Book Review: Five Dark Fates

Updated: Nov 26, 2019

Hello Everyone!

Another week and another end to a series I love. I've been on Fennbirn since Three Dark Crowns was published back in 2016. It became one of mt favorite series from the start.

In 2017, I got to meet Kendare Blake in an Epic Reads meeting in Decatur, Ga. for her tour. That was a moment that inspired my own writing journey.

I devoured every book in this series only to suffer the slow burn of anticipation between each book. I still can't believe it is over.

Book Review of Kendare Blake’s Five Dark Fates by Lourdes Montes. Two Arts in a World, October, 2019.

Here is all the info for Five Dark Fates:

Reading Challenge No.: 24/45

Author: Kendare Blake

Publication Date: September 3, 2019

Format: Print

Length: 443

POV: 3rd person POV.

Genre: #Fantasy #YoungAdult

Series or Standalone? Last in the Three Dark Crowns Series

First Sentence:

"Arsinoe, fugitive queen of Fennbirn Island, sits stone-faced before the desk, surrounded by crumpled balls of parchment."

Favorite Character: Billy Chatsworth because he's gold and so that I don't have to pick a favorite queen.

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After the battle with Katharine, the rebellion lies in tatters. Jules’s legion curse has been unbound, leaving her out of her mind and unfit to rule. Arsinoe must find a cure, even as the responsibility of stopping the ravaging mist rests heavy on her shoulders, and her shoulders alone. Mirabella has disappeared.

Queen Katharine’s rule over Fennbirn remains intact—for now. But her attack on the rebellion exacted a high price: her beloved Pietyr. Without him, who can she rely upon when Mirabella arrives, seemingly under a banner of truce? As oldest and youngest circle each other, and Katharine begins to yearn for the closeness that Mirabella and Arsinoe share, the dead queens hiss caution—Mirabella is not to be trusted.

In this conclusion to the Three Dark Crowns series, three dark sisters will rise to fight as the secrets of Fennbirn’s history are laid bare. Allegiances will shift. Bonds will be tested, and some broken forever.

The fate of the island lies in the hands of its queens.


Final books are never easy to read, and this, as one of the series I've followed closely, wasn't the exception.

Five Dark Fates brough the best and the worse of the queens, who have come a long way breaking tradition in the Island of Fennbirn.

With the rebellion closing in, and the mist threatening her reign, Katherine is perhaps the queen with the most to lose. Unexpected alliances are formed and bloody battles are fought to decide the fate of Fennbirn.

If there is something I wasn't here for was the lack of romance, but who has time for romance in the middle of war? I mean, don't get me wrong, there was some romance, but it left me high and dry. It wasn't enough since so much left to the reader's imagination that I just wish she had wrote more of it into the book–especially when it came to Jules and Emilia's relationship.

There were secrets revealed about the island and its first queen that I truly hope we get to read more of it, especially since Kendare Blake hinted at a project based on a former Queen Crowned of Fennbirn. Maybe, just maybe, we don't have to say goodbye to the island yet, and if you have read the collection of short stories Queens of Fennbirn, you know Blake is great at unfolding the stories of former queens.

Quote from Five Dark Fates by Kendare Blake. Edited by Lourdes Montes for Two Arts in a World. Charleston, Sc.

My rating:

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Love, Lourdes <3

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