book and so much more.

There’s no messing around with this second instalment to the series. From the very first few pages we are thrown right back into the middle of the story. The three sisters are fighting for the crown and it doesn’t take long before we can see who is the most merciless of the three. This book is really fast paced and I enjoyed being swept up in the excitement of it all. There were plenty of questions raised, plenty of questions answered but also plenty left to be discovered in future books.


This book has a LOT of different characters and I was really pleasantly surprised to find how quickly they all came flooding back to me. I enjoy that the book is has chapters from each of the sister’s POV and I love the idea that because of this there isn’t one particular Queen you feel that you should be rooting for.

My favourite is Arsinoe and I absolutely adore her friendship with Jules. Jules is probably my favourite character of the book and I love her and Camden. As well as the three main Queens, I loved that there was some significant character development for many of the other characters, including Jules.

The ending of this story made me feel so sad but it was also an ending that was hopeful. I’m intrigued as to where the series will lead, especially as there are still two more books to come but I know that I will definitely be returning when book 3 is released next year!


Have you read One Dark Throne? Is it on your TBR?

What YA fantasies are your favourite?


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10 responses to “One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake

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  3. I haven’t read these books, but I’m kind of considering it after seeing so many positive reviews of them . Would you say they’re more fantasy than dystopia? Is it really brutal? I want to be prepared 😂 X

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