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Blake, Kendare. One Dark Throne: Three Dark Crowns, Book 2.

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Blake, Kendare. One Dark Throne: Three Dark Crowns, Book 2. HarperTeen, September 2017. 464p. $18.99. 978-0-06238546-8.

The Ascension Year has finally begun, and the triplet queens are trapped in a battle to the death. After her weaker sisters' impressive demonstrations at the Quickening, Mirabella is no longer the anticipated future queen despite being the strongest elemental queen in generations. Arsinoe, the giftless naturalist queen, must use all of her cunning to fool the island into thinking she possesses more power than she does or else the people that she loves will be in danger from the attacks of her sisters. It is Katharine, however, the once frail and timid poisoner queen, who is gaining a reputation as the most ruthless and dangerous. For the sisters, it is not just the power to rule that is at stake; only the winner will live.

One Dark Throne builds upon the momentum of Three Dark Crowns (HarperTeen, 2016), immersing readers into the lethal and suspenseful world of the three sisters. By writing in alternating perspectives, Blake skillfully guides readers through the complex chain of events of the Ascension Year while keeping her large cast of characters ignorant of each other's tactics and motivations. Though the body count continues to rise throughout the sinister plot, the violence is not graphic, and it subtly adds to the cruelty of the world in which the sisters live. Fans of Game of Thrones and dark fantasies will revel in this story of betrayal and survival.--Amanda Melilli.

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Author:Melilli, Amanda
Publication:Voice of Youth Advocates
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Date:Oct 1, 2017
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