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Five ​Dark Fates After The Grim Confrontation With Queen Katharine, The Rebellion Lies In Tatters Jules S Legion Curse Has Been Unbound, And It Is Up To Arsinoe To Find A Cure, Even As The Responsibility Of Stopping The Ravaging Mist Lies Heavy On Her Shoulders, And Her Shoulders Alone Mirabella Has DisappearedKatharine S Reign Remains Intact For Now When Mirabella Arrives, Seemingly Under A Banner Of Truce, Katharine Begins To Yearn For The Closeness That Mirabella And Arsinoe Share But As The Two Circle Each Other, The Dead Queens Hiss Caution Mirabella Is Not To Be TrustedIn This Conclusion To The Three Dark Crowns Series, Three Sisters Will Rise To Fight As The Secrets Of Fennbirn S History Are Laid Bare Allegiances Will Shift Bonds Will Be Tested But The Fate Of The Island Lies In The Hands Of Its Queens It Always Has


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    2 stars.Since Five Dark Fates was announced a year ago, a lot of people, including myself, were anticipating the finale while wanting to know who will be the one true queen.With the book finally released, does Five Dark Fates give us a great finale, or does it suffer from being a dull finale Sadly, for me, it s the latter Five Dark Fates sets up the story and characters to conclude the ongoing threat against Katherine, the rebels, and the Mist surrounding Fennbrin Major obstacles are in the wa 2 stars.Since Five Dark Fates was announced a year ago, a lot of people, including myself, were anticipating the finale while wanting to know who will be the one true queen.With the book finally released, does Five Dark Fates give us a great finale, or does it suffer from being a dull finale Sadly, for me, it s the latter Five Dark Fates sets up the story and characters to conclude the ongoing threat against Katherine, the rebels, and the Mist surrounding Fennbrin Major obstacles are in the way of our queens and each one has a responsibility to quell said obstacles But with a myriad of characters, a plot that seems to drag on, and slow pacing, Five Dark Fates does not make an excellent finale I was not disappointed as there were parts I did like, but there were parts I did not like I would say that I thought it was an OK finale.Where I think this series excels at is the world building and lore Since the first book, I have been in love with the world of Three Dark Crowns An island surrounded by mist inhabited by people with magic powers and with its religion and myth, the island of Fennbirn is a world I could get lost in for days Especially in the novella about the Oracle Queen titled The Oracle Queen where we get to know what happened all those years ago adds to the world With the talk of powers and the Goddess they workship, the island of Fennbirn is a unique world It may be outshined by other fantasy settings, but it s a world I still enjoy nonetheless.But while the world building is something I like, the characters and pacing are what holds the series back The pacing has always been an issue with the series as I ve seen lots of people complain about it The issue with the pacing is that the story takes a lot of build up to certain plot points and while that isn t a bad thing overall if the build up is slow and doesn t add much to the plot, it can be a dull experience and makes the reading time slow Five Dark Fates suffers this as do the other books 300 pages of talking, planning, and a few moments of fast paced scenes, the last 100 pages are when things do start to pick up and that does not make for a good story, let alone a finale Build up is important, especially if there is a lot to unpack, but having the last 100 pages be the point where the plot quickens, it does not sit well with me.And because this is a quartet, the build up can be very slow I will give credit where credit is due and say that Kendare Blake does know when to move around scenes that highlight important plot points For the characters, I m very mixed about a few As many of you know, Mirabella is my favorite out of the three because she s the most level headed queen and is not afraid to show her true emotions, especially around her sisters Then there s Katharine, my other favorite, who is very morally gray in her decisions that I came to like her a lot for her brutal honesty.It s the other two characters, Arsinoe and Jules that I have an issue with From the beginning, Jules was a character I did not understand Why is she here And why does she gettime than Arsinoe, one of the queens Her involvement is later revealed as the series progresses but that did not make me like her Rather, I found her to be a redundant character whose only sole purpose is to be a conflict between the sisters and the poisoners Then there s Arsinoe and I found her to be quite dull compared to Mirabella and Katharine She fits the archetype of the tomboy princess which isn t bad but you ve seen them once, you ve seen them all Also, fuck Emilia.The biggest issue with Five Dark Fates is how it ended in the last 150 pages I will go into detail about that in a spoiler section, but everything that had happened leading up to the ending could ve been solved in many different ways The conflict between the four characters is that to them, there is only one way to solve a problem when in reality, there could ve beensolutions but relies heavily on one solution that results in evenconflict The answers are right there in front of the characters but they choose to make thingsdifficult.By the end of it all, I could not understand many of their reasonings and decisions.But here are my biggest issues with Five Dark Fates view spoiler As you can guess, I was not too happy when Mirabella was killed Not only was I mad because my favorite character was killed, but I was also mad because her death was completely unnecessary Granted, it was kind of her fault for inviting Katharine with her to a temple knowing the dead queens were still inside her But still, her death did not have to happen It only added fuel to a fire that did not need to be brighter Finally, there s the issue of how undermined the Mist was in the last book The Mist is presented as a terrifying force of nature that slaughters people without hesitation A threat that could wipe out the inhabitants of Fennbirn and possible the other countries should it spread Here, the Mist is mentioned at the beginning and at the end with no further explanation as to why the mist returned or if it can even be stopped if Mirabella sacrificed herself This, in turn, makes Daphne s and Iliana s story seem almost pointless as the Mist does nothing to further their story, let alone offers closure hide spoiler As a whole, the Three Dark Crown series is an interesting series of triplets competing in a fight to the death for the crown, but the many issues it has dampens any enjoyment of the story I don t think it s a bad series overall, and I still love the world and lore, its flaws are what prevents me from enjoying it even


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    I really hope this does not end up being One Fat Disappointment


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    An incredibly weak ending to such a promising series Not to mention an upsetting and polarizing one Literally all of my expectations fell through like dominos in the second half Pacing Character arcs Ending EVERYTHING BELOW THIS POINT WILL BE A SPOILER SORRY view spoiler Alright So when this series started, we were told some concrete things about the world 1 that there is always a Queen2 that there are always a set of triplets3 that the triplets must kill each other t An incredibly weak ending to such a promising series Not to mention an upsetting and polarizing one Literally all of my expectations fell through like dominos in the second half Pacing Character arcs Ending EVERYTHING BELOW THIS POINT WILL BE A SPOILER SORRY view spoiler Alright So when this series started, we were told some concrete things about the world 1 that there is always a Queen2 that there are always a set of triplets3 that the triplets must kill each other to become QueenRight Then One Dark Throne came out, followed by Two Dark Reigns, and I thought ok now we ve got the potential for a redemption arc the sisters can face their differences and not kill each other I tried to ignore the Legion Queen plot line with Jules I found it weaker than the series concept and thought it was a red herring story line Then Five Dark Fates came out, and I was so disappointed I m going to summarize the book for you, in order to share my thoughts disclaimer, I m pretty passionate in this one and it s a lot I m sorry Mirabella, the most power elemental ever , dies in one sentence, 100 pages from the end She tumbles off of a cliff Yep That s it The Queen who could have razed literally everything to the ground with the elementstumbles off of a cliff in one sentence I didn t even realize she d DIED until the next chapter She doesn t come back Katherine, the boss Undead Queen, dies in a few sentences near the end She ALSO tumbles to her death but this time from a rooftop so apparently it s super different Katherine s in this supposedly epic showdown with Milk Toast queen Arsinoe, but as Arsinoe is apparently a saint who can do no wrong in this story don t get me started on my feelings for Arsinoe , Arsinoe can t kill her so the mist reaches out and pushes Katherine off of a rooftop instead Killing her Yep See, it s not just my crushed expectations that led to this low rating it was also the storytelling Two queens die, nearly identically, with supposedly no one at fault We could have had at least one of them die NOT via tumblingArsinoe lives to the end But she doesn t become Queen She decides to sail to the mainland in the last chapter to reclaim her lost love, Billy, as Billy had tupped and dumped her during the final battle The End Regardless of your feelings for Arsinoe, again I foundirritation at the way that this was done, and not at the character Our feminist queendom series ends with a former queen sailing to the misogynistic mainland to beg after her male ex lover That s a choice So, you might ask, who becomes Queen Jules does We re introduced to this secret hidden temple close to the end whichI don t remember being mentioned in previous novels, so it felt a bit too convenient where it s shown that the very first queen on the island was a Legion Queen again, wish there had beenbreadcrumbs leading to this conclusion , ergo Jules coming is proof that she should get the crown SoJules is the person with the epic showdown on the battlefield at the end, and Jules is the one who becomes a different kind of queen, whatever that would mean raises hands in complete surrender I don t know, folks Not sure what happened to this story, and how I was supposed to enjoy this ending It s a complete betrayal of the concept, the original groundwork in books one and two, and justagh Apologies for the intense feelings on this one When you ve waited years for a series conclusion and then the ending isn t rationalit s extremely frustrating hide spoiler Blog Instagram


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    05 Sep 19 My other reviews for Three Dark Crowns One Dark Throne Two Dark ReignsThis book in a nutshell confused read 1 2 3Overall, it s a two star series for me.Hoboy Where do we even begin with this I thought I d be nice and start with the positives Most of them had to do with the expectations, predictions, and questions which you can read at the end of this review that I had for this book Unfortunately, even the positive points came with an execution that I found lacking, 05 Sep 19 My other reviews for Three Dark Crowns One Dark Throne Two Dark ReignsThis book in a nutshell confused read 1 2 3Overall, it s a two star series for me.Hoboy Where do we even begin with this I thought I d be nice and start with the positives Most of them had to do with the expectations, predictions, and questions which you can read at the end of this review that I had for this book Unfortunately, even the positive points came with an execution that I found lacking, making it difficult for me to count them as major winning points.I will go into some detail, so be warned of HUGE untagged spoilers If you have not finished the book, I advise you not to read this review further unless you don t mind knowing major plot developments and character deaths.First positive is in terms of pulling punches I predicted that Katharine would die, preferably in an attempt to redeem herself which happens to also be the only ending I would deem acceptable for her On this front, the author did not disappoint What was, in the previous book, an abhorrent and utterly unsympathetic character for me, at least , was a little easier to swallow in Five Dark Fates.However, the character went through a complete 180 change yes, even when the dead queens were still inside her She was supposed to be all dark, merciless but all of that completely disappeared in this series finale.In the previous books, we were led to believe that it was the dead queens who had control over Katharine that she acted under their malice and only sometimes bits of the true Katharine would pop to the surface Here, it seemed the complete opposite In fact, Katharine was often arguing and internally fighting with the dead queens herself Why could she not do this before Save herself and Pietyr the trouble of that whole low magic bullshit Still related to major deaths, yes, I did say that in order to remain consistent, Mirabella must die However, the meaning of her death, the true meaning of sacrifice, was completely undermined by her death being nothingthan a force of hand.Instead of our characters having to make an important decision i.e let the mist kill everyone on the island, or let their beloved sister die Katharine was literally forced to kill her so that the dead queens wouldn t use her as their next avatarsource What it sums down to is that the author needed and wanted to pull all these punches, but not at the expense of our main protagonists morality She wanted our three sisters to remain pure, even when it would have been farlogical and be muchinteresting to the plot if they were morally ambiguous.All major deaths, even during battles what little there was of it , were at the hands of tertiary characters or, as the case of Katharine Mirabella, under such extreme conditions that they were forced into it and had no agency or choice in the matter Don t do that Don t strip your character off of agency, not for major developments such as this.The second positive I guess almost all my predictions came true Only that Arsinoe did not take the crown Jules did, because despite my giving the benefit of the doubt, it turns out Jules is indeed the Authorial Golden Child.So that brings me to all the complaints I have for this book.Most of them are still the same as my complaints for the previous books Inconsistent characters, inconsistent world building and internal logic , the story progressing solely through one plot device after another so I won t go into all that again You can read my previous reviews if you re really curious.Let me instead gripe to you about the individual plot devices that I just couldn t. with this book in particular, and the series in general.First of all The Mist.Questions as to its origins were answered in the previous book, but THIS book was a huge disappointment in that it contributed nothing in terms of further answers or insights There was a theory in regards to why it came back i.e it wanted the dead queens inside of Katharine but this theory was left hanging neither confirmed nor denied.The thing with this series is that every answer provided to explain any plot point were so poorly thought out, or poorly executed, that they only came withquestions and inconsistencies How did the mist return If it did come for the dead queens, why on earth did it not actually do anything about them Andimportantly, why would it attack civilians None of the above was addressed at all All the mist did was hang around, sometimes coming, sometimes going mainly coming only when the author needed some external factor to propel the plot further or add tension danger when required Just one poor plot device in a world of plot devices.So.Plot device number two.Daphne Illian.I said it before The blue queen side plot was the only thing that kept me going in Two Dark Reigns You can tell it was only a plot device, because this entire storyline WENT ALL THE WAY TO ABSOLUTELY NOWHERE in this book And if you can t tell, yes, that enrages me.It wasn t wrapped up, wasn t explained, was not anything We were given perhaps half a chapter where Arsinoe tries to find Daphne again in that cave to enlist her help, and it turns out she was just gone Where How When Why No idea Give me a break You cannot expect your readers to just brush it aside with a shrug Oh well Guess we don t need that plot device any Girl, bye.And speaking of plot devices we no longer need Correct It wasn t a curse it was a plot device.The Legion Curse.I honestly don t even know how to start with this one Like I said, I gave the author the benefit of the doubt, so I m immensely disappointed at just how much of a Golden Child Jules turned out to be The author didn t dare put any of her characters through any moral trials she wanted them all to remain pure and untainted for us readers to like guess what, it didn t work but Jules takes the cake The only times Jules does anything bad is when she is literally insane due to her curse.The Legion Curse is not only the bowl of water for Jules to wash her hands clean, but also when it could have been used as the perfect opportunity for the author to present any significant character sacrifices, she takes the easy route and suddenly drops it like it was the entire Blue Queen sideplot.And no, breaking her leg at the very end of the novel and forced to walk with a limp for perhaps the rest of her off screen life is not considered a significant sacrifice in terms of character arc.Now that Madrigal is dead, Jules has digressed into a beast, ready to strike at anyone and anything A large part of the beginning of this book was therefore spent on Arsinoe binding Jules Legion Curse, effectively tethering it to Emilia In order to win the final battle, Jules untethers herself and unleashes the full extent of her power And afterwards well, you saw the screenshot of the quote above It has fulfilled its purpose in plot progression, and so must magically disappear for lack of a better conclusion.But since I ve mentioned Arsinoe Low Magic.I will let Arsinoe explain, in her own words, how low magic works It s not about thinking It s about feeling About instinct So, how does she know what she needs to do to tether Jules s Legion Curse How does she know what to do in order to wake Pietyr up Plot device, that s how.The same is also true for the seer and their gifts They can see the future, except when they can t Someone can read minds, except when he can t It s all so convenient and does not follow any set of defined rules or limitations, the whole book is one giant dei ex machina.Another thing about low magic is that they keep on harping on about how it comes at a price , but to this day, there has been no price paid They tried to brush it off as Madrigal s death was the price Madrigal had to pay for using low magic but what kind of lame arse attempt of a justification is this Everyone dies eventually, regardless It s not much of a price if you have to pay it whether or not you use low magic It s not as though she had to suffer, lose things during her lifetime.On the other hand, they also tried to pass off Mirabella s death as the price Arsinoe had to pay Why is it that for one person, their own death is the price, but for another, it s someone close to them The whole explanation is so convoluted and forced, it only makes it everclear that the author only wanted a one liner consequence to explain why nobody messes with low magic because we can t have everyone practicing low magic, otherwise Arsinoe wouldn t be so speshul but never clearly thought out or wanted to follow through with said consequence for her special characters.I briefly mentioned Pietyr above, now let me revisit that can of worms.Pietyr.If you read myExpectations for this book , you would know that one of them was that I expect him to remain dead.Spoiler alert He did not.What does this mean This means his sacrifice at the end of Two Dark Reigns is rendered null and void This means that the whole ending of the last book was just a cheap ploy to get fangirls all riled up and crying but, like everything else, the author didn t have the courage to stick with that sacrifice What was even the purpose of his waking up again Nothing He served no purpose to the plot nor its progression.He was comatose almost the entire time, Katharine s healers trying to wake him to no avail When Katharine holds Billy hostage, Emilia retaliates by kidnapping Pietyr in return Never mind how ridiculously simple it was for one person to kidnap someone from a supposedly heavily guarded tower, Arsinoe manages to wake him up with her low magic, and when he wakes up Pietyr is suddenly on their side and just about ready to kill the entire queensguard.I know I promised I wouldn t go into character inconsistencies again but I just wanted to get that out there.The Plot.At the end of the day, everything just reads so juvenile as though written for children with little attention spans who would be happy to let go of this plot point and that plot point without asking any questions a story about young adult characters with the mental capacity of middle graders getting into schoolyard fights one day, but when they meet face to face the next day, all s forgotten and forgiven.The pacing absolutely dragged A lot of scenes were unnecessary, filled with idle dialogue about things we already know But since I only have 300 or so characters left in this review space, I ll need to wrap up You can always readof my thoughts on this book in my reading progress updates down below I ll end by saying that I was immensely disappointed at the amount of potential this series had, and how little it actually pulled through 21 Apr 19 My other reviews for Three Dark Crowns One Dark Throne Two Dark Reigns My expectations for this book 1 Mirabella must dieIt does not please me to say this, because if I had to choose One Sister to Rule Them All, it would be M.But, if the author wants to remain consistent with the prophecy the Blue Queen left behind if she isn t afraid to pull any punches if this series is to end with any depth or meaning, then Mirabella must die.2 Jules needs to be a villainBy villain , I mean her insanity must be fore and front most It needs to be embraced, known, a driving point of the plot A threat to Fennbirn s existence.And not in the is still redeemable at the end way, either It was said that Legion cursed people would lose their mind this rule must also remain consistent with Jules, otherwise she is nothingthan an authorial Golden Child.3 Pietyr must remain deadPlease do not undermine the gravitas of his sacrifice in the previous book by having him somehow returned to life My predictions for this book 1 Mirabella tries to unite all her sisters They probably end up trying to defeat Jules save Fennbirn from her madness.2 Katharine dies maybe in an attempt to redeem herself This would be the only ending I deem acceptable for her.3 Arsinoe takes the crown.4 The mist is destroyed gone, and Fennbirn re connects with the rest of the world The tradition with the whole pitting sisters to the death thing will be put aside Questions that must be answered by the end of this series 1 WTF is Braddock and why how is he still tame despite Arsinoe no longer using low magic on him I cannot take this point seriously, since it only highlights what a special cookie Arsinoe is.2 The side point in either Book 1 or Book 2 that Mirabella kept having dreams about her sister when she was supposed to have forgotten all about them kind of went to nothing I still want to know why the f she was having these memory dreams And no, I do not want to have to read a novella to find out.3 Still wondering why, in Three Dark Crowns when Jack s rooster pecked ingested Arsinoe s blood, and Madrigal who handled Arsinoe s blood several different times, didn t die Arsinoe is clearly a powerful poisoner If Katharine who is not even a true Poisoner only possessed by the spirits of some poisoners kills men who simply has sex with her, then Arsinoe s bodily fluids should also prove just as lethal


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    It s rumoured title is Last Dark Queen AS I SAID ITS JUST A RUMOUR


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    3 29 19With this synopsis it seems Pietyr really is gone and buried 2 6 19Omg this cover and title reveal This finale is going to be insane view spoiler 1 What happens to Katharine Is she still in control Or have the evil dead queens totally taken over Does Pietyr survive their wrath 2 Is Mirabella really going to join forces with Katharine And if so, will she be able to rescue Katharine from herself 3 Will Arsinoe still stand by Jules now that she s likely gone mad 3 29 19With this synopsis it seems Pietyr really is gone and buried 2 6 19Omg this cover and title reveal This finale is going to be insane view spoiler 1 What happens to Katharine Is she still in control Or have the evil dead queens totally taken over Does Pietyr survive their wrath 2 Is Mirabella really going to join forces with Katharine And if so, will she be able to rescue Katharine from herself 3 Will Arsinoe still stand by Jules now that she s likely gone mad Will she heed Daphne s words and sacrifice her sister in the name of saving the island hide spoiler


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    perfection i can t believe this series is over i m gonna miss it.


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    Good finale to a great series that I highly enjoyed It moves at a good pace and the characters we have read and watched developed over the last three books come to head fairly quickly The action was intriguing but the real intensity comes from the dead queens Overall, a satisfying final book


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    My emotions I don t know what I feel yet Lol I need to let this one marinate for a while So much happened to the queens and their family and friends over the past 4 books One thing is for sure I m glad I read it Buddy Read with Natalie Misha My emotions I don t know what I feel yet Lol I need to let this one marinate for a while So much happened to the queens and their family and friends over the past 4 books One thing is for sure I m glad I read it Buddy Read with Natalie Misha


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    0,5 Queens of Fennbirn 1 Three Dark Crowns 2 One Dark Throne 3 Two Dark Reigns I think this finale book will be very polarizing for every reader who liked the Three Dark Crowns series until then either it was what you wanted or it wasn t Yes, there will be 3 stars ratings like always, but I think that mostly we have the ones who will give it 4 stars good finale, makes sense, it was what they expected from the conclusion and the ones like me giving it 2 stars we reall 0,5 Queens of Fennbirn 1 Three Dark Crowns 2 One Dark Throne 3 Two Dark Reigns I think this finale book will be very polarizing for every reader who liked the Three Dark Crowns series until then either it was what you wanted or it wasn t Yes, there will be 3 stars ratings like always, but I think that mostly we have the ones who will give it 4 stars good finale, makes sense, it was what they expected from the conclusion and the ones like me giving it 2 stars we really liked this book series and yes, some things from this ending were predictable so we re not shocked, but we still don t have to like it, plus some things aren t explained and we re left with a feeling of all that for this.What disappointed me the most was that we were expecting to have knowabout The Mist yes, they began in the previous book, but I wanted to know , to have explanations and the Blue Queen storyline from the previous book for which we have no answer at all In terms of world building, this series wasn t the best, but I always loved every novel despite its flaws because there were other things to make up for it and because I expected the author to give us answers and explanations in the last book, which isn t the case at all It s really disappointing, because many people gave up on this series because of its flaws, and when you still faithfully stay an enthusiastic fan of the books, you don t want to be let down in the end The previous book was my favorite I know it s not a popular opinion among every fan of the series because it really showed how much potential this series had The last book showed that said potential would go to waste.Now, the rest is BIG spoilers, so don t click if you haven t read Five Dark Fates view spoiler Katharine s death was predictable, but that doesn t mean I can t be bitter about MY QUEEN dying She s my favorite character since the first book, so obviously I m grieving Mirabelle s death didn t really affect me which is kind of a problem I think I was supposed to care at least a little, even if her death was also predictable Arsinoe is the sister who survives, which again was predictable, but for some reason Jules of all people becomes Queen instead of her Enough about Jules, I m so done with this character hide spoiler


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