One Dark Throne

One Dark Throne

Book - 2017
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Preparing for the queens' sixteenth birthday celebration and navigating the fallout of the Quickening, the sisters reassess their strategic paths to the throne using new understandings of their powers and destinies.
Publisher: New York, NY :, HarperTeen,, [2017]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780062385468
0062385461
Branch Call Number: FIC Blake
Characteristics: 448 pages : map

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daniellevk_0 May 17, 2020

I really enjoyed this read! I like stories and this type of genre with kings and queens or princes and princess and the fight to rule the kingdom! I picked up One Dark Throne to read thinking it was the 1st book of the series. As I started reading it I found that the author was mentioning events that happened and did not explain it thoroughly so I looked up the order and it is the 2nd book. I continued reading and was able to know what was going on. I finished the book and have requested the 1st book of the series to read! It is full of action, adventure, fighting and magic with three sisters trying to take the crown!

I knew it was going to be hard to match my love for Three Dark Crowns, and though One Dark Throne was amazing, I felt it lacking in the original magic of the first book. Don't get me wrong, the story of the three queens is still action packed and full of twists and turns and drama all over the place, but somehow it all felt a little rushed this time despite the considerable page count. I loved the first because of its ambiguity. Who should have the crown? What's going on? There were more answers than questions this time which was maybe why it wasn't as much of a wild read. Again, I still really enjoyed it, but it's not on my faves list like the first.

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CourtneyEHK
Mar 07, 2020

I enjoyed this book more than the first. I found the change in character dynamics intriguing and the challenges placed in the Queen's way engaging to read about. Definitely a solid 4/5 in my opinion!

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zoeythekat
Feb 12, 2019

This series is so thoroughly engaging. In this book, my affinity for both Arsinoe and Mirabella grew, and left me hoping that all three sisters would find a way to reunite and overcome the expectations of the island for the queens to kill one another. With Katharine back and deadlier than ever, the suspense and tension is high.

PimaLib_ChristineR Dec 15, 2018

There may be spoilers for book one in this series! All the queens have gone home and it doesn't seem like anyone is going to press things, despite Katharine being, well, Katharine and Mirabella being a little ticked at being attacked by a bear. So the powers behind the throne plot to bring the sisters together, hoping to force the issue.

The suitors and Pietyr are interesting, but I'm still most interested in Billy. He seems like he has thrown all in with Arsinoe, but his father continues to court the poisoners. Is Billy part of the plot, or really going against his father's wishes? And as far as the sisters, Katharine is the one to watch. She has crawled out of the Breccia Domain, where the bodies of the fallen queens are thrown, and she's acting even stranger than usual. Watching her change and come into a power that may or may not be hers is fascinating.

The pacing and plotting were excellent. I believe Blake intended this to end the set, and it shows in the next book which feels like she is trying to hit reset on everything after going all-in on this showdown that proves that even the ones you love will betray you, and the ones you don't expect it may stand by your side.

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AConsolver
Sep 06, 2018

4 stars - I recommend if you enjoy fantasy. It is a good follow up to the first book, and I am still not really sure what will happen with the series.

As the Ascension year is under way Katharine, Arsinoe, and Mirabella are finally able to compete for the throne. As their gifts grow they will make attempts on each others lives, in order to take the throne for themselves.

I read this right after my re-read of the first book, overall I didn't like it quite as much as the first one, but did find it to be a strong follow up to the first book. I like that we learn a bit more about the queens, the other characters, and the world that the story is set in. I most loved the fact that this series is so focused on female strength and also friendships. There is romance, but it is not as central as friendship is. After finishing, I didn't feel that there were as many twists and turns, but I still don't really know what will happen, so that's good! :)

kirstd31 Aug 28, 2018

I loved it. Another fun adventure full of deceit and intrigue to win the crown. I can't wait to read the next book.

ArapahoeSusanW Jun 06, 2018

Terrific follow up to "Three Dark Crowns" follows the twisted sisters in their quest for supremacy of their island kingdom.

b_blanchard Mar 21, 2018

For me, the pace of the book is slow and there are a lot of characters and places to keep track of. However, once I got into it, it was really good! A definite read for those who love fantasy and Victoria Aveyard'so Red Queen series.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Feb 05, 2018

I was disappointed with the first book but I still decided to read the second book hoping for a good sequel. I should have known that it would be the same as the first book. Arsinoe, Mirabella, and Katharine have now switched positions regarding how they feel about killing each other. There was a lot of unnecessary detail and story that did not need to be added into the book. I figured that at the end of the book I would know who was the queen but I never found out. The end of the book revealed a large plot twist and made me very confused. I have heard that there will be a third book and that there are prequels but I think that I will stop reading the series. Rating- 3.5/5
- @readit12 of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

I really don’t know how to feel about this series. The pace has been a big problem for me, and the series should have been a mere duology. I’m not necessarily sure if I’m going to continue on with the next installment because things wrapped up pretty well in this one. For all those acquainted with Mirabella, Katherine and Arsinoe from Three Dark Crowns, they are going to be unrecognizable at the beginning of this novel. Katherine is the “evil, powerful” one Mirabella once used to be, and Arsinoe is the new Mirabella when it comes to her wanting to save her sisters and not kill them. Slowly, they all return to their normal selves except Katherine, and I still have no clue what happened to her. To be honest, this was a boring book and not much more than that! The ending was predictable and once again left me confused as to what, exactly, is left? Rating 2.5/5
- @jewelreader of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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Jun 11, 2018

"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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