On the island of Fennbirn, every generation a set of triplets is born. Each an equal heir to the crown and each possess a flavor of magic.
- Mirabella possesses an elemental magic; she is able to control fire or produce storms with a blink of an eye.
- Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the most beautiful roses and control the wildest of animals.
- Katharine is a poisoner, who can ingest the deadliest poisons.
Each sister has to fight for the crown in a game of life or death.
The last queen standing gets the crown.
**Warning: Slight Rant Ahead**
So, I was offered a chance to read this book for free in exchange for a review.. I never turn down free books, ever.
I thought I wouldn’t like this book; that their magical powers were kind of lame, that they’d find a way so the other two live and one is “queen” (before I found out that it was more than just the one book), and that starting off with Queen Katharine she would be the crowned queen.
I didn’t really like the book in the beginning. It kept jumping from point of view to point of view, which is okay but this book seemed to have an excess amount of point of views. After finishing the book, however, I see where it was some what necessary. – The additional point of views offers the reader more chances to get attached; you experience the characters how others see them…
I was impressed with the authors ability to make me feel similar things with the characters; Arsinoe’s hate for Mirabella for one. – With the girls being separated at a young age, you wouldn’t expect them to remember one another, so they can only go off of what others tell them and that is to hate the other sister… since only one can be crowned the true queen.
You can tell the author took time with her character building as well, making each one dynamic in his or her own way.
I severely dislike Mirabella, Joseph, and Madrigal. I was really hoping for Jules (Arsinoe’s bestfriend and Joseph’s girlfriend) to kill Joseph; he slept with another girl, multiple times, but kept convincing her to stay. Haven’t pinpointed why I don’t like Mirabella yet, other than the fact she slept with Joseph at least three times, even after she found out he had a girlfriend.
*On that note: Girls if he says he loves you, but continues to sleep with someone else, that’s not love; you deserve better. ♡
Then we have Katharine, I instantly liked her, although I’m not sure why… She is pretty much abused in her home, even though she is a queen, all because her gift is “weak.” Then in comes Pietyr, a well established Poisoner, that plans on making her desirable to all the suitors… except he himself falls for Kat.
I was all for Pietyr and Kats relationship. Then she ran away to him, it went something like this:
Pietyr: “I love you.”
Kat: “Really you do? I love you too.”
Pietyr: *Shoves Kat off a cliff.*
*Gasp* Who does that!? I know he did it because he figured it was better for her to die that way and not at the hand of the temple (priestesses?), I do. But still! I’m not sure how I feel about this; did Kat survive? If she did, will she forgive him or seek revenge? Will he gift fully appear?
Talk about plot twist at the end of the book as well! Poor Jules, poor Billy, yay Arsinoe.
I don’t want to give it all away, but seriously… I really enjoyed this book, I’m currently trying to talk someone into buying the rest of the books in the trilogy for me, I’m hooked.
I rated this book four stars. 🙂
If you’re into fantasy books, this is a MUST for your TBR list!