Thursday, July 5, 2018

Book Review: Frozen Tides (Falling Kingdoms #4) by Morghan Rhodes

Book Review: Frozen Tides (Falling Kingdoms #4) by Morghan Rhodes by freshfromthe.com
Frozen Tides by Morgan Rhodes

Published: December 15, 2015

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult

Hardcover Pages: 413

Synopsis: Rebels, royals, and monsters wage war over the Mytican throne in the shocking fourth book of the Falling Kingdoms series, from New York Times bestselling author Morgan Rhodes.

CLEO: Reeling after a bloody showdown in Limeros ending with Amara’s abduction of the water crystal, and a vacancy in the Mytican throne, Princess Cleo must cast aside her feelings and look toward her kingdom with the eyes of a Queen.

MAGNUS: With the kingdom in chaos, Princess Lucia still missing and quite possibly in danger, and a shocking realization about Cleo, the steely prince is once again torn between love and duty, leaving him wondering whether he’s strong enough to rule his people.

LUCIA: The young sorcercess has had her vengeance after the cruel death of her first and only love. Heartbroken and unable to trust anyone, she allies with the awoken Fire god, who also seeks revenge.

JONAS: After escaping death by the skin of his teeth, the defeated rebel—along with a mysterious stranger–leader reunites with Princess Cleo, only to find himself a mere pawn in a dangerous hunt for the elusive Kindred.

KING GAIUS: Abandoned by Melenia and betrayed by his own children, Gaius flees Mytica and sails to Kraeshia, where he attempts to ally with the famously brutal emperor across the Silver Sea.

Thoughts: It's funny, I was saying how not a lot of story really happened in the previous books as I started reading this one, and then boom, bang, all kinds of stuff started happening. That's not to say nothing happened in the previous books, but there was a lot more of what you'd call "palace intrigue" or something similar. Basically, a lot of stuff in a palace and speaking to people in dreams.

But yes, now things are moving! People are finally getting over themselves and admitting their true feelings! I was starting to get a little annoyed at a certain two characters for constantly doubting each other, but here, finally, they are moving on. This book spent more time with Magnus and Cleo than it felt like the past two books did, and I was here for it.

I do find it interesting how I seem to forget about certain characters after reading books sometimes. For example, I did not really remember this Felix character at all from the past books, yet here he came into much closer focus. I also seemed to forget about Theon, which isn't as surprising, because he was only in the first book, but his death did cause the biggest rift between Magnus and Cleo.

I'm kind of babbling on, but basically this has been my favorite book in the series so far. However, I will say that a twist at the end to me was a bit stupid and just there to make things harder on certain relationships rather than for any real story reason. But we'll see if that pans out in the next two books, which are supposed to be the last two.

Rating: 4/5

What I'm Reading Next: The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

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