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Five ​Dark Fates

(Three Dark Crowns #4)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  22,648 ratings  ·  2,844 reviews
After the grim confrontation with Queen Katharine, the rebellion lies in tatters. Jules’s legion curse has been unbound, and it is up to Arsinoe to find a cure, even as the responsibility of stopping the ravaging mist lies heavy on her shoulders, and her shoulders alone. Mirabella has disappeared.

Katharine’s reign remains intact—for now. When Mirabella arrives, seemingly u
Hardcover, 452 pages
Published September 3rd 2019 by HarperTeen
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Ambia She really wanted to end the reign of the Poisoners and although she thought Mirabella was a sure-fire win and so the fates of the other two didn't ma…moreShe really wanted to end the reign of the Poisoners and although she thought Mirabella was a sure-fire win and so the fates of the other two didn't matter, she took no chances by taking the true poisoner from them. I think Willa went along with it cos she saw how strong Mira was and just thought who cares if the two sacrifices die in the wrong places.(less)
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Sep 12, 2019 rated it it was ok
2 stars.

Since Five Dark Fates was announced a year ago, a lot of people, including myself, were anticipating the finale while wanting to know who will be the one true queen.

With the book finally released, does Five Dark Fates give us a great finale, or does it suffer from being a dull finale?

Sadly, for me, it's the latter.

Five Dark Fates sets up the story and characters to conclude the ongoing threat against Katherine, the rebels, and the Mist surrounding Fennbrin. Major obstacles are in the wa
Feb 09, 2019 marked it as lost-interest
Looks like this is a One Fat Disappointment!

I am not into YA books anymore except for a very few titles, I forgot most of the details in the last 3 books and I saw spoilers and reviews for this one and it does not look encouraging! Unfortunately moving this one for my Lost-Interest shelf!!
Amy Imogene Reads
Oct 26, 2019 rated it it was ok
An incredibly weak ending to such a promising series. (Not to mention an upsetting and polarizing one?) Literally all of my expectations fell through like dominos in the second half.

Pacing: ★★★
Character arcs:


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Tomoe Hotaru
05 Sep. '19
My other reviews for:
Three Dark Crowns | One Dark Throne | Two Dark Reigns

This book in a nutshell:

confused? read 1 | 2 | 3

Overall, it’s a two-star series for me.
Hoboy. Where do we even begin with this?

I thought I'd be nice and start with the positives. Most of them had to do with the expectations, predictions, and questions [[which you can read at the end of this review]] that I had for this book. Unfortunately, even the positive points came with an execution that I found lacking,
Cindy ✩☽♔
Sep 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Welp it’s taken well over a year for me to get around to finishing this, and I must say I’m thoroughly upset.

This ending was nothing I wanted, nor anything I needed.

*Review to come?*
Sep 10, 2019 rated it really liked it

i can’t believe this series is over. i’m gonna miss it.
Oct 08, 2019 rated it really liked it

Good finale to a great series that I highly enjoyed. It moves at a good pace and the characters we have read and watched developed over the last three books come to head fairly quickly. The action was intriguing but the real intensity comes from the dead queens. Overall, a satisfying final book!
Feb 08, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy
0,5) Queens of Fennbirn ★★★★☆
1) Three Dark Crowns ★★★★☆
2) One Dark Throne ★★★★☆
3) Two Dark Reigns ★★★★☆

I think this finale book will be very polarizing for every reader who liked the Three Dark Crowns series until then: either it was what you wanted or it wasn't. Yes, there will be 3 stars ratings like always, but I think that mostly we have the ones who will give it 4 stars: good finale, makes sense, it was what they expected from the conclusion and the ones like me giving it 2 stars: we reall
April (Aprilius Maximus)
“Three dark sisters rise to fight.”

representation: disability rep (amputation of a hand and a leg), f/f rep.

[trigger warnings are listed at the bottom of this review and may contain spoilers]

✧・゚: *✧・゚:* 3 . 5 s t a r s *:・゚✧*:・゚✧

This series was so much fun, but this last book had SO MANY PLOT HOLES. I'm still left with so many questions even though the entire thing is over. Mainly, (view spoiler)
Jessica ❥Chatterbooks Book Blog❥
My emotions! 😭 I don't know what I feel yet! Lol I need to let this one marinate for a while. So much happened to the queens and their family and friends over the past 4 books. One thing is for sure... I'm glad I read it.

Buddy Read with Natalie & Misha
We have a title and book cover!

I hope this series will continue to be good. *groans*

Plus the Taiwanese book cover is still lovely...

And here is my fanart for Queen Illiann, the legendary Blue Queen from generations ago before the main story starts.

(Link: https://www.deviantart.com/darkchildr...)

Premise: The rebels and the Queen Crowned and her supporters are still locked in a struggle to determine who is the rightful queen of the island Fennbrin: the poisoner Queen Crowned Katharine the Unde
Alexandra Elend Wolf
Nov 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 2019
“Those scars you have,’ Emilia says, ‘that you would hide behind a mask. They are the fiercest part of you. Now let us earn a few more.’”

That was a rollercoaster of emotions for sure.

Going into the book I only had one wish for it. A fierce wish that I was not prepared to let go of. That is until I realized that in order for me to actually love the ending, to feel like it made it justice, I needed that wish destroyed. So, I changed my wish -and boy was that a drastic, 180, change - and it
Sep 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
Star Rating: —> 4.5 Stars

Wow. I actually loved this so much & thought it was a crazy ride, but a rather well-fitting ending for the series. A few things I didn’t like, but maybe I’m just more critical of finales :-P

Maybe a more detailed RTC ? Who knows.

I feel so... off. As do I always when something has ended permanently.
Mar 13, 2020 rated it it was ok
2.75 out of 5 stars.


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Me: Minding my own business by reading the book that I'm currenty reading.
Brain: "Do you know which series your book's title sounds similair to?"
Me: "Thr..."

Five Dark Fates tortured me. Gave me false ass hope... and then crushed all of my damn dreams. I wasn't expecting the ending I got.. and I seriously have no idea how to wrap my mind around it. Low-key, I took my sweet ass time with this book, adding comments, and writing this review because it completely mindfucked me. Again, wasn't expecting any of this to go the way it did.

First off, I have no idea if I will ever be able
Sep 04, 2019 rated it it was ok

I had such high hopes for this series. F*CK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! UGHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!
I can't believe that was how it ended. I am so freaking disappointed.


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Jessica {Litnoob}
Sep 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Well this sure was full of some dark twists and turns!!

The fourth and final book and can I just address the fact that this is called FIVE Dark Fates when
a) we haven't had FOUR anything yet
b) there are three queens - four if you count Jules - so whose fates are we talking about?

Also YES I have read this book and still have no idea which five fates this book is referring to. But YES there are some dark ones. Yikes.

WARNING: This review contains uncensored spoilers for the previous three books in t
Sep 06, 2019 rated it liked it
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lauren ❀
3.5 STARS!!


So it's been a couple of days since I finished this and I think I finally know what to rate it. The first half of this book was kind of slow, but the second half was SO FAST PACED. I just wanted to know how everything would end.

I think whether you liked this book or not comes down to the plot and the ending. I read many reviews saying they did not like the end, which I do agree with. But it didn't make me hate thi
Lucy Tonks
Sep 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
I have so many feelings!
I really like this series and I am so sad it's over! I've read the first 3 books last year, but because I am HORRIBLE with finishing seires I've only read this last one now!

I love this characters! Out of all the three queens, Arsinoe is for sure my favourite! I like Kat too, but during the series she has done some questionable things that made me like less and have conflicting feelings about her. I never really liked Mirabella though. I just found her annoying and I co
I’m conflicted because of my emotional investment in the characters and general approval of the conclusion, but much like the last two seasons of GoT, this book suffers from the pacing.
Laura ☾
Aug 11, 2020 rated it liked it
I'm really not sure how I feel about this

Oct 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sad, twisted-sisters, ya
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Ashley Lewis
Apr 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This finale was deeply satisfying for me. I know there are a lot of people out there who disagree, but it is what it is. Of course there were some issues in this final installment, but overall I loved this series and feel like it concluded well. So very glad this novel picked up after the third installment, which was a bit tedious for me.

Feb 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
I can't believe it's over... I feel empty

I struggled to fall asleep last night.
I'm gonna miss this series and its characters so much.
Sep 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
God I can't believe it's over. I am reeling from the emotional destruction of this and the end of Kingdom of Ash which I also finished today :/

I don't have enough words for how it feels to finally finish this series. I've loved this series for four years now and it finally ended. Two Dark Reigns ended with Jules's legion curse being unbound, Katherine refusing to give up the dead queens, Mira betraying Arsinoe and leaving for the capital and Arsinoe trying to cure Jules and deal with the possibi
Morgane Schroyen
Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
I need this book like yesterday
Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Ahh, I forgot the enjoyment of staying up until 2am finishing a book.

This was... so good.

I’ve enjoyed this series so, so much.

I loved all the references to the other books. They kept me saying “oh yeah, that happened! that was fun!”

I really liked the ending. It felt intensely satisfying.

And the action scenes in here are incredible! And I love the characters!

I’ve adored this series. I can’t wait to see what Blake has for us next.

5/5 stars.
Nainika Gupta
Apr 26, 2022 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Wow. What a conclusion.

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I'm really glad I re-picked up Three Dark Crowns because I am actually proud of this series. It had many bumps in the road, but it successfully kept me intrigued and immersed in this world, to the point where I was pleasantly surprised at the ending.

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