Parents' Guide to

One Dark Throne: Three Dark Crowns, Book 2

By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Sexier, bloodier sequel full of unexpected twists.

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age 16+

Based on 1 parent review

age 16+

Awesome if it’s for the right person...

This book is a very good dark one. The characters have strong wills and are very motivated. However, it does have some hidden meanings you have to interpret and some adult like subjects. Katharine tries to poison everyone and is subjecting herself to amounts of poison, so much she is practically made of it and she is proud and wears the title of the Undead Queen. She is merciless and cruel and has fun attempting to kill her sisters. There are some graphic scenes involving th subject of adult love and graphic aftermath killing scenes. It is a great book only for the right person, if you don’t like violence and love and killing, this is not good for you. It has scenes and is very mature like. Some graphic aftermath scenes are strangling and a very explicit telling of what the person’s neck looked like and stabbing. This is very violent and some characters enjoy killing. This is not good for 14 and under ages because you might not understand the meanings and it is very graphic. But if you are like 16 and up and this sounds interesting, do not hesitate to read it! It is a good book, but is very mature. A 16 and up year old could probably handle it, maybe 15. But this will scare younger kids, just to let you know. A very good book when you are ready.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

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This sequel meanders at the start but then builds to so many unexpected twists and turns that readers who delight in dark tales will be so glad they went on the journey. One Dark Throne is tough to talk about without revealing spoilers: How many queens made it so far? Who killed whom? Did Mirabella finally get angry enough? Or did Katharine go crazy enough? Or did Arsinoe develop her newfound Poisoners gift in time to use it? All good questions, and no, none of it goes the way readers think it will.

It's not just about the queens here, either. Arsinoe's friend Jules has an intriguing role to play while adding some more mysteries to workings of this curious world of macabre traditions and power-playing families and devoted priestesses. It's why the beginning seems to meander -- it's a lot of secondary characters and dirty-dealing politics to keep straight. But it's also why the last third is so twisty and exciting. There: nothing given away here except to expect the unexpected and, no doubt, be ready for more shocking surprises in the next installment.

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