📚 One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake

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Three Dark Crowns #2

Goodreads⎮Reviewed Sep. 2017

Narrator: Amy Landon
Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
Publisher: Harper Audio⎮2017

Synopsis: 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.

4.75 ★ Audiobook⎮ I don’t normally review sequels, but One Dark Throne was so amazing that I have to share my thoughts with you. This was one of those extremely rare times when the sequel was better than the original. I usually have a tough time sliding back into a story for subsequent installments, especially if it’s been a while since the previous release. Amazingly, that wasn’t the case with One Dark Throne. I surprised myself by being able to jump right back into the story, as if I was hearing this installment right after the last.

I remember enjoying Three Dark Crowns a lot, but I had begun to wonder is it was really as great as I was remembering. After hearing One Dark Throne, the answer is a resounding yes. I was just as invested in each of the characters and just as captivated by Kendare Blake’s storytelling as I was when hearing Three Dark Crowns. 

Blake’s development of the characters introduced in Three Dark Crowns really hits home. We meet them in Three Dark Crowns but we really get to know them in One Dark Throne. A lot of questions are answered in this installment. The world is expanded. My feelings about certain characters changed 180°. One Dark Throne was just as much of a wild ride as its predecessor, but this time I had a better grip.

A lot of it had to do with the way Blake evened out the pacing in this installment. Although the first installment was amazing, it was still rather whiplash inducing. One Dark Throne negated several of the issues I had with Three Dark Crowns. The history and regulations of the queendom are better explained in this installment, as many of the pieces begin to click into place. You can tell that this series was originally meant to be a duology from the way that One Dark Throne complements Three Dark Crowns. It’s only in the final 20% of the story that more questions arise, leading beautifully into the next installment.

One Dark Throne has cemented this series as a burgeoning favorite of mine. Its originality sets it apart from other Fantasy series. Kendare Blake has clearly hit her stride and I’m eager to continue following this series.

Narration review: Amy Landon again gave an admirable performance, but my assessment of her narration from Three Dark Crowns still applies. She has a smooth and enjoyable tone, which appropriately conveys a myriad of emotions. I struggled with the lack of characterization a little less in this installment, if only because I had a better understanding of the characters on my own. Still, Amy Landon was a great choice of performer for this deliciously dark tale. Anyone wanting to hear this series on audiobook will not be disappointed. The sound quality is clear and perfect. ♣︎

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