Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Teaser Tuesday: Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Ambrosia of The Purple Booker.
To play along just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake.

Three Dark Crowns –

For it is too cruel otherwise, to force a queen to kill that which she loves. Her own sisters. And for her to see that which she loves come at her door like wolves, seeking her head.
— Chapter 9

“It is easy enough to come and go. A short sail to the mist and through it. My God, I feel mad just saying that aloud. Madder, knowing that it’s true.”
“Easy to come and go,” Arsinoe mutters. Easy for anyone but her, anyway.
— Chapter 11

Seeing that I don’t have any siblings I can’t say that I know about murderous tendencies towards them. But I seriously hope that even if there is a heavy animosity it won’t come to such a feud where whole circles of people are pitted against each other and groomed to ultimately kill the other sibling.
Kendare Blake is very talented in creating a world which is perfectly self-sustained. I was impressed when I read that the inspiration were queen bees and their colonies, because it definitely shows and is easily understood. I especially liked that even the language was adapted to this universe.
No one in this book is without blame ... or without an agenda. It took me a few chapters to fully embrace this quality of the story rather than fight it and look for an impeccably good character. At the same time they aren’t inherently bad. Or at least I don’t necessarily think they are. Communication certainly would have helped, but is cleverly impeded by the established culture and society. A feast if you’re interested in society and behaviour studies. It’s very much a place I would like to visit, but would also be very happy to be able to leave.

Which fictional place would you like to visit for a while but not forever? Share destinations and teasers in the comments!


Eustacia Tan said...

I love the cover, and the teasers have me intrigued! And well... I've never felt murderous intent towards my sisters, but I have been at loggerheads with them more than once :p

My teaser is from Dare to Remember by Susanna Beard

Anonymous said...

And you don't have to look at bees... there are plenty of instances within human history where royalty have killed off their siblings to ensure there are no threats to their succession... It looks an interesting read:). My TT this week is a new addition to an old, very famous story... https://sjhigbee.wordpress.com/2017/01/24/teaser-tuesday-24th-january-2016/

Charlie Anderson said...

I think it is time I break down and buy this book. :) I have three younger brothers. I am the oldest and my first brother is four years younger than I am. My parents lived a separated life most of my childhood, so I raised my brothers. There were definitely murderous yells and gleams in eyes a few times. Scared the living daylights out of them and into straightening up.


Laura Thomas said...

I'm one of six kids and we had our share of disputes. This sounds a bit over the top! I've heard good things about this book.

My TT from Heart Of Eve

Sherry Fundin said...

Sibling rivalry doesn't usually result in death. LOL
sherry @ fundinmental My TT

Ms. M. said...

The teasers intrigue me and I like the cover. Here's my intro and teaser for this week: http://wp.me/p4DMf0-1t1

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