Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly series hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases we’re eagerly awaiting. This week I’m choosing Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake. Ever since I read Anna Dressed in Blood (and it’s sequel Girl of Nightmares) I knew that I would be reading all of Kendare Blake’s books. I listened to her recent episode on the First Draft podcast which is how I found out about Three Dark Queens. The premise is fascinating and when I heard Kendare’s inspiration behind it I was even more convinced that this is a Kristin book. In an interview with Hypable, Kendare explained her inspiration coming from “how the queen bee will leave her hive and lay some queen eggs, and whichever queen hatches first kills the others and gets to take over the old hive. And I thought…rad. How can I make people do that?” In addition to the cover reveal last week, artwork of a map of the world by Virginia Allyn was also released and it’s stunning. Also look at the cover! I’m hoping / guessing that the design of each crown is based on the region each potential queen was raised. They remind me of Rapunzel, the Fire Nation and The Jungle Book respectively.
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.
If only it was that simple. Katharine is unable to tolerate the weakest poison, and Arsinoe, no matter how hard she tries, can’t make even a weed grow. The two queens have been shamefully faking their powers, taking care to keep each other, the island, and their powerful sister Mirabella none the wiser. But with alliances being formed, betrayals taking shape, and ruthless revenge haunting the queens’ every move, one thing is certain: the last queen standing might not be the strongest…but she may be the darkest. (via Goodreads)