- Tapa blanda: 432 páginas
- Editor: Pan Macmillan Children; Edición: Main Market Ed. (22 de septiembre de 2016)
- Colección: Three Dark Crowns
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 1509804552
- ISBN-13: 978-1509804559
- Valoración media de los clientes: 1.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Ver todas las opiniones (1 opinión de cliente)
- Clasificación en los más vendidos de Amazon: nº13.589 en Libros en idiomas extranjeros (Ver el Top 100 en Libros en idiomas extranjeros)
Three Dark Crowns (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 22 sep 2016
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... a superb start to what promises to be a new exciting young adult fantasy book series. (The Book Bag)
Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting. (Kirkus Reviews)
If you like slow-burning books filled with magic, intrigue and political power-play then this is the perfect book for you. It was full to the brim of magic, politics, deviance and a small dash of romance. I can't wait to see what happens next. (K-Books Blog)
Seductively dark and deliciously decadent the fast paced and intricate plot builds up to a spine-tingling climax. (Drawing on Books Blog)
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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 spark 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 stomach-ache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of beasts.
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.
Three Dark Crowns is a heart-stopping fantasy from Kendare Blake, acclaimed author of Anna Dressed in Blood.Ver Descripción del producto
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The book is the story of 3 sisters, triplets who were separated as children and raised by different magical/political factions. Eventually the sisters will continue the land's mythic tradition of attempting to kill each other using their mystic powers (one can resist poison, one can control the elements, and one can bond with and control animals) and the survivor will be crowned queen. The story moves from sister to sister with each chapter, describing the months leading up to the ceremony which marks the beginning of open war between them.
I think the world Blake is striving to create is a dark fairy tale place, a world with strange rules aren't rational but are consistent within the confines of the story. I think many readers will enjoy that element, swept up in the wild fantasy of it, but I was bothered by the fact that her world seems poorly thought out. Though it gives the impression of a fairy tale place, it lacks the clarity and simplicity of fairy tales. Blake tries to create a more complex and nuanced world, but she never steps back to give the reader a clear view of it, so we're left with something that feels cluttered and poorly thought out. Concepts and rules pop up randomly when Blake needs a new plot device to knock the characters around with.
Choosing to follow all three sisters is ambitious, but it gets confusing as each sister is surrounded by her own cast of supporting characters, most of whom remain flat and indistinct. About a third of the way through the book I stopped trying to remember who the supporting characters were because other than a few of them (Jules, Joseph, Billy, and Pietyr), they didn't seem to matter. They were just props to torment, comfort, or provide counsel to the sisters. It seems like there's a disconnect between Blake's ambitions for the story and the format she chose to write it in. She should have cut down the number of named and recurring characters significantly, or written a much longer and more detailed book.
Lastly, this book is dark. That may seem obvious based on the premise, but there's more to it than that. There's a lot of violence and sacrifice and tragedy that seems to serve no real purpose except to put the characters through crap. The book describes the months leading up to the "action" and yet characters are disfigured, mutilated, and crippled well before there's any reason for the violence to have begun. Death and injury can be very powerful events in a story, but here it felt meaningless... and cheap. Like Blake was saying, "Hey, I've told you twenty times how nice this character is. Now I'm going to hack off her hand. But it's not going to be important or meaningful except that it'll make you feel lousy."
Or maybe the real problem is that I'm just not quite the right audience for this book because I never quite fell into the world enough to be captivated by it.
Three Dark Crowns is a wonderfully twisted and brutal fantasy deeply rooted in bees despite bees never being involved in the book. No, seriously, read the story behind the novels, and it will explain a lot of the premise behind this wonderful novel. I read Blake’s explanation after I read her book, and it made the book all the more twisted for me. (http://www.mykindabook.com/…/kendare-blake-s-three-dark-cro…)
That being said, I would also say that this book feels deeply rooted in Paganism. (What, with a female-centric cast and culture, familiars, Beltane, Goddesses, elements, and herbs, how could I not think of that?) However, I will add that it’s Hollywood’s version of Paganism—with more harm than good—but I thought it was addressed brilliantly by explaining how poisoners were also healers but had long since forgotten the skill.
I loved that.
I loved a lot about the book.
If you don’t know, Three Dark Crowns is about triplet queens, but only one of them can live to rule. Separated during childhood, and living in three different lands, the three girls are raised with their unique powers to kill one another. There’s Katharine the poisoner, Arsinoe the naturalist, and Mirabella the elemental. Each girl has a unique personality and secrets they’re struggling to hide. They also have friendships, tutors, and suitors. So prepare yourself for a full cast of characters to sink your teeth into. The book itself has a female-centric cast, which was my favorite part. (There’s also a Queen Shannon. Or was a Queen Shannon. But still. I hardly ever see my name in a book, and I’m not going to lie, it makes me squeal every time.)
That being said, it took me 170 pages to understand what was happening. There are so many places, so many characters, so many relationships and political intrigue happening all at once, that it’s difficult to keep up at first. So, I suggest to just let it all go and go for the ride. I did, and Three Dark Crowns fulfilled its promise of unraveling in a beautifully twisted way. My favorite part of the plot was definitely the end, but I will admit that I loved how my emotions changed throughout the book. An example? I loved Mirabella at the beginning. In fact, she was the ONLY one I liked at first, but by the end, all my feelings were twisted about and confuzzled and didn’t know what to do with themselves. And that is where the brilliance hides in Three Dark Crowns. It’s in the shifting sides, the ever-changing “loyalty” of the reader and the brutal betrayals of the characters. It’s in the love and hate and confusion and “if they only knew what actually happened” suspense. It’s truly magnificent.
So who am I rooting for in the end? Arsinoe. I liked her the whole way through, because she felt the most real to me. She makes mistakes. She feels hope. She faces despair. She decides to try to overcome it. She fails again. She tries again. She fails more. But so did the other girls. What is comes down to, for me, is that her relationships felt the most natural and honest among the bunch. I liked that she seemed the least likely to succeed at all times, yet still carried on in whatever way she could. Even through hiding or running or lying or deception. I always believed in her.
As for Katharine, I never really liked her, even with her suffering. Why? No clue. But I still enjoyed her story. I found her parts interesting, and her character was fascinating to read about. Probably the one to face the most pain out of the girls, and honestly, someone who deserves the most credit, but I never connected with her on a personal level. In regards to Mirabella, I LOVED her in the beginning. I was like, this is it; she’s my gal. But by the end, I just feel deeply, deeply out of love for her. If I explained, I would ruin half the book. So I won’t say anymore about this YA novel. You should choose your own side. It’s the best part.
...But wait, can I say one last thing?
Hey, Joseph. You’re a jackass.
Oh, and I can’t wait to read book 2.
Recommended to: YA fantasy readers looking for a female-centric cast, magic, and betrayal. Must enjoy romance and be okay with violence. (There are some scenes in this book that even made me cringe at the blood baths, but in a good way. Just a forewarning for the queasy readers out there.)
Favorite Quote: N/A: Please do not get me wrong. The prose is wonderful. The story is riveting. But a standalone quote didn’t leap out at me. Maybe because of the present tense? Present tense isn’t normally something I enjoy, which actually speaks volumes of Blake, because I really enjoyed her novel and hardly noticed a tense that usually forces me to put a book down on the first page.
Favorite Word: Since I didn’t have a favorite quote, here’s two favorite words used.
Comeuppance: a punishment or fate that someone deserves: But any comeuppance Genevieve receives will be kept quiet and private. (pg. 57)
Lacquered: a liquid made of shellac dissolved in alcohol, or of synthetic substances, that dries to form a hard protective coating for wood, metal, etc.: The mask is lacquered black, and stretches over her good cheek and the bridge of her nose to taper her chin on the right side. (pg 274)
Raised apart from each other, and schooled in their specialties, the triplets don’t have a particular love for each other, as they were separated at an early age and are trained to kill in order to be queen.
Out of the three sisters, Arsinoe probably was the most likeable; she seems carefree and down-to-earth and genuinely cares for her friends. Katherine was a bit too obsessed with learning how to seduce for me to really care for her (why must this be a lesson she needs to learn??). Although, I did love the fact that her favorite piece of “jewelry” was her very poisonous pet coral snake worn as a bracelet. And Mirabella, well, Mirabella was fine, she was probably the kindest of the sisters, and seems to be the one sister willing to try to not fight and instead be friends, but then she goes and has sex with a random guy (who of course isn’t random) on the beach after he washes ashore. It was just way too much of insta-love for me, and was flat-out irritating, and brought a weird love triangle into the mix that I just didn’t care about.
With mention of the three different gifts (poison, naturalist, and elemental), there is also mention of “rare” gifts: the war gift and the sight gift. Neither of these gifts were ever explained, but were mentioned enough for me to think, “ok, which of the sisters will have these gifts”, but again, nothing was ever explained. Since there is a sequel to this book, maybe I’ll find out more about these gifts later. I hope so, as they sound interesting.
If the idea of three sisters with magical gifts battling for a crown interests you, then you might really like this book! I admit to being a bit irritated that women are always pitted against other women (or girls against other girls), so this was frustrating to read. But I do hope that there might be a twist to this plot in the next book.
Three Dark Crowns had some predictable parts, but other scenes weren’t predictable at all, and the book was unusual and intriguing enough for me to like it and read it fairly quickly.
I do have one recommendation for those who want to read Three Dark Crowns: you may want to wait until the sequel is available (Fall 2017 I believe), as the book leaves off on a cliffhanger. Cliffhangers now make me weary and I’m almost to the point of giving up series books until the whole series is published. That’s how irritated I am with cliffhanger endings.
While it may sound like this book really irritated me, and it certainly did in parts, overall I really did enjoy it, and I liked the darkness and unusual aspects of the book. I’ll definitely read the sequel!
Bottom Line: Unusual, dark, and intriguing. Has its faults, but I still enjoyed it. **Read my full review on my blog, luvtoread **
I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.