Also by this author: One Dark Throne, Anna Dressed in Blood
Also in this series: One Dark Throne
Published by HarperTeen
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
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When kingdom come, there will be one.
In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born—three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions.
But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose…it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins.
The last queen standing gets the crown.
This book has so much hype to it. I finally decided to read it because it is on my list of books I must try to read this year. Plus I did get the second book recently and so I wanted to read it so I could continue on.
I was expecting this story to be about three fierce queens who battle it out for the crown. I expected a bit of bloodshed and attitude. I have to say that those things do come into play but not right away.
The story is told from three points of view, each one of the queens. Each one is really unique which I really loved. Each girl has her own personality, desires, and dreams about how her life is going to go. We have the elemental queen, Maribella, who is destine to be the last one standing because her gift has fully come in and she is powerful. Then there is the poison queen, Katharine, who is under a lot of pressure because the last three queens left standing have been of the poison line. Lastly, there is the naturalist queen, Arsinoe, who is the weakest of the three in terms of magic. Her line never really becomes queen so she is half prepared to die.
I have to say it takes some time while reading this one to really get into it. You have to keep switching perspectives in order to learn a little about each girl. I have to say that right from the start I loved Arsinoe’s world the best. She really was the only one allowed to have friends and I loved how her best friend had more magic than her and how she has her own love story to be told. While I liked the naturalists parts of the story I really liked Maribella the most because she wasn’t this cocky person just because she had the most power. She really struggles with the thought of having to kill her sisters. Lastly, I felt bad for Katharine because she was abused far more than the other girls. I did like her side of the story when she started to gain more confidence, even if it was due in part of a boy.
The story really gets going when the girls have to go show off their magic to the whole island to start the year where the queens get to kill one another to see who will gain the crown. The story is so juicy and you are so attached to each girl that you are not ready for any of them to die. I love how each girl found her way over the course of the novel. Imagine if you knew that you could be dead at the end of the next year. It fuels these girls to want things they never pushed for before.
Overall, this was one great slowly building novel. It takes time to learn all of the background information and understand that the adults are pushing these girls around until the girls decide to start standing up for themselves and their right to live. The book ends with a huge power play and twist so I can’t wait to see what happens.