NOTE: In case you missed the title of this post, BE WARNED NOW THAT IT WILL CONTAIN SPOILERS! If you want my non-spoilery thoughts on this book, check out my review instead! Only read this post if you have already read the book and don’t mind reading some of my guesses about what might still happen in future books – or if you’re one of those crazy readers who likes to be spoiled. I won’t judge. 🙂
One other note: If you’ve already read the other books in this series as well, once you’re done reading this post, head over to my spoiler-filled discussions of One Dark Throne, “The Young Queen” and “The Oracle Queen” and Two Dark Reigns and give me your thoughts!
Now onto the good stuff…
I just finished reading Three Dark Crowns last night (I’m writing this at the beginning of August), and I spent the whole night laying there, unable to sleep because so many thoughts were spinning around in my head. For the first time ever, I felt compelled to write a spoilery post about a book where I just talk about all of my thoughts and feelings. I hope this doesn’t come out too stream of consciousness, but here we go …
My theory – Did anyone else think that Jules was going to turn out to be the true naturalist queen? I’m still convinced it’s going to happen in a future book. There were so many hints being dropped – the fact that she doesn’t look like her mother or her aunt and she was a Beltane baby, just like the triplets. And then, of course, there’s the fact that she’s the strongest naturalist in such a long time. I kept waiting for it to be revealed that Arsinoe and Jules had been switched at birth! (For instance, I thought for sure that Jules was going to try to go on the boat with Joseph and that the mist wouldn’t let her go … or that Arsinoe was going to make it off the island … of course, neither of those things happened!)
Problems with my theory – There are still some aspects to my theory that don’t make complete sense. For instance, even though everyone makes a point of saying she doesn’t look like anyone else in her family, they never say she looks like the queens either. Supposedly, the triplet queens always have black hair and eyes, and Jules has one blue eye and one green. But maybe something is done to the babies to give them black hair and eyes?
Some other ideas to throw around – Obviously, Jules is very important to the overall story, but is she actually a queen? Since we discovered at the end of the book that Arsinoe is actually a poisoner (which completely and utterly shocked me, by the way!), maybe Katharine and Jules were switched at birth? Or will we find out that Katharine is actually a naturalist and just hasn’t figured it out yet? (This seems less likely to me, but I could very well be wrong!)
Oh, and if Jules and Katharine were switched, then that would mean Jules and Arsinoe would have to try to kill each other!!!
My problem – I was so conflicted about Joseph!! I mean, I loved him at the beginning of the book, but then I kind of hated him for cheating on Jules so easily. And then he was all sorry, and I just wanted to scream at him that he can’t have it both ways. The only reason I can stand the guy is because I keep telling myself that it’s actually Arsinoe’s spell that caused him to sleep with Mirabella. (Can I use that excuse for Mirabella too? Because the fact that she slept with the guy without ever having spoken to him is kind of weird.) If he’s truly under a spell, he can’t control his actions, right? So, this would explain why he’s acting so out of character and why he is incredibly in love with Jules but then can’t seem to help himself when Mirabella is nearby. PLEASE tell me this spell will be broken!! (And, in the meantime, Jules should not keep forgiving him – after all, she doesn’t even know about the spell, so why does she keep giving the cheater second chances?!)
Are you kidding me?! – I was completely shocked and appalled when Pietyr threw Katharine off the cliff!!!! Was anyone expecting that? I mean, did anyone out there guess that he was up to no good? (Beyond possibly seducing Katharine for his own gain.) I think he actually loved Katharine, so who do you think he’s working for and why did he do it? And if he really wanted her dead, why didn’t he just hope the priestesses would chop her up into little pieces like they planned? Why would he want to kill her himself? I have so many questions about Pietyr!!
So now that all of the sisters hate each other and want revenge, what do you think will happen? Will any of the sisters actually die? Will poor Katharine discover a gift, or is she giftless?