Book Review: Five Dark Fates by Kendare Blake

35391237._SY475_Five Dark Fates by Kendare Blake

Series: Three Dark Crowns, #4

Source: Hardcover, 452 pages

Summary: (From Goodreads)

After the battle with Katharine, the rebellion lies in tatters. Jules’s legion curse has been unbound, leaving her out of her mind and unfit to rule. Arsinoe must find a cure, even as the responsibility of stopping the ravaging mist rests heavy on her shoulders, and her shoulders alone. Mirabella has disappeared.

Queen Katharine’s rule over Fennbirn remains intact—for now. But her attack on the rebellion exacted a high price: her beloved Pietyr. Without him, who can she rely upon when Mirabella arrives, seemingly under a banner of truce? 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—Mirabella is not to be trusted.

In this conclusion to the Three Dark Crowns series, three dark sisters will rise to fight as the secrets of Fennbirn’s history are laid bare. Allegiances will shift. Bonds will be tested, and some broken forever.

The fate of the island lies in the hands of its queens.

Rating: 4/5 stars



But, this was a good ending to this series, for the most part. I don’t totally understand why some things had to happen the way they did, but as a whole, I really enjoyed it. I can’t say much without spoiling the series, but I do think that the ending was okay. Not exactly what I hoped for, but I can’t really say I’m surprised either.

I think Kendare Blake’s writing has gotten better and better with each book, so that was really good. I feel like it isn’t often that you really get to experience and author getting better and better within a series. I really enjoy her writing. It pulls you in, but yet, it is so easy to read. When I actually had time to sit down to read this one, I flew through it. I love her writing, and I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next.

I love this series, so much. It was literally just so good, start to finish. My heart hurt at times. I raged at times. All the emotions were felt over these four books. I love a series that I am so emotionally invested in and this was one of them. I highly, highly recommend this series!

My little queeeeeens. Still hate Katharine. Still loveeee sweet Mirabella. I still like Arsinoe. Jules is still awesome. Those things didn’t change with this book.

I will say that this wasn’t my favorite book, mostly just because there were some plot holes, which is kind of annoying. A lot of things felt unanswered, or just kind of pointless. The third book is still definitely my favorite.

This finale was a whirlwind of emotions. I was sad, mad, happy, all the things. I really enjoyed this finale. As I said, although I didn’t totally understand a few of the plot points, I really think this was a good ending to the story. Don’t get me wrong, my heart hurts after this one, but all of the queen’s fates was fulfilling to the fate of the island and I think that the endings were true to the character meant for each queen.

I felt an overwhelming bittersweet feeling when I finished this one. I’m saying goodbye to characters I’ve loved for the last few years, and it is sad. But, again, it was an ending worth reading. I’m okay with (most) of it.

If you haven’t read this series, I highly recommend doing so!

Have you read this finale yet?? Thoughts?

Thanks for reading! (:

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