Guys, this book was FREAKING. INSANE. I loved THREE DARK CROWNS—I actually read it right before I interviewed here last year, but ONE DARK THRONE was just… it was everything. It kicked into overdrive from the very first page and did not let up for a second. I have been waiting to unleash my thoughts on this dark, twisted, masterpiece of a fantasy novel until the right moment, and I think this is finally it. Kendare Blake has #blessed us with the best holiday gift of all, a prequel e-novella called THE YOUNG QUEENS.
And yes, I literally already started it.
This book was just… so good? If you haven’t started this series yet, or even if you just haven’t read ONE DARK THRONE, please do. Oh my god. It was incredible. Game of Thrones, who?
Okay, let’s go.
1. Okay first of all I am SO excited it’s starting back at Greavesdrake
2. Love this little poison bitch
3. “These are only a bit of fun.” I am living
4. I cannot wait for this reunion omg I can’t wait for ANYTHING
5. Book one Katharine vs. book two Katharine:
6. Fifty bucks says Thomas and Michael don’t make it to book three
7. Maybe it would be easier if Joseph didn’t make it to book three
8. Omg that’s right if Arsinoe wins as a poisoner then the poisoners will want to claim her as their own dang there is so much going on
9. I LOVE THIS BOOK
10. Wait did they never kiss in the first book
11. Are you kidding me Joseph and Mirabella shacked up in a seaside cavern and the real royal couple is out here willing to die for each other without ever having locked lips??
12. Ew imagine someone spit on you I would scream
13. “Next time it won’t be spit. Next time it’ll be a knife!” LMAO WHAT
14. Can you IMAGINE
15. They’re already going to fight I can’t believe this
16. I love Bree
17. I’m screaming Kat just enjoys RUNNING PEOPLE DOWN in her free time
18. WHO IS THIS GIRL
19. Black marble and spitting gargoyles is such an aesthetic
20. I lied the GODDESS STONE is an aesthetic
21. Omg she’s referring to herself as “us” this is amazing
22. Luke/Hank 2020
23. THERE IS GOING TO BE A FIGHT
24. MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ME
25. I love that every single character is like “Well I don’t WANT to kill them, but also I myself do not want to die, so,”
26. Except for Jules she would absolutely kill a man
27. Do I love or hate Madrigal? I just don’t know
29. Omggg I love this I love Jules
30. Wait DROWN HER these people are so DRAMATIC
31. I want to know more about every single gift
32. They’re gonna fight!!
33. They’re gonna fight!!!!!!!
34. Mirabella the bear isn’t there just KILL HER
35. Ok if these girls didn’t have such a flair for drama I guarantee this war would already be over
36. “Mirabella has found her nerve.” Yes 👏🏼 she 👏🏼 has 👏🏼
37. Lmao jokes she still won’t kill her
38. Like… just do it!!! Just kill her!!!!!!!!!!
39. WELP now you CAN’T because there’s a BEAR
40. Katharine is insane THAT’S FUN
41. You know I’ve always wanted to learn how to throw knives
42. Omg Pietyr?!
44. I don’t know Nicolas but I love him
45. Don’t you DARE throw my queen off a cliff
46. “He doesn’t smell like the last one.” Billy the last one was dead
47. BILLY’S GOING TO THE WESTWOODS
48. Honesty, the DRAMA
49. “Because I saw you first,” ugh I love them
50. I can’t believe I’m only a quarter of the way through this book I need a nap
51. Ugh why doesn’t anyone love Mirabella
52. Don’t worry I love you Mirabella
54. SHE’S PREGNANT
55. Oh my god
56. Thomas and Michael are here someone get the death cannon ready
58. What did I say
59. “At least they were cousins,” Katharine PLEASE
60. I want a buddy-cop spinoff where Natalia and Luca fight crime
61. Aw okay at least Mira has a friend Billy is nice
62. “Where is your bear?”
“WELL HE’S NOT IN MY POCKET.”
63. I love Billy Chatworth, Worst Cook on Fennbirn Island ™
64. Nicolas lmao wtf
65. WHO IS THIS GUY
67. “But you will never have me again.” Bye I just screamed
68. You know I think I’d want the war gift it’s so vague and powerful
69. “It only gives you powers over weapons,” you say
70. “ANYTHING CAN BE A WEAPON,” I scream in response
71. I love Katharineeeeeeee
72. Omg wait and Rho can’t publicly help Mirabella
73. So much is happening
74. Oh my god
75. Yeah curse the queens THIS SEEMS LIKE A GOOD IDEA
76. Can’t wait for this one to go wrong
77. “What’s this gonna do btw?” “Oh lmao idk” Super
78. Oh my god
79. Ohhhhh my god
80. Here we GO
81. Can I just say again that I love Nicolas the psychopath
82. Pietyr is going to slap him
83. “This is your life. Don’t tell me to stay out of it.”
84. Imagine this book from Braddock’s POV
85. Omg just KISS ALREADY
86. This is all VERY High School Musical 2
87. Imagine a plot twist that reveals Billy as the true naturalist queen
88. “I’ll love you for as long as I live.” Oh no
89. Everyone is ready for surprise murder but I’m watching Hairspray as I read this and it’s creating quite the interesting mood
90. Lmao I love Katharine and Nicolas!!! What little psychopaths!!!!!!
91. I love Katharine!!!!!!!!!!!!
92. This is amazing
93. I LOVE DRAMA
94. “But that is not fair!” Mira, buddy, pal,
95. SHE SLEPT THROUGH THE ENTIRE FESTIVAL LMAO NO!!!
96. JULLIENNE MILONE!!!!!
97. HOW IS THERE STILL MORE THAN HALF THE BOOK LEFT
98. This girl is literally being HUNTED
99. Omg please Braddock go go go follow her
100. Mirabella NO!!!!
101. Omg omg omg omgggggg
102. I’M SO STRESSED
103. Sidenote I love Mirabella and Arsinoe together
107. JULES IS HERE
109. LMAO THEY STOLE HER HORSE I’M SCREAMING
110. Oh my god Katharine no don’t SAY THAT
111. Honestly I don’t super remember Bree from the first book but would I die for her now? Absolutely
112. I’m so stressed
113. THEY WENT TO CARAGH
114. Lol TBH makes it sound like a jewelry commercial
115. “They went to Caragh!” Madrigal will cry, clutching her diamonds
116. “Until they were six, they were mine.”
117. Um @ the Young Queens WHERE ARE YOU
118. Mirabella/Billy 2020
119. Lmao yo I am so freaking excited for Arsinoe to make her dramatic return
120. I’m just thinking about it!! Ah!!!!
121. A DUEL
122. This is madness I need a break and a nap and a snack immediately
123. Katharine!!!!! You can’t just THROW BACK a cup of poison!! Honestly!!!
124. “You cannot kill,” she says, causing me to GASP, “what is already dead.”
125. SHE ALREADY KNEW
126. I can’t decide if I want Katharine, Pietyr, and Nicolas to all destroy each other or if they are the toxic, murderous OT3 of my dreams
127. The venn diagram of those two things may just be a circle
128. KAT JUST FOUND OUT ABOUT THE CHALLENGE
129. Omg she’s throwing a TANTRUM I’m living
130. “I will hold a ball the night before,” This is my ideal dark gothic aesthetic
131. “What if the Goddess is on her side?”
“It does not matter. They are on mine.”
132. Why do I picture Madrigal exactly as Alice Cooper from Riverdale
133. She’s going to help Mirabella!!! She’s going to help Mirabella!!!!!!!
134. I’m serious can I vote for Mirabella and Billy on the ticket in 2020
135. Oh my god no
136. No no no I refuse to believe they have their hooks in him
137. THEY CANNOT HAVE THEIR HOOKS IN BILLY
138. He’s a horrible cook he would never fit in with the feast-loving Arrons
139. I love Mirabella
140. Oh my god Katharine
141. Oh my goddddd
142. LMAO WHAT THE F#&K
143. “We have not been your Katharine since you threw me down the Breccia Domain.” WHAT THE F#&KKK!!!!!!!! LMAO!!!?!
144. HE’S GOING BACK TO THE BRECCIA DOMAIN!!
145. Meanwhile, Arsinoe, on a mule,
146. Just looking at the names of the chapters left is stressing me out
147. NAT IS SLEEPING WITH BILLY’S DAD I just CHOKED
148. THERE’S SO MUCH DRAMA AROUND EVERY TURN
149. Oh thank god their hooks are not in Billy yet
150. Omg omg Jules is at the ball here we go here we GO it’s happening
151. “Before Katharine and her suitor take their place amid the Arrons, dazzling in their snakes and scorpions, Katharine cocks her head at Mirabella and winks. Nicolas smiles at Billy and discreetly spits onto the floor.” I’m just obsessed with this entire snippet
152. Oh Joseph honey no go home
154. “Dancing with my sister,” Oh my god
155. This is what I LIVE FOR
156. “I am not afraid. I am angry.”
157. “I may be the weakest, but I am a queen, through and through.”
158. Oh my god
159. I NEED TO SEE THIS SCENE ON A BIG SCREEN
160. “They are tired of it.” I SCREAMED
161. Oh my godddd he’s going in
162. HE’S GOING IN THE BRECCIA DOMAIN
163. Oh my god
164. Oh my g o d d d
167. Oh my GOD WHAT A SCENE I SHOULD NOT HAVE READ THIS AT NIGHT!!!
169. Of all the characters I love… I would be ok with Rho dying at any time
170. @ Kendare just fyi
171. Oh my god they pulled it off HOW
172. Of course Arsinoe is thinking of food though
173. F#&k f#&k f#&k here we go
174. I am horrified for what Katharine’s reign of terror would mean
175. Tag yourself I’m the priestess weeping as she fastens Mirabella’s dress
176. Ugh Kat
177. Ok she’s horrifying but she’s also amazing this arena entrance is everything
178. THERE THEY ARE!!!!!
179. “Yes, me again.” JULES FOR QUEEN
180. SHE KNOWS THAT ARSINOE REMEMBERS HER
181. Omg I’m so emotional
182. JULES!!! “She punches the first in the eye and knocks back another three.”
183. “I’m sorry you thought I was dead.”
“I’m sorry I agreed to marry your sister.”
184. Oh no Luca no don’t
185. A concept: Madrigal slapping Natalia Arron
186. “Or perhaps there were more sides to a woman than he had ever understood.” Lol oh Billy you simple boy
187. Ugh it was WILLIAM
188. Omg the throwbacks to the very first chapter of the first book I’m dying
189. A tattooed crown they are NOT f#&king around
190. NICOLAS MARTEL
191. “Arsinoe has been banging her head against the stone wall for what seems like hours. But there is no way to tell for sure.” Me in class
192. LMAO IS SHE GOING TO POISON ARSINOE
193. STOP I’M GOING TO SCREAM
194. This is EVERYTHING
195. AND THERE’S A WEDDING
196. Ew Nicolas I changed my mind I don’t love him not one bit
197. “Though perhaps this is what he truly is underneath. Angry, and ugly, and small.” Aren’t all men
198. Oh my god
199. THIS WAS NOT A FIGHT I WAS EXPECTING
200. Ohhhhhh my god
201. YES RHO
202. I lied Kendare thank you for this fierce and wonderful gift of a character
203. “Roll him up in a rug,” LMAO
204. “After all, Mirabella’s first tears were real, before she looked down and realized that Arsinoe was grinning.” I can’t I love them so much
205. Omg wait if Natalia… what does that mean for her deal with Luca?!
206. “Oh!” I LIED I WANT A MIRABELLA/ARSINOE BUDDY-COP SPINOFF
207. God bless Joseph taking responsibility for his actions
208. “How I love you, Jules.” I’m so emo
210. Ew someone please kill Nicolas already
211. “… So hard that she hears a crack. That must be good,” I’m dying
212. I LOVE MIRABELLA
213. I WANT HER TO BURN THE ENTIRE CITY DOWN
214. Oh god Joseph
215. THE WARRIORS
216. Oh my god
217. Oh my god oh my goddddd what
218. That is BRUTAL
219. What a way to go, my man
220. “I failed you once. I betrayed you once. But I will not again.”
221. “I’m fine,” Joseph says, CLEARLY LYING
222. Oh my god Genevieve
223. THIS IS SUCH A DYSFUNCTIONAL TRIO
224. AND NOW THEY KNOW EVERYONE HAS ESCAPED
225. Oh my god so much is happening
226. Pietyr is the one true king someone bring him the Iron Throne or whatever the f#&k they have on this cursed and twisted island
227. “It is just that she will be the last.”
228. Omg they’re gonna GOOOO
229. Third time’s the charm, maybe??
230. I’m telling you Jules and Pietyr are going to have to duel and that will decide who the true ruler of Fennbirn Island will be
231. Jules will obliterate him and I will be sad for approximately thirty seconds and then extremely happy for my new queen
232. Aw I loved Madrigal in this book
233. I LOVE THIS LIL’ MOTLEY CREW
234. Lmao I wonder how long Genevieve will last now. What will she do
235. “Then she looks back at the sea and the confrontation that is about to take place there.” I’m so scared for my lil’ motley crew!!!
236. FINALLY!!!! THE KISS!!!
237. Omg come on Mirabella come onnnnn
238. Oh no
239. Oh no Joseph
240. … Oh my god?
241. Oh my god did they do it???
242. THEY DID IT
243. Oh n o
244. JULES NO!!!
245. WHAT THE F#&K, MAN
246. … I’m telling you she needs to be queen
247. Oh my god
248. I can’t believe they… made it
249. Oh my g o d
I think this is all very self-explanatory please someone talk to me about this now.
What’s up next on your TBRs? What should be next on MINE? Hit the comments and lmk!