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Publisher's Summary

Fans of acclaimed author Kendare Blake's Anna Dressed in Blood will devour her latest novel, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen.

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 stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions.

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 16, the battle begins.

The last queen standing gets the crown.

©2016 Kendare Blake (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers

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Good writing ruined by poor performance

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I think I would have enjoyed this story much more if I'd read it on paper.

I liked the concept: a nice mix of the macabre and ethereal, like an eerie fairy tale.

The narrator's performance was so wooden, though, that it was almost robotic.

Her voice reminded me of Siri. It made it VERY difficult to keep track of the storyline, especially because it changes perspective between the 3 sisters and the narrator reads all of their characters with EXACTLY THE SAME TONE.

Decent story, though. I'd recommend buying a hard copy over the audiobook any day.

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29 of 30 people found this review helpful

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Good, but hard to follow at first

In the beginning, I had a hard time following what was going on and keeping all the characters straight. I wish the reader gave the characters different voices. I didn't feel the reader was giving enough emotion to the story. I did find myself getting more into the story as it went along, rooting for each of the girls. Looking forward to the next book.

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Didn't like it, I Loved It

Bummed that it's another series,would love to just read a si for story, but with the twist and turns forwards the end- I admit I didn't want it to end. At first I thought I could predict the next action , but after 4 wrong ideas I figured " Okay it has totally peaked my interest.

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Loved it!

I was hesitant about this book because so many reviews I saw said it was boring until the end, but I didn't think so at all! I liked the world the story is set in, and the build up to the end had enough scheming and backstabbing to keep me guessing about what was going to happen. The ending was so good. The only thing I didn't like was that the narrator sometimes sounded like a robot. Can't wait for the next one!

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awesome story!

the story was wonderful! I loved how the story progressed. was so disappointed to see it end. the performance was lacking, but good over all.

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The narration made it difficult to get into

I wasn't loving the narration. It was somewhat dry and that made it difficult to get into. I listened to a couple hours before deciding to give up. Might pick up the book in print.

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I wasn't sure at first

At first the reviews seemed a bit mixed so I was apprehensive. I do understand what people are saying about the book being slow but I realized that the author is really telling 3 stories in one book and the fact that she was able to make it as short as it was is surprising. She had to do 3 different introductions and give enough story about each girl that you felt invested before the action could begin. I actually wish the book had been longer because other characters would talk about the main characters and I wish I could have been shown what they think instead of just being told but I understand that would have lost her a lot of fans. There were moments when I wasn't sure about continuing after this book because the story seemed far fetched to me but it starts to come together towards the end. The ending makes the whole book worth it and I can't wait to read the second book. The narrator makes it hard to tell the difference between the girls at first because there is no difference in them but I quickly started to understand their characters and could figure out easily who people were talking about.

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Must read the ending will knock your socks off

I absolutely love this book from beginning to end I didn't want to stop. The ending will have you dying for the next book. It's a must read if you are like me I don't really find a book or series that I wanna keep reading non stop but this is my top of the list.

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Awful Narrator

I want to say that Three Dark Crowns is really interesting from what I can gather from the few hours I listened to this audiobook, however, the narrator is terrible. I read the negative reviews about the narrator, and I listened to the sample, but I thought it couldn't possibly be that bad. It is. I'm not criticizing the book here, I'm reviewing the narrator. Three Dark Crowns starts off strong, but after awhile it gets incredibly difficult to the point of impossible to differentiate the characters. The narrator performs every single character EXACTLY THE SAME. I'm really sad about that because in the beginning when the different sisters are introduced they are captivating and multifaceted. The narrator absolutely ruins it.

I got about 3 hours into this audiobook and unfortunately I had to tap out. At 3 hours I just didn't know who was who and what was happening to whom because the narrator's performance doesn't have any variation at all for anyone. The only way I could tell who was who is if someone addressed the character by their name, otherwise I had no idea. I will have to get a physical copy of this book because I really do want to know the story, but it's just not possible in the audiobook.

I really want to applaud the book, but the audiobook is dreadful. Read it instead- that's what I'm doing after I get my credit back.

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Just couldn’t

Just couldn’t get into. Kept trying. The story just did not hold my interest at all.