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One Dark Throne

(Three Dark Crowns #2)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  51,083 ratings  ·  5,644 reviews
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 h
Paperback, 448 pages
Published September 19th 2017 by Harper Teen
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Brittney ~ Reverie and Ink
Full Revew Update! (Spoiler free)

Easy 5 stars. Good grief. What even happened? What did I just read?

I went into this book not knowing to expect. The first book was certainly unpredictable, and this one even less so. But holy crap guys, what a ride this was. Prepare for a rollercoaster.

Going back, I loved the first book. BUT. It took me til about half way to get into it. There were just so many characters and my brain got lost frequently. But once everything with Joseph hit though, I got sucked
Emma Giordano
Mar 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobooks
5/5 Stars. This book BLEW ME AWAY. I don’t think I have ever loved a sequel so much.

I feel so satisfied with this novel. It was everything I could have wanted from the Three Dark Crowns when I first started. It is action packed, intense, and very complex. The strain on character relationships deepen, political tensions continue to rise, and it is full of enticing events that hooked me the entire time. The pacing was much better than book one in my opinion and I feel the increase in significant e
Natalie Monroe
"'Once, I was a mouse,' she says and strips off her glove. She reaches into the cage to stroke the rodent's tiny bald haunches.

'But I am not anymore.'

Since this worked out so well last time:

After the bloody events of the Quickening last book, one would be forgiven for expecting, nay, anticipating murder, mayhem, and violent mind games this round. One would expect the queens to focus tunnel vision-like on the prospect of winning and continued existence.


"Not as beautiful as that."
Dec 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is actually very brave of me.

You might think it's not, because I read the first book in this series truly a hundred years ago (in 2017), and therefore you could say it took me three (or 100) years to work up the courage to even pick this up.

But you'd be wrong, because it actually grew even BRAVER with time.

See, in 2017 I wasn't AS much of a nerd as I am currently, and I did not track my reading analytics, but now...

Well, 2020 me is so debilitatingly nerdy that I can give you proportional br
Cindy ✩☽♔
For hours, from beginning to end, this book was all consuming. So far none of my most anticipated sequels have let me down, glad this book kept up that trend.

We reunite with the sisters sometime after the events of Beltane. And as expected none of the sisters are quite the same. Mirabella who is out for revenge, Arisone who has now discovered her deadly gift and Katharine who is essentially back from the dead, and as usual, nothing is as it seems.

My sister rankings:
Katharine ≈ Arsinoe > Mira
1.) Three Dark Crowns ★★★★

it's been almost three years, but i just got a strong urge to continue on with this series
maybe mistakes were made

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Trigger and Content Warnings: blood descriptions, self-harm (for spells), animal cruelty, assault, gore, violence, murder, and loss of a loved one.
Apr 12, 2019 rated it liked it
okayyyy. it pains me, but i will admit this is marginally better than the first book. but, oh, i would have paid money for this to include joseph vs. the bear, part II. i still think hes a massive weenie. but honestly, im not a fan of how blake portrays men in this, any of them, like at all. something about it is rubbing me the wrong way...

2.5 stars
Feb 09, 2021 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: buddy-reads, 1-star
~ 1.5 stars ~

Was this book better than the one previous? Was it worse? Have I lost my sense of judgment? We will never know. But because of that train wreck of an ending, I’m going to dock points off and move on. I thought that first off, the plot was more put together in this one, and stuff actually happened, not that I actually liked what happened, but unlike the last book, at least not everything was a never ending rising action.

I have also gained some appreciation for Billy and Arisone, bec
Trina (Between Chapters)
I really love this series!
Tomoe Hotaru
30 Sep. '17
My other reviews for:
Three Dark Crowns | Two Dark Reigns | Five Dark Fates

This book was all over the place, and I say this with great sadness. I wanted to like this more than Three Dark Crowns; unfortunately it was the other way around. And I didn't even find TDC particularly great.

There will be some spoilers here; the more "serious" spoilers are marked, but still some unmarked ones as well, so be warned.

I say "all over the place" mostly in terms of internal consistency. The chara
Jessi ❤️ H. Vojsk [if villain, why hot?]
Actual rating: 4.2⭐️

Story ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The story was good. It wasn’t a slow story anymore, there was always something happening, but I finished the book and kind of forgot everything (except Billy, duh).
And I thought there would be more of a cliff hanger? 🤷🏻‍♀️

Characters ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Let’s describe the characters in the second book:
Jules is a cool badass,
Arsinoe finally knows that she’s a precious strong queen,
Katherine is a crazy head (but remember her ending in the first book, no surprise at all),
Oct 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have no idea why but I seriously love this world and its characters! I gave the first book 3 stars because it was pretty good but kind of slow. This second book I could not put down. I loved it! I see a lot of mixed reviews on it and that's ok because I can see why some might struggle with it. However, I was truly entertained and look forward to the third book next year! ...more
Sep 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-fantasy

Loved this much more than the first!
April (Aprilius Maximus)
*.) Queens of Fennbirn ★★★★
1.) Three Dark Crowns ★★★★
2.) One Dark Throne ★★★★
3.) Two Dark Reigns ★★★.5


Again, another slow start and things don't really pick up until about halfway through but HOLY MOLY the second half was SO. GOOD!
Jasmine Marie
Oct 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
1/03/17: I think I remember reading from one of the comments below that wouldn't the previous queen know who she gave birth to and which kids had which powers? Then it got be thinking...

What if she actually did know? What if she sabotaged the whole game? The previous Queen was a Poisoner, for generations the Poisoners have been taking the throne and they intend to for generations more. Causing the other provinces wanting to have their queens to win (Naturalists and Elementals) because they think
Nadhira Satria
Oct 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
RE-READING THIS ART. Buddy read with Chandlaaa✨

Well, One Dark Throne was certainly much better than its predecessor—though that’s also not that much of a feat to accomplish, to be quite honest—and I’m actually looking forward to book #3 in this series, so I guess something clicked with me here. (rtc)

buddy read with 🦊
Jan 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Now that the sequel is almost here I can read this one without having to experience the cliffhanger for long.

Can’t wait to see my favorite (Katharine) be a badass.
rachel ☾
Feb 13, 2017 rated it did not like it
1.5 stars

Without a doubt, the thing which has let down both books in their pacing. Dear God, this series is painfully tedious! I struggled to find even the slightest thrill to keep me going. This one, in particular, dragged on and on. It is probably due to the amount of time the characters spend caught up in mundane drama, most revolving around their love lives. The actual war between the siblings rarely took the main focus and when it did, it was an incredibly mild, watered down version of what
High Lady of The Night Court
Sep 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy-read
I LOVED this book just as much as the last one, maybe even more. The Queens, their powers, and just the overall concept of the book is amazing. True to the title a queen is crowned - I had my suspicions as to who will be crowned but what happened ,and the circumstances under which it happened was something I didn't expect.

The Ascension Year has begun and remember Katharine was pushed into the Breccia Domain and she crawled back out - it completely changed her. Arsinoe is a poisoner and no one bu
Actual Rating: 3.5 stars

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This may contain spoilers for the first book, but is spoiler free for this book.

“Perhaps that is how all men love. More with their eyes than with their hearts.”

🌟 One Dark Throne is the book that we wanted Three Dark Crowns to be, I think Kendare took the advice of readers and made it more action packed, more thrilling and definitely darker!

🌟 I want to focus on the positives this time because I t
Chelsies Reading Escape
Ive been dying to get my hands on One Dark Throne ever since reading the explosive ending of Three Dark Crowns last November. I was worried Id have a difficult time remembering all the details and characters, but after a few chapters it all came back to me and I was able to follow the story easily. I love the world and the idea of a hidden island ruled by a matriarchy. I also thought the animals were fantastic. The belief that one sister must kill the other two in order to rule might seem dark a ...more
Review below ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

A lot happened in this one. The world building that was most of Three Dark Crowns pays off here in the second volume where no one stays still and the action is constant.
You really feel the dark part of why this is called dark fantasy. This one also has a character guide in the beginning to help out those that have trouble remembering the characters. I read it to make sure I had no one confused and was good. Lots of characters don’t bother me because I am also a mystery lo
Natalie  ~ The Biblioholic
Three Dark Crowns - ★★★★★

Okay, aside from wanting to fangirl all over Kendare Blake, I've got to write a review detailing how much I loved this book too! That's already two 5-star reads and I'm hoping the next one makes it three. One dark queen, evil as can be... one light queen, with a soul so sweet... and then there's Arsinoe, fierce in the face of defeat. One Dark Throne gave me even more secrets, political maneuvers, betrayals, deaths, new alliances, and again, so much love. I'm just so happ
Wren (fablesandwren)
I seriously have no idea where to start with this review. I absolutely loved this book and I’m so angry I read it in one and a half days and didn’t make it last until the third book was in my hands.

I can’t count how many times I was literally praying to the Lord please oh please don’t let any of these queens-who-are-born-just-to-kill-each-other die or their friends-who-help-them-kill-each-other. I mean, this whole book is about triplets who have to kill one another so only one queen rules... th
Aug 06, 2017 rated it did not like it
Three Dark Crowns wasn’t a terrible book, but it wasn’t great, either. It felt more like a rough plan for the beginning of a story than an actual published book - the characters weren’t particularly fleshed out and, despite all their threats and plans, nothing much happened. I decided to persevere with the series for the sake of Blake’s triplet queens, who had such promising characterisation that I was willing to look past the myriad problems I had with the rest of the story. Unfortunately, One ...more
Sep 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Reread 7.10.2019
Still one of my favourites! I love these characters so much.

Read 4.9.2018
This series has become one of my favourite ones. So freaking exciting and action packed book which is full of plot twists and shoking revelations. Also all the characters are so amazing that I don’t know who is my favourite?! I need the next book ASAP
Nov 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, fantasy
When I first read the premise for Kendare Blake’s Three Dark Crowns I was immediately enthused. Triplet queens forced to murder each other in a winner-takes-all competition? SIGN. ME. UP. It’s like Hunger Games meets Game of Thrones. On ACID. Then I finished the last page and HOLY CLIFFHANGER BATMAN. Lemme tell you, if I didn’t WORSHIP Kendare Blake, I’d despise the woman. Being forced to wait for One Dark Throne has gotta be the most exquisite torture known to man. Forget waterboarding, Guantan ...more
Nov 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
I received an ARC from HarperCollins in exchange for an honest review.

I was a big fan of Blake’s Three Dark Crowns; naturally I was super excited for its sequel and I was lucky enough to have been granted an ARC! The first few chapters did not hesitate to jump right into the plot, picking up where Three Dark Crowns left off.

Given that the three queens are now determined to kill their way to the throne–a huge turnaround from the first book–I was expecting a lot of action and death. Call it viole
Bareera Javed
Dec 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
I'm with Arsinoe all the way! ...more
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