Review// Two Dark Reigns by Kendare Blake (Three Dark Crowns #3)

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.

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

-My reviews of the previous books in this series// #1, #2

This book was bought with my own money.

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

This book read like every word was drenched in glue. It took me ages to get through this, which was quite a disappointment after liking book 2 so much! The Three Dark Crowns series was supposed to become a duology, but the series have been expanded. And I guess two books would have been enough for me. I’m not saying this series is being milked, just that it’s taking a turn I’m not really hyped for. Also, I have to keep this review very vague to keep this book still interesting to read if you haven’t yet.

I had to wait for a while after reading One Dark Throne before I could read Two Dark Reigns, because it wasn’t out yet. And again, I had trouble with remembering the characters. There are a few pages at the front of the book with the names and a little description of who they are, which helped a little bit. I didn’t really bother getting to know the council members, because there are many, and I understood the story anyway.

Mirabella was kind of annoying me in this book. She acts like a mother to Arsinoe, when they are the same age. Arsinoe is still the most reckless one as always. What I did like, was the bond that has started to form between the two of them. I think Katherine was the most interesting queen in this book. She is definitely the most complicated sister and she has to deal with actually reigning now, which doesn’t go very smoothly. Another character this book follows, is Jules. I am quite indifferent about her. I think her story will become more interesting in book 4.

And that leads me to the main point why this took me so long to read: this book is just building up to an epic finale. At least, I hope the finale will be epic, haha. This book is full of vague hints, foreshadowing, and tension. It definitely got more interesting towards the end, but it felt very unsatisfying.

Still, this book gets two stars because Katherine her parts were interesting and it left me curious about book 4.

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