Two Dark Reigns (Three Dark Crowns Series #3)

Two Dark Reigns (Three Dark Crowns Series #3)

by Kendare Blake

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Overview

#1 New York Times bestselling author Kendare Blake returns with the highly anticipated third book in the Three Dark Crowns series! And while Arsinoe, Mirabella, and Katharine all have their own scores to settle, there is another queen stirring things up on Fennbirn Island.

Queen Katharine has waited her entire life to wear the crown. But now that she finally has it, the murmurs of dissent grow louder by the day. There’s also the alarming issue of whether her sisters are actually dead—or if they’re waiting in the wings to usurp the throne.

Mirabella and Arsinoe are alive, but in hiding on the mainland and dealing with a nightmare of their own: being visited repeatedly by a specter they think might be the fabled Blue Queen. Though she says nothing, her rotting, bony finger pointing out to sea is clear enough: return to Fennbirn.  

Jules, too, is in a strange place—in disguise. And her only confidants, a war-gifted girl named Emilia and her oracle friend Mathilde, are urging her to take on a role she can’t imagine filling: a legion-cursed queen who will lead a rebel army to Katharine’s doorstep.

This is an uprising that the mysterious Blue Queen may have more to do with than anyone could have guessed—or expected.

Don't miss Five Dark Fates, the thrilling conclusion to the series, coming in September!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062686145
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/04/2018
Series: Three Dark Crowns Series , #3
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 8,406
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.60(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Kendare Blake is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Three Dark Crowns series. She holds an MA in creative writing from Middlesex University in northern London. She is also the author of Anna Dressed in Blood, a Cybils Awards finalist; Girl of Nightmares; Antigoddess; Mortal Gods; and Ungodly. Her books have been translated into over twenty languages, have been featured on multiple best-of-year lists, and have received many regional and librarian awards. Kendare lives and writes in Gig Harbor, Washington. Visit her online at www.kendareblake.com.

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Two Dark Reigns 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
WitchyWriter 4 months ago
Okayyyyy what even just happened. I had no idea that one series could keep me guessing like this. I seriously can’t predict ANYTHING that happens. How does Blake do it? How does she write these characters who do things that I CAN’T SEE COMING but are still totally and completely germane to the characters? Nothing feels like a dues ex machina, but everything is surprising. There’s like, an elegant understatedness to some of the most messed up parts of the plot. It’s all so…inevitable but not at all predictable. I STILL have no idea if I actually like the characters. I mean, I must, because I care deeply about what happens to them, and I really really really want to find out. But they are all so…I dunno. So far removed from my own experiences. The pressures society puts on young women are messed up, in any patriarchy. But here we have a matriarchal society that is still putting horrible pressures on these queens and like…I don’t know. I love it, and hate it, and it feels hopeless but hopeful and just…yeah. I’m conflicted. This series can do that to you. I’m eagerly awaiting the release of book four, and also really scared to read it. I don’t think I’m ready to say good bye to any of these characters, and definitely not to this rich, complex, compelling world. Also, major props for the horror-esque elements. It’s not heavy-handed, it doesn’t keep me up at night, but the undercurrent of “creepy” is beautifully done and gives the whole series this beautiful edge to it. It sticks in your mind, and you can’t stop thinking about it.
TheBookNerdigan 4 months ago
This series just keeps getting better and better.  In this book, you will get a sort of history lesson for the way they do things and what they have come from. With the author giving us more of the history background in this book, I do feel like the story went much slower than the first two books, and the action part wasn't as strong as the other two books. I will say I started to like Jules a lot better in this book. She didn't seem as annoying as she usually did for me. I loved Mirabella in this book and Arinsoe and Kathrine were perfect.  I did, however, think that Emilia's character is just flat out annoying and I'm not a fan of her at all.  Overall, I am hapy with this book and the way it ended to prepare for the final book. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This series so far has been absolutely amazing, so so dark and crafty.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Once again, an amazing book in an amazing series! This one was slightly more unique than the other two in that we got to know more characters (which might sound daunting, considering there are already a lot of characters). We get to follow Jules in her journey in exploring her war gift. Jules is one of my favorite non-queen characters, and while I missed her not being with Arsinoe, I appreciated this opportunity to get more time in Jules’s head. That being said, we also were introduced to the people who possess the war gift. One of the key characters was Emilia, the person who recruited Jules to the war city. I don’t like Emilia. She’s very pushy and whiny when she doesn’t get her way, and she’s manipulating Jules into becoming the Legion Queen who will lead the rebellion against the system of the triplet queens of Fennbirn, thus becoming the island’s savior. We also got to see more of the mainland and of Billy’s family. I adore Billy a lot. Next to Jules, he’s my other non-queen favorite. His relationship with Arsinoe is so sweet. They’re friends first who became romantically involved, and that is hands-down one of my favorite ways for relationships to evolve. Arsinoe and Mirabella’s relationship was one of the key focuses of this book, and I loved that. These two sisters love each other deeply and are fiercely protective of one another. Katharine, as always, is one of the more frustrating characters. I hate her quite a lot, but she is an excellent character. Her secret of having the dead queens living inside of her creates so much tension as she tries so hard to be a good queen for her people. But she can’t control the whiplash of emotions caused from all of the dead queens and she begins to become very unstable and volatile. This book kept me interested with each page as I followed all of these characters on their individual journey that eventually resulted in a huge confrontation at the end of the book, leaving many cliffhangers in its wake. I loved this story a lot and cannot wait for the final book to come out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Mel-Loves-Books More than 1 year ago
“‘Our queen or our doom,’ she says. “Or both at once. And if that is to be then none will stop her.’” Two Dark Reigns is another book by Kendare Blake that had me on the edge of my seat, waiting to see what happened next. I am dying to see how she intends to end this series, with so much going on and constant twists in the plot. I really don’t know where this is going but I am in for the ride. This series is fast paced, and fantastic. I give this installment 4.5 stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I keep pre ordering all of her books. The story is just too good!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Was not disappointed. Can't wait for the final book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed these books and cannot wait for the last book!
Aditi-ATWAMB More than 1 year ago
I always find it hard, going back into the Three Dark Crowns world. There have always been so many main characters and secondary characters and they keep growing with each book and well, I’M ONLY HUMAN, OKAY? What I mean to say is that it’s hard to remember all the character and all of their interconnecting stories without forgetting a few details with a year or so in between installments and well, it took me a while to really get into the book. MY THOUGHTS: 1. Two Dark Reigns is probably my FAVOURITE book in the series so far. While it started off with very fast chapters that kept me from connecting with all of the characters who landed up in so many different places at the end of Book 2, it ended in this COMPLETELY UNPREDICTABLE way and I absolutely loved it. 2. I quite liked the way all three queens – and Jules – grew in this book. I had slight issues with One Dark Throne in that I didn’t feel like anyone was REALLY in danger, and that the characters were going back and forth on the same tangents. I especially loved Katharine, who came into her role as queen and Arsinoe, who finally found her sense of duty and country (or island, in this case.) 3. I really liked that what happened to Katharine was properly explained in this book. I didn’t understand it for all of book two, but I’m quite glad that it was better explained now. I loved Pietyr and Katharine’s relationship as well. It’s kind of adorable. 4. I loved how the Island and the queens of the past played such a big role in Two Dark Reigns. I loved the visions Arsinoe had of Illian, the Blue Queen and Daphne and IT WAS ALL JUST SO INTRIGUING AND I LOVED IT. 5. I quite liked Billy in this book, with his unwavering loyalty. He always seemed fickle to me in the previous two instalments and I didn’t think much of him until Two Dark Reigns. I love that we got to see the ‘human’ world in this book with all of its ‘rules’ and I love that Arsinoe rebelled against the convention of what it meant to be ‘proper’ here. 6. I started off this series with Jules being my favourite character, that I thought deserved to be queen, but I LOVE THAT ALL THE CHARACTERS HAVE GROWN SO MUCH AND NOW I DON’T KNOW WHO WILL SIT ON THE THRONE AT THE END OF THE DAY? I’m loving the intrigue, though! Would I recommend this series? OF COURSE! YA Fantasy is my favourite genre and this series has really managed to surprise me, Two Dark Reigns in particular.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
drakenfyre More than 1 year ago
That Ending!! Two Dark Reigns is the third book in the Tree Dark Crown series. The “last remaining” queen has claimed her throne, with some trepidation as to how she was placed there. Katherine has had some “help” on her quest for the throne, and no one really seems to understand how she has become stronger despite her weakness to her poison training. The incident with Katherine building up to this point I found interesting and by the end of the book you get the full understanding as to why and how she got to where she is. Arsinoe and Mirabella are on the mainland for the first half of the book, and they both seem miserable but grateful that they are off the island. Then the visions and dreams start for Arsinoe, she’s not sure what to make of them only she knows after a short time that it’s the Blue Queen reaching out to her. I found the visions interesting and how it leads up to why the Blue Queen is calling them back to the island. Finding out about how the mist came to be and why the bodies were washing ashore was interesting and disturbing at the same time. Jules, what can I say… she just wants to learn how to hone her War-Gift, instead she is dragged into a rebellion against the Queen. As we followed her you see her reluctance start to waiver as she comes across more people who are against the Poisoners rule, that never seems to end. Once again Kendare leaves this book on quite the cliffhanger, and with there not even being a title to the fourth book, which I’m hoping will give a clue as to how this will end. I am eagerly sitting here waiting for any info.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such a great read, I’ve been following for a long time and can’t wait to see what happens to the characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Truly awesome!