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Five ​Dark Fates

(Three Dark Crowns #4)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  15,957 ratings  ·  2,236 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
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Published September 3rd 2019 by HarperAudio
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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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
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,
Fatih Turgut
It's rumoured title is: Last Dark Queen. AS I SAID ITS JUST A RUMOUR ...more
Cindy ✩☽♔
Welp it’s taken well over a year for me to get around to finish this, and I must say I’m thoroughly upset.

This ending was nothing I wanted not anything I needed.

*Review to come*

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

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
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)
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  ·  review of another edition
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.
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
Jessica {Litnoob}
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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

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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Sep 06, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Lucy Tonks
Sep 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Laura ☾
I'm really not sure how I feel about this

Oct 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: twisted-sisters, sad, ya
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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.
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
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
Ashley Lewis
Apr 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.

Morgane Schroyen
Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I need this book like yesterday
Feb 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
I did not want to end 2019 with a disappointment but here we are...
I did not expect the last book in this series to be so uneventful and boring. Such a weak ending to a series i actually liked very much. I kept waiting for something ANYTHING to happen for most of the book but nothing did. No surprises; not a single plot twist. The only real action that happened was in the last 50-so pages and even that was not worth all the wait. So saying that I’m disappointed is an understatement; especially a
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. Sinc
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