Wickworms: Three Dark Crowns
When I first starting listening to "Three Dark Crowns" by Kendare Blake, I was worried I had made a huge mistake, that given how many characters there were to keep track of, that I would have been better off reading the book rather than listening to it. One of the benefits of listening though was learning that Arisnoe is pronounced "ar-sin-noy," otherwise in my head she would have perpetually been "asron-no".
At first blush there were definitely some part of the first half of the book that were a little boring for me, but by the very end Blake had set up each of our would-be queens in some very interesting positions for leading into the next book. (I also recently fell down a rabbit hole of reader speculation about Jules that has me rather excited, but that's another kettle of fish all together."
It's time to pick a team! Which one of the queens is your favorite; who you'll be backing to take the throne?
From now through September 30 readers can order a "One Dark Queen" box that contains a trio of 4 oz candles, each inspired by one of the queens:
Mirabella- fire, smoke, and rain showers
Arsinoe- honeysuckle, roses, and natural woods
Katharine- juicy apples, spices, and effervescence
Each smells absolutely incredible, though based on scent alone, the spices from Katharine's candle makes her the one I want to root for! I burned this one for an hour after taking pictures.
Whichever queen you choose to celebrate as your favorite, take a picture with preferred monarch's candle and post it on Instagram with #onedarkqueen and you'll be entered to win an amazing prize pack. Each picture you share is one entry into the contest, with a winner selected at the end of September.
Before I can pick a queen-team (how can I choose?!) let's look at all the great details from the collection overall. I especially love the wax chunks that were so prominent in the Arsinoe candle.
Who will you be rooting for?