Review// One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake (Three Dark Crowns #2)

The battle for the Crown has begun, but which of the three sisters will prevail?
With the unforgettable events of the Quickening behind them and the Ascension Year underway, all bets are off. Katharine, once the weak and feeble sister, is stronger than ever before. Arsinoe, after discovering the truth about her powers, must figure out how to make her secret talent work in her favor without anyone finding out. And Mirabella, once thought to be the strongest sister of all and the certain Queen Crowned, faces attacks like never before—ones that put those around her in danger she can’t seem to prevent.
In this enthralling sequel to Kendare Blake’s New York Times bestselling Three Dark Crowns, Fennbirn’s deadliest queens must face the one thing standing in their way of the crown: each other

This review contains spoilers of the previous book in this series.

My review of the previous book in this series// #1

This book was bought with my own money.

Trigger warnings// self harm, nsfw, excessive violence, death, gore, body horror, murder, captivity, poison, toxic relationship, blood, violence. Please inform me if I have missed something and I will update this section.

In my review of book 1, Three Dark Crowns, I mentioned how I struggled with all the character’s and remembering who they were. I didn’t have this problem with One Dark Throne, since I read it immediately after Three Dark Crowns and I finally learned all of their names (to a certain extent). This resulted in me being able to enjoy this story a lot more and to actually focus on the plot, instead of looking up names.

In One Dark Throne, there’s finally some action. The world building and getting to know the characters and their positions are toned down a lot. The sisters start to battle each other in this book, something I had hoped to already read in book 1. So that was very exciting, since I looked forward to it for such a long time. It was revealed that Arsinoe has the poisoner’s gift as well and she is attracting the people’s attention now she doesn’t seem so helpless anymore. All of the characters that reside in Wolfspring become much more likeable and interesting in this book, and my favourite chapters took place in Wolfspring. Katharine has become scary after being thrown into the Breccia Domain in book 1, but she also definitely becomes more interesting while the story progresses. Mirabella is still my least favourite, though I don’t dislike her.

Because of the action and the long introduction in book 1, this book has a much faster pace. One Dark Throne got me hooked way more than Three Dark Crowns, and I found myself rooting for the sisters because I started to care about them now that I knew who they were. There never was a dull moment.  This book is also a lot darker and messed up, which I thought was very fitting. When there was barely any fighting in book 1, I was afraid this series would continue that way, but luckily it turned out to be as I had hoped.

I have to admit that though while reading this book is great, I suspect I won’t remember much from it in, let’s say, a year. And I still think the amount of characters is to blame for that, because everything is already slowly starting to melt together in my memory. And it’s not just the character’s names, but also places and buildings. It is a lot.

After reading this, I definitely looked forward to reading book 3.



  1. March 3, 2019 / 6:14 pm

    I read this book last year I think and I think if I didn’t leave such a big gap between the first book and this one I would have enjoyed it more because I couldn’t remember who the characters were so it took me a while to get my bearings in the story. But I do remember it being more action packed which I did enjoy!! I am glad you enjoyed it. 💛

    • sophies99
      March 3, 2019 / 6:30 pm

      The number of characters is crazy, I’ve never read a series with this many names before. I definitely would’ve liked this one less if I hadn’t read it immediately after Three Dark Crowns. Have you read the third book as well?

      • March 6, 2019 / 12:29 pm

        I know– so many characters!! No I haven’t read the third one but every time I see it at the bookshop I am curious to pick it up.

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