Five Dark Fates

Five Dark Fates

Book - 2019 | First edition
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Mirabella has returned to the capital, seemingly under a banner of truce. Katharine maintains her rule over Fennbirn-- for now-- but at huge personal cost. Arsinoe is lost, the responsibility of stopping the ravaging mist heavy on her shoulders. As oldest and youngest circle each other, and Katharine begins to yearn for the closeness that Mirabella and Arsinoe share, the dead queens hiss caution. They whisper that Mirabella is not to be trusted. But even they are drawn to her power ... The fate of the island lies in the hands of its queens.
Publisher: New York, NY :, HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers,, [2019]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9780062686176
Branch Call Number: Y BLA
Characteristics: 443 pages : map ; 22 cm


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PimaLib_ChristineR Jul 01, 2020

If you're reading Five Dark Fates I'm going to assume you've read the other books, because this is certainly not a standalone. If you have an idea of what you want to happen in this book, and you won't be happy unless it ends the way you want, you should probably just walk away now. If you're willing to let the story unfold and accept it, you'll probably have a better time.

I enjoyed the story and I'm going to recommend this book based on the characterizations and plot. Blake got down to it and the queens are all playing the endgame. Alliances shift and it's not clear who, if anyone, is in the "right.." There were some really interesting scenarios: can someone overcome her upbringing and the biases inherent in it? what can be forgiven? how much can someone do wrong and still engender loyalty?

But my one star off, is a pretty big one, and if I hadn't enjoyed the book so much, it might have been two stars. Blake has built this amazing world of magic, but I think even she has no idea how it works. There is no explanation of how the triplet queens began or why there time may be drawing to a close. What is a legion curse and can it be reversed or fixed? Why are all these ghosts in Katharine? The breccia domain is this cool, super-spooky spot, but WHY???!!! It's clear the mainland has no magic. Again, why? If Blake had taken the time to establish the rules at the beginning things might have made more sense than "well that was cool."

Regardless, Blake's writing continues to improve. I have tried to read one of her older books and couldn't even get past the first chapter. I think being forced into this longer series that she didn't expect (my understanding was that this series was only supposed to be the first two books) will only make her future works that much stronger and I can't wait to see what's next.

I thought this was a very worthy conclusion to this dark, witchy series. After adoring the first book, I didn't find the next two as engaging, and though this one suffers from some uneven pacing as well, the ultimate fate of the girls and Fennbirn is twisty and unpredictable.

Katharine is full of the dead, an Undead Queen sitting on the throne. Jules Milone is Legion Cursed, fighting a battle against her own mind at the same time as fighting one against the legacy of the triplet queens. When Mirabella defects from Jules and Arsinoe to return to Katharine, she hopes to be able to bring them together, to fight the curse of the island and the death coming for them, but the island has other ideas. The mist is coming for them all.

There are always certain characters that I enjoy more in these kinds of books; it's like a relief to get to their chapters. But in this case, I actually found that they were on equal footing. I was interested in everyone, and wanted desperately to know who would take the crown. Katharine's story is tragic, and she was my favourite from book one. I still enjoyed her here, though both Mirabella and Arsinoe are equally as intriguing and made it impossible to choose a favourite any longer. All of the girls are very well-rounded, dynamic characters, with love in their hearts where their families wanted hate for their sisters, and I really like that aspect of the series.

Plot and scenes that drag are just one area that these books fall a little short. The twists, the battles, the intense scenes amongst the sisters - all of those are well done and intriguing. But there are some scenes that seem to last forever, some discussions with advisors and training scenes and whatnot, that just feel unnecessary and slow the pace down dramatically. I think that this last instalment could have done with some trimming, and maybe then the pacing wouldn't have felt so jolting and uneven.

I see the criticisms about the lack of information about the Mist, about the Blue Queen, about a lot that was introduced in the earlier books, and I do agree, but for me, it didn't ruin the appeal of the book as a whole. I felt engrossed for most of it and just really wanted to know what would happen. The twists and the ultimate end to the series were unexpected, and I still adore the world of Fennbirn, and the world-building Kendare Blake has done throughout these books is wonderful. I can still *feel* the island when I think about it.

Overall, as I said: I think this was a worthy finale. I didn't adore this series after the first book, but I'm glad I stuck with it nonetheless for its memorable characters, vicious, witchy fantasy world, and unexpected twists.

ArapahoeTiegan Mar 27, 2020

I can't believe the Three Dark Crowns series is over.. I loved the world building so much for this series - it was so well thought out and showed in every aspect. The characters were wonderful and I loved every one of them. At the conclusion, I will reveal I was drawn to the poisoners the entire series - I think that's where I'd be if I lived in Fennbirn. I appreciate the history Blake has crafted for the island, though I wish we did get a chance to explore more of the past queens and more of the gifts that were not really shown in this series - i.e., the oracles and the war gift. Who knows? I am going to hold out hope that we'll see more of Fennbirn and its queens, because something this well crafted should be explored further.

LoganLib_Kirra Jan 30, 2020

This book had some great development between the queens and mysteries were solved but I didn’t care for the characters the same way I did in the previous books and it took me a lot longer to read this one until I pushed myself and fell into the story more naturally. I still enjoyed it but I guess my biggest issue was it didn’t entrance me like the previous books did or give me the rush of excitement.

VaughanPLKim Dec 29, 2019

The final book in the Three Dark Crowns series. Definitely some sad parts, but overall a satisfying ending to the series.

Oct 04, 2019

I am not so much rating this book but instead the whole series. I loved this series so much! it’s just what I love to read action, fantasy, Romance, mystery, gore all in one! I could read about Fennbirn and these sisters forever!

OPL_KrisC Oct 03, 2019

An epic dark fantasy series for teens about 3 sisters competing for the throne. Great world-building and character development will draw readers in and some tears may be shed at the conclusion of this series.

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