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Published by Harper Teen on September 201, 2016
Genres: Fantasy, YA
Each generation, a set of triplets is born. Each one has equal rights to the thrown, each holding a coveted form of magic. The path to the throne isn't guaranteed. They each must fight for it, a battle to the death, to reach the position of queen.
This generation of triplets is a force to be reckoned with. Mirabella has the power of the elements, able to generate horrific storms with the slight motion of her hands. Katharine is a poisoner, able to ingest the deadliest of toxins without harm. Arsinoe is a naturalist, with the ability to harness the wildest of beast or encourage blooms to blossom. Though separated from one another at a young age, they each remember the bond they once held. Now, however, they must treat family as foe if they have the slightest chance of becoming queen.
What a tremendously unique premise! I have to admit, I was on the fence about reading this one. I wasn’t the biggest fan of her previous book (I know, I know) and it left me feeling hesitant. Then, I heard Kendare speak about her book at a session at BEA (Book Expo America) and I was sold. I needed to read it that moment. Why? Her inspiration for writing this book: a colony of bees. Though there are other females in the colony, there is only one queen bee, one who will fight to the death to attain/retain her position.
The means Blake used to execute this inspiration was incredibly unique and intoxicating. I picked up this book to read at a particularly stressful/hectic time in my life and from the moment I started reading, it erased all the craziness around me and enveloped me within its hold.
There are a lot of character names, most unique and oftentimes hard to recall. However, that these character names, these richly crafted individuals, were the impetus and source of such a powerful read made it all worth it (just keep extensive notes!). All in all, there is nothing negative that I can say about this title. I adored it so much that I plan to follow up with a listen of the audio, which I can only assume will be mesmerizing! Highly, highly recommended.