BLOG TOUR: Two Dark Reigns by Kendare Blake - Review & Giveaway

Hello, and WELCOME to my stop on the Two Dark Reigns Blog Tour! I've been an ardent follower of the Three Dark Crowns series since the first book released and I was SO honoured when I got picked to be on this blog tour, hosted by Jean Book Nerd. 

Title: Two Dark Reigns (Three Dark Crowns #3)
Author: Kendare Blake
Publication Date: September 4th 2018
Publisher: HarperTeen
Part of a Series?: Yes, Book 3/4 of the Three Dark Crowns Series
I Got A Copy Through: JeanBookNerd (THANK YOU!)
Blurb Description: #1 New York Times bestselling author Kendare Blake returns with the highly anticipated third book in the Three Dark Crowns series!
Katharine sits on the throne, Mirabella and Arsinoe are in hiding, and an unexpected renegade is about to wage a war of her own. The crown has been won, but these queens are far from done.
“Tragic, devastating, horrifying, enthralling.” ―Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
★ “Blake’s already pitch-dark tale shades even darker. Exquisitely restrained prose, deliberate pacing, paying off in a tumultuous climax that piles one shocking twist upon another. Achingly gorgeous and gruesomely fascinating.” ―Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“This sequel to Three Dark Crowns loses none of that book’s momentum, powering toward a conclusion that leaves several doors open. With wonderfully drawn characters and a lethal, unpredictable plot, this follow-up will leave readers breathless as the queens’ fates unfold.” ―ALA Booklist

I always find it hard, going back into the Three Dark Crowns world. There have always been so many main characters and secondary characters and they keep growing with each book and well, I’M ONLY HUMAN, OKAY?

What I mean to say is that it’s hard to remember all the character and all of their interconnecting stories without forgetting a few details with a year or so in between installments and well, it took me a while to really get into the book.

Related imageMY THOUGHTS:

1.       Two Dark Reigns is probably my FAVOURITE book in the series so far. While it started off with very fast chapters that kept me from connecting with all of the characters who landed up in so many different places at the end of Book 2, it ended in this COMPLETELY UNPREDICTABLE way and I absolutely loved it.

2.       I quite liked the way all three queens – and Jules – grew in this book. I had slight issues with One Dark Throne in that I didn’t feel like anyone was REALLY in danger, and that the characters were going back and forth on the same tangents. I especially loved Katharine, who came into her role as queen and Arsinoe, who finally found her sense of duty and country (or island, in this case.)

3.       I really liked that what happened to Katharine was properly explained in this book. I didn’t understand it for all of book two, but I’m quite glad that it was better explained now. I loved Pietyr and Katharine’s relationship as well. It’s kind of adorable.

4.       I loved how the Island and the queens of the past played such a big role in Two Dark Reigns. I loved the visions Arsinoe had of Illian, the Blue Queen and Daphne and IT WAS ALL JUST SO INTRIGUING AND I LOVED IT.

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5.       I quite liked Billy in this book, with his unwavering loyalty. He always seemed fickle to me in the previous two instalments and I didn’t think much of him until Two Dark Reigns. I love that we got to see the ‘human’ world in this book with all of its ‘rules’ and I love that Arsinoe rebelled against the convention of what it meant to be ‘proper’ here.

6.       I started off this series with Jules being my favourite character, that I thought deserved to be queen, but I LOVE THAT ALL THE CHARACTERS HAVE GROWN SO MUCH AND NOW I DON’T KNOW WHO WILL SIT ON THE THRONE AT THE END OF THE DAY? I’m loving the intrigue, though!

Would I recommend this series? OF COURSE! YA Fantasy is my favourite genre and this series has really managed to surprise me, Two Dark Reigns in particular. 

Kendare Blake is the author of several novels and short stories, most of which you can find information about via the links above. Her work is sort of dark, always violent, and features passages describing food from when she writes while hungry. She was born in July (for those of you doing book reports) in Seoul, South Korea, but doesn’t speak a lick of Korean, as she was packed off at a very early age to her adoptive parents in the United States. That might be just an excuse, though, as she is pretty bad at learning foreign languages. She enjoys the work of Milan Kundera, Caitlin R Kiernan, Bret Easton Ellis, Richard Linklater, and the late, great Michael Jackson, I mean, come on, he gave us Thriller.

She lives and writes in Kent, Washington, with her husband, their cat son Tyrion Cattister, red Doberman dog son Obi-Dog Kenobi, rottie mix dog daughter Agent Scully, and naked sphynx cat son Armpit McGee.

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