one dark throne // review

Title: One Dark Throne
Author: Kendare Blake
No. of pages: 448, Hardback
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: September 19, 2017
Date Read: December 31, 2017

  • Second book in the Three Dark Crowns Series


“We will all go. You, and I, and Mirabella, and the Westwoods. The Black Council and Queen Katharine. I am about to send word to Indrid Down that the queens will spend the remaining High Festivals together. Midsummer in Wolf Spring and the Reaping Moon here, in Rolanth.”

“You’re putting them together. So that one will die.”

“Yes,” She says. “That is the way things work in an Ascension Year.” (Blake 132)


I was really excited to read this book because of where Three Dark Crowns ended and I was not disappointed. One Dark Throne picks up exactly where the action from the first one ends.

Kendare Blake, in the first book, set the scene. We got to know the queens. We got to know their strengths and their backgrounds. We got to see the people they loved and the people they hated. We got to see the people who loved them and the people that betrayed them. But this book took all of that to another level.


Honestly, the things I loved most about this book were the character developments and the overall story. The character development from the first to the second book was IMMENSE. They all pretty much grew up and came into a sense of their own. They all gained some knowledge from their mistakes or guilt or grew up in the sense of seeing that what is happening to them is because of their bloodline and who they are. I LOVED getting to see Arsinoe come into her strengths and take recognition of who she is as a Poisoner. The growth of the relationships between her and Billy, and her and Mirabella just solidified my love for her as my favorite character. She wants to best for everyone around her and somehow when she tries to make it better, she ends up making it worse and then making it work out in the end. ALSO. I was FLOORED at the end of the first book when Katharine comes back from the Breccia Domain. Throughout this book, it was clear that something had changed her, and I couldn’t figure out what. But then when it came out—DEAD. I WAS DEAD.

This story could not possibly have any more twists and turns. There were times when I felt like I was on an actual rollercoaster of emotions because of how much things were all of a sudden changed or twisted. But none of them diluted the story or left it lacking in some way. Some things were pretty predictable, but there were others that I was not prepared for because they were way out of the blue. But they worked… And it left me wanting more. Kendare Blake did a number on me with this book and I can’t wait for the next one to see where this journey is going to bring the queens of Fennbirn next.

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