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Two Dark Reigns: Three Dark Crowns, Book 3

By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Characters lack drive in third volume of triplet queen tale.

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The third of four books in the triplet queen series adds intriguing sentient-island lore, but fails to keep up its momentum and deliciously dark vibe. At the thrilling end to One Dark Throne, it was hard to imagine what was next for two of the queens. And even after we're well into Two Dark Reigns, Arsinoe and Mirabella still don't seem to know. Arsinoe is clearly being called back to the island, but doesn't want to go. Mirabella doesn't seem to care either way. No one knows what to do or is driven by what they want, except to protect the others. Both queens lose their magic on the mainland and so does the story.

On the island, there's about the same amount of indecision. Katharine does and doesn't want to be possessed by dead queens. Jules doesn't really want to be a rebel leader, but she's going along with it. The only thing that seems very decided is the mist. Its origin story is the best part of the book, but shouldn't be. Let's hope the finale draws us back into the queens' struggles and delivers a much more satisfying ending.

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