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#1 New York Times bestselling author Kendare Blake returns with the highly anticipated third book in the Three Dark Crowns series! And while Arsinoe, Mirabella, and Katharine all have their own scores to settle, they aren’t the only queens stirring things up on Fennbirn Island. Queen Katharine has waited her entire life to wear the crown. But now that she finally has it, th #1 New York Times bestselling author Kendare Blake returns with the highly anticipated third book in the Three Dark Crowns series! And while Arsinoe, Mirabella, and Katharine all have their own scores to settle, they aren’t the only queens stirring things up on Fennbirn Island. Queen Katharine has waited her entire life to wear the crown. But now that she finally has it, the murmurs of dissent grow louder by the day. There’s also the alarming issue of whether or not her sisters are actually dead—or if they’re waiting in the wings to usurp the throne. Mirabella and Arsinoe are alive, but in hiding on the mainland and dealing with a nightmare of their own: being visited repeatedly by a specter they think might be the fabled Blue Queen. Though she says nothing, her rotting, bony finger pointing out to sea is clear enough: return to Fennbirn. Jules, too, is in a strange place—in disguise. And her only confidants, a war-gifted girl named Emilia and her oracle friend Mathilde, are urging her to take on a role she can’t imagine filling: a legion-cursed queen who will lead a rebel army to Katharine’s doorstep. This is an uprising that the mysterious Blue Queen may have more to do with than anyone could have guessed—or expected.


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#1 New York Times bestselling author Kendare Blake returns with the highly anticipated third book in the Three Dark Crowns series! And while Arsinoe, Mirabella, and Katharine all have their own scores to settle, they aren’t the only queens stirring things up on Fennbirn Island. Queen Katharine has waited her entire life to wear the crown. But now that she finally has it, th #1 New York Times bestselling author Kendare Blake returns with the highly anticipated third book in the Three Dark Crowns series! And while Arsinoe, Mirabella, and Katharine all have their own scores to settle, they aren’t the only queens stirring things up on Fennbirn Island. Queen Katharine has waited her entire life to wear the crown. But now that she finally has it, the murmurs of dissent grow louder by the day. There’s also the alarming issue of whether or not her sisters are actually dead—or if they’re waiting in the wings to usurp the throne. Mirabella and Arsinoe are alive, but in hiding on the mainland and dealing with a nightmare of their own: being visited repeatedly by a specter they think might be the fabled Blue Queen. Though she says nothing, her rotting, bony finger pointing out to sea is clear enough: return to Fennbirn. Jules, too, is in a strange place—in disguise. And her only confidants, a war-gifted girl named Emilia and her oracle friend Mathilde, are urging her to take on a role she can’t imagine filling: a legion-cursed queen who will lead a rebel army to Katharine’s doorstep. This is an uprising that the mysterious Blue Queen may have more to do with than anyone could have guessed—or expected.

30 review for Two Dark Reigns

  1. 5 out of 5

    Caitlin

    I THOUGHT IT WAS A DUOLOGY BUT NOW THERES FOUR BOOKS WE HAVE ALL BEEN BLESSED

  2. 5 out of 5

    Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔

    OMG...the madness Like it's predecessors, I consumed this book. Just to change it up, I'll do character rankings rather than just sister rankings. Character Rankings: Katharine ≈ Arsinoe > Billy ≈ Mirabella ≈ Pietyr > Jules >>> Emilia First off, congratulations to Mirabella and Jules for stepping out of the role of my least favorite character(s). But it's not much of a surprise when Emilia Vatros is literally one of the most annoying, over-bearing characters of this entire series. Sh OMG...the madness Like it's predecessors, I consumed this book. Just to change it up, I'll do character rankings rather than just sister rankings. Character Rankings: Katharine ≈ Arsinoe > Billy ≈ Mirabella ≈ Pietyr > Jules >>> Emilia First off, congratulations to Mirabella and Jules for stepping out of the role of my least favorite character(s). But it's not much of a surprise when Emilia Vatros is literally one of the most annoying, over-bearing characters of this entire series. She acts as though she knows what is best for Jules and constantly, not so subtlely, insisting that she lead the rebellion against the queen line because it is her destiny, and she should just accept that it's her job to lead these efforts she literally had no idea about until now. And she also seems to dislike Jules' close relationship with Arsinoe, to which I say: BACK THE F*** UP! Relationships: Billy & Arsione "I can't believe you almost let me go with Jules and Mira. Why didn't you ask me to stay?" "I didn't think of it. And I figured you were still angry?" "Is that it? Or are you just trying to politely get rid of me? You keep trying to leave me behind; should I be taking the hint?" "No, I-" "Because I don't want to keep on where I'm not wanted." "Of course, I-" She growls in frustration, and they are both suddenly very aware she is still holding the knife that Jules gave her. "What are you going to do?" he asks. "Gut me?" "Of course not. I don't know what I'm doing. I don't know what lies at the top of that mountain. But I do know that it's all for the hope of something else. A future somewhere, with you. And I'm sorry I can't say that when I'm not holding you at knifepoint. All right?" "All right," he says, and grins. Billy and Arsinoe's relationship does hit a quite a few bumps in the road throughout this book. One major one being Billy's mother and her relentless efforts to marry him off to a traditional mainland girl. Others being Arsinoe's intrinsic habit of keeping secrets and each of them feeling somewhat out of place in the other's world. But despite it all, they continue to hold on and fight for each other. Never truly letting anything come between them. Pietyr & Katharine "Do you trust me, Kat?" She looks up at him in surprise. "Of course I do." "Even after..." he says, and looks down in shame. "Even after," she says, and smiles. It's odd really. Katharine and Pietyr are both people who most others would've surely walked away from. What with Pietyr pushing the girl he claimed to love down a horrid abyss, a Katharine being possessed by murderous queens that force her into killing against her will. Most girls would never forgive Pietyr, let alone trust him. But Katharine does. And most boys would've taken running for the hills to escape the trail of bodies Katharine seems to leave in her wake. But Pietyr doesn't. Arsinoe & Mirabella No longer twisted by the demands of the crown and those around them, these two have returned to their roots. Two sisters just trying to find their place in a world in which they can never truly belong. Mirabella steps right back into her role as a big sister. Looking after Arsinoe and making sure no one, not even Billy, ever has the chance to hurt her. But despite all her efforts Mirabella is not able to keep Arsinoe, or herself, from returning to the island. Billy & Mirabella These two have become quite the pair of friends. There is clearly a mutual understanding and respect between the two. And constantly work together in an attempt to care for and protect Arsinoe. Arsinoe & Jules No matter what has come to past, these two are still best friends. Ride-or-die. So when Arsinoe returns to the island and finds out Jules has taken on the title of Legion Queen. She does not question it. She stands by her friend and supports her, just as Jules has always done for her. Mirabella & Jules Previously, rivals at best and enemies at worst, these two have found common ground. That being their love and devotion to Arsinoe. They've set aside their differences and are both working for the greater. But by books end, their paths have yet again diverged and only time with tell what becomes of their tenuous ceasefire. How I felt about how things ended for the trio by books end: Arsinoe: Mirabella: Katharine: *More detailed review to come*

  3. 5 out of 5

    Fables&Wren

    REVIEW TO COME Side Note: Do you think Kendare Blake named the books to confuse us? 01: Three Dark Crowns 02: One Dark Throne 03: Two Dark Reigns Makes me curious to what the fourth book is going to be called LOL - - - I don't think anyone understands how excited I am for this book. This series is the first book I see when I walk into my apartment, I literally have dreamed the story-line multiple times because I just theorize what is going to happen in my off-time, and I am pretty sure I am obsessed- REVIEW TO COME Side Note: Do you think Kendare Blake named the books to confuse us? 01: Three Dark Crowns 02: One Dark Throne 03: Two Dark Reigns Makes me curious to what the fourth book is going to be called LOL - - - I don't think anyone understands how excited I am for this book. This series is the first book I see when I walk into my apartment, I literally have dreamed the story-line multiple times because I just theorize what is going to happen in my off-time, and I am pretty sure I am obsessed-passed the health-phase. THIS SERIES IS SO GOOD HOW CAN PEOPLE NOT BE CRAZY OBSESSED OVER IT? But I just can't help how EXCITED I AM! I low-key am crazed with needing this BOOK like YESTERDAY. The novella comes out in April, so that should be a good fix! Buddy Reading this with Melanie!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Claudia Ramírez

    3.5 stars

  5. 4 out of 5

    Nadhira Satria

    The devil works hard but Kendare blake works harder. bECAUSE THAT ENDING. BYE. I CANT LIVE LIKE THIS I WAS PLANNING TO DO A REVIEW BUT I CANT. NOPE BYE

  6. 5 out of 5

    Cesar

    4 stars Before reading Two Dark Reigns, the previous two books in this series were decent. I liked them enough but I didn't love them. I liked the world the series takes place in as well as the magic and lore behind it. The character themselves were also complex and interesting given the circumstances they were in. However, I felt like there was something missing from them. I hoped that Two Dark Reigns would rectify the problems I had. And it did in the best way possible. Two Dark Reigns is an impr 4 stars Before reading Two Dark Reigns, the previous two books in this series were decent. I liked them enough but I didn't love them. I liked the world the series takes place in as well as the magic and lore behind it. The character themselves were also complex and interesting given the circumstances they were in. However, I felt like there was something missing from them. I hoped that Two Dark Reigns would rectify the problems I had. And it did in the best way possible. Two Dark Reigns is an improvement from the previous two books and I really enjoyed my time reading it. It felt like all the previous complaints I had were fixed here and my enjoyment skyrocketed big time. I was pleasantly surprised by how Kendare Blake managed to not only expand the world but to also give us more backstory on Jules and the lore of the island. Two Dark Reigns picks up where we last saw the sisters. Mirabella and Arsinoe on the mainland and Katharine on Fennbirn as the Queen. Jules herself is back on the island and is tugged along with two other girls who believe she is the key to ending the reign of Katharine and finally putting a stop to the long reign of Queens. But something or someone wants Mirabella and Arsinoe back on the island. And dead bodies are starting to appear. Something bad is happening in Fennbirn. First off, I liked how Kendare wanted to expand the world with new locations and a bigger map (I love maps in fantasy novels) as well as going more into detail about the lore surrounding Fennbirn and the Blue Queen. When books, particularly fantasy and sci-fi books start to expand in their worldbuilding, I get so excited to see many new things. It's part of why I liked Two Dark Reigns more. The characters themselves were just as good. I mentioned this before in my reviews of the previous two books and I'll say it again: Mirabella is hands-down my favorite sister out of all of them. She is the more mature and kind sister that genuinely wants the best for them. She's kind to a fault, and that's what I love about her. Arsinoe and Katharine are also great characters as well. Arsinoe finally has a purpose in this book and she really steps up in parts of the book. My complaint I had with Arsinoe was that I never really understood her relevancy to the plot and was mainly used for Jules' growth. But finally, she has a purpose while also breaking the status quo and gender norms when she is on the mainland. Jules and Katharine are next and I was surprised by their growth. Jules was always an enigma to me because like Arsinoe, I didn't really understand how relevant she was going to be for the plot. In this story, she has growth and a purpose. Her story is one of the many shining aspects of Two Dark Reigns. Katharine... she's scary. After the second book, she's become fiercer than ever while fighting literal darkness inside of her. You want to not like her because of who she has become but you still like her because she is a different person who strikes fear in the eyes of the people. Plot-wise, I really liked it a lot. It's hard for me to describe how much I loved it without giving away too many spoilers, but I do like the progression on the characters, the rebellion, and the genuine curiosity I get from reading more about the lore. There's something about this series that I love and it would have to be the overall mystery of the island and the lore. I find it so fascinating. One negative thing I will have to say is that while I liked the world building, I wished there was more to it. Specifically, the Mainlands. I know Fennbirn is the major setting for the series, but we are given the opportunity to see outside of Fennbirn. There was some backstory regarding one country, but not enough. Also, there are way too many damn characters to keep track of. It's like one of those plays or stories your literature teachers forced to read in high school and college where there are a lot of characters and you lose track of who was who. There is a glossary at the beginning, but there was still too many characters. Verdict Two Dark Reigns is probably my favorite book in this series so far. That might change when the last book is released, but Two Dark Reigns is a really good book. Thanks for reading my review! -Cesar

  7. 4 out of 5

    Nikki (Book Allure)

    SHE BETTER NOT HAVE EXTENDED THIS MERELY FOR CAPITALISM BECAUSE I LOVE THREE DARK CROWNS

  8. 5 out of 5

    Camila Roy ••RoyIsReading••

    Not a big fan of this one unfortunately :(

  9. 5 out of 5

    Mizuki

    Pre-review: OMG (view spoiler)[what will happen to the queens after they escape to the mainland? And what is the 'mainland' actually like? Different countries sprawling across the land or just one kingdom? Plus are the queens' parents really still alive? (I highly doubt it, though) Is it even possible that Julie is a Warrior Queen? What is the unexpected rebellion anyway? (hide spoiler)] I can't wait! Secondly, allow me to pimp my Three Dark Crowns fanart: (link: https://www.deviantart.com/vampir Pre-review: OMG (view spoiler)[what will happen to the queens after they escape to the mainland? And what is the 'mainland' actually like? Different countries sprawling across the land or just one kingdom? Plus are the queens' parents really still alive? (I highly doubt it, though) Is it even possible that Julie is a Warrior Queen? What is the unexpected rebellion anyway? (hide spoiler)] I can't wait! Secondly, allow me to pimp my Three Dark Crowns fanart: (link: https://www.deviantart.com/vampirekik...)

  10. 4 out of 5

    clumsy hobbit

    What I want from this book: for Madrigal to die please :)

  11. 5 out of 5

    Faye*

    I just realised this comes out NEXT WEEK!!! I haven't been this excited for a book in a while now, I seriously can't wait for this!!!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Rissa

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Long live Queen Katherine and welcome a new queen into the mix of madness.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Hamad

    On one hand I hate series extension On the other hand this has been getting better! I don't want to be disappointed, my heart can not take it anymore.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Lara (Bookish_turtle)

    GUYS THE COVER!!! It fits in so well wit the others in the series and it looks so dark and mysterious. I can't wait to read it!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Shaun Hutchinson

    BLOODY FANTASTIC.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Sabrina The Trash Queen

    SO CLOSE! I’m happy.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Miia

    Um excuse me how dare you end it like that? Me probably gonna die here slowly while I’m waiting for the last book to come out.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Keri

    Well, that was disappointing. I feel like I'm pushing at this 3 stars cause I didn't hate it but it also didn't really do much for me... (view spoiler)[I know I'm in the minority group of people who dislike Jules. I've found her kind of whiny since the beginning and I was rooting for Mirabella and Joseph to end up together, but then he got killed off hmph. This book was just way too much Jules and a lot of Arisone who I find to be boring. Her dreams of Daphne and The Blue Queen would have been a Well, that was disappointing. I feel like I'm pushing at this 3 stars cause I didn't hate it but it also didn't really do much for me... (view spoiler)[I know I'm in the minority group of people who dislike Jules. I've found her kind of whiny since the beginning and I was rooting for Mirabella and Joseph to end up together, but then he got killed off hmph. This book was just way too much Jules and a lot of Arisone who I find to be boring. Her dreams of Daphne and The Blue Queen would have been a good novella but I felt like it didn't move this plot along at all until towards the end there's a "reveal" which I don't think is actually that mind blowing. There just felt like a whole lot of nothing going on in this book. Even the climax fight felt anticlimactic. I wanted more Mirabella and more Katharine being crazy just because she *is* and not because of a bunch of dead queens. Which, maybe it's just me, but I guess I didn't realize she became so bad ass in the second book because of the dead queens' powers. I felt like this book had to spend a lot of time just explaining that. I'll still read the (hopefully) last book, but I'm not that excited about this series anymore unfortunately. I really hope the last book gets back to the sisters fighting and trying to kill each other, cause I sure do miss that. I have a couple ideas of how I think the series might end, but I can't decide how I'd want it to end. (hide spoiler)]

  19. 4 out of 5

    Fatih Turgut

    There's a rumour explaining that the book of this title is: Two Dark Heirs. And the last book is rumoured to be: Last Dark Queen

  20. 5 out of 5

    Sheila {ShesGoingBookCrazy.com}

    BUT THE COVER, YOU GUYS!!!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Elisa

    Ooohh wraths. Holy friggin’ killer fog. Ok, I kind of have NO WORDS. No words that will make any sense, at least. My mind is just a series of images and exclamations of surprise, dismay, and general anxiety. This book was SO worth the wait. So much is happening, in everyone’s life. And there are new forces to be reckoned, which are scary and mysterious and horrifying... and overall, the story continues, just as intriguing and amazing as always. I still cannot pick a favorite, because even when they a Ooohh wraths. Holy friggin’ killer fog. Ok, I kind of have NO WORDS. No words that will make any sense, at least. My mind is just a series of images and exclamations of surprise, dismay, and general anxiety. This book was SO worth the wait. So much is happening, in everyone’s life. And there are new forces to be reckoned, which are scary and mysterious and horrifying... and overall, the story continues, just as intriguing and amazing as always. I still cannot pick a favorite, because even when they are crazy or even mean, I love them all. I love these characters so much. They are so realistic, distinguished, interesting and three-dimensional; and throughout the story, they stay true to character but never, ever become predictable. They also get better as the story progresses, so this book’s Kat is way more multi-faceted than she was in TDC! Kendare Blake weaves a tale so twisted, so complex in ways, but also old as time and classic in others. There are elements of classic epic fantasy, and elements of grimdark; and yes, it is another tale about queens and a throne, and yet it is completely original and unique, as are its characters and the world she has created. Fennbirn manages to be nightmarish and fascinating; a place to escape and a place that feels like home; something to fight, and something to fight for. It takes a premise that sounds like many others and runs with it in a completely new, unexpected, charming and yet surprisingly dark direction, and I LOVE IT. This is, to me, one of the best series I have read to date. Now I just have to wait one more year for its completion. And I have no doubt that once again, it will be worth the wait. 4 1/2 STARS

  22. 5 out of 5

    Rae

    Read this review and others on my blog: https://thriftybibliophile.com Two Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake picks up where One Dark Throne left off, with Catherine as queen and Mirabella and Arsinoe on the run. I really like this series, so it's not surprising that I also loved Two Dark Crowns. The whole book was an entertaining, nail-biting experience. It was well-written and fast-paced, never a lull in action or forward plot progression. The story itself is an interesting one. The concept of three tr Read this review and others on my blog: https://thriftybibliophile.com Two Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake picks up where One Dark Throne left off, with Catherine as queen and Mirabella and Arsinoe on the run. I really like this series, so it's not surprising that I also loved Two Dark Crowns. The whole book was an entertaining, nail-biting experience. It was well-written and fast-paced, never a lull in action or forward plot progression. The story itself is an interesting one. The concept of three triplet queens is fascinating, as is the idea that only one can survive to rule. With Catherine on the thrown, Mirabella and Arsinoe are supposed to be dead. But they're not. Arsinoe is given information that takes her and Mirabella out of hiding. All the while, things get heated up with a rogue renegade. There was so much action in Two Dark Crowns--I absolutely loved it. Jules' character gets a lot of play in Two Dark Crowns, and I couldn't be happier. I always found her character enthralling. She's a powerful force to be reckoned with, and she starts to show her power in this book. I appreciated her imperfections--her power comes with flaws of its own, which manifest in different ways. The queens--all three of them--are amazingly written. They're all very unique and captured in vivid detail. With the last two books, I found myself strongly drawn to Arsinoe, but I really liked Catherine's character in Two Dark Crowns. Her malicious streak and the battles she's waging within make for a captivating read. The ending of book had me on the end of my seat. Of course now I'm anxious for the next book to come out. What happens next? I want to know! If you haven't read this series already, I highly recommend it! I discovered it thanks to the bookish community, and I'm so happy I picked it up!

  23. 4 out of 5

    AbigailHaleigh

    3.75

  24. 5 out of 5

    Vignesh Kumar

    This is my most anticipated book of this year... I loved this book so much! The pace has been increased vastly and it's becoming more darker as it goes, which I love! The story starts with Queen Katharine as the Queen Crowned and Queens Arsinoe and Mirabella in the Mainland. First of all, I love Katharine and the way the story goes around her. I didn't like Arsinoe in the last two books, but I am slowly starting to like her in this book. Mirabella is as always, sophisticated and elegant even in This is my most anticipated book of this year... I loved this book so much! The pace has been increased vastly and it's becoming more darker as it goes, which I love! The story starts with Queen Katharine as the Queen Crowned and Queens Arsinoe and Mirabella in the Mainland. First of all, I love Katharine and the way the story goes around her. I didn't like Arsinoe in the last two books, but I am slowly starting to like her in this book. Mirabella is as always, sophisticated and elegant even in mainland ways. The thing I liked most is the history of the island and the mist surrounding it. We get to know more about the island but that cliffhanger! Gah! Now, I have to wait for another year to read finally what happened. On the whole, I really liked it!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Shaina

    Ok, it is time. The last book was left on a cliffhanger. This one is really thick and a lot happens. I thought, surely they will get to a semi-happy place before the end! It even gets; should I say it? Okay, I must. Yes, for fans or for those who have not read these; this dark fantasy grows even darker. Mmhmm, I know. Katherine fans will rejoice as we see a lot of her. There are all the stories here and I would definitely have read the novellas as well before reading this. It will help you out h Ok, it is time. The last book was left on a cliffhanger. This one is really thick and a lot happens. I thought, surely they will get to a semi-happy place before the end! It even gets; should I say it? Okay, I must. Yes, for fans or for those who have not read these; this dark fantasy grows even darker. Mmhmm, I know. Katherine fans will rejoice as we see a lot of her. There are all the stories here and I would definitely have read the novellas as well before reading this. It will help you out heaps. If not, you might be a tad confused. I’m glad I read them. Even the one where the Queens were girls. It does also pick up where it left off with everyone. Never fear. This book goes pretty fast in a lot of areas. Sometimes I was like, wait, wait, I better read that again... that flew by me. If you are invested in any or all of these characters, well then get ready! Yes, it’s all over the place. And it’s good. Though I never said it was all sunshiny; keep that in mind. I must wait patiently for the conclusion. Yep. It’s not over. So much happened though, I hope I retain it. (Spoiler -sort of) do not keep reading if you are sensitive about tiny things. Is it a cliffhanger ? Yes. Grr. Big one. Big fat one.

  26. 5 out of 5

    The Enchanted Library

    Wow... just wow. RTC

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    This series is so lush and different! It reminds me of Game of Thrones, in that it has so many factions, but they all have a fairly good claim on the throne, and all of them are sympathetic characters in some way. Although I do not care for Emilia. I hope that she's supposed to be unlikeable, otherwise I guess it's on me that I want to slap and then shove a perfectly innocent human in a closet. But she annoys me and she is causing problems for people who already have problems, thanks. I also tho This series is so lush and different! It reminds me of Game of Thrones, in that it has so many factions, but they all have a fairly good claim on the throne, and all of them are sympathetic characters in some way. Although I do not care for Emilia. I hope that she's supposed to be unlikeable, otherwise I guess it's on me that I want to slap and then shove a perfectly innocent human in a closet. But she annoys me and she is causing problems for people who already have problems, thanks. I also thought that by now we would have a clearer view of the history of Fennbirn and how it fits into the world stage. We did learn quite about the history and the mist that conceals Fennbirn, but it also raised some questions for me that I hope come clear in the last book. (At least, I think the next one is the last!)

  28. 5 out of 5

    Sylvia Mercedes

    Didn't love it as much as book 2, but still couldn't put it down! Can't wait for book 4. RTC

  29. 5 out of 5

    Krystal

    SO GOOD!! WARNING: This review contains spoilers for the previous two books of the series. This series honestly just keeps getting better. It's so dark and twisted now! I was not expecting such fantastically macabre things from a ya fantasy about competitive queens. So the third book opens with a mini history lesson, which was fun. I love when we get dark pasts that affect the present. That historical thread was probably one of my favourite aspects of this novel. It made the whole story level up a SO GOOD!! WARNING: This review contains spoilers for the previous two books of the series. This series honestly just keeps getting better. It's so dark and twisted now! I was not expecting such fantastically macabre things from a ya fantasy about competitive queens. So the third book opens with a mini history lesson, which was fun. I love when we get dark pasts that affect the present. That historical thread was probably one of my favourite aspects of this novel. It made the whole story level up and created a new, intriguing dynamic. I was so frustrated for Arsinoe that it took so long to convince people she wasn't just dreaming. It should just be common knowledge that if you dream something more than once you need to accept it as the message it inevitably is. At the end of the second book, here's where we stand: -Mirabella, Arsinoe and Billy are on the mainland -Jules is with the war-gifted -Katherine is queen and possessed by innumerable dead queen spirits -Pietryr still has the worst name in the whole book and I'll never remember how to spell it. Oh, and he's still Kat's right-hand man. Even though it's his fault she's possessed. I don't get that. *shrugs* Arsinoe on the mainland is hilarious. She's definitely my favourite queen because she grumbles about everything, hates wearing dresses, and refuses to show affection. She's basically me. Billy is devoted to her no matter what, and it's interesting to see the interaction between his family and the exiled queens but it doesn't pack much of a punch. It's mostly just filler - a diversion before we get to the good stuff. I thoroughly enjoyed imagining the tea parties, though. I've always loved Mira's feisty-ness but it seems paled a little here. Possibly because, on the mainland, her powers are somewhat muted. It's like she's lost a little piece of herself, and I liked how that was reflected in her behaviour. It made me a little sad, though. Katherine is becoming more and more badass and I love it but I wish she'd embrace it more. She's still trying to Do The Right Thing but she's got these evil queens circling around inside her so things keep going awry. I kinda wish she'd just accept it and go total Evil Queen. I guess it's good that there's hope for redemption, though. *sigh* Jules is being recruited to lead a rebellion which is a fun surprise! She's pretty tough so it's interesting to see how she approaches the suggestion and still maintains her integrity. Sort of. Camden is kinda my favourite part of Jules, though. I'm just so jealous because I want my own mountain cat to be my bff and claw my enemies to shreds when they deserve it. I love the animals in this book. I want an exotic pet. Peitiryr of the Terrible Name is still an annoying little brown-noser who is more of a lapdog than an equal. I honestly don't know what Kat sees in him. Also if I, as a reader, am supposed to be enamoured with this guy? Honestly the only fella I'm digging in this series is Billy, and even he doesn't have quite enough pull to make me swoon. Piet- you know what, I'm just gonna call him P-Diddy- P-Diddy spends most of this book running around telling Kat what to do but backing down meekly when she objects. I just do not like that guy. Not one bit. Did I mention the series is getting darker? I mean, there are some gruesome things, and people die and stuff. It can get messy. I LOVE that. I'm such a psycho. But I love that this is so dark and twisted and nothing is safe and I have absolutely no idea how this is going to end. Not a clue. There was less magic in this one but I feel like that aspect was just the calm before the storm, and I sense the final book is going to be one epic finale. I'm so excited for magical showdowns. I love the way this series is written. It always takes me a few pages to get into the present tense, but once I'm there it's such an easy read. There's always something happening. This series isn't slowing down and I'll be anxiously awaiting the fourth book! In the meantime I'll have to track down the short stories. With massive thanks to Pan MacMillan Australia for my advanced copy!

  30. 4 out of 5

    April (Aprilius Maximus)

    3.5 stars! Definitely my least favourite in the series so far. Nothing really happened in this one until the very end and the rest of the book was pretty slow. I can't wait to see how the story wraps up in the final book though! I really don't know how they're going to get out of this with a happy ending!

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