{Tour} Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake (Character Interview + a Giveaway)


Welcome to Swoony Boys Podcast! This is our stop on the Three Dark Crowns Tour hosted by The Irish Banana . We have an awesome character interview and giveaway to share with you today and we can’t wait for you to get to know more about this book, its characters and author, Kendare Blake! Are you ready to go?


{Tour} Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake (Character Interview + a Giveaway)Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
Also by this author: Slasher Girls and Monster Boys
Series: Three Dark Crowns #11
Published by HarperCollins, HarperTeen on September 20th, 2016
Genres: Fantasy
Pages: 416
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Every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions.

But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose…it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins. The last queen standing gets the crown.

If only it was that simple. Katharine is unable to tolerate the weakest poison, and Arsinoe, no matter how hard she tries, can’t make even a weed grow. The two queens have been shamefully faking their powers, taking care to keep each other, the island, and their powerful sister Mirabella none the wiser. But with alliances being formed, betrayals taking shape, and ruthless revenge haunting the queens’ every move, one thing is certain: the last queen standing might not be the strongest…but she may be the darkest.

***Character Interview***

Today we’re sitting down with Mirabella, Katharine and Arsinoe from Three Dark Crowns. Welcome to Swoony Boys Podcast, queen! You are actually our first queens and that’s got us a little nervous. But we can’t wait for our readers to get to know you all a little better. Ready to get started? Here we go…

Let’s start with an easy one for all three of you. Why do you think you should be Queen Crowned instead of your sisters?

Mirabella: Because I was born to be. I am the strongest. The Chosen Queen, groomed my whole life to rule.

Katharine: Poisoners like me have sat the throne for the last three generations. My guardians say that it is a dynasty. Meant to be. And I would care well for my people. I have very good advisors.

Arsinoe: *shrugs* Because if I’m not the queen then I’m dead. And I would rather they *points discreetly to her sisters* be dead instead.

Mirabella- What is your favorite part about your powers? Least favorite part?

Mirabella: I love to call the storms. I love to run along the cliff edge of Shannon’s Blackway near my home and watch the lightning strike the sea. But I embrace every aspect of my gift…though perhaps I do wish that water was less obstinate.

Katharine & Arsinoe- Has your secret about your powers affected your relationships with others? Are you scared about not having them or has it allowed you to become stronger in other ways?

Arsinoe: Icksnay on the Eeckretsay. They can hear us. They’re standing right there.

Katharine: I undergo poison training every day to encourage my gift to rise. To strengthen me in other ways. No queen raised by the Arrons is weak.

If you could chose to possess one of your sister’s powers instead of your own would you keep your own or trade? If you would trade, who would you trade with and why?

Katharine: I would keep my own. There is no more noble gift than to be a poisoner.

Mirabella: I would keep my own.

Arsinoe: I would keep my own. Or I would be a warrior. The war gift is really something. To be able to fight like that, and to move things with your mind…

Mirabella: The war gift has weakened. They cannot move things with their minds anymore.

Arsinoe: Don’t listen to her. She doesn’t know anything about it.

In this part of your story we were introduced to love interests or potential love interests. How will these guys affect your fight? Do you think they will be a distraction or something to fight for?

Mirabella: The suitors will always be welcome. Our relations with the mainland are sacred. One of those boys will become the island’s next king-consort.

Katharine: The relationship between the island and the mainland IS sacred. And the suitors must be treated very well. But boys do have a way of becoming distractions. Delightful distractions.

Arsinoe: They won’t affect the fight at all. I doubt if I will even see them.

We know you have to fight, we know you aren’t given a choice in that. But before you had to begin preparing for this battle, you were just sisters. If you had to describe your sisters using just three words, what would they be?

Mirabella: Arsinoe is gruff, wild, and loyal. Little Kat is sweet, giggling and full of mischief.

Katharine: I do not remember them at all.

Arsinoe: I don’t remember them either, but I know what I’ve heard. Mirabella is haughty, proud and farts cyclones in her sleep. Katharine is sickly and timid. Not much to look at.

That wasn’t so bad, right? Thanks so much for stopping by! Is there anything else you want our readers to know about you before we let you go?

Arsinoe: Just make sure they don’t try anything on the way out. We’re supposed to be untouchable until after the Quickening Ceremony. But they’re not above cheating.


***Meet Kendare Blake***

Author Kendare BlakeKendare Blake is the author of several novels and short stories, most of which you can find information about via the links above. Her work is sort of dark, always violent, and features passages describing food from when she writes while hungry. She was born in July (for those of you doing book reports) in Seoul, South Korea, but doesn’t speak a lick of Korean, as she was packed off at a very early age to her adoptive parents in the United States. That might be just an excuse, though, as she is pretty bad at learning foreign languages. She enjoys the work of Milan Kundera, Caitlin R Kiernan, Bret Easton Ellis, Richard Linklater, and the late, great Michael Jackson, I mean, come on, he gave us Thriller.

She lives and writes in Kent, Washington, with her husband, their two cat sons (Tybalt and Tyrion Cattister) and their red Doberman dog son, Obi Dog Kenobi.

Find Kendare Here:
Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads



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  1. This book sounds so dark and dastardly, I cannot wait to read.

  2. I’m so excited for this book! Also I loved the interview you had with the three sisters. I always think character interviews are so fun.

  3. Family vs family?! That sounds awesome!

  4. That is a great character interview, we got to know more about the sisters. Can not wait to read this book!

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