One Dark Throne (Three Dark Crowns Series #2)

One Dark Throne (Three Dark Crowns Series #2)

by Kendare Blake


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The sequel to the New York Times bestselling YA fantasy novel Three Dark Crown

The battle for the crown has begun, and the unforgettable events of the Quickening have left a mark on each of the three sisters. Katharine, once the weak and feeble queen, is curiously stronger than ever before. Arsinoe has discovered a secret about her gift which could be her salvation or her undoing. And powerful Mirabella, believing that Arsinoe has betrayed her, is finally ready to fight.

As time runs out on the Ascension Year, the triplets face attacks that will make them question their destinies and their paths to the throne. Friends and foes alike are forcing their hands, pushing them toward a shocking outcome that forever changes everyone involved.

Picking up where the New York Times bestselling Three Dark Crowns left off, One Dark Throne continues with higher stakes, jaw-dropping twists, and an ending readers will never see coming. 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062385475
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/02/2019
Series: Three Dark Crowns Series , #2
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 10,550
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.40(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Kendare Blake is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Three Dark Crowns series. She holds an MA in creative writing from Middlesex University in northern London. She is also the author of Anna Dressed in Blood, a Cybils Awards finalist; Girl of NightmaresAntigoddessMortal Gods; and Ungodly. Her books have been translated into eighteen languages, have been featured on multiple best-of-year lists, and have received many regional and librarian awards. Kendare lives and writes in Kent, Washington. Visit her online at

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One Dark Throne (Three Dark Crowns Series #2) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Celestial_Blackrose More than 1 year ago
❝ As she stares at Katharine now, it is not difficult for Natalia to guess what she is thinking. Where is the little girl with her large foolish eyes and tightly braided bun? The skinny girl who bows her head and only laughs after someone else laughs first? But wherever that Katharine is, it is not here.❞ This book totally blew me away. I had expected things to pick up after the first book, but I had no idea how much darker it would get. I was completely surprised in the best of ways with the character development of the queens/sisters. This book actually gets into the sisters trying to kill one another and has the action we were expecting and craving for based off the synopsis for the first book. So, if you wanted action you get it! Let me just say that I was the most surprised by the turn Katharine’s character took. Honestly, I could already guess what it was that she had seen and what had happened, but not knowing for sure drove me crazy. It also made everything feel so creepy and intense because it was the fact that we didn’t know. Ever since she was pushed into the Breccia Domain Ever since she was pushed into the Breccia Domain, Katharine has not been the same. She’s been stronger, able to take more poison and more confident–almost bordering on careless. She’s been ruthless and kind of cruel when it comes to hunting her sisters. Out of everyone, she definitely wants the crown the most. It’s such a drastic change. Honestly, I was pretty much caught between impressed that she wasn’t weak, and angry at how cruel she was. ❝ “Do you know what they do with the dead queens, sister?” Katharine asks. “Do you know what they do with their bodies?” She stops the farce of a dance to stand still in the center of the floor and jerks Mirabella toward her until they are chest to chest and eye to eye. “They throw them into the Breccia for the island to eat. And may I tell you a secret?” Katharine’s lips press to Mirabella’s ear, almost like a kiss. “They are tired of it.”❞ The other sisters changed a bit as well, but it since I didn’t talk about side characters very much in the last book, I’m going to shine a bit of light on them instead. Jules was one of my favorite characters last book because of her unrelenting dedication to Arsinoe. Honestly, those two are my friendship goals. She didn’t care about rules or traditions, only about protecting her friend. I also admired her a bit for being so forgiving of Joseph (although it was also annoying because I don’t think he deserved it). I also felt very bad that she had to deal with her mother. Since I brought up her mother, I have to say that Madrigal really didn’t change much throughout the course of this book. She was still selfish and manipulative. I pretty much stopped being surprised by her after what she did to Matthew. And although she only helped Arsinoe as a way to earn Jules’ love and forgiveness, I liked her just a tiny bit for going to such lengths to do it. I have to say that she did work very hard to give Arsinoe the advantage. Overall, I really loved this book as a sequel. Things picked up much faster in this book than in the first one. I think it was because the queens were more invested in this fight. Maybe for the wrong reasons or misunderstandings, but they were invested. After that surprise ending, I’m dying to see where the story goes next because it doesn’t look like the island is done with them yet.
Anonymous 12 months ago
Great sequel! This series just keeps you wanting to know the fate of all of the characters...I can't wait to start the next book in the series!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing! Just as amazing as the first book. This story really capitalized on the shifting points of view between the three queens in order to show all of the misunderstandings among them as well as altering allegiances. I felt as though I grew much closer with the queens and all of the supporting characters in this book. I felt as though I got a much clearer picture of everyone’s frames of mind, including their desires, motivations, motives, values, etc. My heart aches for all of the queens, even Katharine who, for all intents and purposes, is cold and heartless. Because a majority of the world-building had been done in Book #1, this book allowed for loads more action and it felt much more fast-paced and frantic. I found myself rushing through the pages to find out what happened. I’ll definitely need to do a re-read of this entire series once I’ve finished it so I can take my time and really digest the details. The ending of this story is so heart-wrenching and I am very much looking forward to seeing how everything plays out in the next book. This story was action-packed and full of a dynamic range of emotions. This is quickly becoming one of my all-time favorite series.
Ashton Smith More than 1 year ago
I can’t say this about most series, but the second book was just as good (if not better) than the first. The whole book seemed to expand on itself, each element was better than the last. This book made me even more excited for the next two books that are to come! This second book had me gasping at every page turn, leaving me with only one thought: THE PLOT THICKENS! (I might have even said that out loud a time or two. #noshame) I had no idea going into this sequel that Kendare had so many more tricks up her sleeves. There are so many events throughout the book that occur at the same time, and I think without the author’s excellent writing, they could have fallen flat. Luckily, her ideas for the second part of this series were beautifully displayed throughout the novel, making it easy to understand and enjoy. If the first book presented the characters, the second book peeled back their layers. As the book went on and more was revealed, the characters continued to grow and show their true colors. There were so many character interactions that couldn’t have happened in the first book, but due to character development and growth, they played out nicely. In the second book, we even see the relationships grow between some of the queens (no spoilers, though :). My favorite character element was seeing relationships emerge across the boundaries of the elemental, naturalist, and poisoner groups. Seeing the separate worlds of each queen collide set this book apart from the first. In this book, the story takes place on the island of Fennbirn. Fennbirn is a unique world because it is a small island set apart from the rest of the world (aka “the mainland”). The island is hidden from the mainlanders by a magical mist that isn’t ever discussed in the book, (I have a feeling it will become more important in the next two books...just a hunch.) and the people who live there are a part of long lines of families who have existed for generations. Since the entire world of these stories takes place on a fairly small island, we get to explore a majority of the land. We get to see the cities, the small towns, the forests, and even a few secret locations. *aggressive eyebrow wiggle* The structure of Fennbirn’s society is one of my favorite parts of the book. Their world is a “queendom,” where a set of triplet queens is born every generation. Once the sisters turn sixteen, they attempt to kill each other for the crown. (Kind of brutal if you ask me...) The last sister alive takes the throne and rules over Fennbirn until she gives birth to the next set of triplets. Up until recently, I hadn’t read very many books centered on queens ruling, but more and more “queendom” books are emerging and being highlighted in the book world, which I think is fantastic. I am all about seeing strong and independent women in literature, and these books are no exception. All three of the queens and their mentors in this novel are capable women, and their contributions to their society are valuable to all of the characters. Continue on my blog: ashtonmariesmith .com
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I’ve gotta hand it to Kendare Blake - she is a crazy awesome author. I loved this book so much! Highly recommended! By the way: Jules is so awesome...
LavaGoddess More than 1 year ago
Kendare Blake has done it again! The main characters are strong, realistic, and unique. All though there are numerous characters to keep track of, this story is so well written. I don't want to give any of the plot away. Just pick an afternoon to immerse yourself in the mystical world of Fennbirn and root for your favorite character(s) to make the right decisions. I flew through this book and then devoured the associated novellas, too. I can't wait for the next book in the series! September cannot arrive soon enough.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just when you think you know what will happen next, things change. Love it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was always wondering what would happen next i could not put it down but forced brakes were needed to truly enjoy the book. Highly recommend it can’t wait for more!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
MakennaFournier More than 1 year ago
I read Three Dark Crowns when it first came out, and while it was not my favorite, I gave it a solid 4/5 stars. After a while of being away from the book and looking back on it, I realized that I actually wasn't a huge fan of it, and was not planning to continue. For one reason or another, I decided to continue, and I am glad I did, because I found myself enjoying this one so much more than the first one. The beginning was slow, and I found it dragging near the end, but I thoroughly enjoyed the middle of the book. I will say though, I was very disappointed when I got to the end and found out that it was going to be continued. Since the first book I have and it in my mind that it was going to be a duology, I didn't hear that it was going to be extended, and throughout this book I was prepared for the end to BE the end. At this point, I think I want to say that I will most likely not pick up the third book, but I said that about this one, so it is up in the air weather or not I will continue.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book
Mel-Loves-Books More than 1 year ago
“These queens are uncontrollable. Unpredictable.” Seriously, I cannot recall the last time a book has kept me on my toes like this series. Kudos to this author who takes this story in places that I could have never predicted. It is clear she has a direction and a purpose behind every twist, but I am often too busy being shocked to even have a guess about where it is all going. I highly recommend this series and I happily give it 5 stars. I love all of the things we begin to learn about the sisters personality and the men they fall in love with. I have so many quotes I want to share, because the story really is very well written, but I fear that any of them would give too much away. I am going to share one favorite part because I just can’t help myself, but I am not going to tell you who is saying this or who they are talking to. “I love you,” he said suddenly. “I should have told you. Maybe I never knew. But I do. And you love me, too. Say it.” Have I convinced you yet? Read this series and be tortured with me as we wait for the next book!
BookWorm221 More than 1 year ago
This book is so good!!!! The first one was a total surprise for me and I’m sorry it took me so long to read it but reading both books back to back was an amazing reading experience and I can’t believe there’s another one coming!!! Or at least I think so / hope so. So if you read Three Dark Crowns you know what happened and in this book we go back to that time and reunite with the three queens, I feel like there were so many revelations in this book, I found myself thinking about it on my drive to work a lot, just trying to come up with theories and remembering events in the past to make sense of the present. It was fun to feel connected with the book. In this one we get to know the queens a little better and I for one started taking sides with one in particular whose name I won’t mention because I really don’t want to spoil anything. The world building in the beginning seemed overly complexed to me for some reason, but once you get more into the story of each queen and the place where they live and the things each place is known for is a lot easier, also those really beautiful maps really help. I hope we get another one soon, I can’t wait to go back!
customer2 More than 1 year ago
I personally thought the fight between the sisters could have been a lot more epic and eventful. And the book was over all rather boring and way to slow. The first book is even worse wouldn't recommend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put the book down! Had to read it in a day!
ilanac13 More than 1 year ago
This is an interesting series - there are so many ways that the story could go and i think that the path that this one has taken is one that's dynamic and exciting.  Where we left off in book 1 we knew that there were battles to be fought, resulting in the death of 2 of the queens.  Only one could survive.  Well, this second installment gives us the journey that they go on now that they are actively pursuing the end goal.  At the direction of those around them.  Katherine, Arsinoe and Mirabella are all such different girls - which is expected yet unexpected knowing that they are triplets.  We start to learn more about what goes on in their lives and the alliances that they are making with the suitors and others who are around them, all in the hopes of gaining affection if they are to survive.  There's so much cunning and back stabbing (figuratively and literally) in this book between them that it's a wonder that any are left standing at all.  The nice thing that our author does is that she makes the secondary characters incredibly important to the story.  Each sister has a band of friends and family surrounding her that really make the story progress - showing us how each girl goes from innocent to someone who knows who they are internally and wants to make sure the world knows it as well. There's also the fact that we learn that some of the gifts that we thought were the ones assigned at birth really aren't the true ones - and i feel like that makes it that much more compelling.  Mira is the same, but seeing how weak or missing both Katherine and Arsinoe's gifts were, it's no surprise that there's a bit more to the story - yet we don't truly find out the full back story or what gifts should have manifested in both.   Katherine is a mystery now to this day - she was thrown into the Breccia and she comes back as the undead queen - and yet we're still not sure what that means.  Arsinoe resorts to low magic to make anything happen around her and that has it's consequences.   We are left at the end of this story with deaths, a divide among those who remain alive, and a divide from the island hopefully back to the mainland.  There's really no sense what this all means for the future - and i think that's the allure.  We're left on such a cliff here that i can't even speculate what's going to happen.  We know that happy endings are impossible in this world and i think that we're just hoping for something that makes the island less of a war zone.  So on that note, i see there's a prequel coming out and then the third installment at some point so i'll have to be patient.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was truly looking forward to this books release and was very disappointed with the end product. This sequel does not match the first and lost much of the excitement and suspense. I would not recommend buying this book, its not worth the money, your better off renting it from a library. I hope you enjoy this book because I was very disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun read, easy but still entertaining. Looking forward to the next.
AsDreamsAreMade More than 1 year ago
Wow. I’m still trying to figure out how to process this one. One Dark Throne picks up right where Three Dark Crowns left off.  Beltane is over and the three Queens have now entered their Ascension year where only one can be victorious.  Betrayals, alliances, and heartaches abound in this next installment where each of the three queens must decide her own destiny.  For the sake of the Island and their own lives. So I read these two books back to back and I don’t know if that influenced my thoughts on this one or not, but I’m having trouble trying to figure out how to rate this one.  There are parts of it I absolutely loved and there are parts of it I couldn’t stand.  Things that I didn’t like in Three Dark Crowns carried over into One Dark Throne.  The main pet peeve being PEOPLE DIDN’T COMMUNICATE WITH ONE ANOTHER and we all know how I feel about that. I did love seeing the Queens make their own decisions in this one though.  Not that they didn’t in the last, but in One Dark Throne they’ve really come into their own and refuse to simply be puppets for their respected regions.  I think Arisnoe has come to be my favorite with her no nonsense attitude and straight forwardness.  Mirabella is also easy to like with her compassion, but Katherine is by far the most interesting with the shift in her story arc. I’m dying to know more. Besides the communication thing, I think the other issue I have with this series is it changes POV so often that you have trouble keeping up and being invested in the characters. I mean, you might be drawn to certain ones based on your own personal preferences, but I didn’t finish these books with a clear idea of who I was rooting for.  Naturally, this is not a requirement in a novel, but it kinda made me feel a bit detached and less invested in the overall outcome.  I DO love how dark this series gets.  Kendare Blake is not afraid to go there and I LOVE that. The plot moved rather quickly with twists and betrayals abounding.  Some you definitely saw coming, others not so much. I’m interested to see where this story goes especially after this ending THAT COMPLETELY RIPPED YOUR HEART OUT.  Kendare Blake definitely set us up for one hell of a grave noir! Overall though, I really enjoyed it.  I’ll be picking up the last installment when it comes out and if you’re looking for some dark, twisted fantasy this is the series/book for you!
YAandWine More than 1 year ago
Wow! Wow! Wow! ONE DARK THRONE sparkles with magic, action, and intrigue. I fell in love with the concept of this series and the captivating magic systems while reading THREE DARK CROWNS, but ONE DARK THRONE has taken all the elements that I loved in that story and really elevated them. The battle between the three sisters doesn't waste any time getting started in this book. The pacing does move quite a bit faster than it did in book one, while still allowing us to see all of the wonderful plotting and political maneuvering happening behind the scenes, which I enjoyed so much in THREE DARK CROWNS. The action scenes are so intense, both because of the action itself, but also because as a reader, after going on this journey with each of the sisters, you truly begin to understand and cheer for each of them. Everything that happens in this story is a double (or triple) edged sword, because seeing one character succeed means seeing the other two die. You end up rooting for and against each of them simultaneously, which makes for such an intense and unique reading experience. The characters in this story are so well-written. From Arsinoe, Mirabella, Katharine, and Jules to the supporting characters. Kendare Blake uses the third person omniscient tense so brilliantly to give us a look into so many different character's minds. Each of them has a distinct voice and personality, and getting to see into so many different character's actions and motivations gives this world so much depth and makes for a truly immersive read. My favorite sister shifts from moment to moment throughout these books. I find Arsinoe to be the most inspirational, Mirabella to be the most likable, and Katharine to be the most interesting. I truly can't say which sister I would like to see wear the crown at the end of this, because of the way Kendare Blake constantly throws twists and turns into the story that very effectively sway the reader's allegiances. I adore books that have villains who are truly the hero of their own story, and in this series you go from thinking a character is a hero to a villain and back again so many times, because of the fact that we get to see all of their motivations and backstories. Though the character I'm rooting for changes consistently throughout the book, I will say that the Poisoner Magic remains the most fascinating to me. Though the Elemental and Naturalist Magic are equally deadly, the Poisoner Magic just has this fantastic, sinister feel to it that I just can't get enough of. I also feel it's the most unique system of magic of the three. I've never read anything like it in other fantasy novels myself and am absolutely enthralled by it. This series is truly exceptional. Kendare Blake has truly made this book something unique in the world of YA fantasy. I loved the first book, and I loved this one even more. I cannot wait to see what's in store for us in book three!
ahyperboliclife More than 1 year ago
“Do not be ridiculous, boy. You cannot kill what is already dead.” This book was filled with so much darkness and action. The whole gritty and grim vibe from Three Dark Crown that I LOVED is completely elevated here and the stakes are raised to new heights! One Dark Throne pick up right where book 1 left off. The Ascension year has begun and each queen is fighting for the crown after overcoming the challenges they faced in book 1. Katharine is stronger than ever after surviving the unspeakable, Arsinoe is testing the limits of her newfound powers, and Mirabella is no longer the favored queen. Three queen are vying for the same crown, but only one can win. Things I Liked Katharine has gone through some serious changes after surviving the Breccia Domain. She’s darker and more determined than ever. I actually started to like her even more in this book - she is just so compelling and haunting. Plus, I still like Pietyr, even though he’s a pile of garbage, and seeing how their dynamic has changed after the Breccia incident and with other suitors arriving. I LOVED seeing more magical skills develop in this book. I loved expanding what we know, and learning completely new information about the types of magic that is accessible in Fennbirn. It helped build the world and Billy Chatworth is such a sweetheart and I love him. He and Arisnoe give me butterflies and tug on my heartstrings. I liked seeing him develop an unexpected friendship with another character, it created some nice conversations about expectations and thinking for yourself. There was so much amazing suspense in this book! The pacing is incredibly fast and yields high stakes. We have some great action scenes that make you hold your breath and keep you turning the page. There’s even more plotting and one-upmanship that is so much fun to read. Things I Didn’t Like The ending felt a little abrupt to me. It was such a highly emotional scene, but I don’t feel like we got to see the characters reactions enough before the book ended. Madrigal remains kind of a bleh character to me. I like what she did for Arsinoe helping her with low magic, but that started in book 1 and she really hasn’t done anything more since. She’s just there. The overall mood of the series remains one of my favorite things: I love the dark and gritty atmosphere and the unapologetic scheming and manipulations. Arsinoe was my favorite in book one, but I grew to love all three queens for different reasons in One Dark Throne. This is such a great series with lots of suspense and unexpected reveals that captivate you. One Dark Throne is a story of strength and power and fighting tooth-and-nail for what you want. It’s so addicting and I can’t wait to see what happens next.
LilyElementBookReviews More than 1 year ago
One Dark Throne is book 2 in the Three Dark Crowns series. I really enjoyed book 1 and knew I had to grab this installment. This series is about triplet girls that hit the age where they're going to battle it out to be crowned queen. Each book has a round-robin type POV style, we cycle through each of the sisters POV and learn what they're doing. The last installment left off right before the batteling would begin so I figured this book would be a bit darker and boy was I right. A little recap in case you haven't read the series or forgot already. First up in the sisters is Mirabella who is an elemental that controls the elements, she also happens to be the strongest of the bunch and everyone assumes she'll be crowned queen. Next up we have Katharine, she's a poisoner that is able to handle the deadliest of poisons. She's not exactly strong though and winds up sick whenever she's in contact with a poison. Lastly, we have Arsinoe, a naturalist. Naturalists are able to make things blossom as well as have an animal familiar. She's also rather weak in her powers and no one thinks she'll win the battle. We find out a juicy tidbit at the end of book one about Arsinoe, but I won't share that since it's a huge spoiler. In this novel, we're mainly gearing up towards the girls attacking one another and we do get to see some of that in action. The sisters are playing dirty and also calling one another out for duels, it really kept me on my toes and I had no clue what would happen next. I will let you know the ending has me wondering where the author is going to take this series, it was a rather unexpected ending but not in a bad way. One Dark Throne takes you on a journey you won't want to put down. I really enjoyed this sequel and cannot wait for the next book. I'm really digging the author's writing style, it's detail-rich but doesn't slow down the pace of the novel. The round-robin type POV shifts is a really nice touch since you're able to see each sister's daily lives and how they're gearing up for killing each other. If you couldn't guess, this series is a dark young adult fantasy, if that's not your cup of tea you probably won't enjoy it. If you're a fan of darker reads you'll adore this series and I can't recommend it enough.
tpolen More than 1 year ago
Don't go into this book thinking you know what will happen - I guarantee you'll be wrong. One Dark Throne is entirely unpredictable, and that's just another reason I love Kendare Blake's books. After reading this novel, I now favor two of the queens for very justifiable reasons - but I don't give away spoilers, so you'll have to read it for yourself. There is a plethora of characters in this series, but all are so well-drawn and distinct, that's there's no confusion. Reading this book is a roller coaster of emotions with the intense pace, unforeseen developments, and daring action. This dark, complex fantasy continues to enthrall. Thanks to the publisher and Edelweiss for the ARC.