One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake
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.
When I read Three Dark Crowns, I gave it a rating of 3.5 stars. The only reason I decided to give One Dark Throne a rating of 4 stars is due to the fact that this is slightly better than the first. I would like to believe that Blake has listened to the readers’ thoughts and have made the story much better, in which is true. I remembered what it was like reading the first book. It was never like reading the story this time. This was one of the things I appreciated greatly.
One of the few things that I felt that was lacked was action. One thing I begged for when I finished the first book was to have more action in One Dark Throne. So far, we have been promised war and battles for both books. So far, we only got a few select scenes. I want more. I need more battles here. There is so much potential for good and superb action scenes here between the three queens. I know there is, but I feel let down each time I come across a scene. Do not get me wrong, there were a few scenes that I believe were better than the first time. I just wished that the scenes were longer or brought up to another level.
While reading, I have noticed that this story was more focus on the queens more than the other characters. In the first book, it felt like everyone had an equal spotlight and the narratives jumped around to much. The story felt way more organized this time and I had no trouble following the characters. I loved seeing more of the queens. I loved the other characters to when they had their own spotlight to, but the queens were more focused this time as they should be. Also, I am starting to like Arsinoe more than Mirabella. Arsinoe really had a major character progression. Katharine did to, but I am currently afraid of her. I’d probably run if she showed up at my door. (Bonus Note: Jules has also progressed, but in a super duper cool way.)
As I neared the end, I started to become worry. I started to feel like the story started shifting away into a different kind of story. I wanted the book to stay on path, but it started veering off in the wrong direction. If I had to describe, it almost felt like the story was going to take a “rebellion against the royalty” path. I can stand a little rebellion for this story, but it almost felt like a familiarity. I wanted something different, something unique. As the story finished, the feeling disappeared and went back on track. There’s still a little mystery, but hopefully the next book will start on track and stay truly unique. The story felt like war again, and this story needs more war.
I should also mention that this book had a more political and strategy feel than the romance feel that first book had. I completely appreciated that. Romance still had a part in the story, but I feel that it was not overly used as the first book. I clearly remember saying the first book had way to much romance than it needed. In this book, the amount of romance definitely toned down a lot. It still existed, but just the right amount.
Overall, One Dark Throne, is certainly a progress and step forward to be what could be truly an epic series. All I hope for is the next book is to be even better. I hope for actual battle scenes. Scenes that would be called epic. Also, more secrets of the world to! We can never have enough secrets that gets to be revealed. I want to know more! I have so many theories now, in which you can find here. Please note, the link is heavily filled with spoilers, so perhaps check it after reading it and join the discussion!