After the battle with Katharine, the rebellion lies in tatters. Jules’s legion curse has been unbound, leaving her out of her mind and unfit to rule. Arsinoe must find a cure, even as the responsibility of stopping the ravaging mist rests heavy on her shoulders, and her shoulders alone. Mirabella has disappeared.
Queen Katharine’s rule over Fennbirn remains intact—for now. But her attack on the rebellion exacted a high price: her beloved Pietyr. Without him, who can she rely upon when Mirabella arrives, seemingly under a banner of truce? As oldest and youngest circle each other, and Katharine begins to yearn for the closeness that Mirabella and Arsinoe share, the dead queens hiss caution—Mirabella is not to be trusted.
In this conclusion to the Three Dark Crowns series, three dark sisters will rise to fight as the secrets of Fennbirn’s history are laid bare. Allegiances will shift. Bonds will be tested, and some broken forever.
The fate of the island lies in the hands of its queens.
Being such a fan of this dark fantasy series, I bought this book the day it was released, but hate that it took me months to finally read it.
Admittedly, I was a little lost at the beginning. Part of the reason is the length of time between finishing the previous book and starting this one, and the other is listening to the audiobook. I’ve learned that when an extensive character list is involved, I do better reading the book instead of listening, so that’s on me.
Between the three sisters, I can’t say I really have a favorite, but I admire certain qualities about each of them, and they all have distinct personalities. From the beginning, the world-building fascinated me – triplet girl queens, each possessing different gifts, who must fight to the death for the crown upon reaching a certain age. Years ago, I attended a panel where the author explained what sparked the idea – bee hives, of all things.
In this last novel, explanations come to light, mysteries are solved, and deaths abound – plenty of them. I can’t say it ended as I’d hoped or expected, but the unexpected isn’t always a bad thing, either. This YA dark fantasy is one I’d recommend to fans of the genre.