Friday, January 6, 2017

Book Talk & Giveaway: THREE DARK CROWNS by Kendare Blake

My book talks are coming at you from a librarian, not a reviewer. You won't find me talking about style or craft, why I think this could've been better or what worked or didn't work. I only do book talks on books I liked and want other people to know about. So if it's here I probably think it won't injure your brain if you read it.

The triplet queens of each generation on the island of Fennbirn are expected to kill each other, eventually. First each must develop their gift, separated at a young age so as not to become too attached.

Katherine has the poisoner gift, able to quaff the most deadly of foods and drinks without flinching. Arsinoe is the naturalist, able to make forests grow and call animals to her at whim. Mirabella is the elemental, able to create hurricanes or make the sun shine according to her wishes.

Except, things aren't working out that way. Katherine can't even stand to walk through a patch of nettles and Arsinoe is still waiting for her familiar. Each backed by powerful influencers, their inability has been kept quiet as strong political forces spread stories of their powers, and secretly look for other routes to empower the girls.

Katherine learns to be charming, flirtatious, to make herself amenable to the queen-consorts that will ally themselves with the queen of their choice... but Katherine may be falling in love with the boy sent to teach her these skills, and he's not an eligible queen-consort. Arsinoe begins to dabble in low magic, cutting runes into her skin and soaking lengths of rope in her blood... but low magic can backfire and a botched spell may have ruined her best friend's only chance at happiness.

Mirabella is the powerful queen, her gift slippery but in her grasp. But the one queen meant to rule has memories of her sisters as children, and a heart not bent on murder.

Enter below to win a SIGNED copy of THREE DARK CROWNS!

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5 comments:

Lekeisha said...

I think the premise of this is really unique. I also read an interview with her on another blog, and what inspired her to write this made me add it to my list. Who'd have thought bees could be such an inspiration?! I'm afraid of them. LOL

Stephanie Plotkin said...

I love this book and still haven't read it, lol! I have to get a chance to read it and make sure I'm not loving something I would hate after all!

Erica Eliza said...

I've been reading it after your post on it a few months ago brought it to my attention.

Unknown said...

I started reading this book on the first of the year after a glowing recommendation from rincey reads on her youtube channel, rinceyreads. Like everyone else here, I am sure, I immediately fell in love with the premise. I haven't talked about a book to my friends as much as I have with Three Dark Crowns since I can remember. I bought it for my kindle, but winning a signed copy would sure save me a trip to the book store and all the money I just know I'd spend on books I didn't come in for ;)

Jillian Schmidt said...

Yaaay, I just read this one and it's phenomenal! I was entirely captivated by the concept, the characters - all of it. I checked it out from my library, so I'd love a signed copy of my own :-).