13 Dark Fantasy Books to Help Cure Your ‘Five Dark Fates’ Hangover

It’s finally here, booknerds! Five Dark Fates, the final book in Kendare Blake’s dark, complex, and fierce Three Dark Crowns series is officially out in the world and we are SO EXCITED. After all the twists and turns of Two Dark Reigns, we will finally have all our burning questions answered in Five Dark Fates.

What will happen to Jules? Who will become queen of Fennbirn??? How are we supposed to live after this series ends?!

Fortunately, for that last one, there are plenty more epic and dark fantasies to go around. From more books written by the one and only Kendare Blake, to a fairy tale retelling, to a witch marrying a witch hunter, you will love these stories more than a poisoner loves her poison.

1. Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

If you miss Blake’s illustrious writing and fabulous characters, try this duology that will satisfy your Three Dark Crowns needs.

Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.

So did his father before him, until he was gruesomely murdered by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father’s mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. They follow legends and local lore, destroy the murderous dead, and keep pesky things like the future and friends at bay.

Searching for a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas expects the usual: track, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he’s never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, now stained red and dripping with blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home.

Yet she spares Cas’s life. Read More.
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2. Queens of Fennbirn by Kendare Blake

If you haven’t read this novella featuring two short stories of Fennbirn, we have the perfect cure for your Three Dark Crowns hangover.

Uncover the sisters’ origins, dive deep into the catastrophic reign of the Oracle Queen, and reveal layers of Fennbirn’s past, hidden until now.

The Young Queens

Get a glimpse of triplet queens Mirabella, Arsinoe, and Katharine during a short period of time when they protected and loved one another. From birth until their claiming ceremonies, this is the story of the three sisters’ lives…before they were at stake.

The Oracle Queen

Everyone knows the legend of Elsabet, the Oracle Queen. The one who went mad. The one who orchestrated a senseless, horrific slaying of three entire houses. But what really happened? Discover the true story behind the queen who could foresee the future…just not her own downfall. Read More.
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3. House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig

Characters with unreliable motives, mysterious magic, and sisters dying off—sound familiar? This “12 Dancing Princesses” retelling is a perfect dark fantasy with a hint of horror.

In a manor by the sea, twelve sisters are cursed.

Annaleigh lives a sheltered life at Highmoor, a manor by the sea, with her sisters, their father, and stepmother. Once they were twelve, but loneliness fills the grand halls now that four of the girls’ lives have been cut short. Each death was more tragic than the last—the plague, a plummeting fall, a drowning, a slippery plunge—and there are whispers throughout the surrounding villages that the family is cursed by the gods.

Disturbed by a series of ghostly visions, Annaleigh becomes increasingly suspicious that the deaths were no accidents. Her sisters have been sneaking out every night to attend glittering balls, dancing until dawn in silk gowns and shimmering slippers, and Annaleigh isn’t sure whether to try to stop them or to join their forbidden trysts. Because who—or what—are they really dancing with?

When Annaleigh’s involvement with a mysterious stranger who has secrets of his own intensifies, it’s a race to unravel the darkness that has fallen over her family—before it claims her next. Read More.
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