Today marks the UK publication for THREE DARK CROWNS, out this this week in the US from Harper Teen. The Kids’ IndieNext pick and Publishers Marketplace Buzz Book—in which three royal sisters have to fight to the death for the crown—has been called “a superb start to what promises to be a new exciting young adult fantasy book series” by The Book Bag.
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, and the last queen standing gets the crown.
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The opener to a pitch-black epic fantasy series. Blake has constructed an insular, matriarchal society from convincing intimate details, vivid, complicated characters, [and] sumptuous, poetic prose. Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting.”—Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review
With exquisite world building and luminous detail, this is high fantasy at its best. The magic is fierce and the plot intensely twisted, but at this novel’s dark heart beats a story about sisterhood, the unbreakable bonds of family, and ties that bind enough to kill.”—Booklist, Starred Review
Readers will be riveted by Blake’s ingenious world-building, stunning developments of main and supporting characters, and spiraling tensions. Highly recommended for fans of fantasy action thrillers with strong female leads, such as Victoria Aveyard’s ‘Red Queen’ and Sarah J. Maas’s ‘Throne of Glass’ series.”—School Library Journal
Three Dark Crowns is a brutal and inventive fantasy that is as addictive as it is horrifying. I can’t begin to guess the fates of these three remarkable sister-queens, but I’m salivating like poisoners at a feast to find out what will happen next.”—Marissa Meyer, New York Times bestselling author of the Lunar Chronicles
Full of mystery, intrigue, and deadly girls I wouldn’t dare cross, Fennbirn is a darkly magical world I’m both drawn to and frightened by. In short, this is a book I could linger in for months, with three girls I am rooting for with all my heart.”—Megan Shepherd, New York Times bestselling author of The Cage series
I loved this book. Blake’s THREE DARK CROWNS is hypnotic, twisting, and beautiful…as satisfying as a drop of poison in an enemy’s cup.”—April Genevieve Tucholke, author of Wink, Poppy, Midnight