Kendare Blake

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Kendare Blake
BornSeoul, South Korea
EducationMFA in Creative Writing
Alma materIthaca College, Middlesex University
GenreYoung adult fiction
Notable worksThree Dark Crowns
Years active2011-now

Kendare Blake is a contemporary author of young adult novels. Her works include Anna Dressed in Blood, Antigoddess and Three Dark Crowns.

Early life[edit]

Originally from Seoul, South Korea, Kendare Blake was raised in Cambridge, Minnesota by adoptive parents.[1]

She is an alumna of both Ithaca College (in New York)[2] and Middlesex University in London. It was at the latter where she received her Master of Arts Degree in Creative Writing.[3]


Her books stretch over a variety of genres, including horror, fantasy and contemporary fiction. Several of her works have been listed on the New York Times' Best Seller's List.

Her Anna Dressed in Blood duology and Goddess Wars trilogy were originally published in English by Tor Teen, while the Three Dark Crowns series was published by Harper Teen.

In November 2019 Blake announced via an Instagram post that Harper Teen would also be publishing her next three books. This was confirmed by a small piece in Publisher's Weekly online on November 11.[4] A stand-alone horror novel titled All These Bodies is scheduled for 2021. It is described as the story of a teenage girl who survives an attack by a suspected serial killer, only to become the pime suspect. Also announced was the first in a two-part fantasy series to be released in 2022. On her Instagram account, Blake has referred to this work as Heromaker and it is expected to be a duology centering around a mystic order of warrior women.


The Anna Duology[edit]

Anna Dressed In Blood (2011)

Girl of Nightmares (2012)

Goddess Wars[edit]

Antigoddess (2013)

Mortal Gods (2014)

When Gods and Vampires Roamed Miami (Prequel Novella) (2014)

Ungodly (2015)

The Dogs of Athens (Prequel Novella) (2015)

Three Dark Crowns Series[edit]

Three Dark Crowns (2016)

One Dark Throne (2017)

The Young Queens (Prequel Novella) (2017)

The Oracle Queen (Prequel Novella) (2018)

Queens of Fennbirn (Combining The Young Queens and The Oracle Queen) (2018)

Two Dark Reigns (2018)

Five Dark Fates, (September 3, 2019)

Other works[edit]

Sleepwalk Society (2011)

Slasher Girls & Monster Boys (Anthology)k (2015) - On the I-5 (Short Story)

Violent Ends (Anthology) (2015) - Burning Effigies (Short Story) (2015)

His Hideous Heart (Anthology ) (2018)

All These Bodies (announced for 2021)

Heromaker (announced for 2022)

Other media[edit]

In 2016, Twilight author Stephenie Meyer purchased the rights to turn Anna Dressed in Blood into a feature film through her production company Fickle Fish Films.[5] In May of that same year, it was announced that Maddie Hasson and Cameron Monaghan had been cast in the roles of Anna and Cass Lowood, respectively.[6] At that time, Trish Sie was named as the director, though later she was replaced by Amanda Row.[7]

In February 2017, Variety announced the Fox corporation had plans to turn the Three Dark Crowns series into a feature film through the 21 Laps Entertainment production company, which has also produced the Netflix series Stranger Things and the film Arrival. Shawn Levy and Dan Levine were announced as producers.[8]

In April 2019 it was also announced that Blake's short story On the I-5, which was featured in the Slasher Girls & Monster Boys anthology had been optioned for adaptation by Warner Brothers. As with Three Dark Crowns, production is being handled by 21 Laps Entertainment and Shawn Levy and Dan Levine will also produce. The story has been called "a female-empowered subversion of the serial-killer genre." [9]

Awards and honors[edit]

Anna Dressed In Blood[edit]

Three Dark Crowns[edit]

  • Missouri Gateway Reader's Award Nominee (2018) [14]
  • Lincoln Award Nominee (2019) [15]


  1. ^ "Kendare Blake". Retrieved 2018-01-14.
  2. ^ "Kendare Blake". Pan Macmillan. Retrieved 2018-01-14.
  3. ^ "Kendare Blake | Wolf Literary Services". Retrieved 2018-01-14.
  4. ^ "Book Deals: Week of November 11, 2019". November 8, 2019. Retrieved 2019-12-02.
  5. ^ McNary, Dave (2016-05-03). "'Twilight' Author Stephenie Meyer Adapting YA Book Franchise 'Anna Dressed in Blood'". Variety. Retrieved 2018-01-13.
  6. ^ Hipes, Patrick (2016-05-03). "Maddie Hasson & Cameron Monaghan Join Stephenie Meyer's 'Anna Dressed In Blood' – Cannes". Deadline. Retrieved 2018-01-13.
  7. ^ Anna Dressed in Blood, retrieved 2018-01-13
  8. ^ McNary, Dave (2017-02-23). "'Three Dark Crowns' Fantasy Novel to Get Movie Adaptation at Fox". Variety. Retrieved 2018-12-24.
  9. ^ Fleming, Mike, Jr. (2019-04-12). "Warner Bros, 21 Laps Option Kendare Blake Short Story 'On The I-5'". Deadline. Retrieved 2019-09-13.
  10. ^ "2011 Best Books for Teens: The Complete List (pg. 28) | Kirkus Reviews". Kirkus Reviews. Retrieved 2018-01-14.
  11. ^ "The Teens Are All Right: 2011's Top 5 YA Novels". Retrieved 2018-01-14.
  12. ^ "2013-2014 Gateway Award Final Nominees - Missouri Association of School Librarians". Retrieved 2018-01-13.
  13. ^ "2015 Abraham Lincoln Award Nominees" (PDF).
  14. ^ "2018-2019 MASL Readers Awards Final Nominees". Missouri Association of School Librarians. 2018-07-23. Retrieved 2019-02-14.
  15. ^ "Lincoln Awards Master List 2019" (PDF).

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