Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Book Review: Gathering Darkness (Falling Kingdoms #3) by Morgan Rhodes

Gathering Darkness by Morgan Rhodes
Gathering Darkness by Morgan Rhodes

Published: December 9, 2014

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance

Hardcover Pages: 416

Synopsis: In GATHERING DARKNESS, book three of the New York Times bestselling Falling Kingdoms series, the stakes have never been higher as three teams push forward on a race to find the Kindred, the four elemental crystals possessing ancient all-powerful magic, first:

Prince Magnus has just witnessed torture, death, and miracles during the bloody confrontation that decimated the rebel forces. Now he must choose between family and justice as his father, the cruel King Gaius, sets out to conquer all of Mytica. All Gaius needs now are the Kindred - the four elemental crystals that give godlike powers to their owner. But the King of Blood is not the only one hunting for this ancient, storied magic...

• THE KRAESHIANS join the hunt. Ashur and Amara, the royal siblings from the wealthy kingdom across the Silver Sea, charm and manipulate their way to the Kindred, proving to be more ruthless than perhaps even the King of Blood himself.

• THE REBELS forge ahead. Princess Cleo and vengeful Jonas lead them, slaying with sweetness, skill, and a secret that can control Lucia's overpowering magic - all so they can use the Kindred to win back their fallen kingdoms.

• THE WATCHERS follow Melenia out of the Sanctuary. They ally in the flesh with King Gaius, who vows to use Lucia's powers to unveil the Kindred.

The only certainty in the dark times is that whoever finds the magic first will control the fate of Mytica... but fate can be fickle when magic is involved.

Thoughts: I feel bad posting reviews for books that are not the first in a series when I haven't done the review of the first book in said series. But oh well, here we are. Eventually that will stop happening, I suppose, as I review more and more books.

All that being said, I quite enjoyed this next book in the Falling Kingdoms series. What I find interesting about these books is that not a lot necessarily actually happens, yet I am still intrigued and want to know more. Does that even make sense?! In a way, these books are sort of like the continuation of a TV series, with each book making up a season. Stuff happens, but not so much that it feels like the story is anywhere near ending.

Basically, if you liked the first two, you'll probably like this one. I would say out of the three, it's probably my favorite thus far, mostly because the characters are starting to grow and change more than they were in the previous installations. I've been waiting for a couple things to happen, and they finally have started to, so of course that's exciting.

I've heard that there will be six books total in the series, which I didn't even know when I first started reading. Would I have started had I known there were that many? I can't say for sure, but I'm glad that I have now. Although it may have taken me just as long to read this one as the last book, it didn't feel long, and honestly I've been incredibly busy, so I haven't been reading as much as normal. These books are quick reads, and although I didn't like the beginning of the first one a lot, it eventually picked up the pace, and now I enjoy the series and (most) of the characters.

I mean, let's be honest, there are always going to be certain characters you like more than others in a series. If you want to know my favorites, they are Magnus and Cleo.

Anyway, if you like a fantasy series with magic, romance, and some nice twists and turns, you might want to try out the Falling Kingdoms series!

Rating: 4/5

What I'm Reading Next: Iron Gold by Pierce Brown

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