This will be a spoiler free review of book 3, however there may be spoilers for the first two books. You can find my reviews for the first two books here and here.
Two Dark Reigns by Kendare Blake
Publication Date: September 4, 2018
Summary from Goodreads:
Queen Katharine has waited her entire life to wear the crown. But now that she finally has it, the murmurs of dissent grow louder by the day. There’s also the alarming issue of whether or not her sisters are actually dead—or if they’re waiting in the wings to usurp the throne.
Mirabella and Arsinoe are alive, but in hiding on the mainland and dealing with a nightmare of their own: being visited repeatedly by a specter they think might be the fabled Blue Queen. Though she says nothing, her rotting, bony finger pointing out to sea is clear enough: return to Fennbirn.
Jules, too, is in a strange place—in disguise. And her only confidants, a war-gifted girl named Emilia and her oracle friend Mathilde, are urging her to take on a role she can’t imagine filling: a legion-cursed queen who will lead a rebel army to Katharine’s doorstep.
This is an uprising that the mysterious Blue Queen may have more to do with than anyone could have guessed—or expected.
I started out with the idea that this was the last book in the series and I was a little disappointed that I hadn’t the time to reread the other two. But now that I know that there is one more coming I can time myself better and get them all reread. I really want to read them all again, mostly because I spent some of this book wishing that I could remember more specifics from the first two.
This third installments was just as good as the other two. There is a newish story line about the Blue Queen which added another element to the history of the Island and the Queens. I really find the background of the Queens and the history of the magic of the islands very interesting.
Katherine continues to be the evil Queen, but she really is trying hard not to be. The other Queens that she hosts inside of her, sometimes overrule her desires though. And poor Pietyr, he just loves her so much and wants the best for her. I remember having doubts about him in the other two books, but he certainly proves himself in this book.
Mirabella’s story line takes an interesting turn in this book. While on the mainland, you can see how much it hurts her to not have her magic, but she was settling in better than Arsinoe. I was surprised that she agrees to go back with though. Once she has her powers back, I could see how her story line was going to pan out, though I was still a bit surprised by some of her choices, especially at the end.
Arsinoe is continuing to surprise me. She gets stronger in each book and her visions in this book make me wonder about her gifts a bit more. She is a poisoner but there seems to be something more there.
And then finally there is Jules, one of my favorite characters. She is a reluctant hero still, and I think her role in the end will be tremendous. She still feels lost with out Joseph and this new girl Emilia is not someone I think we can trust to have Jules best interests.
The plot is just as captivating as the first two books. It was hard to put this one down at times. There were a few times when I was confused though, but I think that had more to do with not remembering some finer details of the other books. I like the new story line of the Blue Queen and I hope that what she is saying needs to happen, won’t quite work out that way. There is still lots of action and Katherine being wicked and some plot twists that will keep you guessing.
Overall a really nice third book in this series. I am really looking forward to seeing how this all wraps up in the final book. I have no idea where this story may lead, but I am sure it will be a good one.