In every generation on the island of Fennbirn a set of triplets is born-three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to speak hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose…it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins. The last queen standing gets the crown.
I received this book in my September Owlcrate!
To be completely honest, it was hard to get into this book at first. The author starts by throwing you into a world full of unfamiliar names and characters, as if the book was supposed to have a prequel. The book itself is gorgeous, and it comes with a map that helps the reader navigate through the story. I will admit I was extremely surprised by this book, especially with how it started.
Even though we are introduced to unfamiliar characters with not much of a background in the beginning, the story slowly begins to unfold and basically engulfs you. As hard as this book was to get into, I couldn’t find myself to be able to put it down. By the time I was closer to halfway through the book, I was completely hooked. I really began to understand the story so much better, and I began to feel hatred towards certain characters (not to name any names!) but also felt a twinge of sadness for others.
I also just wanted to point out that Kendare Blake is a genius for coming up with these flawless characters with such awesome magic. As much as I loved Katharine the poisoner and her ability, my heart always stuck with Arsinoe for some strange reason. Probably because I could see how she was kind of like me at some times, but also totally fearless and didn’t care what people thought, even though she was a queen.
As I reached the end of the book I was legitimately nervous and on the edge of my seat. An action packed ending always makes a book great in my opinion. Not only that, but when the author decides to slap you in the face with the last line of the book, you really don’t have a choice but to want more. Which is why I’m basically going to twiddle my thumbs and hope that there’s going to be a sequel (because I kinda need it asap!)
If anyone else has read this book, I did have a few questions! Feel free to message me, I just didn’t want to post anything in the comments that might give anything away.