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Five ​Dark Fates

(Three Dark Crowns #4)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  7,689 ratings  ·  1,197 reviews
After the battle with Katharine, the rebellion lies in tatters. Jules’s legion curse has been unbound, leaving her out of her mind and unfit to rule. Arsinoe must find a cure, even as the responsibility of stopping the ravaging mist rests heavy on her shoulders, and her shoulders alone. Mirabella has disappeared.

Queen Katharine’s rule over Fennbirn remains intact—for now.
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…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
Feb 09, 2019 marked it as to-read
I really hope this does not end up being One Fat Disappointment!
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.

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,
Fatih Turgut
It's rumoured title is: Last Dark Queen. AS I SAID ITS JUST A RUMOUR
Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔
With this synopsis it seems Pietyr really is gone and buried =(
Omg this cover and title reveal!!!
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This finale is going to be insane.

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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!
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
Feb 08, 2019 rated it it was ok
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 really liked this book
April (Aprilius Maximus)
Oct 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
“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)
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.
Jessica {Litnoob}
Sep 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Oct 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: twisted-sisters, ya, sad
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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
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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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
Morgane Schroyen
Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
I need this book like yesterday
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.
Sep 06, 2019 rated it liked it
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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
Alexandra Elend Wolf
Nov 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, fantasy
“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
The Enchanted Library
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.
Claire ✨
FIVE DARK FATES may polarise readers as it draws the grim, dark tale of three triplet queens to a close. Though with its varied, three-dimensional cast, what it builds up to ultimately is not given in the end.

What is simply a fact about the last book of the series: you don't want it to disappoint you.

Yet I come away from FIVE DARK FATES... underwhelmed.

I think at this point, if you're still criticising the slow pacing of the series, you will probably find it most obvious in FIVE DARK FATES.
Sep 04, 2019 rated it it was ok
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Mindy (Naughty Book Snitch)
Buy the book or borrow it from the library


I have some mixed feelings about this and for me this was very middle of the road. SO Im going to ramble and throw down some random feels and thoughts. I enjoyed it and Im happy that I'm done with the series. Im not disappointed in the ending but I am disappointed in the delivery. I mean... for the most part, we all kind of know how its going to end but we don't know the "who".

I'll try to break down my issues and lingering questions. I'll do my best to
Oct 08, 2019 rated it liked it
***Warning! There will be spoilers about the other books in the series***

This isn't a bad book by any means. It was just unnecessary. I listened to this on audiobook and after thirty percent, turned the speed up to get through it. I've spent so much time on this series, and I truly do love the Queens of Fennbirn, I had to see it through the end.

The problem is this was a 2-book series that maybe could have been 3, definitely shouldn't have been 4. What made me fall in love with this series,
Cortney LaScola - The Bookworm Myrtle Beach
This whole series was a solid 3 for me... the last book picked up, so I was hopeful for the final book, but it was good, not great.
R.F. Gammon
Oct 03, 2019 marked it as nopenopenope
Book 1: 3
Book 2: 1
Book 3: 2
Book 4: 5

(plz tell me I got that right)

This is like Star Wars. But worse.
The Nerd Daily
Aug 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Tasha Leigh

So I will start out by saying, if you haven’t read the first three novels in the Three Dark Crowns series, you should probably choose a different article to read (but definitely come back to this one once you have). Unless of course you don’t mind getting a brief overview of the plot of the last 1300ish pages of narrative that doesn’t give away the fine intricacies of the novels. Even then, you should still read the previous novels…

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