ONE DARK THRONE Review and Wine Pairing!

I fell in love with this gorgeous and captivating fantasy world from Kendare Blake when I read Three Dark Crowns. From the beautiful magic systems, to the dynamic and interesting characters, to all the delicious plotting and scheming, I love everything about this series. I had very high expectations going into One Dark Throne, and it not only lived up to them but truly surpassed them. If you like Three Dark Crowns, you will love One Dark Throne!


About the Book

29923707Title: One Dark Throne

Author: Kendare Blake

Pub. Date: September 19, 2017

Publisher: Harper Teen

Pages: 464

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.

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Wine Pairing

I paired this captivating tale of three sisters who must destroy one another in order to obtain the crown and rule the island of Fennbirn with this darkly rich Three Sisters Merlot.

*All wine recommendations are for those of legal drinking age only.*


 My Review

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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 after going on this journey with each of the sisters, readers 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 reading experience.

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 made this book something unique and special 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!


Order Your Signed Copy

Kendare Blake will be participating in the Epic Reads Author Meet Up at my favorite local indie The King’s English Bookshop on October 12th, which means, you can pre-order your signed copy by clicking on the book cover below! Be sure to mention in the comments that you would like your copy signed during the event!


One Dark Throne

About the Author

From Kendare’s Website

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Kendare Blake is the author of several novels and short stories, most of which you can find information about via the links above. Her work is sort of dark, always violent, and features passages describing food from when she writes while hungry. She was born in July (for those of you doing book reports) in Seoul, South Korea, but doesn’t speak a lick of Korean, as she was packed off at a very early age to her adoptive parents in the United States. That might be just an excuse, though, as she is pretty bad at learning foreign languages. She enjoys the work of Milan Kundera, Caitlin R Kiernan, Bret Easton Ellis, Richard Linklater, and the late, great Michael Jackson, I mean, come on, he gave us Thriller.

She lives and writes in Kent, Washington, with her husband, their cat son Tyrion Cattister, red Doberman dog son Obi-Dog Kenobi, rottie mix dog daughter Agent Scully, and naked sphynx cat son Armpit McGee.


Are you excited to read One Dark Throne when it hits shelves next month? What are some of your favorite YA fantasy series?


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50 thoughts on “ONE DARK THRONE Review and Wine Pairing!

    • KrystiYAandWine says:

      Thanks so much, Angela! I am in love with this series. It’s really well done, but I think it’s really the Poisoner Magic that has me so completely enchanted by it! Such a cool magic system.

  1. Birdie says:

    I love seeing a glowing review about this series. I feel like when the first one came out most reviews were negative. I haven’t read it yet, but I did read her Anna Dressed in Blood duology and liked it so I plan on trying this soon.

    • KrystiYAandWine says:

      I have seen some mixed reviews. I think that’s mainly because the pacing is a bit slower in book one, but there’s so much plotting, politics, and world building in book one, I still LOVED it. The pacing is much faster in book two, so I think this one won’t be as mixed, but who ever knows. 🙂 I love it anyway! I need to read that duology! I’m hearing such good things about it now! 🙂

    • KrystiYAandWine says:

      Yes! It’s absolutely phenomenal. I am so in love with these books and cannot wait for the BBTC chat! Thanks, Brittany! <3

    • KrystiYAandWine says:

      Thanks, Shanah! It really, really is, and it only got more intense for me as the story continued! I’m DYING for book three already. 🙂

  2. Jackie B @ Death by Tsundoku says:

    I will admit, I didn’t read your review because I have Three Dark Crowns on my TBR and the wait list at the library. I didn’t want to spoil anything! I just wanted to let you know that I really love the Three Sisters Merlot! It’s a very drinkable beverage, and it’s super easy for me to find in Wisconsin. Yay!

    • KrystiYAandWine says:

      I totally understand that. I always just skim reviews if I haven’t read a book and plan on it. I’m so glad you approve of the wine selection though! That always makes me happy when people say that. 🙂

    • KrystiYAandWine says:

      Thanks, Stephanie! I’ve done some royal ones in the past for fantasy novels, because they’re kind of an easy go to honestly, so I was trying to mix it up a bit this time. Plus these books are all about those sisters for me. 🙂

  3. theorangutanlibrarian says:

    ooh this makes me so excited!! I’ll admit I wasn’t head over the heels for the first one, but I liked it enough to want to continue and love what you said about this elevating the best parts of the first one. I’m especially intrigued by the poisoner magic too and am really looking forward to see what they do with it. Awesome review!!

    • KrystiYAandWine says:

      I am going to guess that you’ll enjoy this one much more. The pacing is a lot faster, and there’s a lot more action. I think that’s the biggest complaint readers had about book one. The poisoner magic is awesome! I honestly want a whole book of just that. LOL. Thank you! <3

  4. kozbisa says:

    I loved TDC and I was already excited about this, but your review has me even MORE excited! I have this book on my TBR for this week, and now I just want to hurry up and finish the book I am reading so I can start. Great review!

  5. bookprincessreviews says:

    I haven’t read the first one, so I’m avoiding reading too much of the summary or your review. I absolutely adored your wine pairing, and I think it’s wonderful that you’re putting in the King’s English book links now. Wonderful job, Krysti! 🙂

  6. Jessica @ a GREAT read says:

    Ooh nice! I feel odd by being the one who struggled with Three Dark Crowns! But I loved Kendare’s Anna books so I feel obligated to give this one another try. Perhaps I will get hooked by this one! I’ve had luck with 2nd books before when I struggled with the first book! Nice review!

    • KrystiYAandWine says:

      Oh, definitely don’t. I’ve heard several people say they did with TDC but then loved ODT, so I would definitely say give it a go. This one has a much faster pace to it. Thank you! 🙂

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