Three Dark Crowns is the start of a Y.A. fantasy series by Kendare Blake, and a good start at that, and for once I never got the twist until the end of the book, which leaves us on a massive (almost literally) cliff-hanger of a revelation.
Kendare tells the story of Three Princesses, triplets that are born every generation to become the Queen of Fennbirn, the only problem is that the other two have to die for one to be crowned.
Each Princess is meant to be the master of a different type of magic; poison, elemental and natural and are given to their sixteenth year to develop their skills in their speciality.
Things do not go as planned (well if it all went as planned there wouldn’t be much of a novel really) and we follow the three princesses through these.
I enjoyed the premise and the execution was well done and am looking forward to the next book in the series.