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One Dark Throne

Narrated by: Amy Landon
Series: Three Dark Crowns, Book 2
Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (796 ratings)

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#1 New York Times bestseller!

The battle for the crown has begun, but which of the three sisters will prevail?

With the unforgettable events of the Quickening behind them and the Ascension Year underway, all bets are off.

Katharine, once the weak and feeble sister, is stronger than ever before. Arsinoe, after discovering the truth about her powers, must figure out how to make her secret talent work in her favor without anyone finding out. And Mirabella, once thought to be the strongest sister of all and the certain Queen Crowned, faces attacks like never before—ones that put those around her in danger she can’t seem to prevent.

In this enthralling sequel to Kendare Blake’s New York Times bestselling Three Dark Crowns, Fennbirn’s deadliest queens must face the one thing standing in their way of the crown: each other.

©2017 Kendare Blake (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

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Murder, Lies, and Secrets... PG version

Thank the Goddess this book has some action. It saves the series for me. Unlike Book 1, we get a faster pace and some actual murders. Now I don't mean Die Hard or John Wick type action, but a good number of fights, a dual, and a mini escape scene.

The sisters are fully engaged in the Accession year. One for revenge, one to stay alive, and one because she is now nuts. As expected, their plans to kill each other don't always go as expected.

The oldest, Mirabelle, is the only one with real magic. She is also the most sentimental of the three. She actually still loves her sisters. She is the sister the other characters in the book seem to root for.

The middle sister, Arinsoe, is the one the author seems to push as her favorite. She spends tge most time writing on this character and her companions. One thing I like about her is her self acceptance. So many books put too much value in their characters being "Beautiful". I'm proud of the other for bringing to life a character in, Aaa, who can be strong minded despite the destruction of her facial appearance. This is a positive message for our young folk that needs to be embraced more often.

The youngest sister, Caterina, is both the most interesting and the dullest. At the ending of book 1 we realize she has changed. This new her is scary but other than her attempted assassination attempts she is boring. Her love life just doesn't excite me.


My issues with this series:

1. The series is called THREE DARK CROWNS, but in actuality neither of them is "Dark". They aren't even mean. With the promotion and the title, I thought it would much more sinister and risk taking. However this is better titled as THREE PRESSURED CROWNS. But that isn't sexy. A story like that would do great in the Adult genre. I think this is the second book this year that I felt the author should have come played with the big dawgs. It's almost like authors feel save in the YA GENRE and don't want to risk the Adult Fantasy label.

2. There is no clear explanation of why people stay on this island. The Queens can't leave but what about everybody else?

3. Why have there been no rebellions against the black counsel?

4. It maybe me but I just don't love any of these characters. In the beginning there wasn't a clear distinction between them all. So now in Book 2, I don't know anyone well. I just go with the flow and figure it out once the main sisters start talking and then I know where I am.

Lastly, I think the narrator did much better with this book. Things seem to come across more smoothly.

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yawn...

I was intrigued by the title and the summary - but the monotonous narrator's voice soon became annoying and incomprehensible. I stretched it to 4 chapters, then threw in the towel. Just not my kind of listening pleasure and excitement. Too bad.

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One Murder Attempt after the other...

So... basically almost all the world building was done in book one, and this one is almost pure action. It's Ascension Year and the queens are trying to kill each other, because apparently that's what sisters do here. It hasn't been explained exactly why the goddess needs one sister to kill the other two, but it's basically just how it is here.
It's easier to pick a queen as a villain in this book as Katharine has gone completely off the deep end after her boyfriend/love pushed her into a pit in an attempt to kill her a 'more human' way. She pulls a complete 180 in her personality and goes full on pyscho on... basically everyone.
Mirabella and Arsinoe have an epic little team up along with Jules - who it turns out is a bit more powerful than we thought.
This book is one murder attempt after another, and there's even more blood as people are shot, poisoned, stabbed and just generally murdered (either successfully or not). There's some horror elements in here (because that Breccia Domain thing...) as well, so this one is even less for the faint at heart.

I definitely recommend this one, especially if you soldiered through the rather slow part (the first 80%) of the first book, this one is your reward.

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Lots more action

One Dark Throne is the second book in the series about Queens fated to kill one another. It is action packed with twists and turns. The buildup from book one is well oayed off in these chapters and the back stories start to fall into place. It was an effortless listen and kept my attention throughout. Very happy with the plot and character developments so far. If you were hesitant because the first boom is a slow start, rest assured that this one is not. I look forward to the rest of this series.

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Great!

I am already excited to read the next book. This series is great! The 3 Queens are awesome

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enjoyed it more than the first

people were right, this book does pick up on action and it is improvement from the first book. There were couple of stretched parts and questionable things ( parts needed more story and development) but easily overlookable ..

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listened to it in 1 sitting

Wonderful story line. Good character development, a little confused as to if the poisoner queen is possessed by the dead queen's or just actually that bad. Cant wait to hear the next one.

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Lots of Questions

Typically, I find the second book in a series to answer a few questions and then open a can of worms I didn't see coming. This one seemed to open several cans and leave me with MORE questions than answers. Because it didn't feel resolved, I can't give it 5 stars, but I hope that the next one will answer all those questions to earn the 5.

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Definitely better than the first one!

I enjoyed this book more so than the first! I felt like the characters interacted more and I really enjoyed the ending. I'm ready to see what happens in book 3. I think these books could be more focused and succinct. There are so many characters that get lost in with each other and there is so much going on it seems, but not many main events are explored. I love the premise that the series is going for; however, I'm not sure the execution is delivered as seamless as it should be. As for the narration, I really really like Amy Landon. I think she's a phenomenal narrator and I enjoy her other work. HOWEVER, I do think her narration for this series is sub par. I really think that this audiobook would have been more entertaining if she use more diverse character voices. All of the females sound the same, all of the males sound the same (except for Nicolas). I found myself getting bored with more than half of this book and I really don't think it's the writing. I think Kendare Blake is wonderful. Yes, her writing is slow-burning, but it's also very clever and concrete. I just get lost with the story when everything sounds the same. If I'll be honest, please read the paper versions of this series--you'll enjoy it more.

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ruined

ending is rushed and story starts falling apart throurough the middle only to crash in to disaster by the end. They pull deaths out of their ... its like they hand the story to a 8 year old to finish

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