by Kendare Blake
A New York Times Bestseller
An Independent Bookseller Bestseller
A Kirkus Best Teen Book of 2016
New York Public Library Best Books for Teens 2016
Fans of acclaimed author Kendare Blake’s Anna Dressed in Blood will devour her latest novel, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters—triplets—separated at a young age, who must fight to the death to become queen.
Becoming the Queen Crowned of Fennbirn isn’t just a matter of royal lineage…it’s about strength, skill, and survival. In every generation, a set of triplets is born: three girls, separated at a young age, who must use their coveted magic in a battle that will cost two of them their lives, while the victor gets the crown. Mirabella is a fierce elemental whose power can be channeled through hungry flames or vicious storms. Katharine, a poisoner, has the deadliest of potions at her disposal and can consume them without any effect. And Arsinoe, a naturalist, has the ability to command any animal to do whatever she pleases. With powers that intense, this will surely be a fight to remember.
The shameful truth, though, is that Katharine and Arsinoe have yet to manifest any magic. Once the sisters turn sixteen and meet again, it will be impossible to hide—from the people of Fennbirn and from each other. However, the Arrons and Milones, the families who raised Katharine and Arsinoe, respectively, won’t give up their chance at the throne without a fight. Let the battle for Queen begin.
North American publisher: HarperTeen, September 2016
Foreign rights sold: U.K./ANZ (Macmillan); Brazil (Globo); Germany (Blanvalet); Indonesia (Puspa Swara); Italy (Newton Compton); Romania (Corint); Russia (Eksmo); Taiwan (Faces); Turkey (Pegasus); Worldwide Spanish (Nuevo Extremo)
Foreign rights contact: Allison Devereux, Wolf Literary Services
Film/TV rights contact: Allison Devereux, Wolf Literary Services
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
Blake is a sure hand with complicated and intricate plots, and if that’s not enough to make readers stick around for the next installment, the cliffhanger ending certainly will.”—Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
Blake establishes myriad side plots and relationships, builds complex characters, and leaves plenty of compelling avenues to explore in future books.”—Publishers Weekly