Started: December 24, 2017
Finished: December 31, 2017
Rating: 3/5 stars
“After Beltane is over, we will have the pleasure of watching our queen deliciously poison her sisters.”
Actual rating: 3.25/5 stars
So this book was a bit of a rollercoaster when it comes to enjoyment, but after finishing it I felt like the sequels might be a bit more interesting. Mainly because most of this book is the build-up for when the three queens – the three sisters – are allowed to start killing each other.
Because that’s what this story is about. A set of triplets vying for the throne of Fennbirn, as generations of triplets have before them. They each have their own powers and, after a set date, they will go head to head, trying to kill the others and win the throne. This generation’s winner seems to be decided before the game even starts; Mirabella – an elemental – is rumoured to be the strongest one born in generations, while Arsinoe – a naturalist – has not managed to even make a flower bloom and Katherine – a poisoner – can’t handle the deadly substances she is forced to eat without getting ill. Mirabella, however, does not want to kill her sisters. And so the people around the three Queens all start to plot and scheme to make their charge the winner – no matter the cost.
A lot in this book is about the political gamble of those around the triplets, while they are mainly left in the dark, not knowing what is going on around them. And while all three of these Queens are written well (as are the other characters), this does make for a rather slow read. However, I would advice you all to keep on going, because once the game starts…. oh boy, things happen! And even though I saw a part of that ending coming, I could not have predicted all of it.
So yes, I will continue on with this series – and I have high hopes for it!