I loved this novel by Kendare Blake, I think it was a great addition to the YA Fantasy genre, plenty of interesting characters, and a really rich and satisfying world. I know that a few reviewers have found the pacing slow but I really enjoyed learning about each queen and her allies separately and thoroughly. I can’t wait to read the next in the series (hurry up library hold!) and then purchase the third book in the quartet when it releases next month!
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.